Professor Keti Chukhrov

Marie Curie Fellow

Email address: jcr3@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 3201902 322017 Location: George Wallis (MK) Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: CADRE Areas of expertise: Epistemological Gaps in Cultural Theories of the Soviet East and the Democratic West in the 1960s and 1970s

About

Keti Chukhrov isan associate Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow and is currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Wolverhampton University, Faculty of Arts. She is also a dramatist and a poet. Her research project ‘Epistemological Gaps in Cultural Theories of the Soviet East and the Democratic West in the 1960s and 1970s’ aims to question and compare the emancipatory epistemologies developed in continental thought and the Soviet socialist philosophy and cultural production respectively during this period.

The research project analyzes the social, cultural and epistemological outcomes of the political economy of socialism and relies on an analysis of economic systems of socialism and capitalism, respectively, as they fold into the fields of philosophy, social and cultural. The research areas are: Political economy, Gender conditions, Aesthetics and Philosophy.

Chukhrov is a PhD in comparative literature (Lomonosov Moscow State University) and ScD in philosophy (Russian State University for Humanities). Her post-doctoral dissertation (grand PhD) – Theatre in Modern Philosophy. The Aspect of Performing was defended at the Philosophy department of the Russian State University for Humanities in 2013. Before teaching at the Higher School of Economics she had been lecturing as docent at the department of General History of Art at the Russian State University for Humanities (2010-2016), delivering courses on ‘Methodology of art theory’, ‘Gender Theory’, ‘Contemporary theories in Philosophy of art’.

In 1997-2005 she was the editor of Logos Publishers, the publishing house specializing in translating philosophic texts.

In 2007 Chukhrov collaborated with the Documenta 12 magazines project.

In 2008-2010 she was researcher for the ‘Gender Check’ exhibition.

In 2011-2013 she collaborated with the research team ‘Sweet 60s’ on project on non- European modernities.

From 2015-2017 Chukhrov was a member of the Moscow Art Magazine editorial committee.

From 2012-2017 she was head of the theory and research department at the National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow) running the programme ‘Theoretic Inquiry in Cultural Anthropology’( https://www.facebook.com/cultural.anthropology.chukhrov/ ) with such research themes as Socialist ethics (2012), Neohuman or Post-human(2013-2014, Paths of Performativity (2016) (https://www.academia.edu/34801804/Paths_of_Performativity ), Art as the Institute of Global Contemporaneity (2017). In 2014 she organized two conferences for the programme: Avant-garde as the Production of a New Human and Reconsidering Humanism. (with the participation of Boris Groys, Peter Osborne, John Roberts, Artemy Magun, Frank Ruda, Aaron Schuster, Alexei Penzin, Oxana Timofeeva, Lorenzo Chiesa and others).

Research interests

Keti Chukhrov’s research interests include the comparative epistemologies of socialism and capitalism, political theory, the ontology of performing, theories of art-systems, contemporary art theory, and post-human studies. She has authored numerous texts on cultural politics, art theory, and philosophy, published in Afterall, Moscow Art Magazine, Artforum, Brumaria, Documenta magazine, e-flux journal, Springerin, Voprosi Philosophii, Problemi, Stasis, etc. Her book-length publications include: To Be – To Perform. ‘Theatre’ in Philosophical Criticism of Art (European Un-ty, 2011); Pound &£ (1999), and 2 volumes of dramatic poems: War of Quantities (2003) and Merely Humans (2010). She is currently finishing the book on the interpretation of the notion of ‘the ideal’ in the Soviet Marxist philosophy and culture of the 1960s and 1970s.

Theatre and Poetry

Chukhrov’s dramatic poems Afghan-Kuzminki  and Communion have been translated into English and published in N+1 #26 and Common Knowledge, 2018, vol.24.

Since 2006 she has been performing her dramatic pieces (Elpida, Afghan-Kuzminki, Communion, Not Even Dead) at biennials, theatre-festivals and art-venues, such as: Moscow Biennial parallel program at theatredoc, 2012, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, 2013, Pluriversale Festival, Cologne, 2014, Manifesta 10, Saint-Petersburg, 2014.

