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'Sabotage' poetically explores fake and mimicry as core features of political propaganda, while also being the defensive features of postsoviet subaltern. It focuses on the manipulative power of the visual in connection to historical events and personal archives. Here, the distorted camouflage patterns are mixed with found footage of pregnancy scans, wikipedia pages, military clothing try on and videos of non-existing flags, generated by neural networks. A recording of the piano tuning works as the soundtrack.

'Sabotage' was created as part of exhibition project 'Fake and mimicry as Sabotage of Reality' by Office for Comparative Realty, a collaborative project for political art. It was established by Katya Sivers shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine with the aim to create a safe platform for the artists for amplifying their voice against the war. OCR focuses on the question of manipulation of realities reflecting political upheavals and technological innovations connected to existing power structures. OCR operates as a design-research laboratory with a variety of formats, including exhibitions, publications and events based on radical collaborations.

Artists: Katya Sivers (idea; visuals), Danya Orlovsky (algorithms), Boris Shershenkov (sound) and those, who preferred to stay anonymous

  • Katya Sivers
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Katya Sivers

Katya Sivers is a London-based artist, designer and researcher. Her work explores the critical potential of technology and visual art. She addresses broad social and political issues that deal with modes of co-existence and knowledge production through artistic collaboration and multidisciplinary design practice. Katya was part of The New Normal think tank at Strelka Institute and has presented her work at a number of exhibitions including Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Art Night London, 4th Industrial Ural Biennial, 4th Moscow Biennial, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Young Art.

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