On How To Resist

Public programme of This site is under Revolution
Strategic project from 6th Moscow Biennale for young art

On How To Resist is the public programme of This site is under Revolution, a series of discursive events where artists and activists come together to delve into the strategies and manners to articulate resistance in post-digital terms. The programme opens a conversation about the conditions of possibility within grey areas and obscure algorithms: How to raise silenced voices and expose digital presence? How to reappropriate, renegotiate, reclaim, and voice up?

In this way, On How To Resist explores the shape, the possibilities, the agency of digital resistance against the hegemonic systems of power and representation. Through talks, interviews, workshops and performances, On How to Resist delves into four tactics: public digital space, knowledge dissemination, representing digital identity(s), and limits of Data-Sharing

Opening night

Friday 8th of June

20:30 Performance by Puck Vonk No Body to our Friendship

Puck Vonk

21:15 Performance by Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite YGRG 14X: reading with a single hand

We read together pronouncing the words out loud, emphasising the relationship of body to text and the collective body. YGRG is a sonar-social architecture of shared curiosity and synchronicity. An audition for audacity. The reading becomes a rhizomatic network of voices, suggestions, references. Realising the connectedness to other sources, resources, leaks and leads, we are no longer sidelined or downplayed. Most other plants were rooted, but we grew up to be intelligent, obsessional, highly manipulative, deceitful, scheming and thoroughly determined young girls.

Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT)

Saturday 9th of June
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination

17:00-18:15 Introduction to Hyperreadings Workshop with Julia Bavyka & Benjamin Forster and Q&A (RU/EN)

Reading Lists are being used as tools for contesting established patterns in public thinking, but also, importantly, for publicly making sense of our current times. They are becoming almost like manifestos, or provocations for the future.

Julia Bavyka
Benjamin Forster

Saturday 9th of June
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination

18:30-19:30: Panel Discussion with Benjamin Forster & Stephanie Syjuco, moderated by Barbara Cueto (RU/EN)

The digital realm offers enlightening ways to dicurvent the commodification of knowledge and enables new manners to facilitate dissemination. The artists will explain their projects Hyperreadings and Free Texts and delve into the politics of sharing, and furthering on the ideas of agency in circulation and the potentiality of community building by these means.

Benjamin Forster
Stephanie Syjuco

Vague Events are the discursive programme of Hyperreadings
by Benjamin Forster and Julia Bavyka

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Saturday 16th of June and 7th of July
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination

17:00-18:30 Vague Events: The Peer-to-Peer Web Workshop

Introduction and co-learning workshop about new p2p web technologies on which HyperReadings and Dat Library are built. Learn about Beaker Browser and the Dat Protocol. Participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop.

Saturday 23th of June and 14th of July
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination

17:00-18:30 Vague Events: Yet Another Reading Group

Based on the reading lists from HyperReadings, this is Reading group conceived as an space for collective sharing, reading, discussing and ultimately learning together.

Saturday 30th of June and Friday 20th of July
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination

17:00-18:30 Vague Events: Writing-Reading workshop

Sharing what we read, what we want to read, and what we think other people should read becomes a form of peer to peer education, the propagation of informal and personal canons. Reading lists become a kind of writing — a writing of reading. This workshop focus on composing reading lists and thinking their agency.

Аdditional Puck Vonk’s performances

24th of June and 22nd of July at 19:30-20:00
Performance by Puck Vonk «No Body to our Friendship»

Puck Vonk is a visual artist, looking at her work involves reading and listening. Letters are things and spoken words have consequences. She is involved in- and influenced by women’s studies and feminism. She performs poetical activism starting from the idiosyncrasies and objectlessness of the voice. The voice as the in-between sound, tool, power, movement and foreign intruder. This results in sound pieces, sound installations, lecture performances and multi-voice performances.

