Chto Delat? Angry Sandwichpeople, video, 2005.
Sandwichpeople. This slideshow and audio piece emerged from an
inner group discussion on how it might be possible to make an artistic
statement in memory of the centennial anniversary of the first Russian
revolution of 1905. In 2004, we (i.e. the workgroup Chto delat/What is to be
done?) carried an extensive artistic study of the contemporary urban
environment of a working class neighborhood in Petersburg. As the center of the
worker’s uprising in 1905, this neighborhood later also became the site for one
of the most ambitious and comprehensive constructivist projects in building a
new, socialist Leningrad. A year later, we decided to return to this
neighborhood to carry out an action and to shoot a video that might be capable
of expressing our relationship to the history of this place.