Rosa's House of Culture

Rosa’s House of Culture (ДК РОЗЫ – Дом Культуры Розы)

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Rosa’s House of Culture (ДК РОЗЫ – Дом Культуры Розы) – is an initiative of collective Chto Delat.
It is the space and process in which critical and leftist art is building its new engaged public. It is very important to understand what is happening with an alternative forms of artistic communication at the moment when it is more and more criminalized by new laws and the state structures and exist in a situation of staged aggression from general public and at the same time risks all forms of instrumentalization from the side of neo-liberalism.

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The Rosa’s House of Culture is about constructing counter-public at the moment of closure of publicness.
This project is questioning the legacy of Soviet tradition of Houses of Culture which was a well-spread state supported infrastructure for leisure and educational activities of people in Soviet Union. What can we learn from that experiences and how can we imagine a new model of House of Culture in composing a counter-public sphere?
How this places could “function as spaces of withdrawal and re-groupment and/or as training grounds for agitational activities directed toward wider publics” (Nancy Fraser).
For realizing this research and praxis we have decided to establish an experiment in operating a space where members of different marginalized leftist collectives invent and maintain their activities, which in turn permit them to shape and defend their identities, interests, and needs and how this different groups could come together and mutually support each other at a dark times.

The core of the activities of our “D.K. Rosy” (Rosa’s House of Culture) are different initiatives which we welcome from different field of activism and alternative educational initiatives such as an grass roots unions of IT workers, the union structure of educational workers (профсоюз «Учитель»), some self-organized feminist theater groups, sewing educational co-operative “Shvemy”, School of Engaged Art and many others. The art and activist Zetkin library is also located here with its unique collection of books and ephemera

The main function of this space is to bring these diverse groups into dialogue which could lead into building of a new composition of solidarity and engagement into common mutually supporting activities.

D.K. Rosy has started its activity with the support and in the framework of the international project Draft ( – initiated by Institute for Contemporary Art Research IFCAR
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK

dk-rosy_musa1 from chto delat on Vimeo.
Here you can see a short trailer with the history of Rosa’s House of Culture at the Artmuza space – till the moment we have been kicked out of there after the owner of the space got a signal from FSB – see the whole history here and visit our DK at new place –

Since September 24th 2015 ROSA’s House of Culture is forced to stop its public activities in the ArtMuza space. The reason: as we were told in the directorate of ArtMusa, they had received “the signal from the FSB,” and because they are not going to risk their bussiness, they unilaterally break the lease. Naturally, this is against the law. Comments: Our House of Culture is an educational and cultural center, which aims at the formation of critical thinking among artists, cultural workers and activists interested in the analysis and the participation in the processes of change in society. An important part of the public program of the House of Culture have become topical social projects, raising important issues such as the round table of doctors and patients of the closing emergency department on Vasilyevsky Island. We did not do anything illegal – we did not distribute forbidden literature, did not carry out violence and did not call for it, and there are no regulations on the recognition of our activities as extremist or even undesirable. We believe that the termination of the annual lease agreement from the Art Musa, is an act of self-censorship that permeates our entire society. We decided not to challenge it in court as management cluster has all the capabilities to legally paralyze our public works, which has already started to happen, when the guards of Art Musa allowed themselves rude and incorrect behavior in relation to the project participants and our guests. Therefore, instead of litigation with ArtMuza we prefer to mobilize our resources to find a new space, and are confident that ROSA’s House of Culture will open in October in a new place with an even more intense and important program.

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The Urgent Need to Struggle, Zine & Exhibition a project by Nikolay Oleynikov (2010, Gallery Paperworks, Moscow)

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О выставке “Острая необходимость борьбы” рассказывает её автор – художник Николай Олейников. Это некая альтернативная линия видения проблемы фашизма и антифашистского движения с 20-х годов по сию минуту. О современном искусстве читайте в разделе Культура сайта “Частный корреспондент”:


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Когда необходимо сказать мы: искусство как практики солидарности /выставочный проект/

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Exhibition project

When it is urgent to say WE

a project of Laboratory of Critical Art at

European Univercity, Sain Petersburg

Документация выставки

Проведенные в рамках выставки мероприятия:

29 мая в помещении выставки “Искусство как практики солидарности” в Европейском Университете состоялось обнародование крафт-книги Романа Осминкина Товарищ-вещь

голос: Роман Осминкин / гитара: Антон Командиров

Также выступила активистская группа “Аркадий Коц

стихи: Александр Бренер / голос, гитара: Кирилл Медведев / клавиши: Олег Журавлев

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Борьба на два фронта

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Книга о «маоистском» периоде Годара, вышедшая в «Свободном марксистском    издательстве»

Борьба на два фронта
Жан-Люк Годар и группа Дзига Вертов. 1968 — 1972

Москва, 2010, 111 стр.

Составление : Кирилл Медведев, Кирилл Адибеков.

Перевод: Кирилл Адибеков, Борис Нелепо, Станислав Дорошенко, Кирилл Медведев,

Марксистский период в творчестве Годара некоторыми воспринимается как одна из   причуд его эксцентричного гения, другими — как лишнее доказательство того, что  подлинное новаторство в искусстве невозможно вне связи с освободительной политикой  и левой мыслью. Точно можно сказать одно: интуиция Годара привела художника в нужное время в нужные обстоятельства, и за несколько лет, прежде чем заодно с большинством интеллектуалов разочароваться в прямом политическом действии он сумел не только кардинально обновить собственное искусство, но, что важнее, существенно и глубоко, а вовсе не на уровне поверхностных веяний и конъюнктуры, развить критическую, брехтианскую линию в левом искусстве и арт-теории. В книге собраны материалы, связанные с этим периодом.

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

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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.

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