Performance: Alevtina Kakhidze, “Ukrainian Reality Adaptation Course”
“Ukrainian Reality Adaptation Course” was a performative event, a playful practice aimed to comprehend the political reality. The artist presented three pieces: Christmas Eve (Christmas tree, texts on paper), Acceptation (colored seed bead) and Variations (painted objects). The exercises for “Ukrainian Reality Adaptation Course” were created and rehearsed during February’s evenings in Muzychi Village and Kiev (Ukraine).
Concert by AVTOMAT with PLEŚNI project
PLEŚNI is a name of a new project as well as a new album by vocalist, composer and music producer from Toruń, Kajetan Łukomski alias AVTOMAT. Project PLEŚNI combines Ukrainian, Belarusian, Siberian and Georgian polyphonic folk songs with the modern electronic bass background, which introduces young people to these often forgotten traditional compositions. The initiative aimes at reminding people of their roots. We do not come from geometry, symmetry and mathematics, we stem from the mould (Polish: Pleśń), prehistoric soup, chaos and biological thicket. The concept of mould allows for the combination of modern, technology-based life in the citysphere with very primal modes of expression. Concerts combine singing a capella together with 2-step beats, post-dubstep, future garage and afrobeat sounds.
Lecture: Liza Babenko, (Post) Maidan: critics and revision. From ultra-right nationalism to socialism
The lecture by a culture expert, curator and documentarist Liza Babenko explored ideological, political and economic reasons which caused the non-acceptance of Maidan’s revolution at its very origin by a considerable part of Ukraine (Crimea and Donbass). As polls indicate nowadays, Ukrainian areas which were not accepting Maidan, did not need a national-bourgeois protest such as Maidan, but searched for a real class struggle, directed against the local oligarchy and its feudal forms of management, which in fact did not transform even after Yanukovitch’s banishment.
The rejection of Maidan protest by Crimea, Donbass and other regions is in some way connected with the nationalist shape, taken by this revolution. The current carriers of ultra-right Ukrainian idea, while standing last winter at Maidan square next to other people, did not manage to get over the trauma brought by the colonial history of the Russian Empire and USSR , which have taken millions of Western Ukrainian lives. As a result, the national-fascist symbols and ultra-right statements and programs were widely utilized, being imposed upon the pro-Russian eastern and southern regions of the country, historically disengaged from the Western and Central Ukraine and not involved in the same colonial trauma connected with the presence of Russian influence.
The lecture further investigated what is hidden today behind the notion of ‘Ukrainian fascism’, and real threats of right-wing radicalism which has emerged in Ukraine only after Maidan, regardless of what is being said by the Russian media propaganda. The neo-colonial interest of the lecture not only touched upon Russia’s imperialism, but also the geopolitical colonialism of the US and EU, each of whom is following their own strategic interests in the Ukrainian war in the middle of Europe, where the rhetoric about the fight for Ukrainian democracy in Ukraine is just a populist move.