Nikolay Oleynikov

assorted artworks {since 2010 'till present}

ALL OUR FUTURES…with Chto Delat for Kortrijk Conge’, 2015

First of all, Chto Delat in Kortrijk, Belgium were intense and bulemic, as always. Heart-sputnik making workshops with hundreeds of children with oleynikov and Alena Petit. A learning play workshops with Nina Gasteva and Dmitry Vilensky. New I. A parade for Futures with cultural, eco-, and political activists and not only. Here are few pictures to show some of our multiple processes. And below is a text explaining more about the concept.

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pics by Dm. Vilensky, Kortrijk Conge’ and Oleynikov

more details and documentation from ChtoDelat

Shortly, what, and how was it:

1) The Time Capsule platform which carries the Tree, the Soil and the Capsule in a form of giant heart which will be filled with all possible wishes collected from the people of the city. The tree will be planted inside the heart during a special ritual.

2) The Red Dawn propaganda tachanka. Wandering futuristic lab will join the procession after having functioned as a mobile workshop throughout the city. It symbolizes the idea that future very much depends on colonizing outer space and de-colonizing earth.

3) The Danko platform is based on the fusion of two stories – the story of one symbol of Soviet time – the famous monument ‘The Peasant and the Worker” realized by Varvara Mukhina after the ancient example of the sculpture “Harmodius and Aristogeiton”, dedicated to the two men lovers whose act of daring in 514 BC opened the way for Athenian democracy. It also refers to the famous Russian visionary fairy-tale “The Flaming heart of Danko” by Maxim Gorky. It’s a fascinating story about one man who sacrifices his life by wresting his heart, and the heart lamped the people the way out of darkness.

4) The Beast – a collective sound platform – is a machine on wheels which allow people to create a variety of sounds that are unimaginable on normal music instruments, nor by human voices.

5) The Communist Arch is a palanquin in the form of Green House, modeling the life in the paradise.

6) The Black Cube – is another palanquin, referring to Malevitch’ painting “Black Square” and also to the mysterious Ka-aba building in Mecca. In our theatrical narration it stays for the loss and attainment of the future.

All platforms will be celebrated with the speeches and performances at 4 stations during the procession: The station of Hope, the Station of Futurism, the Station of Overcoming the Insuperable Obstacles, and the Station of the Lost Future

The event ended up in an Iftar, (the moslim’s moment to start eating during Ramadan) where all communities are invited to share food, thoughts and visions on a common future.


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