Post-Sozialismus, was ist zu tun?
How were artists from former socialist countries able, despite the economic and ideological pressure of the 90s, to deploy their philosophical knowledge to critically reflect on their experiences and transmit this reflection in the form of art? The Russian collective, Chto Delat?, founded in 2003 in Petersburg, with its interdisciplinary and holistic methods, developed new powerful possibilities for post-socialist art. Marx, Brecht and collaborative endeavour are at the heart of the group of ten whose name [What is to be done?] is derived from Nikolai Chernyshevsky’s 1863 novel and Lenin’s pamphlet of the same name from 1902. Deploying theory, magazines, theatre pieces, musical comedies, and “educational films” inspired by Brecht, Chto Delat? developed a unique artistic form that often gave the audience a bodily experience that the market-compatible art from the West had failed to provide.