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August 16 – 24, 2016

Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique invite you to the performance action «The Migrant Parliament of the Displaced: The Raft Crimea» by Maria Kulikovska, starting on Tuesday, August 16 at 10.00 at the Kyiv quay of the Dnipro river between the River Station and the pedestrian bridge to Trukhaniv island.

Crimea is a migrating peninsula, where one can migrate, not making any movement: the territory under one’s feet is migrating. One can fall asleep at home and wake up at the very same place, but in another country. In 2014, the whole population of Crimea migrated from one state to another overnight without making a single step.

On August 16 to 19 the migrating «Crimea» will appear in Kyiv for a while: amidst luxurious restaurants and yachts a life raft with a neon signboard will float off from the quay of Dnipro in Kyiv. The artist Maria Kulikovska, a citizen of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, presently a «displaced person», will stay on the raft. Maria will live there without any resources, only supported by Kyiv residents. Making her survival dependent on other people’s contributions, Maria highlights the vulnerability of those who had lost their homes, and calls for solidarity with them.

The raft «Crimea» will become a live spot on the map, marking a meeting point. With its inhabitant on board, the raft is welcoming all the displaced people, who need help, to come and voice their problems and needs. Everyone who is ready to help or to listen are also welcome. This place is destined to become a platform for discussing the urgent problems of the displaced and searching collectively for solutions.

On Friday, August 19 at 10.00 Maria and those, who would like to join her on board, will start drifting down the Dnipro river on the «Crimea» raft, in order to cross on August 24 the EU border, and to continue their journey on the rivers of Europe. The raft will moor at harbors of different cities, marking every time by its presence a place for a new meeting, to convoke local gatherings of migrants and the displaced.

The raft «Crimea» is both, an artwork and a real political proposal. Water routes have always defined the development of states. Thousands of people, who are deprived of their homes, seeking for better life, safety, or simply a possibility of survival, are moving today on boats and rafts to the shores, where no one is neither waiting for them, nor wants to see them. The vast population of the new republic, which is not marked on the map, is drifting on the waves: the phantom republic of migrants. Anyone can become its citizen one day. The «Crimea» life raft will become its embassy, a displaced parliament for all of those who are devoid of place and political representation.

«The Migrant Parliament of the Displaced: The Raft Crimea» performance is part of the collaborative project The School of Political Performance by Maria Kulikovska and the VCRC, and belongs to the parallel program of Sentsov’s Camera exhibition at the Leipzig Museum for Contemporary Art.

Starting from August 16, Maria Kulikovska will distribute her radio-diary from the raft «Crimea» on the «Old fashioned radio» station ( at 23.00 o’clock.

In September 2016 Visual Culture Research Center will open its doors to present a documenting exhibition of the performance.

Maria Kulikovska is a Ukrainian artist and actionist, born in Kerch city in Crimea. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv. Maria is the author of numerous performances, actions and happenings: War and Pea$e (Mariupol, 2016), 9th of May (solo exhibition; London, 2016), 1 May (London, 2016), Happy Birthday (London, 2016), Patience?, #Onvacation (Venice Biennale, 2015), White (2015), Untitled (2014), 254 (2014) are among them.

The School of Political Performance will kick off with its first course on September 5, 2016, becoming a permanent platform for common creation and exchange of experience. Open lectures will be combined with practical exercises, seminars, intensive workshops, collective actions and performances by the participants and lecturers of the school. The students of the School are to form a rapid political action team, that will conduct a series of projects in the public space.

Organizers: Visual Culture Research Center, The School of Political Performance initiative.

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Co-funded by «Krytyka Polityczna» («Political Critique») within Connected Action for the Commons program of European Cultural Foundation.

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Partners: NGO «Crimea SOS», NGO «Vostok SOS Charitable Foundation», «Crimean prisoners» support group The Solidarity Committee.

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“Olympiada-84 in Donetsk”: exhiition, lectures, plays, excurtions


 August 13 – 28, 2016

Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique invite you to the exhibition “Olympiada-84”, starting on Saturday, August 13 at 19:00 at the Visual Culture Research Center and will last until August 28.

