1917–2017: Hundred Years of Russian Revolution in Art and Aesthetics

19 oktober 2017

Färgfabriken, Södertörns högskola och Moderna museet

Ett tredagarsprogram om relationen mellan konst och revolution i Ryssland.

Hela detta program sker på engelska, därför följer informationen nedan på engelska.

The conference will bring together scholars and researchers from fields relating to the visual arts, cultural studies, media, and aesthetics to discuss questions about the relationship between art and Revolution in Russia.

It aims to discuss how Russian Revolution was reflected in art and aesthetics through the past 100 years and to map those discourses, trends and artistic developments in visual art, architecture, cinema and media that were born by, despite and in contrary to the Bolshevik Revolution both in Russia and worldwide.

The conference program challenges established academic paradigms both in Russia and internationally and to re-evaluate the relationships between art, aesthetics and media that existed during the Soviet period and the Revolution itself as a political, historical and social event.

Program at Färgfabriken, October 19:

17:00 Doors open

17:30–17:45 Welcome note (organizing committee)

17: 45–18:30 Public lecture: Per Enerud, Media and Communications Council, Sweden’s Embassy in Moscow

The Russian Revolution mirrored in Swedish archive – how did Swedish diplomates, politicians and poets view Revolution.

18:45–19:15 Performance: Project Nord2Nord, Breakin’ Revolution

19:15–22:00 Conference reception

About the participants

Per Enerud, key note speaker

Talk: The Russian Revolution mirrored in Swedish archives – how did Swedish diplomates, politicians and poets view the Revolution

Description: The Russian Revolution is a pivotal moment in European and International history. The processes that begun in March 1917 changed not only Russia, but the world. Sweden, as a neutral country in close proximity with the Empire, had a unique position for observing all stages of the Revolution. Swedish diplomats, businessmen, journalists, poets and ordinary people shared their impressions. Based on the documents preserved in the national archives of Sweden, the embassy of Sweden in Moscow is publishing these accounts. In reports and relays from the Swedish diplomats we see hope and despair; we see the day-to-day life in a country marred by street fighting, civil war and terror. In this project, the documents talk. All documents are made accessible to the public on-line with a short comment for context. All material is published in parallel in Swedish and Russian. The presentation aims to lay out some of the key elements in Sweden’s diplomats reporting on the Revolution in Russia

Per Enerud is Media and Public Outreach at The Swedish Embassy in Moscow. He has a background as a journalist and is the author of the books «Let´s die like heroes» (2014) and «The most dangerous refugee» (2017).

Performance: Breakin’ Revolution

The Russian Revolution started in factories’ barracks and burst out to the streets of Petrograd in 1917. Hundred years later, street dancers bring the revolution back in their performance to Färgfabriken. The experimental piece has no director as the Tsar already resigned. Each dancer is her/his own choreographer who follows the general outline of historical events having taken place in October 1917. Just as revolution never goes as planned, the show allows room for improvisation and surprise even to dancers themselves. Breaking, along with other elements of Hip Hop culture, became popular among Russian youth in the end of Perestroika and spilled over to the 1990s becoming one of the most popular and challenging dance styles. Russian breaking has its unique style known for its technique, inherent power, competitiveness and adherence to specific crews each having their own flavour.

The Breakin’ Revolution team is made up of dancers coming from different crews such as FunkFanatix, Flowjob, Nordside, and United Zoo. The performance is a part of a collaborative project Nord2Nord that explores the Hip Hop’s potential to ensure long-term cooperation between Sweden and Russia in the field of youth culture.


Södertörns högskola
Moderna Museet