– Her video-plays Love-machines (based on her play) was shown at the Bergen Assembly (2013) and Specters of Communism at the James Gallery, CUNY, NY, 2015. Her latest video-play Communion (based on her dramatic poem) was in the programme of the Kansk video film festival (Moscow, 2016) and at the Ljubljana Triennial U-3 Beyond the Globe (2016, curator Boris Groys). Her video-plays have also been screened widely at numerous art-centres and festivals in Russia, Germany, Norway, US, France, Ukraine, Croatia, Netherlands, Canada etc.

– Chukhrov’s play Love-machines is part of the the repertoire of the Stanislavsky electrotheatre (directed by M. Chirkova) and has been the highlight of the theatre seasons 2016-2017.

Qualifications

Chukhrov is a PhD in comparative literature (Lomonosov Moscow State University) and ScD in philosophy (Russian State University for Humanities). Her post-doctoral dissertation (grand PhD) – Theatre in Modern Philosophy. The Aspect of Performing was defended at the Philosophy department of the Russian State University for Humanities in 2013.

Publications

Recent publications include:

‘How much could Sexuality Cost’ in: Stasis. Vol 4, #1, 2016. pp114-128. http://stasisjournal.net/all-volumes/volume-4/issue-1/174-how-much-could-sexuality-cost

 ‘Repetition as the Syndrome of Dying’, Problemi journal# 15, 2017.

‘Desiring Alienation in Capitalism. Zeal to De-alienate in Socialism’, Crisis & Critique, 

Vol. 4, issue 2, 07-11-2017. pp133-151. http://crisiscritique.org/2017/november/Keti%20Chukhrov.pdf

Experience in industry

International conferences:

Political Violence and Militant Aesthetics, Yale Univ. with the paper ‘On the Internal Colonization of the Unequal Other’, April, 2015.

Future Vocabularies: Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, Utrecht University/BAK, with the talk ‘We have never been Human’, May, 2015

Philosophy of Subject, European University, SPb., with the paper ‘E.Ilyenkov. Reality of the General,’ May 23, 2015

Bots. Bodies. Beasts. The Art of Being Humble, with the paper ‘On the New Occultism of the Post-human Condition’, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, April, 2016.

Repetition/s, Performance and Philosophy, at the Art Faculty, Ljubljana University, with the keynote lecture ‘Repetition as the Syndrome of Dying’, Sept. 2016.

Historical Materialism, at the American University in Beirut, BICAR with the keynote, ‘Aberrations of the anti-Capitalist Critique’, March, 2017.

New Narratives. Thinking Economics Differently, at the Akademie der Bildende Kunste Stuttgart/Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, with the keynote ‘How to Evade the Envy of the Servant and the Benevolence of a Master’, April, 2017

1917/2017. Revolutions, Communist Legacies and Spectres of the Future, at the European University in Spb, with the paper ‘Who makes Revolution in the Age of Speculative design’.

Further information

Recent and future lectures within the framework of the research at UoW include:

 Marie Curie Inaugural lecture UoW, ‘Epistemological Ruptures in 1970s Soviet and post-1960s Western Emancipatory Thought’ (24/01/2018)

A talk at the festival ‘Worlds of the New’ at the Hamburg Kampnagel on ‘Utopia and its post-communist consequences’ (10/02/2018)

Public lecture for the Royal Philosophic Society of UK, UoW, “Whether the Ideal can be Material.” (7/02/2018)

Lecture ‘The Concept of the Classical and the Socialist Political Economy,’ at the conference The Classical and the Contemporary, Pushkin Museum, (26/2/2018)

Lecture at the Slavic studies department of the Birmingham University ‘The Soviets and Gender’ (21/03/2018)

Lecture ‘The Issue of Ethics in the ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ Revolutionology Workshop, Slavic Dept. University of Chicago, (21/22/5/2018)