ПУТЧЁSELF: State Violence, Traumas of Transition and Collective Memory

ПУТЧЁSELF is an interactive video installation to be presented for the first time to the British public on 31 October 2012.

Date: 31-10-2012
Time: 17:00 -

ПУТЧЁSELF: State Violence, Traumas of Transition and Collective Memory Interactive Video Installation presented by the artists. An event co-organised by the Leeds Russian Centre and the Centre for World Cinemas.

ПУТЧЁSELF explores state violence, traumas of transition and collective memory prompted by the Soviet coup d'état of 19-21 August 1991. The events shook the lives of 287 million citizens of the USSR, leaving a residue of euphoria, confusion and fear. While the coup acted as a catalyst for the demise of the Soviet Union, the memory of this key historic event is rarely discussed. The project examines deep-rooted traumas exposed by the first large-scale public act of resistance to state violence. ПУТЧЁSELF helps reposition our understanding of the history of dissent in contemporary Russia and the relationship between memory, document and audio-visual media.  

In this interactive video installation, Margarita Novikova and Elena Michajlowska combine elements of documentary filmmaking, video-art practice and interactive technology to create a layered approach to personal and social memory in post-Soviet Russia. The presentation of the project will be followed by Q&A with the artists.   

Margarita Novikova

Margarita Novikova is a Moscow-based video-artist. In the 1990s she authored documentary films for TV and worked in mainstream journalism. Having graduated from the video art course at Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, she now works on video-art installations and art projects that include public participation (for example, “The Artists’ House in South Butovo” for the 4th Moscow Contemporary Art Biennale).

Elena Michajlowska

Originally from the Russian Far East, Elena Michajlowska is now based in London, where she has been working on documentary film productions for a number of years (for example, "Pied Piper of Hutzovina", "War snapshots - Siege of Leningrad", "Legends of Ingushetia"). Having completed an MA in Screenwriting at Westminster University Film School, she is focusing on writing for stage and screen and her work as a co-director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation.

Location: Parkinson SR (B.08)
Cost: Free