Art and the Public – Art in Public Space

Podium event in cooperation with the monthly magazine OSTEUROPA


15:00 – 15:45 p.m. | Lecture, German

Political Action Art in Russia
Klavdia Smola

Klavdia Smola gives a well-founded insight into the development of Russian political action art in recent years. Even though action artists such as Pavel Pavlenskij or the group Pussy Riot have attracted international attention with their spectacular actions, new forms of resistance against the authoritarian regime have become increasingly important since the 2010s. Today’s artists no longer rely on confrontation with state power, but on the transformation of society by means of participative art.

15:45 – 16:30 p.m. | Lecture, German

discussion round

Following her lecture, Klavdia Smola will talk with Victoria Lomasko and Daria Serenko, two representatives of political action art, about her art and the conditions of her work.

16:30 – 17:15 p.m. | Lecture, German

Moral Panic: From the fight against a dangerous youth
Ewgeniy Kasakow

The field of pop music plays a special role due to its mass impact. In autumn 2018, 40 concerts were banned in Russia. This affected musically and politically very different artists, who above all attract young audiences. The campaign was often suspected of fighting against the opposition, but the repressions and attempts at integration against the musicians follow much more the logic of “moral panic”. The fear of a dangerous youth is sublimated into the protection of youth from danger. The Perm historian Ewgeniy Kasakow will report on the phenomenon in his lecture and give an insight into the partly involuntarily politicized music scene with numerous examples.

Klavdia Smola (1974), Professor of Slavic Literary Studies at the Dresden University of Technology

Ewgeniy Kasakov (1982), historian, Center for Comparative History and Political Studies, University of Perm

Victoria Lomasko studied graphic design at the Moscow State University of Printing. She works as a freelance illustrator. Her drawn report “Verbotene Kunst. A Moscow Exhibition” (2013) and “The Invisible and the Angry” (2018) were published.

Daria Serenko (1993), is a poet and curator. She graduated from the Gorky Literature Institute and became known for her work “tichie pikety” (silent (strike) posts). In public transport and on the streets of Moscow she was on the road with posters drawing attention to homophobia and domestic violence.