Rosa’s House of Culture (ДК РОЗЫ Дом Культуры Розы) – is an initiative of collective Chto Delat.
It is the space and process in which critical and leftist art is building its new engaged public. It is very important to understand what is happening with an alternative forms of artistic communication at the moment when it is more and more criminalized by new laws and the state structures and exist in a situation of staged aggression from general public and at the same time risks all forms of instrumentalization from the side of neoliberalism.
The Rosa’s House of Culture is about constructing counterpublic at the moment of closure of publicness.
This project is questioning the legacy of Soviet tradition of Houses of Culture which was a well-spread state supported infrastructure for leisure and educational activities of people in Soviet Union. What can we learn from that experiences and how can we imagine a new model of House of Culture in composing a counterpublic sphere?
How this places could “function as spaces of withdrawal and regroupment and/or as training grounds for agitational activities directed toward wider publics” (Nancy Fraser).
For realizing this research and praxis we have decided to establish an experiment in operating a space where members of different marginalized leftist collectives invent and maintain their activities, which in turn permit them to shape and defend their identities, interests, and needs and how this different groups could come together and mutually support each other at a dark times.
The core of the activities of our “D.K. Rosy” (Rosa’s House of Culture) are different initiatives which we welcome from different field of activism and alternative educational initiatives such as an grass roots unions of IT workers, the union structure of educational workers (профсоюз «Учитель»), some selforganized feminist theater groups, sewing educational cooperative “Shvemy”, School of Engaged Art and many others.
The main function of this space is to bring these diverse groups into dialogue which could lead into building of a new composition of solidarity and engagement into common mutually supporting activities.
At the moment the premises of D.K. Rosy consists of an exhibition and lecture hall which can accommodate up to 100 people and smaller spaces for different seminars and workshop activities – we welcome anyone who shares our position to join us.
D.K. Rosy has started its activity with the support and in the framework of the international project Draft (http://www.draftprojects.info/home.html) – initiated by Institute for Contemporary Art
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK
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