Conference

Sep 1 & 2, 2017

Solomon Nikritin, Composition with Telescope, 1920s | Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art – Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki

Solomon Nikritin, Composition with Telescope, 1920s | Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art – Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki

The conference focuses on the key concepts, continuities, and impact of Russian Cosmism: from Nikolai Fedorov’s philosophy of the “Common Task” — the prime stimulus for the rise of Russian Cosmism — to the significance of Cosmist ideas for the philosophy, literature, and art of the Soviet era; from authors and artists of the Russian avant-garde who envisioned modern technology as the pathway to a society of universal happiness, to contemporary artistic positions indebted to Cosmism and Universalism.

Curated by Boris Groys

Friday Sep 1

5-6pm
Russian Cosmism: Technology of Immortality
Presentation by Boris Groys
With simultaneous translation Englisch/Deutsch

Nikolai Fedorov and his Project of the “Common Task”
Presentations & Discussion with Angeliki Charistou, Anastasia Gacheva, Michael Hagemeister
With simultaneous translation Russian, English, German

Saturday Sep 2

11am-1.30pm
Cosmic Themes in Early Soviet Culture
Presentations & Discussion with Robert Bird, Maria Chehonadskih, Svetlana Cheloukhina
With simultaneous translation English/German

2.30-5pm
Cosmism and Social Progress
Presentations & Discussion with Keti Chukhrov, Alexei Penzin,
Marina Simakova
With simultaneous translation English/German

6-8.30pm
Cosmism, Universalism, Contemporary Art
Presentations & Discussion with Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Arseny Zhilyaev
With simultaneous translation English/German