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CHTO DELAT
What Struggles Do We Have in Common?

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 09.05.2015

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: Austrian première

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The title-question of the play What struggles do we have in common? addresses the urgency of reconsidering the cultural field as a battle ground – where different forces of politics, aesthetics and ideology are confronting each other. That’s why the play scrutinizes the rather typical conflictual situation when artist/intellectuals who have chosen the necessity of carrying on their work in a framework of institutional landscape are confronted with the protest of activists who consider this position as a betrayal of political agenda in a favor of branding a personal/collective carriers detached from any political relevance. Through the staging of this conflict and its different aspects Chto Delat suggests the public to engage with these issues and try to find a way how to resolve the conflict otherwise.

#Struggles #CulturalField #Battleground #Community #ConflictStaging

 

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The collective Chto Delat ("What is to be done?") was founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism.The group was constituted in May 2003 in St. Petersburg in an action called The Refoundation of Petersburg. Shortly afterwards, the original, as yet nameless core group began publishing an international newspaper called Chto Delat?. The name of the group derives from a novel by the Russian 19th century writer Nikolai Chernyshevsky, and immediately brings to mind the first socialist worker’s self-organizations in Russia, which Lenin actualized in his own publication, What is to be done? (1902). Chto Delat sees itself as a self-organized platform for a variety of cultural activities intent on politicizing "knowledge production" through redefinitions of an engaged autonomy for cultural practice today.

The array of activities is coordinated by a core group including following members: Tsaplya Olga Egorova (artist, Petersburg), Artiom Magun (philosopher, Petersburg), Nikolay Oleynikov (artist, Moscow), Natalia Pershina/Glucklya (artist, Petersburg), Alexey Penzin (philosopher, Moscow), David Riff (art critic, Moscow), Alexander Skidan (poet, critic, Petersburg), Oxana Timofeeva (philosopher, Moscow), and Dmitry Vilensky (artist, Petersburg). In 2012 the choreographer Nina Gasteva has joined a collective after few years of intense collaboration. Since then many Russian and international artist and researchers has participated in different projects realized under the collective name Chto Delat.

www.chtodelat.org

 

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