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Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
Conference
September 1–2, 2017

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
Germany

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Above: Ivan Kliun, Red Light. Spherical Composition, 1923. Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art – Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki.
Above: Ivan Kliun, Red Light. Spherical Composition, 1923. Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art – Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki.
Conference
September 1–2, 2017

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
Germany

T +49 30 397870
F +49 30 3948679
[email protected]

www.hkw.de
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Russian Cosmism called for physical immortality for the living, material resurrection of the dead, and travel to outer space. Its tenets—combining Western Enlightenment and Eastern philosophy, Russian Orthodox traditions, and Marxism, with the enthusiasm for science and technology—inspired many key Soviet thinkers until they fell victim to Stalinist repression and the movement became largely forgotten.

Art Without Death looks at this daring utopia and its echoes in art, science, and politics. An exhibition links works by the Russian avant-garde from the Costakis Collection—selected by Boris Groys—with contemporary contributions: the film trilogy Immortality for All! (2014–17) by Anton Vidokle, of which the last film will premiere at the exhibition, and a new installation by Arseny Zhilyaev.

The conference, curated by Boris Groys, focuses on the key concepts, continuities, and impact of Russian Cosmism: from Nikolai Fedorov’s philosophy of the Common Task—the prime stimulus for the rise of Russian Cosmism—to the significance of Cosmist ideas for the philosophy, literature, and art of the Soviet era; from authors and artists of the Russian avant-garde who envisioned modern technology as the pathway to a society of universal happiness, to contemporary artistic positions indebted to Cosmism and Universalism.
 

The program of the conference:

Friday, September 1

5–6pm
Russian Cosmism: Technology of Immortality
Boris Groys
 

6:30–9pm
Nikolai Fedorov and his Project of the Common Task
Angeliki Charistou, Anastasia Gacheva, Michael Hagemeister

 

Saturday, September 2

11am–1:30pm
Cosmic Themes in the Early Soviet Culture
Robert Bird, Maria Chehonadskih, Svetlana Cheloukhina
 

2:30–5pm
Cosmism and Social Progress
Keti Chukhrov, Alexei Penzin, Marina Simakova
 

6–8:30pm
Cosmism, Universalism, Contemporary Art
Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Arseny Zhilyaev
 

Free admission, registration appreciated: [email protected]

 



 

Exhibition: Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism
September 1–October 3, 2017
Opening: Thursday, August 31, 7pm
 

Further information: www.hkw.de/cosmism


 

Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism is Part of 100 Years of Now. Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.


 

Press contact:
Anne Maier, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
[email protected] / T +49 (0)30 39787 153

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Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin