Student Protest Actions: from Chile to Quebec

Lecture by Denys Pilash

November 15th, 2012, Thursday, 18:00

These days the student movement is rising all over the world. But far not in every country has it reached such a scale as in Chile and Canadian province Quebec, where it has become one of the main factors of social life. What was the reason for student protest activities? What did they manage to achieve, and what still has not changed? What can Ukrainian libertarian student movement learn from these events? And, finally, who is cooler – Camila Vallejo, or Anarchopanda?

Denys Pilash – PhD student at National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, “Direct Action” and “Left Opposition” activist.

Within the framework of Education Week and Global Education Strike

Ukraina po wyborach: między neoliberalizmem a nacjonalizmem

6 listopada, wtorek, 19:00, Krytyka Polityczna, ul. Foksal 16, p. II, Warszawa

W wyborach parlamentarnych na Ukrainie, które odbyły się 28 października, zwyciężyła, a do tego umocniła swoją pozycję, rządząca Partia Regionów. Także bardzo dobre rezultaty zanotowały uważana za skończoną Komunistyczna Partia Ukrainy i jedno z nowych oblicz opozycji – nacjonalistyczna „Swoboda”. Razem te partie zebrały niemal 25 procent głosów ukraińskich wyborców. Trzecią partią, która wdarła się na scenę polityczną jest Ukraiński Demokratyczny Alians na rzecz Reform znanego boksera Witalija Kliczki. To o tej partii najwięcej mówiono w kategoriach „europejskiej normalności”. Jednak, czy „UDAR” nie okaże się kolejną płonną nadzieją wierzących w unijną przyszłość Ukrainy? Co mówią wyniki nacjonalistów i komunistów o ukraińskim społeczeństwie i jak na nie wpłyną?

Na te pytania postarają się odpowiedzieć zaproszeni goście: Piotr Andrusieczko (Ukrajinśkyj Żurnał), Bogumiła Berdychowska (Forum Polsko-Ukraińskie), Wasyl Czerepanyn (Centrum Badań nad Kulturą Wizualną w Kijowie, Krytyka Polityczna), Ołeksij Radynski (Centrum Badań nad Kulturą Wizualną w Kijowie, Krytyka Polityczna). Spotkanie moderować będzie Paweł Pieniążek (Krytyka Polityczna).

Presentation of “Problem Book”

Political mathematics class book

Presentation of Problem Book, made by architects, sociologists and artists

On Sunday, November 4th, at 17:00, presentation of an interdisciplinary publication Problem Book will be held at Visual Culture Research Center (26, Kostyantynivska St., Zhovten Cinema). The authors propose us to have a different view on mathematics, and show its connection with social processes. The authors of the book, artist Anastasia Ryabova and architect Oleksandr Burlaka, together with Independent Student Union Direct Action activist Roksolana Mashkova, will participate in the presentation, moderated by sociologist Anastasia Riabchuk.

According to its authors, Problem Book helps to display the social and political contradictions around us. The story base for these mathematical tasks is in social, political and economic problems of contemporary cities. A text by the theorist Tzuchien Tho “The Difficult Truth about Mathematics”, devoted to the philosophical problem of political mathematics and its emancipatory potential, is also published in the book. The Problem Book project is aimed for experimental work with the book at social studies school classes.

Architects, sociologists and artists were involved in creating the Problem Book: Ivan Brazhkin, Oleksandr Burlaka, Dmytro Vorobyov, Anastasiya Ryabova, Maksym Spivakov, Tzuchien Tho, Vladyslav Shapovalov. The book was published within The Way of Enthusiasts exhibition (parallel project of the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice).

The Problem Book is available online in Russian, English and Italian:

In addition, we would like to remind you that from October 26th to November 18th, 2012 the exhibition Responsible for Circulation by Oleksandr Burlaka, Anastasiya Ryabova and Maksym Spivakov is taking place at the Visual Culture Research Center. The exhibition is dedicated to the visual accompaniment of the election procedure, the intervention of the election campaign into the urban space and the illusion of political action.

Contact person: Oksana Bryukhovetska, 093 460 68 81


On Saturday, November 3, at 19:00 a concert of Kwartludium band (Poland) will take place at National Union of Composers (Pushkinska Str., 32). The performance is part of “Culture of Transformation” project, co-organized by Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique magazine.

The band Kwartludium emerged in 2002 and consists of Dagna Sadkowska (violin), Michał Górczyński (clarinet), Paweł Nowicki (percussion) and Piotr Nowicki (piano). Kwartludium is known for its improvised and atonal music performance. The group focuses on performing works by young composers, as well as better known composers including Stockhausen, Bergstroem-Nielsen, Cardew, Stark, Wolf, Rasmusen and Detoni.

Programme of Kwartludium concert in Kyiv

Wojciech Blecharz – Torpor

Jagoda Szmytka – Sky-me_type-me

Wojciech Ziemowit Zych – Ever-present Longing

Sławomir Wojciechowski – Rope of Sands

Music interpretations of visual artworks will also be presented at the concert:

Pola Dwurnik – Object

Adam X –  Elements of the Octopus Style

Rafał Bujnowski – Kosmos

Twożywo – Fear That Weaves Structures

Anna Okrasko – Column # 10

Karol Radziszewski – No Name

Adam Witkowski – The Truth Has No Guidelines

After the concert a discussion will be open with the members of Kwartludium band, the composer Sławomir Wojciechowski and music critic Monika Pasiecznik. Moderator: music curator Wojtek Zralek-Kossakowski.

National Union of Composers: 32, Pushkinska Str.

The concert takes place within the framework of Culture of Transformation project, co-organized by Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique magazine, supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Project partners: Polish Institute in Kyiv, Zhovten Cinema. Media partners: Art Ukraine, Korydor, Telekrytyka, VideoTeka.

“In Charge of the Edition”

October 26, Friday, 19:00Visual Culture Research Center presents the exhibition In Charge of the Edition by Olexander Burlaka, Anastasia Ryabova and Maxim Spivakov. The project is dedicated to the visual accompaniment of the election procedure, the intervention of the election campaign into the urban space which transforms the cognitive landscape and creates the illusion of political action.

The campaign transforms the city into the space of the obtrusive self-representation of the agents of political competition. Leading up their visual presence to the point of absurdity, a palette of candidates simulates the variety of choice as the election itself simulates a possibility to choose. According to the Law of Ukraine “On Elections of People’s Deputies”, a citizen has the right to exercise free choice of political preferences without the influence of propaganda only on the day of silence. Through photography, video and installation the artists offer to rethink such illusory possibility.

In Charge of the Edition is the third show in the Unrendered Spaces ongoing exhibition project, which includes a series of expositions dedicated to the strategies of perception of environment inside and outside the city, the possibilities of its exploration by the means of art. Concentrated on the points of perceptive conflict, multiple interpretations of the living space, the project aims at playing out the political, social, aesthetic zones of tension by redefining it.

The exhibition is open until November 18, Tuesday – Sunday, from 17:00 to 21:00


October 22, 2012, 20:00

Zhovten Cinema, «Anshlag» hall (26, Kostyantynivska Str.)

On Monday, October 22th at 20 p.m. the screening of It Looks Pretty From a Distance by Anka Sasnal and Wilhelm Sasnal will take place within the program of Molodist International Film Festival. There will be a discussion with the authors and film theorists Lesya Kulchinska (Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv) Jakub Majmurek (Krytyka Polityczna, Warsaw).

The action takes place in a secluded Polish village near the woods and a river. It is here, where a love story between a scrapper and a girl unfolds. In an air of ubiquitous secrecy, the villagers and the couple live their everyday dull lives of hardship until the scrapper vanishes. His disappearance triggers a chain of unexpected events. In strikingly beautiful surroundings, under a scorching sun, human evil surfaces.

Wilhelm Sasnal is one of the most renowned contemporary Polish artists. His pieces are in the collections of Tate Modern, MOMA, Centre Pompidou and many other museums. He collaborates with Foksal Gallery foundation and Political Critique (Krytyka Polityczna).

The screening has been organized within the framework of the Culture of Transformation project, co-organized by Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique magazine, supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Project partners: Polish Institute in Kyiv, Zhovten cinema.

Presentation of the 4th issue of “Political Critique” (Ukrainian edition)

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, 1st building, auditorium 217 (2, Skovorody St.)

