Archive for March, 2012


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Dear …

We, artist-researcher Natalia Gluklya (FFC Chto Delat’?) and sociologist Olga Sezneva (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Universitet of Amsterdam), are developing a collaborative project with working title ‘Utopian Unemployment Union’. At this stage we are looking for partners who would like to work with us on ideas, their development and realization, and public dissemination of the project. One aim that we are pursuing now is funding. We are interested in applying for 1mln NOW-HERA grant ‘Cultural Encounter’ from the European Union.

Let us tell you about our initial idea, and the grant itself. We hope that if you find these ideas interesting, you would participate in applying for the grant.

Our basic concept is to explore cultural encounter through the interaction between two different groups, one elite and another precarious and marginalized. For example, in Russia we are planning to bring together ballerinas and construction workers. Russian classical ballet by many is perceived as the quintessence of Russian cultural tradition, and a major cultural ‘export’. As an art form, it is characterized by the desire for order, beauty and harmony. As a cultural phenomenon, however, ballet incorporates the idea of empire, power and discipline. As an institution, it continue to be dominated by ethnic Russians. Construction work, to the opposite, is perceived as polluted, disorderly, and undesirable activity. Like in many other countries, construction workers come from undocumented migrant background, and are received with disrespect and exclusion.

In the case of Russia, we would like to make these groups to collaborate: ballerinas will come to construction sites and to observe and participate in the work done there. They will be trained and supervised by construction workers. The migrant workers from construction sites will visit Vaganov School where they, in turn, will learn the language of ballet. Each set of participants will produce an item – a dance, an installation – expressive of the difference in professions and life styles of the groups. The process will be filmed and participants interviewed after each session.

We would like to invite you to become our partners in this project. This would mean working with us on adaptation and development of the general concept, as described above, to the specific context of your country, thinking about its possible output — performance, installation, seminar, conference, publication, etc.; and applying for funding.

Right now we are working on the grant application for NOW (Dutch National Research fund). The HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) Network just announced a new Joint Research Programme (JRP) on Cultural Encounters (CE). Nineteen research councils from 18 countries and the European Commission are making up to €18.5 million available. The research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects on Cultural Encounters involving researchers from three or more participating countries. Funding is available for research projects addressing the theme of Cultural Encounters that involve at least three researchers from three different eligible countries. More about this grant can be found on:

If you are interested in partnering with us, please, email us immediately. The deadline for stage 1, project outline, is May 4. By that date we have to submit:

A list of participant.

A brief description of the project.

Project budget.

To be able to submit an initial project description, we will need from you a concept and a budget, together with a list of participants and their short CVs.

You can get in touch with us any time via email:

Olga Sezneva:

Natalia Gluklya:

Sincerely yours,

Natalia and Olga


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The second  QUEER  Festival /St-Petersburg performance CLOTHES -TRANSFORMERS AS RESISTANCE.


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The sketch for the up-going performance with migrants from Tadgikistan and artists community in St-Petersburg.I am playing with the forms ,trying to find the perfect image for the performance . The snake mean the ambivalence of the any political idea ,which usually brings people a lot of problems .The idea of multiculturalism sounds very good ,but probably faced with the reality became less attractive .


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The sketch for the performance “Migrants and Dancers Unite “. Continuation  of my research about migrants Diasporas in St-Petersburg . The drawing was inspired by the migrants death statistic . The statistic shows unbelievable  facts of brutal violation and murders toward migrants . The example of such statistics you can find in the document in attachment . In the drawing you can see the one part of the statistic (right corner down)
Kuziboev Hikamatullo Usmanovich
14.01.1976      Dushanbe    01.03.2011    Cause of death: whole-body cold exposure


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This drawing was made after we have gotten an invitation to exhibit the group chto delat in the legendary  ICA /London . After a several years of the official refusal and the persecution of the group in Russia it was important moment of the international recognition .
Scarlet sails is a symbol of the highest target /a sublime dream . We can see the last convulsions of the black costumes ,peddled in the red sea  . Black costumes symbolizing the implementers of the society . White dress in the hill it is a victory of course ).It is relating with the our FFC film Scarlet Sales which based on the story of the soviet writer Alexander Green about the immovable believe to the miracle  and a dignified dream ,written in 1916-1922.


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The drawing is reflecting on the important message in the movie , the alienation from each other  between minorities as well as the usual disagreements   inside the left communities . In the left corner ,the protagonists of the movie : gipsy , worker ,lesbian and veteran shouting on each other . While the wise wolf in the middle pronouncing :  “During your debates the “blacks” already prepared the  battle ,and they are ready to attack “.
The group of the white partisans in the right caring the portret of  Vincent Van gog ,showing the parallel with the cutting earby Vincent  and cutting the finger by the worker in the Belgrad story . They are also showing the slogan : “We wish that they must stop arguing “
The worker is staying with his cutted  finger in the left corner up .


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The sketch to the performance of the  Utopian Unemployment Union N4 . Relating with the chto delat song spiel “The Nederland’s 20XX “