Art and activism in the post-truth era / Chto Delat?
16/05_18:00 - 09/05

Art and activism in the post-truth era / Chto Delat?

Artivist Lab
Artivist Lab

The Artivist Lab is very pleased to present Chto Delat new film-an opera-farce titled „One Night in a Social Network.“ Which will be screened after the discussion on the topic „Art and activism in the post-truth era.“

The discussion will be held between Dmitry Vilensky, (who initiated the platform „Chto Delat“) and Anton Litvin.

About the film:
It looks like we’re living in a time of emotional turn. “What is truth and what is not” no longer depends on the possibility of reasoning but on the heavy emotional impact of communication. We can observe this turn in the pervasiveness of the culture of emojis and gif-animations in our daily interactions, from social networks to personal communications.

In this film, we see a room with a table in the middle of it. On one side of the table, a lone user is deeply engrossed reading his social media feed and clicking links. On the other side, four emojis communicate with him and permanently construct and manipulate the content of the news. Under the table, a Russian troll makes comments, chooses this or that content.

The whole action starts when the user receives information about the killing of Arcady Babchenko—a notorious Russian journalist who lived in exile in the Ukraine. With the help of the troll and emojis, the user starts following the case, soon finding himself in the surreal world of post-truth.

One Night in a Social Network is co-commissioned by Para Site, Hong Kong and Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai. With additional support from Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

„Chto Delat? / What is to be done?“
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 activity of collective takes responsibility for a postsocialist condition and actualization of forgotten and repressed potentiality of the Soviet past and often works as a politics of commemoration.
Their work was recently shown at Para Site, Hong Kong; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju; New Museum, New York (2011); Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana; and Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London among other places.

Dmitry Vilensky
Dmitry Vilensky (born in 1964) lives in St. Petersburg. Artist and educator. In 2003 initiated the platform „Chto Delat / What is to be done?“ Editor of the newspaper of the same name (also makes graphic artwork and lay-out for the newspaper – Works mostly in a frame work of interdisciplinary collective practices in a mediums video, photography, text, installations and social interactions, participant of many international and Russian exhibitions. Published numerous essays in art catalogues, journals and newspapers in Russia and internationally, and has lectured widely.
He is a commissar and chief tutor of a School for Engaged Art in Petersburg and as a guest teacher has taught in several institutions and programs in 2007, such as the Staedel Schuele, Frankfurt am Main, Critical Studies Program, Malmo; Tranzit School, Budapest; Copenhagen Royal Art Academy, Goldsmith, London; Tromsu Art Academy and many others.

Anton Litvin
Born 1967 in Moscow, Russia / lives and works in Prague.
Anton Litvin, once a co-founder and active participant of the ESCAPE Program, returned to work as an individual artist in 2006.
REMINDER 2011 Object, video

In the project REMINDER created for the Impossible Community the artist revitalizes the sensation of collective work that he experienced together with his ESCAPE Program companions. As reminders of the community of artists that is no more, one whose part he had once been, Litvin hanged out on the Moscow streets specially made road signs ESC,

*Image: Chto Delat, One Night in a Social Network (still), 2019.

18:00 until 19:30
„Art and activism in the post-truth era“
The discussion will be held in Russian language and translated to Czech.

19:30 until 20:00
Screening of the film—an opera-farce titled „One Night in a Social Network.“
Film is in Russian Language with English subtitle.
Film is 30 minutes long.