October 19th, 18:00

Participants: Volodymyr Vorotniov, Nikita Kadan, Nazariy Sovsun, Vasyl Cherepanyn

Political Critique #4: СВБД ПСРТ

The fourth issue is dedicated to art as a tool for the transformation of social reality. The opening chapter contains the Political Critique survey with Russian artists, theoreticians and activists about the societal effect of Pussy Riot group actions and the imprisonment of its members. The visual chapter consists of works by Ukrainian and Polish critical artists, who analyze the event of Europe football championship in Ukraine and Poland by means of art. The chapter “Forget Fear” presents a selection of talks with contemporary artists and activists made by Artur Żmijewski during the period of his preparation of the 7th Berlin Biennale in 2012.

Some of the authors of the issue: Pavel Arsenyev, Yael Bartana, Yevgenia Belorusets, Ilya Budraitskis, Oleksandr Burlaka, Anatoly Belov, Joanna Warsza, Aleksandr Volodarsky, Volodymyr Vorotniov, Paweł Demirski, Ekaterina Degot, Galit Eilat, Serhiy Zhadan, Artur Żmijewski, Anna Zvyagintseva, Aleksandr Ivanov, Mykyta Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Marcin Kalinski, Jaś Kapela, Lesia Kulchinska, Renzo Martens, Ivan Melnychuk, Antanas Mockus, Olha Papash, Rafael Pishobomb, Thomas Piatek, Konrad Pustola, Oleksiy Radynski, Mykola Ridny, Yevhen Samborsky, John Iveson Silva, Nazariy Sovsun, Igor Stokfiszewski, Monika Strzepka, Vlad Tupikin, Noah Fisher, Sergio Franco, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Keti Chukhrov, Árpád Schilling, Timea Junghaus.

From Springtime of the Peoples to Springtime of the Classes?

On October 18, at 19:00 Visual Culture Research Center opens a debate dedicated to the protests of nowadays.

Street protest today is perhaps the only access path for the masses to democratic politics. However, in the countries most severely hit by the crisis demonstrations of thousands of people are being supressed with batons. In Ukraine so far protests are predominantly combated legally – through banning them in court decisions and restricting public gatherings in new bills. Visual Culture Research Center invites to discuss the variety of forms of protest action today, the possibilities and menaces the protesters are facing.

The debate is taking place in the framework of the exhibition Democracies by Artur Zmijewski, which consists of film series documenting various political actions around the globe.


Denys Horbach – journalist, Independent Workers Union activist

Volodymyr Ishchenko – sociologist (Centre for Society Research), lecturer at Sociology Department of NaUKMA

Andriy Ryepa – philosopher, translator


Inna Sovsun – political scientist (Centre for Society Research), lecturer at Political Science Department of NaUKMA


Zmijewski’s Democracies at Visual Culture Research Center

On October 8th 2012 a new exhibition season at Visual Culture Research Center will start with Artur Zmijewski’s Democracies. During his stay in Kyiv Zmijewski will also take part in a presentation of a new issue of Political Critique magazine (Ukrainian edition), published by Visual Culture Research Center. An exhibition will last until October 23.

Artur Zmijewski is an artist and curator, one of the leading representatives of current critical art. He participated in 51. Venice Biennale, Manifesta 5 and Documenta 12. In 2012, he curated the 7. Berlin Biennale (together with Joanna Warsza and Voina group). Zmijewski is an artistic editor of Political Critique magazine. In his work Zmijewski studies the current social antagonisms, problems of political representation and collective imaginaries.

Democracies is an ongoing film series that documents various political actions around the globe. Zmijewski’s camera becomes both witness and participant of protest actions, mourning demonstrations, civil unrests, sports celebrations, historical reconstructions etc. Zmijewski comments on his project: ‘I appreciate the politicization of public space. A demonstration that may last for just on hour is a moment, when people occupy the position of political subject, subvert the rules of parliamentary politics. They say: only direct politics exist. This is an incredible moment that should never end’ (In conversation with Oleksiy Radynski, Art Ukraine magazine, #3/2011).

During his stay in Kyiv Artur Zmijewski will also present his film Catastrophe that documents the reaction of Polish society towards the crash of Lech Kaczynski’s presidential plane in Russia on April 10, 2012.

Visual Culture Research Center (26 Kostiantynivska st, Zhovten Cinema)

This exhibition takes part within Culture of Transformation project, co-organized by Visual Culture Research Center and supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Project partners: Polish Institute in Kyiv, Zhovten Cinema.