• Introduction: Antiquity and Modernity of Soviet Marxism

      Chehonadskih, Maria; Chukhrov, Keti; Penzin, Alexei (EUSP, 2018-02-22)
      Fredric Jameson once pointed out that the Marxist tradition is already our Antiquity due to its significance and historical distance. This distance allows us to view it from the outside, and to reinvent Marxism for our own time. The same could be said about the most paradoxical version of this tradition's Soviet Marxism. However, there are particular qualities that single it out from the classical antiquity of Marxist tradition. Even internationally known Soviet works (by Vygotsky, Bakhtin, amongst В­others) are not perceived as belonging to a unitary theoretical tradition, and are even less associated with Marxism and the heritage of 1917. It may therefore seem that the October Revolution of 1917, although being recognized as the key event of the short twentieth century has not created a universally recognizable and consolidated body of thought. It is, therefore, a difficult task to outline this field, and this is why the current lens of historical distance might be helpful in attempting to grasp both this unity and the richness of its internal differentiations.
    • “Sleepers”: Representations of Sleep in Contemporary Art and Media

      Penzin, Alexei (Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, 2016-12)
    • The Biopolitics of the Soviet Avant-Garde

      Penzin, Alexei; Budraitskis, Ilya; Zhilyaev, Arseniy (Marsilio, 2015)
      It would be no exaggeration to say that rather formalistic approaches to the art and culture of the first Soviet decade still dominate in post-Soviet academia. However, these approaches are substantially prescribed by later ideological concepts of “totalitarianism” and a radically negative view of the Soviet experience. The period’s artistic practices and achievements are seen outside the political and social experience of the victorious revolution, and the powerful impulses for transforming collective life that emanated from it. They are treated as discrete formal manifestations of the local modernist tradition, as acts of individual resistance, cunning maneuvers or forced compromises on the part of outstanding "lone creators” vis-à-vis the cultural policy of the Bolsheviks after they had come to power.
    • The Only Place to Hide? The Art and Politics of Sleep in Cognitive Capitalism

      Penzin, Alexei; Neidich, Warren (Archive Books, 2014-10-20)
    • ‘The ‘Electrification of Art’: Boris Arvatov’s Programme for Communist Life

      Penzin, Alexei; Roberts, John. Penzin, Alexei. (Pluto Press, 2017-11-15)