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Anton Vidokle: This is Cosmos!


This is Cosmos is the first film in Anton Vidokle’s trilogy exploring the ideas of Russian cosmism—a unique phenomenon in the Russian culture of the late nineteenth century that had an impact on the country’s science, philosophy, literature, arts, and theology.

The first part of the trilogy focuses on the writings of Christian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov, the author of the philosophy of "common cause" based on the idea that humanity should overcome death, resurrect all the dead, and populate other planets. Fyodorov believed that death was a mistake, "because the energy of cosmos is indestructible, because true religion is a cult of ancestors, because true social equality is immortality for all."

Filmed in summer 2014 in Moscow, Borovsk, Arkhangelsk region, Altai, Kazakhstan, and Crimea—This is Cosmos is a collage featuring writings by Nikolai Fyodorov and Maria Ender and poetry by Nikolay Zabolotsky and Maximilian Voloshin. For the screening, Garage and Ad Marginem Press also published a collection of writings on Russian cosmism by Boris Groys.

The film was screened as part of the exhibition Field Research: A Progress Report.

Deadline: 2013–2015

Researcher: Anton Vidokle


Anton Vidokle (b. 1965, Moscow) is an artist, curator, and publisher. He moved to the USA with his parents in 1981. He is the founder of the online platform e-flux (1998) and co-founder of e-flux journal with Julieta Aranda and Brian Kuan Wood (2008). Together with Aranda, he has launched a number of art projects, including e-flux video rental (2004), Pawnshop, dedicated to the pawning of artworks (2007), and Time/Bank for exchange of time and skills (2009). He was the curator of Manifesta 6 with Mai Abu ElDahab and Florian Waldvogel (Cyprus, 2006, cancelled), and the follow-up project unitednationsplaza (Berlin, 2006). His projects (including collaborations) have been shown at the 2nd and 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, 2012 and 2019), documenta 13 (Kassel, 2012), the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), and other exhibitions. He lives and works in New York and Berlin.  

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