During UNIQLO Free Friday Nights entry to the exhibitions is by advance registration only.

21 June 2018


Works by Techno Poetry come under the tag #poetry+: mixing poetic text with techno, rave, lyrical songs, synth pop and hardcore, members of the cooperative work across genres and styles, trying out different methodologies (modes of speaking and singing) on the same textual or musical material.

With subjects ranging from queer aesthetics and non-normative bodies to artists’ precarity, antifascism, antihaterism and antisexism, the group’s texts always have a feminist accent, denounce violence and toxic communication.

Techno Poetry play, speak, move and sing in clubs and in the street: by police offices and during solidarity actions. They perform on the underground, spread fake leaflets about the coming revolution and generally act as if they were in fact at the epicenter of class struggle.

Techno Poetry will discuss their texts with researcher, artist and teacher Anastasia Ryabova. A member of the cooperative Marina Shamova will present From an Individual to a Group Voice and the Other Way Round—a masterclass based on the concept of the idiorrhythmic from Roland Barthes’s How to Live Together and Burkhard Körner’s voice practice.


Anton Komandirov  (born 1978, Ukhta, Karelia) is a musician, composer and artist based in Saint Petersburg. He has played guitar and bass and sung in a number of bands. He has also written poetry and lyrics and produced records by other musicians. He has taken part in contemporary art festivals in Saint Patarsburg, Moscow, Hamburg, Kirkenes, Wrocław, Kiev, Paris and Helsinki. In 2015, he had his solo exhibition 37 at Intimate Space Laboradory in Saint Petersburg. He is the author of the experimental pop electronic project kmndrff and a member of {rodina} band and Techno Poetry and eredovoye udozhestvo cooperatives.

Roman Osminkin (b. 1979, Saint Petersburg) is an art theorist, poet, performance artist and curator based in Saint Petersburg. He conducts research in contemporary actionism and performance. Osminkin is part of the editorial team of the magazine Translit, the ideologist and vocalist in Techno Poetry, the founder of eredovoye udozhestvo theatre cooperative and a member of The Laboratory of Poetic Actionism. He was the winner of Russian Slam SPb in 2006 and 2010 and of video poetry festival Pyataya Noga in 2010 and 2016. He has been a member of the Writers’ Union of Saint Petersburg snce 2007. His books include Tovarish-vesh [Comrade Thing] (2010), Tovarish-slovo [Comrade Word] (2012), Teksty s vnepolozhnymi zadachami [Texts with Unrelated Problems] (2015) and Not a Word about Politics! (2016). His works have been published in Novoye literaturnoye obozreniye, Translit, Kreshchatik, n+1 Magazine and Project Baltia, as well as online, including in ART1, Aroundart and Colta. Osminkin’s writings have been translated into English, Dutch, Italian, German, Polish, Czech and Finnish. He teaches Group Performance at Chto Delat School of Engaged Art and gives lectures at independent art institutions.

Marina Shamova (b. 1990, Sebezh, Pskov Oblast) is a body-oriented performance artist, contemporary dance and performance teacher and choreographer, as well as a queer rapper. She runs performance and contemporary dance workshops and seminars at Rozy House of Culture and collaborates with a drama therapy charity Vremya zhit. She is the leader of a clubbing group and choreographer at PMTs Yunta. She is a member of Techno Poetry and eredovoye udozhestvo cooperatives, n i i c h e g o d e l a t and an invited teacher at Telaboratoria project for the LGBTQI+ community in Saint Petersburg.


Free admission with advance registration



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