is an alias for the Russian media artist and writer. My research-based practice revolves around developing infrastructures as simultaneously digital and analogue, engaging texts, holograms, websites, bots and videos. In my work, I explore infrastructures of post-Soviet cyberspace through the decolonial lens, with my current investigation focused on Russian cyber warfare as a colonial enterprise.

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⌭    Selected projects

Circuits of Truth, an inquiry into the blue verification marks as an interface of polarised information loops, spinning between enclosed binaries of ‘true’ and ‘fake’. 2021

Adversarial Infrastructure, an investigation into the volumetric history of the Crimean annexation that employs deepfake technology to assemble the new image of logistical infrastructures as a type of hybrid warfare. 2020

The Futures of Russian Decolonisation, an essay analysing existing postcolonial canon of post-Soviet space and envisioning ways of future decolonisation. 2020

Anti-Colonialism and Decolonisation: USSR and Palestine, an essay looking at the decolonial resistance inside and outside USSR as interconnected struggles through the case of USSR relations to Palestine, co-authored with Sasha Shestakova. 2021

⌭ 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

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

⌭ Grants

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



































 

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.