Narrator: Anastasia Manuilova / Svetlana Dorogina

Body performers: Aline Borovikova and Elena Ermakova / Elena Ermakova and Anastasia Manuilova

Finissage Weekend

21st of July Saturday
On how to resist: Public Digital Space


Talk with Frederique Pissuise & Saemundur Thor Helgason, Barbara Cueto, artists from CC, and Vitaly Bezpalov & Natalya Serkova (Founders of TZVETNIK)  (RU/EN)

Internet promised democratization and free access to information, however the lack of public digital space creates a hybrid situation where commercial platforms are the only possible to terrain to voice up dissonant expressions. How can resistance be organized within the limits of commercial platforms?

The project Cosmos Carl, which hosts the online side of This side is under Revolution, is an independent infrastructure aimed at subverting the traditional models of distribution of contemporary art, parasitizing other commercial sites. Frederique Pisuisse & Saemundur Thor Helgason, artists leading the project, will talk about culture jamming, the art of the art of misusing/reclaiming platforms.

On how to resist: Limits of Data-sharing


Lecture by Elizaveta Dorrer (Stelka): Shift.  A strategic roadmap to achieve economically distributed automation(RU/EN)

17:00 - 17:45 Lecture by Vladan Joler (Share Lab): Facebook algorithmic machine (RU/EN)

Prof. Vladan Joler is Share Foundation director and chair of New Media department at University of Novi Sad. He is leading a SHARE Lab, a research and data investigation lab for exploring different technical aspects of the intersections between technology and society. Share Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology.

Sunday 22nd of July
On how to resist: Digital identity(s)

12:30- 14:30 Workshop by Valentina Karga «The gigantic Jelly-Blob: the final revolution» (RU/EN)

Guest Star: Dimitris Savvaides

The gigantic Jelly-Blob is part of a larger ongoing investigation on the impacts of the digital and immaterial realm in the collective psyche. This realm is now so intrinsically linked to our material world that there is no away, no in and out. Everything is becoming one thing. We have tried revolt and all kinds of fight in order to keep realms separate; and although many battles have been won, we find ourselves exhausted in our effort to escape. Perhaps it is time for a re-framing. What if we stop revolt by stopping fighting? The viewers are invited to participate in a lecture-performance, creating thus a space for communication, togetherness, and embodiment of ideas. Using fiction and metaphors, they will be invited to share their visions reflections, and ideas. No particular knowledge or skills are required.

14:30-16:00 Panel Discussion with Jacqueline Maybey (art & Feminism), Diana Krauze. Moderated by Barbara Cueto (RU/EN).

Art history is full with male artist names while female artists have been often relegated to secondary positions. Today, despite of the promise of democratization of the digital age, the art world still feels the imbalanced representation both online and offline. Nevertheless, the digital realm has made possible strategies like Art&Feminism to function, and there is a boom of engaged female artists working digital forms. But how shall we archive the (female) present to overcome the past problematic? What are the tools and strategies used by female artists in Russia and abroad? What are the prospects and limits of these trends?

Jacqueline Mabey
Diana Krauze

16:30 — 19:00 Workshop: Edit-a-thon (RU)

In spite of the site’s ostensibly egalitarian, accessible format, more than ninety per cent of its editors are male, for this reason, the edit-a-thon of Art & Feminism aims to combat Wikipedia’s well-documented gender gap by improving, however incrementally, its coverage of women in the arts.  (Participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop) (Open Event)


19:15 — 19:30

Performance: No Body to our Friendship by Puck Vonk

Puck Vonk is a visual artist, looking at her work involves reading and listening. Letters are things and spoken words have consequences. She is involved in- and influenced by women’s studies and feminism. She performs poetical activism starting from the idiosyncrasies and objectlessness of the voice. The voice as the in-between sound, tool, power, movement and foreign intruder. This results in sound pieces, sound installations, lecture, performances and multi-voice performances.

Performers: Svetlana Dorogina, Elena Ermakova and Anastasia Manuilova