Like It! Fake it!

  • "Like It, Fake It" with Henna Tanskanen, Maija Paunio, Aleksandr Cherkashin, Alexei Mikhailov (c)Simo Karisalo, URB-festivaali. HIAP Gallery Augusta
    1/1 | "Like It, Fake It" with Henna Tanskanen, Maija Paunio, Aleksandr Cherkashin, Alexei Mikhailov (c)Simo Karisalo, URB-festivaali. HIAP Gallery Augusta
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What: 
Перформанс
Where: 
HIAP Augusta Gallery, Suomenlinna B28/2 (Susisaari), 00190 Хельсинки
When:
08.08.2017 - 19:00
Related project: 
Like It, Fake It! 
Mikhail Kaluzhskiy
performative reading about influence of the social media
 
August 8, 19.00, HIAP Gallery Augusta 
August 17, 19.00, HIAP Gallery Augusta 
commissioned for the project 'States of Control'
 
 
'Like It, Fake It!' deals with arts and media in the post-truth era: what happens when an artist enters hostile cultural and political context? 'An artist’s life and work are scrutinized, rumours spread freely, half-truth evolves into a big lie, social media influence general-interest media, media influence public opinion and cultural institutions. Foes are anonymous and elusive. Friends want you to not give up. What can be done?”
 
A new play by Mikhail Kaluzhskiy is placed in the context of the contemporary relations between Russia and Europe through the prism of arts, politics and power relations both in the Internet and real life. The text of the play is inspired by recent sociopolitical changes and transformation of  religious discourse that have been ongoing  in Russia  for the past few years. Playing with the technologies and power of the social media in shaping news, opinions and sensations, Kaluzhskiy reflects upon growing level of censorship and self-censorship in Russia as well as on various journalistic strategies that are widely used by the 'yellow' media. Central characters of the play, a Finnish contemporary artist and a Russian curator try to oppose nosy and hypocritical journalists and this battle gets quite critical at a certain point. 

Mikhail Kaluzhsky is a playwright and journalist. A native of Novosibirsk, he now resides in Berlin. He works in documentary theater, and his plays have been performed and stage-read in Russia, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Switzerland and United Kingdom. The play was commissioned to him by Creative Association of Curators TOK specifically for the project 'States of Control'.

The play and the project are produced in collaboration with Alkovi, HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme - Connecting Points programme, and URB festival.
Supported by Kone Foundation.
 
Performers
artist Kaisa Raivuo  - Henna Tanskanen
curator Anton Goncharov - Alexei Mikhailov
reporter Nikita Popov  - Alexandr Cherkashin
editor Ksenia Volkova - Maija Paunio
 
graphic design and animation
Pawel Sawicki