CHAPTER VIII: EVGENY ANTUFIEV AT STRAUHOF

Immortality Forever: Evgeny Antufiev – Leo Tolstoy Rooms
Museum Strauhof, Wild Card 6: The War and Peace Project
22/12/17 – 7/1/18

For Chapter VIII of The War and Peace Project, the Russian artist Evgeny Antufiev transforms the Strauhof into a surreal museum that follows the legacy, which Leo Tolstoy unwillingly left behind.

Opening: 22 December 2017, 5 pm, Strauhof ZürichFacebook

Antufiev’s exhibition Immortality Forever: Leo Tolstoy Rooms runs until 7 January 2018. Check Strauhof’s Facebook page for detailed opening hours.

Read this Interview with Evgeny on how he works.

We will continue our reading marathon of War and Peace from 27 to 30 December. Come to the museum between 2 and 7 pm, have a cup of tea, listen, and read.

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By exploring the smallest inconspicuous details – from book covers to postcards, from the wallpaper of the room in which the author died to the annual party of Tolstoy’s descendants – Antufiev collects dissonant visual fragments which he recomposes to challenge the historicised imagery surrounding the author’s life.

This exercise lends itself not only to create a poetics of myth, but it also repositions the viewer into the larger cryptic narrative, which surrounds Tolstoy’s cult. The resulting museum is hence not factually accurate, but instead it is deeply invested in the ever-changing cultural particularity and symbolic significance of Tolstoy across the generations. This is a transformation that cannot be felt or understood through the individual pictures or the items pictured in them, but in the associations Antufiev established between one and another. Together, they speak about a production of heritage in constant change, one that is anchored in a mistakenly perceived stability of the individual components of Tolstoy’s life and work.

On the initiative of Laura Koerfer, Gabrielle Schaad, Finn Canonica and David Iselin The War and Peace Project combs through Lew Tolstoy’s epos War and Peace in an literary, artistic, and performative way. Evgeny Antufiev’s work Immortality Forever: Leo Tolstoy Rooms is Chapter VIII of our journey. We would like to thank the team of the Museum Strauhof for offering us their Wild Card 6, and Angelina Volk and Leopold Thun of Emalin Gallery for their support.

 

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The War and Peace Project is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Zurich

CHAPTER VII: WAR, A PERSONAL PHENOMENOLOGY

On Monday 9 October 2017, 630 pm, Oxana Timofeeva (Chto Delat?) will talk about her understanding of the phenomena of war from, both a political and an artistic perspective.

Timofeeva is a senior lecturer on contemporary philosophy at the European University in St. Petersburg, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Science (Moscow), a member of the artistic collective “Chto Delat?” (“What is to be done?”), a deputy editor of the journal Stasis, and the author of books History of Animals: An Essay on Negativity, Immanence, and Freedom (Maastricht, 2012), and Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (Moscow, 2009).

 

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CHAPTER YASNAYA POLYANA

Thanks to Pro Helvetia we will do a pilgrimage to Yasnaya Polyana, the former estate of Leo Tolstoy where he wrote War and Peace.  Details will follow.

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The CHAPTER YASNAYA POLYANA is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

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CHAPTER V: SONO.COLLIDE

In September, our focus lies on two sound performances, entering a new dimension of our project by giving space to experimental musical experiences that do not relate directly to War and Peace, but do deliberate on our uncertain times.

On Saturday, 30 September, the duo sono.collide, consisting of Anda Kryeziu and Justin Robinson, will be our guests with their martial-attack performance that oscillates around clash. noises. tension. electronics. experimental. acoustical. impro. attack. friction. crash. layering. dc motors. hardware. synthesizers. decay. soundscape. cymbals. frames. release. clicks. sustain. microtonal. amplified.

Join us.

+ drinks
++ food
+++ peace music

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CHAPTER IV: THE WAR AND PEACE MARATHON, A READING

51 hours of non-stop War and Peace reading at Hyperlokal. 100 readers. 1200 pages. Still not finished. Thank you very much!

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In Chapter I of our The War and Peace Project, we plastered the entire book on the wall of the Hyperlokal.

In Chapter II, we discussed the disrupting forces of an economic meltdown with a group of art students in Athens

In Chapter III, we first discussed laws of war (plural) with Prof. Oliver Diggelmann of Zurich University and secondly watched Garrett Nelson’s very Russian ballet performance with two dancers.

Chapter IV is an opportunity to get to know Tolstoy’s book War and Peace in its entire length by participating in a collective reading marathon.

We start Friday evening and continue until the end of the book. We invite everybody to join us. All you have to do is to sit around a lamp by artist Gina Folly and read from War and Peace to the other attendees as long as you want – the minimum is 10 minutes and it is really okay if you don’t want to read more. Ideally, we would have 4-6 persons reading per 2 hours slot. Reading language is German. As a reward, you get some food, drinks, and a place to listen and relax. We will read continuously throughout the weekend.

Gabrielle, Laura, Finn and David

 

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CHAPTER III: A HELL WITHOUT THE FIRE

Thursday, 4 May, 2017, 8 pm, at Hyperlokal Zurich, Grubenstrasse 39.

War and Law

A talk with Oliver Diggelmann, Professor of International Law and Constitutional Law, University of Zurich.

A Hell without a Fire

A Hell Without The Fire is a Ballet Russe inspired performance by Garrett Nelson. Two dancers will perform a set of movements to narrated text about the death of the young Raymond Radiguet and the guilt of his lover Jean Cocteau.

+ Music by peacemakers Tobias Mahogany and Régis Vuilliomenet
++ Vodka and potatoes

 

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The War and Peace Project is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Zurich