During its history sport has never been “just sport”. Instead, it was some sort of a biopolitical “religion” of victory and records, closely intertwined with global economy and politics.

UEFA European Championship, the FIFA World Cup, the summer and winter Olympic Games were long ago turned into events that fundamentally change the infrastructure, landscape, and even the ecology of the cities they are held at. Countries and cities are ready to overspend their own resources just to have the right to host them.

At the same time, mass sports competitions have always been a powerful instrument for shaping collective identities: there is hardly anything that can create such feeling of emotional unity as rooting for “our guys” or, even more, against “the others”, especially during such collective rituals as ‚waves’ rolling through the stadium, or football chants.

All this together poses questions: could the Winter Olympic Games in 1984 have changed something, if they were held in Donetsk? Would have this improved the socio-economical development of the region? Could’ve it influenced the regional identity of Donbass, or would it become the reason for its inclusion to the “nationwide” identity? Finally, could’ve it changed anything in the context of the current war in Eastern Ukraine? Of course, history does not recognize the potential mood, and the imaginary space, fantasies, myths, fake memories, even games are usually regarded as accessory and casual. Putting above the “real historical facts”, we tend to not notice how events, which never became a part of the official history, can influence our present.

Without any doubt, the need to experience in 2016 the “never experienced” 1984 Olympics is symptomatic, and indicates the unconscious yearning for fixing “the mistakes of the past”. Hence the «Olympics-1984 in Donetsk» attempts to think them through working with personal stories of migrants from Eastern Ukraine — of those, whose identity is connected with the collective identity of Donbass. It seeks to understand why, to a certain extent, it was excluded from the “nationwide” identity through the pivotal political and social processes of the 80s on the way to the present political situation in Ukraine.

«Rosegarden» play
When and where: Saturday, 18 August, 2016, 20.00 at PostPlay Theatre (31, Nyzhnoiurkivska Str.)

Based on personal stories of three internally displaced migrants from the Donbass region, the idea of the play with their participation was to confront the official (documented) history, and the personal (oral) stories of certain people, discovering their essential incommensurability. In such context, stories about details, sensations, private rituals and feelings become in a way the opposition of the official history’s pathos, and the state machine producing it.

“Without Armour” play
When and where: Saturday, 27 August, 2016, 20.00 at PostPlay Theatre (31, Nyzhnoiurkivska Str.)

The performance is created upon a personal story and with the assistance of an ATO combatant. Its problematics can be outlined, perhaps, by his own commentary:
“We, the fighters, have a huge problem with self-identification. Who am I now? Am I a soldier or an ex-soldier? Am I the victor or the defeated? — It is not known. It’s impossible to give an unambiguous answer to any of these questions. Am I a military? — Yes, because I have served, and I will do it again, if needed. Am I a winner? — I definitely had a victory over myself. I obtained Ukraine within myself. I’m the winner in this particular aspect. But the society is looking at me with incomprehension: on the one hand, we waited for the victory from you so much, and you didn’t hand it. Or, maybe, on the other hand, I’m the defeated? — Who knows, I was broken and demoralized…”

Tours through M.M.Gryshko National Botanic Garden by Vitalii Kukhar
When and where: 14 and 28 of August, 14.00 at the Botanic Garden

Vitalii Kukhar, who is a migrant, works in the National Botanic Garden as a general labourer, but his main area of responsibility is the rosegarden. Vitalii spends most of his time in the garden, his days off are Saturday and Sunday. He is interested in the history of plants, their uses, the places these species were brought from. The garden becomes from time to time a place, where Vitalii meets his friends and acquaintances, including other migrants, to whom he tells his stories, which intertwine with the history of the garden.

Generation Games
When and where: Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 14.00 at the “Start” stadium

Not being exclusively restricted by the “adult history” of the 80s, the “Olympics-84” project aims to stage the games that were popular amongst children and teenagers of that time, engaging into the circle of experts the representatives of generations whose childhood was in the 70s and the 80s. We invite all children of 6 to 14 years old to participate in order to try out and assess the entertainment of the times of their parents’ childhood.

Lectures program:

Anton Liagusha, «The imaginary Donbass of the 1984 Olympics time: historical tropology, the Soviet feudalism and alienation.» When and where: Sunday, August 14, 19.00 at Visual Culture Research Center.

