(b. 1994, Kostroma, Russia) is a media artist, researcher, and writer based in London. Her main interests are the (de)colonial politics of algorithmic and logistical infrastructures in post-Soviet space. Being concerned with the notion of infrastructure as a form of politics, she develops her practice through writing and manufacturing digital infrastructures. Anna engages her background in critical theory to provide conceptual frameworks for her projects, conducting the investigations through the construction of virtual landscapes, materialised as online platforms and 3D computer graphics.

Anna’s recent projects include Machinic Infrastructures of Truth (2020), an inquiry into the production of algorithmic surveillance, commissioned by GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art and presented at transmediale, Berlin; Adversarial Infrastructure (2019), an investigation of how the Russian Crimean Bridge functions according to principles of adversarial machine learning. She is currently conducting her PhD research on the logistics of Russian cyber warfare at Queen Mary UoL under the supervision of Laleh Khalili.

With Sasha Shestakova, Anna is a co-founder of the Distributed Cognition Cooperative. By exploring the relationship between material bodies and abstract machines, DCC aims to disentangle post-Soviet space from the notion that it is a single unified zone instead of a heterogeneous range of socio-economic histories and cultures. Their projects include Intermodal Terminal, a collaborative web platform investigating the colonial logistics of post-Soviet space through the intermodal terminal in Nakhodka, a port city on the Atlantic coast of Russia; Caring for the Shaky Ground, a diagrammatic essay that explores the cognitive mapping of (de)colonial irrigation infrastructures in Crimea.

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