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























   

Circuits of Truth


https://machinic.info scrutinises the notions of authenticity and fake, foundational for our digital realm. The website offers insight into and tools to reconsider our relationship to the complex paradoxes of truth production. Introducing users to the various steps the content goes through to become 'true' reveals the digital assembly line that manufactures authenticity. The networks the project highlights span from tracking devices that spread fake news to cyber weapons that engage verified accounts.

The installation represents the contents of the domain machinic.info as physical elements, highlighting the entanglement of digital and material worlds. It turns digital artefacts, central for the website, into physical holograms, welcoming cyber objects into a gallery space. The scroll diagrams the text of the online investigation, revealing the website's infrastructure as relations between its core ideas rather than cables, cords, and wires.



'The Green Room' exhibition, curated by Reem Shadid at V.O Curations (London, UK), 10-11/2021; 'Rainbows End' exhibition, curated by HERVISIONS (Utrecht, Netherlands), 03/2021; 'Garage Digital' exhibition, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), 02/2021; 'Adversarial Hacking' Symposium, Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), 12/2020.