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Chto Delat

Chto Delat
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Chto Delat (What is to be done?) is a collective of artists, critics, philosophers and writers that founded in 2003 in St. Petersburg in order to integrate political theory, art and activism. It organizes art projects, seminars and public campaigns that can take the form of videos, plays, radio programmes, posters and murals.

Dmitry Vilensky (born in Leningrad in 1964) is an artist, educator and cultural environmentalist with no art degrees. He elicits situations and relationships. No one knows what he is up to right now: perhaps he is editing a new issue of Chto Delat’s newspaper, or maybe administering the Chto Delat Mutual Aid Fund, or editing a film, or talking with the participants of the School of Emergencies, or making a set for a new play, or sitting in the zoom assembly with cultural workers who are relocated from Russia at the time of war… Most likely, he is doing all this and dozens of other activities at the same time, surrounded by various comradely compositions of bodies and minds in exile in Berlin, at zoom and in many other places around the world.

Nikolay Oleynikov artist; punk; antifascist; member of CHTO DELAT; harmonica/percussion/voice of Arkady Kots band; mentor at Chto Delat SCHOOL of ENGAGED ART; co-pilot at Free Home University; part of the radio; contributor and editor for; author of the SEX of the OPPRESSED (2013\16).

Tsaplya Olga Egorova (born 1968) is an artist and film maker. Co-founder of Chto Delat collective (2003 in St. Petersburg). She is also a co-founder of the School of Engaged Art and Rosa House of Culture. Her activity includes art projects, sound art, lecture performances, radio plays and directing different theater performances and songspiels. She was (till 2012) a founder of feminist group “Factory of Found Clothes” and participated in many performances and exhibitions under this name. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.