Kyrylo Tkachenko, «Enthusiasm and disappointment: Donbass miner’s movement from 1988 to 1993.» When and where: Friday, August 19, 19.00 at Visual Culture Research Center.
Danylo Sudyn, «Donetsk citizens’ identities — from Ukraine’s independence declaration to the occupation.» When and where: Saturday, August 20, 19.00 at Visual Culture Research Center.

Oleksii Karachynskyi, «Existential problems caused by the conditions of forced migration and military action.» When and where: Sunday, August 21, 19.00 at Visual Culture Research Center.

Anna Kravets. Visual laboratory. «Olympia: the festival of the cult of body and the Germany’s triumphal springboard on the eve of World War II,» and the screening of Leni Riefenstahl’s «Olympia. Festival of Nations» (1938). When and where: Thursday, August 25, 19.00 at Visual Culture Research Center.

Ruslana Kozienko, «Cultural trauma and the politics of memory: on the edge of the personal and the official.» When and where: Friday, August 26, 19.00 at Visual Culture Research Center.

Taras Liutyi, «Mass sports games and the power.» When and where: Sunday, August 28, 19.00 at Visual Culture Research Center.

Admission is free.

Authors of the project: «Olympics-84» Initiative (Dmytro Levytsky, Yelyzaveta Oliynyk, Piotr Armianovsky, Lesya Berezdetska, Ruslana Kozienko, Oleksandr Burlaka).

«Olympics-84» project is part of CSM / Foundation Center for Contemporary Art and Korydor online magazine «From the First Person: Memory. Voice. Dialogue» program, financed by National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Автори проекту – ініціатива «Олімпіада-84» (Дмитро Левицький, Єлизавета Олійник, Пьотр Армяновський, Леся Берездецька, Козієнко Руслана, Олександр Бурлака).

Проект є частиною програми CSM / Фундації Центр Сучасного Мистецтва і онлайн-журналу Korydor «Від першої особи: Пам’ять. Голос. Діалог», профінансованої National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Organizers: «Olympics-84» Initiative, Visual Culture Research Center
Partners: CSM / Foundation Center for Contemporary Art, Korydor magazine

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CRYPTO PARTY. An informal practical workshop


Thursday, 21 July 2016, 20:00

Should we be worried about pervasive Internet surveillance? Do we want to rebuild privacy for your online communications? At the informal practical workshop from CryptoClasses, taking place on July 21 at Visual Culture Research Center, you will learn why you need this and how to do it. CryptoParty will help you develop basic skills in the usage of encrypting technologies, sending private messages to your friends, and putting the electronic signature without the threat of it being intercepted, or read by unauthorized individuals.

The class will be given by with over a decade experience teaching activists around the world digital security basics and authors of numerous self-learning guides.

Working language – English. Please, bring your laptop and smart phone to the party.

The party will take place within the framework of research workshop On-line Media as a Tool for Grassroots Politics, co-organized by Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique.

Admission is free

Those interested in supporting future CryptoClass events are invited to come and discuss possibilities.

DSS380 is a permanent school of digital security for advocates, civil activists, NGO representatives, and media in Ukraine. develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. Our goal is to create accessible technology and improve the skill set needed for defending human rights and freedoms in the digital age.

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Sentsov’s Camera. Exhibition at the Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig (GfZK)

Фото: Мірон Цовнір. Бахчисарай, 2013

Photo: Miron Zownir. Bakhchysarai, 2013.

15.07. – 6.11.2016

In May 2014, the Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov was abducted by the security services of the Russian Federation. He was later arrested, accused of being the organiser of a terrorist group. After a show trial, the artist was sentenced to 20 years in a penal colony, and taken to Yakutia.

The exhibition Sentsov’s Camera takes us back to these events. In essay form, it tells of how conflicts become inscribed in spaces, and how the inhabitants of these spaces suddenly feel that they are prisoners. The story goes beyond Crimea and the Ukrainian borders to other landscapes such as the Isle of Rügen in Germany or the Solovetsky Islands in Russia. Isolation, repressions, militaristic pathos – all of these things shape the history of these places and the biography of the people who are deprived of their freedom. Their home is transformed into a lonely chamber.

