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Online event series in association with Anton Vidokle: Citizens of the Cosmos, an exhibition exploring Russian Cosmism presented by Rampa

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Rampa in Porto, Portugal, in coproduction with SIRIUS, presents Citizens of the Cosmos, an exhibition by Anton Vidokle featuring four films that explore Russian Cosmism through cinematic devices and an engagement with biopolitics, universalism, utopia, revolution, and museology.

Russian Cosmism is a constellation of theories and projects—philosophical, artistic, scientific—informed by the writings of the Russian philosopher Nikolai Fedorov (1829–1903). It brings together discourses of Marxism, Russian Orthodox Christianity, Enlightenment, and Eastern philosophy. Furthermore, it involves conceptions of technological immortality, resurrection, and space travel, and speculates on how these might be materialized through artistic, social, and scientific means.

The films form “tableaux vivants” situated between fact and fiction, reality and otherness, poetics and ideology. They mix voice-over narration, soundtracks (original scores and ambient sound), dialogue, quotes from essays by Fedorov and other thinkers, and intellectual and aesthetic references ranging from Russian Constructivism to science fiction as well as from historic understandings of death and immortality to speculative interactions between natural phenomena and societal transformations. They were shot in Moscow, Siberia, Almaty and Karagandy in Kazakhstan, Tokyo, and beyond, and include scenarios such as deserted landscapes, former industrial sites, and Moscow’s Zoological Museum and Lenin Library. They employ local amateur actors and extras, including artists, farmers, taxi drivers, dancers, and security guards.

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An event series examining the potential of Russian Cosmism for political and artistic discourse as well as scientific advancements and challenges, devised in collaboration with Anton Vidokle and involving various thinkers and artists, runs throughout the duration of the exhibition. It includes an on-site conversation between Vidokle and Keti Chukhrov (Aula Magna, FBAUP, Porto: September 11, 4pm IST) and online talks with Marina Simakova (September 16), Raqs Media Collective (September 23), Boris Groys (September 30), and Michael Marder (October 7), all on Zoom at 7pm IST.

This exhibition is part of FUTURE PAST IMAGINARIES, a project funded by the Câmara Municipal do Porto through the Criatório scheme as well as the Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento. It is presented by Rampa, a gallery in Porto supported by the Direção-Geral das Artes, Ministério da Cultura, Governo de Portugal. It is coproduced by SIRIUS.

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