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.


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.


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)


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


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


The Futures of Russian Decolonisation

Post-colonial theory, being a well-established field in the West, drops a deep shadow on what one could define as post-Soviet space. Is it possible to apply post-colonial and decolonial approaches to Russian colonialism?

Cite: Engelhardt, Anna. ‘The Futures of Russian Decolonization.’ Strelka Mag, (March 18th, 2020).

Translated: 20/04/2020, In: K.R.A.P.I.V.A. Decolonization,