Networks, partners and friends

Here we mention our long-term collaboration partners and good friends – very sorry if we missed anyone

our works are represented by KOW Berlin


> Street Univercity, St. Petersburg

> MoscowArtMagazine ///Московский Художественный Журнал

> Russian Socialist Movement/ Российское Социалистическое Движение

> DSPA /// Движение Сопротивления имени Петра Алексеева

> May congress of creative workers /// Первомайскийконгресстворческихработников

> Collective Action Institute //ИнститутКоллективныхДействий

> FreeMarxistPublishingHouse /// Свободное Марксистское Издательство (С.М.И.)

> Translit /// Альманах актуальной поэзии и теории “Транслит”

> Галерея Экспериментального Звука (Experimental Sound Gallery)

> Европейский универиситет Спб/ European Univercity Saint Petersburg


> Р.Е.П. / R.E.P. Revolutionary Experimental Space

> Visual Culture Research Center


> Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
> KOW Gallery 

> Rosa Perutz is a self-organised discussion context, dealing with nationalism, statism, and the specific conditions of production and reproduction in contemporary art

> NGBK (Neue Gesselschaft fuer Bildende Kunst)

> Interflugs ist eine selbstverwaltete und von Studierenden geleitete Organisation an der Universität der Künste Berlin

> Ex- Argentina & Potosi Principle net-work
(Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann)

– Hito Steyerl, Simon Sheikh, Boris Buden, Kathrin Becker, Kesrtin Stakemeier


> Biro for Culture and Communication (Vladan Jeremic and Rena Raedle)

> Prelom Collective & Jelena Vesic

> TkH is a Belgrade based independent platform for performing arts theory and practice

> KUDA centar za nove medije, Novi Sad (Serbia)

Buenos Aires

> Etcetera… formed in 1997 in Buenos Aires the group is composed of visual artists, poets, puppeteers and actors, most of who were under 20 at that time. They all shared the intention of bringing art to the site of immediate social conflict -the streets- and of bringing this conflict into arenas of cultural production, including the media and art institutions.!/grupoetcetera

Collectivo Situationes; Federico Geller; Eduardo Molinari


> ex. Free University (Jakob Jakobsen)

> The Learning Site focuses on the local conditions in which its art practice is located. This entails a critical examination of the material resources and economies available within specific situations. Each situation may entail examination of economic and environmental factors, but also labor rights, property rights and the production and distribution of knowledge, which are investigated in tandem to produce a variety of different critical perspectives.


Perpetuum Mobilε, co-founded by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen, is a conduit and engine to bring together art, practice and enquiry. It acts as a vehicle to re-imagine certain basic historical, institutional as well as theoretical paradigms in these fields, which often exist in disparate institutional and political frames and territories. Perpetuum Mobilεzations include projects such as RE-ALIGNED (, the Perpetual Romani-Gypsy Pavilion (, The Arts Assembly ( and Perpetuum Labs.


> Rotor


> The Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon

> Anarchists Against The Wall

The Netherlands

> Artist at Occupy Amsterdam network!/groups/155194434576968/

> BAK, Utrecht

> Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

– Charles Eshe;Merijn Oudenampsen; Jimini Hignett; Matthijs de Bruijne; Thomas Peutz & Una Henry


> Universidad Nomada& Marcelo Exposito


> Mute Magazine – Culture and politics after the net

>Third Textis an international scholarly journal providing critical perspectives on art and visual culture. It examines the theoretical and historical ground by which the West legitimises its position as the ultimate arbiter of what is significant within this field.

> Precarious Workers Brigade are a UK-based growing group of precarious workers in culture & education. We call out in solidarity with all those struggling to make a living in this climate of instability and enforced austerity.

> Historical Materialism is a Marxist journal, appearing four times a year, based in London. Founded in 1997, it asserts that, notwithstanding the variety of its practical and theoretical articulations, Marxism constitutes the most fertile conceptual framework for analysing social phenomena, with an eye to their overhaul. In our selection of materials, we do not favour any one tendency, tradition or variant.

