is a professor
of Slavic studies at the University
of Zurich and co-founder of
the ZKK (Centre for Arts and Cultural
Theory), member of ZGW (Center "History of Knowledge"), and co-editor of "Geschichte der Gegenwart" (www.geschichtedergegenwart.ch).
In 1920, the third anniversary of the October Revolution, The Storming of the Winter Palace was performed with a cast of 10,000. But as a reenactment this mass spectacle, directed by Nikolai Evreinov, was deceptive. It was intended to recall something—the storming of the Winter Palace as the beginning of the revolution—that it itself produced as a theatrical medium. This volume reconstructs the event with texts, photographs, and drawings, and shows how not only in the Soviet Union did the photograph of the theatrical “storming” become a historical document of the October Revolution.