In this chamber, the individual is confronted with the blame that has been assigned to him, and with his own self. At the same time he searches for possibilities to break through the enforced silence, to find a new way of articulating.

Sentsov’s Camera is a space for stories and pictures that have to be told and shown. It is also a lens that reveals the internal conflicts of the narrators. The viewer also recognises himself there. Sentsov’s Camera draws places and events closer, giving us the opportunity to adopt a position of our own and to show solidarity.

Vitalii Atanasov, Günter Brus, Angelina Kariakina, Ksenia Marchenko, Marcel Noack, Diana Poladova, Oleksiy Radynski, Mykola Ridnyi, Sandra Schubert, Mikhail Tolmachev, Ivanna Yakovyna, Artur Żmijewski, Miron Zownir.

Curated by Kateryna Mishchenko

In cooperation with DOK Leipzig and Visual Culture Research Center Kyiv

Within the exhibition’s framework Visual Culture Research Center will organize parallel program in Kyiv.

NEEDS. The first Petr Pavlensky’s talk out of prison

The Violence of the Image. Lecture by Lesia Kulchynska

NEEDS. The first Petr Pavlensky’s talk out of prison


Sunday, 19 June 2016, 19:00
The first Petr Pavlensky’s talk out of prison

The first public talk out of prison – Needs – will be given by Petr Pavlensky in Ukraine, where he was invited by Hromadske.

Russian artist was released on June 8 as a result of a trial for setting the door of central administration of Russian Federal Security Service on fire. Pavlensky turned his proceedings into a performance making the repressive apparatus work for art.

In his first TV interview out of prison Pavlensky said: “Being in custody, I saw a lot of dignity among prisoners, but also how law enforcement system tries to discipline people working out the habit to obey orders, and they are being disciplined, namely, by needs. This is very important.”

Moderated by Natalia Gumenyuk

Petr Pavlensky is Russian performance artist, author of radical actions in public space. He is an editor of Political Propaganda magazine and publishing house. Lives and works in Saint Petersburg. In February 2014 as part of his Freedom, action dedicated to Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, Pavlensky reproduced Maidan in Saint Petersburg. In November 2015 he made his Threat performance by setting the door of central administration of Russian Federal Security Service on fire. During the trial he asked to classify his case as “terrorism” to be associated with Crimean political prisoners.

The talk will take place on June 19 at 19:00 in Visual Culture Research Center.

Admission is free

Organizer: Hromadske

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DIYstvo 2016


Saturday, 28 May 2016, 14:00
30/34 Petrivska Street

DIYstvo 2016

Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique invite you to the festival of urban self-organization and creativity DIYstvo 2016, taking place on Saturday, May 28 in the territory of a forest and garage co-op at the address 30/34 Petrivska Street.

Taking place annually since 2009, DIYstvo festival engages the most interesting grassroots and activist initiatives from the spheres of urban development, handicraft, printing, and music, as well as other self-organized communities. “Do-it-yourself” is a call for moving beyond the exchange relationships logic and establishing social ties that are basic for mutual help and support. D.I.Y. festivals strive for becoming places of formation and development of self-organized communities, which can solve numerous local, especially urban, problems. This year’s programme involves site-specific work, presentation of local D.I.Y. brands, music, and a series of workshops.

The participative construction UFO DIY project will be conducted for two weeks by Pylorama collective. Its aim is to provide direct access from Lvivska Square to Hlybochytska Sreet, build wooden platforms and stage for studying and relaxation;

Waste sorting and utilization workshop will take place simultaneously with the construction;

Juridical workshop on basic civil rights and communication with law enforcement will take place on the rebuilt festival territory;

At DIY-Print workshop participants will learn different types of hand printing, attend artist’s master classes and exhibition of their latest works;

And on May 26 a co-founder of Pylorama collective Dana Kosmina will deliver a lecture Emergency Architecture as a Response to Destructive Environment and demonstrate basic elements of emergency dwelling.


