Tuesday, August 2, 2011
video topic: art
entry type: Documentary,
video title: Enema to capitalism, What does it mean to be anarchist in Russia?
artist featured: Dimitry Vilensky
producer: considered as artwork of the artist
run time: 8.5 min
size: 53 mb
release date: 2005
description and preview:
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The video works of St. Petersburg artist Dmitry Vilensky are documentary presentations of everyday life in post-communist Russia today. Through his video interviews, Vilensky introduces the audience to 21st century workers, street artists and anarchist punk rockers alike. The artist is politically aware and courageously takes a stand with his works, criticizing those who hold power and transmit information, and also the economic powers that be. Another forum for the artist to take a stand is the free newspaper What Is To Be Done?, which is also published as an art project and which examines open group action and revolutionary actions.
small interview about the work:
1) Do you consider your work to belong to the field of visual art or is it rather some other form of cultural activity / activism?
I think it is both – for me right now it is important to shift the boundaries between what is accepted as art and new forms that somehow remain outside the established institutional norm of what art is. It also depends on the context of where you show it – in an anarchist context it is part of their environment, in the Museum it is presumably “Art”. And I think that this feeling of “in-betweenness” is very important for me.
2) Why did you choose youth / youth culture as the subject matter for your work?
I would not say that my piece Enema to Capitalism. What does it mean to be anarchist in Russia? is about youth culture. I was much more interested in showing the different types of political subjectivity and in this case this was represented by an anarchy-punk squat mainly inhabited by very young people.
4) What are the sources of inspiration for your work?
As a photographer and film-maker I am constantly interested in different situations that occur around me in urban life. It is always a big challenge to try to visualize the gap between what life really is and what life could be, to render it visible.
5) Do you find the museum / art institution as a problematic context for your work?
As long as these places claim and renew their position not just as art institutions but also as public spaces involved in the production of common (counter)knowledge, then I think it is important to cooperate with them.
6) Is urban or street art relevant to your work / life as an artist?
As long as street culture is involved with political issues, I find it interesting to follow its development and to communicate with its producers. Any type of street activity is actually a very important barometer of the political situation for me. For example, I always look carefully to see how much anarchist graffiti there is on the street compared with fascist writings. And if you have a bunch of mainstream de-politicized stencils and stickers on the city’s walls - it immediately gives you the correct picture of the mind-set in the city.
Enema to Capitalism. What does it mean to be anarchist in Russia?, 2005
video, 8’20 min and 7 colour photographs
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