Post Lab: Ekaterina Nikitina, Nikita Sazonov, Ippolit Markelov
Let’s consider the post-soviet situation not as a bygone traumatic legacy, but as an urgency that affects the whole temporal, material and discursive strata of our existence. That is to say that for local humans and other biological habitants the post-soviet has become an actual ‘‘trouble” with the multiple and quite living manifestations of its heritage. Various hybrids (Sosnowsky’s hogweed, sunroot, kombucha, consequences of drying of the marshes etc.) — created and detained by the ideology of proletarian humanism — had broken away after the collapse of the Soviet Union and had turned into independent and powerful non-human feral politics that we call “ferations”. Today, seeping into our daily cosmologies, they are stalking us at such a catastrophic distance that demands our attention to redefine their eco/ontological status. Referring to our theoretical, artistic and expeditionary work with abandoned landscapes, we are trying to redefine the importance of post-soviet cosmologies and research co-existence with them to the whole planetary ecosystem. To grasp our research and theoretical contemplations we created a digital platform named “Russian Ferations”. Here we are presenting our postdisciplinary methodology which we use in our theory-art research of abandoned/ ecologically imbalanced territories. In our paper we would like to introduce “Russian Ferations” developed with biologists, geobotanists, cartographers, designers, philosophers, chemical engineers and artists.
Ekaterina Nikitina — Ph.D. in Literary Studies (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland), independent researcher in the field of posthuman studies, lecturer on Critical Posthumanism at the Arts&Science international educational program of ITMO University (Saint-Petersburg).
Nikita Sazonov — philosopher, independent researcher, Moscow. His interests focuses on speculative philosophy, geophilosophy and inhuman politics.
Ippolit Markelov — Ph.D. in biology, (graduated Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia), science artist exploring the problem of transspecies and intraspecies communication, with using artistic, neuroscience and bioengineering methods.