> is a not for profit artist run organization based in Tower Hamlets

– Steve Edwards, Gail Day, John Roberts, Susan Kelly


> REARTIKULACIJA is an art project of the group Reartikulacija (Marina Gržinić, Staš Kleindienst, Sebastjan Leban and Tanja Passoni). It is based on a precise intervention logic; through contemporary political theory, critic, art projects, activism and self-organization, it aims to intervene in the Slovene, Balkan and international space. The platform allows networking with other political subjects, activists, artists, who are interested in the possibility to create and maintain a dialogue with concrete social and political spaces in Slovenia, Europe and worldwide.

> Radical Education Collective

Bojana Pishkur, Marina Grzinic, Zdenka Badovinac, Vadim Fishkin, Mladen Dolar, Slavoj Zizek


> Disobedience Archive is an ongoing, multi-phase project curated by Marco Scotini and produced and presented by PLAY platform for Film & Video. The first phase started in Berlin in January 2005 and after Prague the next step will be in Mexico City in September 2005. Disobedience is a video station and a platform of discussion dealing with the relationship between artistic practices and political action.

Sao Paolo

> The BijaRi is a visual arts and multimedia breeding center. Developing projects in various platforms, the group operates between analog and digital media offering artistic experimentations, especially of a critical nature. Urban interventions, performances, installations, video art and design become a means to engage people, generating impact that generates a questioning of the current reality.


>Zanny Begg – artist and activist web site


> 16 Beaver is the address of a space initiated/run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic/cultural/economic/political projects. It is the point of many departures/arrivals.

> Greg Sholette web site

> Artist Organisation

> Brian Holmes blog

> Creative Time

> Tidal, occupy strategy journal


> WHW (What, How and for Whom?) / Galerija Nova, curators collective!/groups/70785898206/

> Theater collective

> FRAKCIJA, a Performing Arts Magazine

International networks

> eipcp – European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies and multilingual web journal

> Former West a long-term international research, education, publishing, and exhibition project (2008–2014), which from within the field of contemporary art and theory: (1) reflects upon the changes introduced to the world (and thus to the so-called West) by the political, cultural, artistic, and economic events of 1989; (2) engages in rethinking the global histories of the last two decades in dialogue with post-communist and postcolonial thought; and (3) speculates about a “post-bloc” future that recognizes differences yet evolves through the political imperative of equality and the notion of “one world.”

> ArtLeaks is collective platform initiated by an international group of artists, curators, art historians and intellectuals in response to the abuse of their professional integrity and the open infraction of their labor rights. In the art world, such abuses usually disappear, but some events bring them into sharp focus and therefore deserve public scrutiny.

> International Errorist movement

> Ultrared
Activist art has come to signify a particular emphasis on appropriated aesthetic forms whose political content does the work of both cultural analysis and cultural action. The art collaboration Ultra-red propose a political-aesthetic project that reverses this model. If we understand organizing as the formal practices that build relationships out of which people compose an analysis and strategic actions, how might art contribute to and challenge those very processes? How might those processes already constitute aesthetic forms?


Documenta_12_magazines – was very important!


The First Open 48-hours May Congress-Commune of creative workers will take place in Moscow, April 29-30, 2010.

In the course of the two days, artists, researchers, translators, teachers, curators, union leaders, journalists, writers and musicians from all over the country will take part in several round-table discussions, talk-marathons, poetry readings and concerts. In the recent years, most of the participants have been part of important artistic and research initiatives that address the social and economic situation of creative professionals in contemporary Russian society. As neo-liberalism continues to establish its hold, its ugly manifestations are becoming a daily reality for all of us. Not only are exploitation and lack of freedom taking on increasingly elaborate forms, but also the very resourcefulness and the creative potential of an artist or researcher are appropriated and capitalized on by employers. It is against this backdrop that the issues raised by the phenomenon of precarious labor are becoming ever more pressing. It is our conviction that the reassessment of precarious workers’ position in today’s economic structure calls for a joint action in search of a new cultural space and an alternative educational platform outside of and beyond the fraudulent logic of the neo-liberal market economy. Alongside the struggle against the injustice at a work-place, collective advocacy of civil rights within professional unions, and the street-politics of manifestations and protests we are now making another crucial step towards the re-examination of our position and therefore, towards change. The May Congress builds on and develops the experience of several earlier projects, such as “Drift. Narvskaya Zastava” (St. Petersburg – Moscow, 2004-2005), “Self-Education(s)” (exhibition, Moscow, 2006), “68.08. Street Politics” (exhibition, Moscow, 2008) and “Leftist art. Leftist history. Leftist philosophy. Leftist poetry.” (seminar, Nizhny Novgorod, 2009) among others. The Congress proceedings will be organized around two main thematic clusters: LABOR and SELF-ORGANIZATION. The third, practice-oriented, part will take place in the morning, on May 1, the International Workers’ Day that celebrates unity and solidarity, when the Congress participants will walk out into the streets of Moscow to form their own joyful and creative column.

