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On How to Resist



On How To Resist  is the public programme of This site is under Revolution, a series of discursive events where artists and activists come together to delve into the strategies and manners to articulate resistance in post-digital terms. The programme opens a conversation about the conditions of possibility within grey areas and obscure algorithms: How to raise silenced voices and expose digital presence? How to reappropriate, renegotiate, reclaim, and voice up?


In this way, On How To Resist explores the shape, the possibilities, the agency of digital resistance against the hegemonic systems of power and representation. Through talks, interviews, workshops and performances, On How to Resist delves into four tactics: public digital space, knowledge dissemination, representing digital identity(s), and limits of Data-Sharing

Finissage Weekend


21st of July Saturday

On how to resist: Public Digital Space

  • 13:00-15:00 Talk with Frederique Pissuise & Saemundur Thor Helgason, Barbara Cueto, artists from CC, and Vitaly Bezpalov & Natalya Serkova (Founders of TZVETNIK)  (RU/EN)


Internet promised democratization and free access to information, however the lack of public digital space creates a hybrid situation where commercial platforms are the only possible to terrain to voice up dissonant expressions. How can resistance be organized within the limits of commercial platforms?


The project Cosmos Carl, which hosts the online side of This side is under Revolution, is an independent infrastructure aimed at subverting the traditional models of distribution of contemporary art, parasitizing other commercial sites. Frederique Pisuisse & Saemundur Thor Helgason, artists leading the project, will talk about culture jamming, the art of the art of misusing/reclaiming platforms.


On how to resist: Limits of Data-sharing

  • 16:00-16:45 Lecture by Elizaveta Dorrer (Stelka): Shift.  A strategic roadmap to achieve economically distributed automation(RU/EN)


  • 17:00 - 17:45 Lecture by Vladan Joler (Share Lab): Facebook algorithmic machine (RU/EN)


  • 18:00- 18:45 Panel Discussion with Vladan Joler (Share Lab), Elizaveta Dorrer, Kirill K. Martynov. Followed by Q&A. Moderated by Barbara Cueto (RU/EN)

The large-scale collection, storage, mining and deployment of data is only reinforcing new modes of power and control over the civil society. From commercialization of personal data to endless types online surveillance, personal privacy becoming chimera and transparency a form of control. Extreme cases like social scoring in China elucidate an almost dystopic future, where social order relies on data harvested online. What are the limits? What are the tools for civil society to resist the power accumulated on online monopolies?


Sunday 22nd of July

On how to resist: Digital identity(s)

  • 12:30- 14:30 Workshop by Valentina Karga  “The gigantic Jelly-Blob: the final revolution”. Guest Star: Dimitris Savvaides (RU/EN)

The gigantic Jelly-Blob is part of a larger ongoing investigation on the impacts of the digital and immaterial realm in the collective psyche. This realm is now so intrinsically linked to our material world that there is no away, no in and out. Everything is becoming one thing. We have tried revolt and all kinds of fight in order to keep realms separate; and although many battles have been won, we find ourselves exhausted in our effort to escape. Perhaps it is time for a re-framing. What if we stop revolt by stopping fighting? The viewers are invited to participate in a lecture-performance, creating thus a space for communication, togetherness, and embodiment of ideas. Using fiction and metaphors, they will be invited to share their visions reflections, and ideas. No particular knowledge or skills are required.


  • 14:30-16:00 Panel Discussion with Jacqueline Maybey (art & Feminism), Diana Krause (MMOMA). Moderated by Barbara Cueto (RU/EN)

Art history is full with male artist names while female artists have been often relegated to secondary positions. Today, despite of the promise of democratization of the digital age, the art world still feels the imbalanced representation both online and offline. Nevertheless, the digital realm has made possible strategies like Art&Feminism to function, and there is a boom of engaged female artists working digital forms. But how shall we archive the (female) present to overcome the past problematic? What are the tools and strategies used by female artists in Russia and abroad? What are the prospects and limits of these trends?


  • 16:30 - 19:00 Workshop: Edit-a-thon (RU)

In spite of the site’s ostensibly egalitarian, accessible format, more than ninety per cent of its editors are male, for this reason, the edit-a-thon of Art & Feminism aims to combat Wikipedia’s well-documented gender gap by improving, however incrementally, its coverage of women in the arts.  (Participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop) (Open Event)


  • 19:15 - 19:30 Performance: No Body to our Friendship by Puck Vonk

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