is an alias for the Russian research-based media artist and writer. My practice explores infrastructures of post-Soviet cyberspace, developing digital networks as analogue structures. My investigations take on multiple forms of media as they develop over time, including publications, videos, websites, and physical objects. My primary interest lies in decolonial approaches to cyberspace which I advance in my PhD on Russian cyber warfare as a colonial enterprise.

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Selected projects

    Circuits of Truth 
2021, textile diagrams, holograms, CGI, website, text.
Inquiry into the blue verification marks as an interface of polarised information loops, spinning between enclosed binaries of ‘true’ and ‘fake’.


    Adversarial Infrastructure
2020, CGI, deepfake, website, 9’47 video, text.
An investigation into the volumetric history of the Crimean annexation that employs deepfake technology to assemble the new image of logistical warfare.


    The Futures of Russian Decolonisation
2021, text, diagrams, CGI.
Essay analysing existing postcolonial canon of post-Soviet space and envisioning ways of future decolonisation.


    Intra-structures        2021, telegram bot, text, collage.
Fictioning machine of telegram bot that enacts a mundane chat of Russian propaganda workers, allowing a user to see the fake news infrastructures from within, co-authored with Sasha Shestakova.

  Institutional
highlights

My works were shown at Ars Electronica, 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Vancouver International Film Festival, Kyiv Biennial, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Gossamerfog Gallery, V.O Curations. I have delivered performance lectures at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2021 and Transmediale 2022 Symposium. My writings have been published in Mute Magazine, Strelka Magazine, Journal of Visual Culture, the European Review, and Kajet Journal.

Affiliations

PhD at Queen Mary, UoL, under the supervision of Laleh Khalili and Elke Schwarz 〥 External faculty of the ‘Digital Democracies Institute’ led by Wendy Chun and Svitlana Matviyenko 〥 Faculty of ‘Future Studies Program’ 〥Co-founder of the ‘Distributed Cognition Cooperative’ with Sasha Shestakova 〥 MA at Center for Research Architecture (Forensic Arhitecture studio)

Residencies

Research resident at Berlin platform ‘Trust’ and 0x Salon, 01-03/2022 〥 Artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude, 09-11/2021 〥 Artist-in-residence Garage Digital, 02-12/2020

Grants

QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentship (tutition fees and maintanance stipend) 09/2020 - 09/2023 〥 Garage Digital, 02-12/2020



























 

Adversarial Infrastructure: The Crimean Bridge

As much as prisons, housing and deportation centres, ports, roads and bridges have, logically, become sites for strikes and direct action. Using her recently launched project Crimean Bridge, as a starting point, Anna Engelhardt takes stock of the critical literature in logistics and infrastructure studies to highlight Russia's settler-colonialist project and asks how we might expand our thinking on 'agency' and militant effectivity to include long-term ecological processes and the power of non-human actors.

Cite: Engelhardt, Anna. ‘Adversarial Infrastructure: The Crimean Bridge.’ Mute Magazine, (July 7th, 2020). https://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/adversarial-infrastructure-crimean-bridge 

This essay forms part of practice-based research conducted for the Adversarial Infrastructure project.