The Snail's Testimony

Somehow Lao Tzu, Procrustes and Elon Musk meet in one head. In this company there was also Georg Friedrich Handel, but he was expelled for the paranoid imposition of the Sarabande. The result is a short film based on the true story of a heroic snail named Stewart. Stewart miraculously covered the distance from Montenegro to Ukraine, it was washed in a washing machine, after which it gave birth to at least eighty children.
Observing Stewart and comprehending the plasticity of her own life, the author comes to the conclusion that “inaction” and “soft power” helped her tangibly transform and subjugate the “Procrustean bed”.
US IT companies used the so-called "Warrant canary" to inform their clients that they were being monitored by the government by sending reports that indicated the time when they were not being monitored. Protesters in Belarus, in response to the violent actions of the authorities, made the protest a liquid flowing from courtyard to courtyard. They delay the payment of utilities and fines, do not buy goods produced by pro-government companies, at the same time they unite in courtyard chats and provide each other with services free of charge.
These and other manifestations of "soft power" may not produce quick results and guarantee the protection of their supporters, but in the long term they may become a more solid foundation than violence and terror.

  • Olga Gurina
  • Olga Gurina
  • Olga Gurina
  • Olga Gurina
    Key Cast
  • Snail Steward
    Key Cast
  • Tutors and students of The School of Engaged Art by the Chto Delat collective (The School of Mutation)
    Special thanks
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Свидетельство Улитки
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, drama
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - The School of Engaged Art by the Chto Delat collective
  • SmolShorts Festival
    St. Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    April 16, 2021
    Official Selection
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions June 2021
Director Biography - Olga Gurina

Hi, my name is Olga Gurina. I'm an artist. In my practice I use video media.
Creative nickname: Olimana Gurimana.

Kyiv, May 12-13, 2017, Dovzhenko-Center - I took part in exhibition with work Schrodinger Artist or Introvert Cinema - video-installation, performance.

Kyiv, 7-17 September, 2017, international festival GogolFEST, Arksqout - I created video-installation Residence Permit together with Oleg Kulay-Kulaychuk.

From September 2016 to September 2017 - studied in KAMA (Kyiv Academy of Media Arts) on the course Contemporary Art, the field of study - artist.

In June 2020, I completed online courses Modern Art and Ideas by MoMA.

In September 2020, I completed online courses Machine Learning by Stanford University.

From September 2020 to June 2021 - training in the The School of Engaged Art by the Chto Delat collective (The School of Mutation)

June 2021 - the international art project # 365daysafter with The Snail’s Testimony movie.

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Director Statement

Subjectivity is our main wealth. The keepers of this wealth are artists. I carefully keep my subjectivity and respect yours. This is what I consider to be the condition for the peaceful cohabitation of people.