Each time I precariously move from one rented Moscow flat to another one, I lug around (among other things) several thousand black and white pictures, and a few hundred colored ones. Films wrapped up with pharmacy rubber bands, photographs all mixed up and stored in shoe boxes. Some of the pictures were shot by my mom, and most feature her as the subject. The 50s, 60s, a lot from the 70s, assorted 80s and a tiny bit of the 90s. It's hard to tell which decade this or that photograph is from, so I go by haircut styles.
It’s hard to stay silent and pause in conversation with one’s parents, not to interrupt,
embrace the histrionics, and just accept the speech as it goes – one based on manipulative, often mythologized, reminiscences, and containing contradictory pedagogic and political remarks. That is why I do not listen, I record.
Pictures and chunks of text recreate twists of fate in digital. My mom’s name is Galina Ivanovna Tereshenko. Also known as Alla Rotaenko. Also known by a number of other names combined from those two sets. She is a journalist, tv reporter, programmer, publisher, feminist.
She signs her articles with different pseudonyms: “in order for the news feed not to be signed by one name”.
So in this work she transfoms into a neural network, trained on the culture and events of 60s,
retrained in 90s, and so on…
On the other hand I am an editor and a director of this content. I create a new interpretational machine inside me, mechanisms inside which inevitably toss up the meaning in a new way.
Decades go by while the story goes on: institues (National Aerospace University of Kharkiv
- programming, Moscow State University - journalism), works and achievements.
And the common thread is: interest in cultural politics, media, technology, those that “influence brains and hearts”.
During her second degree diploma year she designs and draws diagrams of thinking algorithms, creates texts with typewhrigter, collects material for her thesis. One of the reviewers describes her work this way: “… she dissects Markx as if he was an experimental frog to her”.
Yet right after the presentation of the diploma paper this projects wierdly “dissappears”, straight from the vice rector’s shelf, only to be back in 30 years, in early 00s.
It’s a detective film with an open ending and I advise you to decide yourself on “who’s guilty”.

  • Anna Rotaenko
  • Anna Rotaenko
  • Anna Rotaenko
  • Gediminas Daugela
    Sound Engineer
  • Anastasia Yakovleva
    Film Editing Assistant
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 9:16 (vertical)
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Exhibition 'Sovremennik. The beginning' MMOMA Moscow
    Russian Federation
    April 27, 2021
    video installation only
Director Biography - Anna Rotaenko

Anna Rotaenko (b. 1990, Kharkiv) is an artist who, in addition to making large-scale installations, works with electronic music, video and digital imagery. She employs personal stories and nonfictional media to investigate how aesthetic experience mutates within a corrupt society and under conditions of propaganda and alienation.
The boundaries between labour, artistic gestures and everyday life become blurred as Rotaenko explores the capacity of popular consumer tools and technologies to be re-coded to create content such as apps, video games and so on. Her installations often possess an “inverted” interactivity and complicate the entertainment aspect of visual experience.
Rotaenko considers herself a migrating artist, not specifically russian or Ukrainian, due to her experiences of moving. From 2014 to 2022, she lived and worked in Moscow and Kyiv. She was forced to leave russia after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began, as the regime of authoritarian dictatorship and military censorship tightened in tandem with these events.
Rotaenko’s education includes the Rodchenko Art School in Moscow from 2016 to 2018, where she studied in Sergey Bratkov’s studio. She has had several solo exhibitions, including “Balance / Cage” at Kz gallery online in 2021, “Ringtone” at Vadim Sidur Museum in Moscow, russia in 2020, and “Magic Precautions” at Cité internationale des arts in Paris, France in 2019.
Anna Rotaenko was an AR-ENSH Resident at ZKM | Center for Art and Media. The programme is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) as part of Artists at Risk – A European Network of Safe Havens (AR-ENSH).

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