Chto Delat

Chto Delat, St. Petersburg
“What Is Monumental Today?”

  • Length 60 min
  • In English

Past Dates

26 June – 13 July 2014
“To Reclaim Monumentality”
An Index of the Transformation of Monuments
Display in the Upper Foyer
(daily from 1 hour before the performance)

“Our Paper Soldier”
Monument in front of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Courtesy KOW, commissioned by Wiener Festwochen
Implementation: Aliona Petit and Alfred Kohlhofer
The monument was set ablaze by unknown perpetrators on 24 June 2014.

07 – 12 July 2014
Seminar “What is monumental today?”
Registration for the Seminar is no longer possible.

11 July 2014, 18:00
“Bronze Soldiers Fighting”
Lecture by Mischa Gabowitsch

Part of the ongoing project “Face to Face with the Monument”
Production: Berliner Festspiele – Foreign Affairs and Wiener Festwochen.
Funded by the Federal German Cultural Foundation

A political collective culture of remembrance is an essential requirement for a democratic society. What happens when certain groups are excluded from both the public sphere and historical narratives – and what can be done to change this? Which structures and performative rituals are necessary to establish a counter position to the asserted monumentality of traditional memorials as an embodiment of ruling power? As the second part of Chto Delat’s ongoing project questioning the concept of monumentality that will span Vienna, Berlin and Saint Petersburg, they create a new performance: During a one-week workshop in which they will conduct a targeted historical investigation, they will develop new strategies of empowerment and, at the end, present a learning play. During the entire festival, an exhibition at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele will present excerpts from the project’s first station in Vienna: “Face To Face With Monument!”

By and with Chto Delat: Tsaplya Olga Egorova, Nikolay Oleynikov, Dmitry Vilensky, Nina Gasteva, Oxana Timofeeva, Alexander Skidan & Jonathan Platt

Funded by the Federal German Cultural Foundation