Tag Archives: Belarus

Anti-art installation “Fuck the elections” (in english / по-английский)

ELECTIONS is a bourgeois institute that is made by the world bourgeois in order to make an illusion of DEMOCRACY, but we all know that true democracy is not that one where someone REPRESENTS you. True democracy is a direct democracy. It is where you can represent yourself. It is where your political influence doesn’t depend on media that is only mediator and basis of the bourgeois civilization, which creates fiction and illusion, MEDIA-SPECTACLE. In this sense, true life is that one which liberates impulse to the decision to make your own choice about your life without mediation of INSTITUTIONS of any kind, which should be directly destroyed. ELECTIONS is a bourgeouis institute which should be destroyed together with bourgeouis world and civilization in order to create space for true poetry and true art – revolutionary. Thus, we should not buy into hypocritical words of the politicians of any kind and of any regime, because they produce nothing other than hypocrisy. NO ELECTIONS. It doesn’t matter who will win, because it doesn’t lead to the radical change and destruction of the BOURGEOUIS CIVILIZATION.

Jury Urso, 11th october 2015

With Jury Urso and Nikolai Statkevich

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Anti-performance “Trip to Drazhnya to make American-Vietnam war” (in english / по-английский)

Anti-performance “Trip to Drazhnya to make American-Vietnam war” is about the problem of the Americanization of the working class of such non-western country as Belarus. Drazhnya is the final stop and trolleybus depot which is a space where live a lot of representatives of the working class, including Vietnamese workers that occupy gypsy house. We make intervention with working class, dressed in American costume and Mexican mask (it has choice between taking side of the American imperialism or being opressed Mexican subject from Latin America), and in African mask, to the house where Vietnamese workers live, to remind about intervention of the American fascist capitalism, on one hand, in Vietnam, on other hand, remind about long story of the exploitation of the African continent. USA was the last country where slavery was abolished. We stand against all that horrible things, but first of all against Americanization of the working class, because it destroys solidarity, giving them neoliberal model, where everyone becomes atomized entrepreneur. Moreover, that anti-performance is about such important topic as American cultural hegemony brainwashing minds of many people, but first of all the majority of people in such non-western subordinated subjects as Belarus.

With Jury Urso and international working class

Video – https://youtu.be/U_JTXFebQMQ

Anti-performance “I want public orgies in Gorky Park” (in english / по-английский)

Anti-performance “I want public orgies in Gorky Park” is about my desire to transform spirit of repressed sexuality in Soviet Union that is still vital in Belarus in a symbolic space situated in the centre of Minsk City – park named in dedication to Maxim Gorky, great Russian and Soviet writer. Maxim Gorky in many of his writings tried to defend minorities and that’s why it is logical that in that day – 4 july – Independence from Homophobia Day in Minsk City, we will do public orgy in a park to celebrate that holiday. We constructed strange object – rainbow-scum-phallus – that should liberate Minsk City from homophobia. We occupied such strategic places as Minsk subway, headquarters of the organization that educates Belarusian young people and finally we end up with doing homo orgy in Gorky Park. That anti-performance is also about interrelation between Russian orthodox church religion and homophobia – this link is very obvious, because it is in fact very anti-gay religion as well as entire Christianity.

With Jury Urso and I. Shvartz

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Anti-performance “fuck authoritarian socialism” (in english / по-английский)

This performance “fuck authoritarian socialism” is about my hatred towards authoritarian pseudosocialism and it is at the same time supplement to my presentation of my poem in prose about my experience in Cuba that I have written in russian language. It is about my hatred especially towards soviet and cuban types of pseudosocialism. Lenin as well as Castro are fucked up phallic symbols of the authoritarian socialism. We don’t need them right now and my anti-performance is about my disillusionment in another fake socialist system – Cuba. During my second visit to that fake socialist country I was arrested and was prisoner of jail on Cuba for simple fact of being without money over there. I almost ended up my days being forever a prisoner there if someone by chance will not find my passport. Cuban government detains and harasses art activists like recent performance by Tania Bruguera about not so successful reestablishment of the diplomatic relationships between USA and Cuba. Last New Year she tried to construct with a group of friends podium for free speech on the main revolutionary square, but she was arrested not even being able to finish her work and her passport was confiscated, so she can’t leave anymore her country. So, we play with phallic symbols expressing such symbols of authoritarian socialism as Lenin and Castro. Lenin, Castro are both just authoritarian phalluses, so we need to destroy them in order to build true anti-authoritarian politics.

