engelhardt [at] riseup.net

(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 is currently conducting her PhD on the electromagnetic infrastructure of Russian cyber warfare at Queen Mary, UoL, under the supervision of Laleh Khalili and Elke Schwarz. She is a part of the Digital Democracies Institute, where she contributes to 'Cyberwar Topologies: In Struggle for a post-American Internet' project with her research on Russian cyber warfare. Anna’s recent projects include: Machinic Infrastructures of Truth (2020), an inquiry into the production of algorithmic surveillance, presented at Transmediale as a part of 'Adversarial Hacking' symposium; Adversarial Infrastructure (2019), an investigation of how the Russian Crimean Bridge functions according to principles of adversarial machine learning, presented at Ars Electronica Kepler's Gardens and 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. She has recently presented at Recursive Colonialism, AI & Speculative Computation symposium with her research on racialised topologies of Russian logistics.

As a part of DCC for VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, Russia), 09/2020

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. DCC has recently been featured on Calvert: Curated.

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