It’s a lot of textile designed as a punk/soviet propaganda/applied porn/didactic charts. the vertical stage pieces are 6 m high each, the longest horizontal was 11 m long, so – a lot of silk, and cotton.
some explanations on particular pieces:
1. UNIVERSAL RAYS OF THE NEW, 4mX3.5m
This banner shows some of the geneaological connections between early soviet avant-guard legendary radical padagogical project initiated by people like Malevich, Kandinsky among others. It was one of the first UNIversities of the NEW initiated and designed by artists. UNOVIS, MOL-, and POS- NOVIS were the names of the branches of that initiative in early 20th century. The rays represent some of the new radical learning projects of today, such as slow- silent- free- home- invisible-, and other -UNIverisities of the NEW that are taking place in the universe nowadays.
2. CREOLIZING, 3mX3.2m
De-Schooling the 1st world. FORE-Schooling the 2nd world. Creolizing.
3.THINGS ARE LEARNED (other things are not) to FRIDA KAHLO, 4mX3.5m
4. SCHOOLING ME SOFTLY WITH YOUR TONGUE(S) (to PAULO FREIRE) 5mX3m
5. GNAW the ROCK of LEARNIG, 2.5mX4m
6. PINK PANTHERS PARTY (PPP) vs MAXIM GORKY 2.5mX4m
Love the book – source of knowledges
7. WE ARE NO SLAVES, SLAVES ARE MUTE, AND WE AREN’T, 3mX4m
the earliest educational project of Soviet state was to fight illiteracy among workers and peasants, called LIKBEZ (to abolish illiteracy). One of the first sentences all the pupils had to learn was MY NE RABY, RABY NEMY, wich can not be translated from Russian with the same slogan-like clarity. Though it means WE ARE NO SLAVES, SLAVES ARE MUTE, and AND WE AREN’T. In Russian Raby’ (slaves) and Ry’by (fish) have only one character difference. And fish are mute.
This is a Chto Delat’s piece commissioned for 2015 Creative Time Summits both in Venice and New York. Realized by Oleynikov in co-working with SHVEMY Cooperative, St.-Petersburg