St Petersburg artists Anastasia Vepreva, Roman Osminkin and Anton Commandiroff guest Tromsø in connection to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Their residency is a collaboration between Russian Studies /UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, curator Cornelius Stiefenhofer, artist-run space Kurant and AiR Barents.
Performance by eredovoe udozhestvo: 100 years October Revolution
“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.” These words by Karl Marx are as relevant today as ever. In October 25, 1917 Russia was the place of the world’s first Socialist Revolution.
According to the mythology formed in the Soviet period, the Russian cruiser Aurora on the Neva River gave a blank shot as the signal to storm the Winter Palace in Petrograd. In Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the morning dawn, bringing daylight to the gods and the people. This shot marked the birth of the idea of a future World Revolution. Despite the fact that today we are far from universal equality and brotherhood, the utopia of building Communism in the whole world is needed by modern humanity as never before! After all, fearing for their present, people abandon the future.
Therefore, exactly 100 years later, on October 25, 2017, as a sign of memory of the world’s first socialist revolution, the artistic cooperative “eredovoe udozhestvo” from the city of the 3 revolutions will pass through the streets of the city of Tromsø with a model of the cruiser Aurora, welcoming Norwegian workers with revolutionary marches and workers’ songs.
After the procession, the revolutionary techno-set by the main proletarian poet of postindustrial times, Roman Osminkin and beat maker Anton Comandiroff, will take place at Levende Lokaler i Storgata 108 in the evening at 21.00.
Techno / Poetry
hosted by Kurant
“TECHNO / POETRY” cheerfully balances from mocking Russian folk to gothic electronics, from dance hardcore to mechanistic disco.” If you haven’t mastered formal language, dance however you can, don’t think about anything ” – declares the Petersburg coop. “TECHNO / POETRY”. Roman Osminkin and Anton Commandiroff recently held a spontaneous presentation of the new album alongside the local police station, and it describes the modus operandi of this group well. Techno and poetry are put into the name of the cooperative by the CAPSLOCK – it’s not so much the music making of techno in combination with poetry, but the play/performance in techno and poetry. Roman Osminkin’s texts is a hypertrophied salad of citations from social networks, philosophical books and imaginary combat leaflets of left-minded revolutionary organizations. Anton Commandiroff responds with the same undeveloped and deconstructed music. This disco fools in the library.
Artist Talk: Roman Osminkin and Anastasia Vepreva
Hosted by Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art
// About the artists //
Anastasia Vepreva (1989, Arkhangelsk, USSR) Artist, curator, from St. Petersburg, Russia. She works in various techniques with the idea of systems of oppression, artificial intelligence, Memory Studies and with the idea of death. Graduated from The school of Engaged Art by group “Chto Delat”. Has double MA from Smolny College, SPBU, St. Petersburg and Bard College, NY, USA. Participant of PLURIVERSALE III, IV The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, The 6th Moscow Biennale, Manifesta 10, 35th Moscow International film festival. Have some personal exhibitions. Published in Art Leaks Gazette, Colta.ru, Aroundart.
Roman Osminkin is a Saint Petersburg based poet, art-theorist, performer and video-artist. Member of the St.Petersburg Writers Union since 2007. Author of poetry and short prose books. Member of the editorial board of «Translit», the most influential leftist journal of poetry and literature theory in Russia. Poetry and criticism published in New Literary Observer (Russia), N+1 Magazine (New-York); Poetry Anthology «The Animated Reader», (New Museum’s 2015 Triennial) and other. He was a member of the Laboratory of Poetic Actionism, which combined video-poems (distributing the poetic word in three dimensions) and more aggressive interventions into public space. Founder of music-art project Techno-Poetry. He is keen to experiment with different media: body and text, voice and language. Ph.D at the Russian Institute of Art History. Osminkin frequently acts as an invited lecturer in various institutions in Russia and around the world.
Anton Komandirov (1978, Ukhta, USSR). Musician, soundproducer and conceptual artist from Saint-Petersburg. Playing guitars, bass, keyboards, samplers, synths. Member of the Russian indie-rock-band Tender Seances and music performer/composer in the Techno-Poetry art project. Also produced some songs by others bands (“Dancefloor in Chechnya” by FRNCHSKA and “Guys waiting for guys” by TS and others), wrote a couple of poem collections (“From the pure heart” 2004 and “komandiroff 2.0” 2007), participated in some movie projects. Works as a model for famous Russian photographers.
Supported by UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Arts Council Norway and BarentsKult.