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Inke Arns (ed.), Igor Chubarov (ed.), ...: Nikolai Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«

Inke Arns (ed.), Igor Chubarov (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.)

Nikolai Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«

Softcover, 320 pages

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Historic event, reenactement, fake

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and drawings, and shows how not only in the Soviet Union did the photograph of the theatrical “storming” become a historical document of the October Revolution.

  • revolution
  • historic documents
  • History of photography
  • Russia

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Inke Arns

Inke Arns, PhD, director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) in Dortmund (, has worked internationally as an independent curator and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe since 1993. After living in Paris (1982-1986) she studied Russian literature, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history in Berlin and Amsterdam (1988–1996) and in 2004 obtained her PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin with a thesis focusing on a paradigmatic shift in the way artists reflected the historical avant-garde and the notion of utopia in visual and media art projects of the 1980s and 1990s in (ex-)Yugoslavia and Russia. She curated many exhibitions, most recently a.o. at Haus der Kulturen der Welt / House of World Cultures (HKW, Berlin). Author of numerous articles on media art and net culture, and editor of exhibition catalogues.
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Igor Chubarov

is a philosopher and professor at Moscow State University. He is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Sciences and editor of the Logos magazine. He is the author of works on modern art and early-Soviet proletarian art, the history of Russian philosophy, theories of power, the theory of machines and mediatheory and on Evreinov.
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Sylvia Sasse

Sylvia Sasse

studied Slavic and German Studies in Constance and St. Petersburg (1990–1996). She received her PhD from the University of Constance in 1999 and obtained her habilitation at Freie Universität Berlin. After her teaching and research work at Freie Universität Berlin (1999–2001), the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin (2001–2005) and UC Berkeley (2002–2003) she was Professor for Eastern Slavic Literature at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2009 she has been Full Professor of Slavic Literature at the University of Zurich and co-director of the ZKK (Centre for Arts and Cultural Theory). She is currently working on the interference between literature and law, conceptions of escape and performance art in Eastern Europe.

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