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Chto Delat in dialogue with Gerald Raunig /2014/

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November 2014



If you follow the Viennese art scene, you might agree that this exhibition from the Chto Delat collective is a wonderful follow-up to Ines Doujak’s and Oliver Ressler’s project last month and represents an enormous development—not only for this institution but also within the context of a critical art scene in Vienna at large, which is quite advanced, if you compare it to other European cities. Also from the perspective of the genealogy of Chto Delat it’s really great to have this kind of collection of different works here. It’s great to see this history. It is possible to contrast the earlier videos, with their Brechtian, dialectical point of view with the kind of open projects we’re seeing now but I think there is definitely a through line. I want to jump right into our discussion with a very general question on the political situation in Russia because having been there last September, at a conference in Petersburg, I have a sense of what is going on. It’s quite frightening, also to visitors like me. Frightening not on a bodily level but more when you’re talking with friends, artists, activists there, about there being a kind of hidden repression in Russia, which has been going on for years. And there has been a dramatic change this year mainly because of the war in Ukraine. So, I think it’s good to start with this more general issue. And I just want to read some of the introductory paragraphs of the newspaper that was produced for this show. What it says in the second paragraph of the introduction, mainly referring to the installation and the film but perhaps also the whole exhibition, is this: “It reflects what art could be at the moment when familiar politics and everyday life start falling apart. The events of recent months have thrown Russian artists and creative workers into a completely new reality, a new cold-war atmosphere, an escalating search for enemies, ever tighter repression of all dissent, and an open military confrontation with Ukraine, leaving thousands dead on both sides. What seemed the stuff of nightmares yesterday is becoming reality today. Artists who want to address present conditions have wound up in a very complicated position. How can we carry on creating, speaking, and living when we are all frozen at our computer screens in hopeless anxiety, trying to make sense of the bloody mixture of contradictory and manipulated information, seething hatred, madness, and desperation, while the chance to be heard is ever more limited. Most things we liked to speculate about, relations between art and politics, activism and participation, simply stop functioning. Worse, they become irrelevant in a suffocating climate of nationalistic paranoia. And we face this desperate situation while audiences vanish, activist groups implode, and actually getting anything done becomes impossible.” I won’t continue reading, as I think the excerpt is devastating and depressing enough.


Dmitry Vilensky

Catastrophic enough.


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– ILiana Fokianaki
Re-activating language: The work of CHTO DELAT and the logos of the revolution


– The End of the Line: Historicity, Possibility and Perestroika
By Simon Sheikh, Afterall 78

Sheikh Chtodelat (1)


Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology; The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Edited by Ana Janevski and Roxana Marcoci with Ksenia Nouril


— Irmgard Emmelhainz
The Grammar of Collectivity as Experimented by Chto Delat
Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry 2018


— Simon Sheikh
The End of the Line: Historicity, Possibility and Perestroika

Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry 2018

Wakana KONO. Artists Collective in Russia. “BT” 2018.4-5. vol.7 No.1066. P.102-105., Japan


The Darkness by Raimar Stange, 23.02.17
published at artmagazine (in German) 

– Alexei Penzin,
In Defence of Crude Thinking

Critical Mass: Moscow Art Magazine 1993–2017


Anastasia Murney
Pushing the Political Imagination
Ideological Disruption in the Practices of Inspection Medical Hermeneutics and Chto Delat
Journal Third Text Volume 29, 2015 - Issue 6

Francesco Scasciamacchiai //
Performing Urgency #1, 2015

John Roberts 

Chto Delat and Third Avangarde

published in New Literary History. What is an avant-garde. University of Wolverhampton, 2015 







– Sezgin Boynik

Discontents with theoretical practice in contemporary political artworks: Theory as vanishing mediator in the art of Chto Delat
Journal of Visual Art Practice


– Agata Pyzik

What is to be done? Radical collective Chto Delat confront the paradoxes of political art published at Calvert Journal


– Antonia Majača
To Teach, To Move, To Delight. How to map cognitively?
published in a framework of the exhibition Moving Forwards, Counting Backwards, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2012

Игорь Гулин о платформе «Что делать?» //
Творцы невидимого фронта

Журнал “Коммерсантъ Weekend”, №18 (263), 18.05.2012


Thomas Campbell // What Are Deportees Doing in a Museum?

published in the catalogue of the show “Towards the Other”, edited by TOK, St. Petersburg, 2011


Corina L. Apostol / / Political Art Actions: On Chto Delat? and the Avant-Garde

published in CRITICATAC (in Romanian and English); 2011


Simon Sheikh / / What Remains? – Chto Delat?, Post-Communism and Art

published at Chto Delat? catalogue, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Walter Koenig, 2011


Tom Holert / / On the state of collaboration, published in ARTFORUM international, February 2011


Jakob Schilinger / /  Ghost train of Marx. Chto Delat? and the theme park of communism

published in Mousse Magazine #26  December 2010 / January 2011 (English-Italian)


in Boris Buden book “Zone des Uebergangs. Von Ende des Postkommunismus”

(Seite 74-84), edition surkamp, 2010

David Bussel, Forwards not forgetting,
Texte zur Kunst, Issue Nr. 80 / December 2010 “Political Art ?”

Nataša Ilić / / On Chto Delat?’s Songspiels

published in art/knowledge: overlaps and neighboring zones; transversal online magazine, 2010

ar/ge kunst, Issue # 07, November 2010 and (cover here)

Creamer 2010. Chto Delat? from Petersburg

ICA journal Roland on the Chto Delat?


Third Text, Vol. 23, Issue 4, July, 2009, 465-480


Ilana Tenenbaum / / Self-Extreme. Between the Political Self and the Social Body


Charlotte Jansen review on the show at ICA “The Urgent Need to Struggle”

published at Artslant, London, November 2010


Bojana Kunst, Collaboration and Space, Maska (Ljubljana) 2005


Gail Day, Steve Edwards, David Mabb‘What Keeps Mankind Alive?’: the Eleventh International Istanbul Biennial. Once More on Aesthetics and Politics

published in Historical Materialism

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