Nikolay Oleynikov

assorted artworks {since 2010 'till present}


Moving Monument and an alternative broadcasting unit at once, that also became a festival within a festival. Radio Pravda was produced for the TO THE SQUARE [2] Fesival in August 2014 in Helsinki. It happen to be inspiring to many artists, filmmakers, poets, activists and musicians to contribute to the Radio Pravda with their own soundworks. List of friends-contributors was quite long and impressive from the beginning and it still enlarges: Oxana Timofeeva, Jonathan Brooks Platt, Grey Violet, Lilu S. Deil, Ilya Yakovenko, Kirill Medvedev, Roman Os’minkin, Paleface, Olga Jitlina and Jon Irigoyen, Misha Griboyedow, Mokhnataya Podmoga (Shaggy Leg-up), Antti Rautiainen, Technopoesia, Kievskie Podmyshki (Kiev Armpits), Marina Maraeva, Arkadiy Kots Band, Nikita Kadan, Ramy Essam, Artur Aristokisyan and many others

You can listen to the Radio Pravda online. Just click.

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RADIO PRAVDA roams the streets and squares of Helsinki: with living and dead, local and far-flung participants, inter-courses, location-stops and sound animating this mobilized broadcast station.

How reveal history’s truth (PRAVDA) in these antebellum days: the instants preceding calamity? What is art in the age of the digital reproduction of murder, poverty and forgetfulness?

How can an artist react to the media-onslaught during a period of catastrophe? Georg Grosz, one of the most radical artist of the times of 1914, found out that the world was changed forever when war became a factory for producing cadavers and the disabled, and the growth of radical poverty in the modern city.

In 1921, Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus triggered Walter Benjamin’s allegory of history as an infinite catastrophe driving humankind to a moment of rupture. What kind of revolution could break the choice between despair and Benjamin’s oblivion blues?

Artists inflame radical memory for the future. From the very personal perspectives of many, to the common struggles of each.

Run by Nikolay Oleynikov and his friends, this moving monument is dedicated to history fucked by the real:Pravda emanating from a vehicle in the style of an early revolutionary agitprop train. A tachanka of metaphorical images, of broken and even headless bodies, of the angels of memory and truth.

Hark the antifascist ballades! the experimental bad-time stories and scary tales! the encyclopaedia of protecting monsters, the queer blues rehearsals, unplugged gigs, anti-war poetry, partisan pod-casts, radical multilogues and personal rebel stories!

PS: Some of the artists which have participated in RADIO PRAVDA are affiliated to the SCHOOL of ROSE (School for Engaged Art, Chto Delat). Some of their radio pieces are based on their participation in the School’s work.

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  1. Pingback: TOTHESQUARE [2] — PART TWO | aglayao

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