Part I. 17 june 2015. In part one of my performance I occupied Moscow subway and such symbolic places as statue of Lenin with giant soviet phallus and other phallus such as American one. I continue tradition of doing crazy actionist performances in public spaces in Moscow such as occupying of Russian subway system by saint pussy riot and moscow actionist school from the end of twentieth century. I subvert the conformist spirit of moscow subway by doing crazy stuff inside of cars. It results in confrontation with Moscow young people police assistants who right from the military college in group of four patrol Moscow subway stations. They were hardcore leninists and tried to persuade me that Lenin was a true phallus and leader (Russian: vozhdj) justifying true relevance of my anti-performance!

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Part II. 20 june 2015. In part II of my anti-performance I read my poem in prose about my experience in Cuba including making an installation in an abandoned Belarusian bunker during punk underground party full of alternative young people, from punks to hippies and all other revolutionary subcultures. Young people in Belarus were always my true inspiration (maybe because I’m a young Belarusian person myself) and I think that older people should listen to young people. I always wanted to do something for young people in Belarus starting from my project of the alternative radical school called “Rebel Studies Library”. In this anti-performance I exhibit open sexuality with homosexual flavour creating installation with phallus-Lenin and phallus-Mcdonald’s symbolizing soviet and american types of repression of sexuality through directing it either in politics or commodifying it. I put book of Hitler on American flag trying to reveal true fascist side of American politics. I run in forest screaming the most important patriotic chant of Cuba – “patria o muerta” (homeland or death).

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV9D11d1XKU

Presentation about Belarus was rescheduled for next week (in english / по-английский)

An event called “Presentation of the radical side of the post-soviet Belarus” (https://www.facebook.com/events/1415366922064697/) was rescheduled for next saturday New York Anarchist Book Fair. It will be from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. in Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square S) in Garden Room! Everyone is welcome! More info about Book Fair Workshops – http://anarchistbookfair.net/2014%20Workshops

Event “Anarchism and Left-Wing Radicalism in Post-Soviet Belarus With Jury Urso, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, and Valerija Hotina” in New York (in english / по-английский)

On 22nd of february at 2:00 P.M. in a radical bookstore called “Bluestocking’s” in New York Jury Urso will organize event called “Anarchism and Left-Wing Radicalism in Post-Soviet Belarus With Jury Urso, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, and Valerija Hotina”. More info – https://www.facebook.com/events/470164196439447/

Cinema lecture “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” / Кинолекторий “Киногид извращенца: идеология” (in english and russian / по-русский и по-английский)

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On the 25th of december 2013, Christmas Eve, Jury Urso and his friend Vital Shchutski organized in the “Fisher’s House” in Minsk, Belarus cinema lecture dedicated to the latest movie with slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek called “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology”. They tried to apply analyze of ideology by Žižek to the Belarussian context, discussing the textbook of Belarussian ideology that is obligatory to study for all students in Belarus; Vital discussed Belarussian art and architecture that also can be analyzed as an expression of the Belarussian ideology; Jury compared ideology to the similiar concepts of hegemony, discourse.

Jury Urso (http://juryurso.org) is a Belarussian philosopher, writer, translator, explorer of the american underground. He is a founder of the noncommercial radical library “Rebel Studies Library” (http://rebels-library.org) in Minsk, Belarus. He is a philosophy student at the New School of Social Research in New York.

Vital Shchutski (http://artaktivist.org/author/schuzki/) is a graduate from European Humanities University. He is a student at prestigious École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.

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25 декабря 2013 года Юрий Урсо и его друг Виталий Щуцкий организовали в “Доме Фишера” в Минске кинолекторий, посвящённый последнему фильму с словенским философом Славой Жижеком, который называется “Киногид извращенца: идеология”. Они попытались применить анализ идеологии Жижека к беларусскому контексту, обсуждая учебник беларусской идеологии; Виталий обсуждал беларусское искусство и архитектуру, которые могут быть проанализированы как выражение беларусской идеологии; Юрий сравнил идеологию со схожими понятиями гегемонии, дискурса.

Юрий Урсо (http://juryurso.org) – беларусский философ, писатель, переводчик, исследователь американского андеграунда. Он является основателем некоммерческой радикальной библиотеки “Rebel Studies Library” (http://rebels-library.org) в Минске, Беларуси. Он является студентом философского факультета Новой Школы Социальных Исследований в Нью-Йорке.

Виталий Щуцкий (http://artaktivist.org/author/schuzki/) – выпускник философского факультета Европейского Гуманитарного Университета. Он является студентом престижного заведения École Normale Supérieure в Париже, Франция.