May 17-28
UFO DIY project – a workshop by Pylorama collective; forest cleaning and ecological workshop on waste sorting

May 26, 19:00
Dana Kosmina. Emergency Architecture as a Response to Destructive Environment, Visual Culture Research Center (44 Hlybochytska Street, 1 floor)
May 28
12:00 Final forest cleaning
14:00 Festival opening

At Pink Whale’s market: local brands and hand-made products, food and drinks
Live workshops by garage co-op
Juridical workshop
Drawing playground for children

Experimental and artistic printing section
Exhibition of printed works

16:00-22:00 Punk stage
Predsmertnaya Kadril (Kyiv)
Sorta (Homel)
Force events! (Mohyliv)
Murder (Kyiv)
Dity Velykoho Mista (Kyiv)
Thaino! (Kyiv)
The Forest Trip (Kyiv)
Fifty/fifty (Ivano-Frankivsk)

18:00-22:00 Beat stage

Sergey Poh&djDie
Tenio & Friends

Admission and participation are free

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The project is supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

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Lecture by Dana Kosmina

Poster DIY

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 19:00
Lecture by Dana Kosmina
Emergency Architecture as a Response to Destructive Environment

Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique invite you to the lecture by Dana Kosmina, taking place on Thursday, May 26, at 19:00.

The lecture is going to explore local communities, which influence urban processes through micro-architectonic interventions. Participants will learn what “depressive environment” is, who the “passive warriors” are, how much the “tactical urbanism” costs, which methods of “field work” exist, etc. Dana will give a brief analysis of her own and other international projects. Besides theoretical lecture, a joint practical workshop with participation of garage co-op community will be taking place for two weeks.

Dana Kosmina is a cofounder of Pylorama collective, artist and architect. She is a member of Children’s Geographies initiative. She works at Forma Architectural Studio in Kyiv.

DIYstvo is an annual festival of urban self-organization and creativity, taking place on May 26-28, 2016 in Kyiv. The festival aspires to the development of the D.I.Y.-movement and its expansion to other Ukrainian cities. It engages the most interesting grassroots and activist initiatives from the spheres of urban development, handicraft, printing, and music, as well as other self-organized communities. On the programme: urban workshops, site-specific work, silk-screen printing workshops, local D.I.Y.-brands, music. The festival has been taking place since 2009.

Admission is free

The project is supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

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May 17-21, 2016

The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015 (8.09. – 1.11.2015) is an independent project curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer (Vienna), conceived and organized together with the Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv). The School of Kyiv has presented a new format of an art biennial integrating exhibitions and arenas of public reflection. The six departments, Schools, of the biennial still continue their work as collaborative forums. The Departments of The School of Kyiv are open in a number of institutions across Europe as an integral part of the project.

There are several Schools taking place in Vienna now: The School of the Lonesome and The School of the Devil are hosted in May at the Sandleitenhof, The School of the Displaced at municipal libraries and in public spaces, “The School of Kyiv at Kunsthalle Exnergasse” at WUK.


Performance by Mikhail Koptev and the Orchid Theatre
May 17, 2016, 7 pm
WUK 1090 Vienna, Project Room, Währinger Straße 59

Discussion: Ukraine in Flames: What Can Art Tell after the Revolution?
Participants: Oleksandr Burlaka, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Lesia Khomenko, Serhiy Klymko, Lesia Kulchinska, Anya Medvedeva. Moderated by Maria Teteriuk.
May 18, 2016, 4 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59

Exhibition opening: Into the Dark
Curated by Hudrada
May 18, 2016, 7 pm
May 19-29, 2016, Exhibition / Opening hours: daily 13:00 – 18:00
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59

Performance by Kateryna Mishchenko: Meeting on the Bridge
May 20, 2016, 7 pm
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6

Artist talk by David Chichkan: How to Make the Radical Left Art in Ukraine?
May 21, 2016, 5 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59

In-hibition: A Story of Love and Hatred Towards Art. Lecture by Lesia Kulchynska (VCRC)
May 21, 2016, 7 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59

Performance by Night Movement (Anastasiya Ryabova, Varvara Gevorgizova): The Night of the Dead Curator
May 21, 2016, 10 pm
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6

Admission is free


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