The Congress will provide modest dorm-like accommodations for its participants on the premises of Proekt-Fabrika.


Selected Conferences, public discussions and seminars

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which embrace activities of all Chto Delat members and particular Artyom Magum, Oxana Timofeeva and Alexey Penzin


here some selected events from the past


Historical Materialism,
London (speakers Alexey Penzin and Oxana Timofeeva)

Former West,
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Tsaplya-Vilensky-Penzin-Riff-Skidan-Timofeeva-Gluklya)

Malye Bannye Chteniya,
Smolny College, St. Petersburg (Magun and Skidan)

International Symposium The Structure of the Void;
Ljubljana (Oxana Timofeeva)

The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part 2
Berlin (Alexey Penzin)


Where has Communism gone?, seminar with G.M. Tamás at, Budapest

Truth is Concrete, Sterische Herbst, Graz – discussions and seminars (Vilensky-Oleynikov)

May Congress, Kiew (Oleynikov-Tsaplya-Vilensky)

You do not have to be left to think like this, exhibition as school
the series of seminars and public discussions in Petersburg, GEZ21, Pushkinskaya 10.

ArtLeaks workmeeting in Moscow

Historical Materialism, 2012, London Magun, Timofeeva, Penzin)

Border Aesthetics Conference;
University of Tromsø, Norway

Summer School 2012 – Moscow – St Petersburg with Mladen Dolar and Slavoj Zizek

Moscow Curatorial School, V-A-C Foundation, Russia (Vilensky-Tsaplya – seminars)

Marx and the aesthetics, Amsterdam University (Vilensky on skype)

ArtLeaks’ First Public Assembly and Workshop, Berlin (Tsaplya and Vilensky)

Participating in the discussion at Workstation 1: Self-organisation as Ethic,
Gwangjui Biennale (Vilensky on skype)


A Declaration on Politics, Knowledge, and Art


Demanding the (Im)possible

At this reactionary historical moment, when elementary demands for the possible are presented as a romantic impossibility, we remain realists and insist on certain simple, intelligible things. We have to move away from the frustrations occasioned by the historical failures to advance leftist ideas and discover anew their emancipatory potential. We say that it is natural for each person to be free and live a life of dignity. All that we have to do is to find the strength within ourselves to fight for this. The first thing that motivates us is the rejection of all forms of oppression, the artificial alienation of people, and exploitation. That is why we stand for a distribution of the wealth produced by human labor and all natural resources that is just and directed towards the welfare of everyone.

We are internationalists: we demand the recognition of the equality of all people, no matter where they live or where they come from.

We are feminists: we are against all forms of patriarchy, homophobia, and gender inequality.


Chto Delat? / What is to be Done?

Chto Delat publication

at Seccesion, Vienna
Posters Time line and Lexicon

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) – active till 2011, 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 2012). Since then many Russian and international artist and researchers has participated in different projects realized under the collective name Chto Delat? (see descriptions of each projects on this web site)

Chto Delat? collective in Kronstadt in 2005
Standing: from the right: Oleynikov, Gluklya, Timofeeva, Shuvalov, Tsaplya, Riff, Penzin; Sitting: Magun and Vilensky



Recent Selected Publications

– Global Activism, Art and conflicts in 21st century, a ZKMbook, MIT Press, Cambridge, London

– Entry Points: The Vera List Center Manual on Art and Social Justice, No. 1, VERA LIST CENTER FOR ART AND POLITICS, THE NEW SCHOOL, 2015 


Chto Delat. Time capsule. Artistic report on catastrophes and Utopia. Published on the occasion of the Chto Delat exhibition at Seccesion, Vienna, November 2014

 Chto Delat catalogue published by Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2011 VERLAG DER BUCHHANDLUNG WALTHER KÖNIG with a contribution by Simon Sheikh, Victor Misiano and Johan Holten at:

The best of times, The worst of times, the catalogue of the first Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, 2012




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