RESEARCH /Hydraulic Seas on the Volga River,
The project offers an operative concept of a hydraulic sea to engage with multiple histories of water basins that facilitate infrastructures of hydro energy production. This concept derives from infrastructure studies and multidisciplinary research on water and approaches a water reservoir as a techno-scientific body central to a hydroelectric unit, unsettling prominent dam-driven imaginary.
The project looks into water reservoirs along the flow of the Volga River. Particularly, the project investigates the flooding of five towns that occupied the zone accommodated for hydropower plants: Korcheva, Kalyazin, Mologa, Puchezh Volzhskiy, and Stavropol Volzhskiy. It traces how submerged places persist in memory, underwater, and through material artefacts. It engages with objects discovered in field trips to the towns, such as sculptures, photographs, and architectural models, and offers a way to reconsider their histories and interrogate the major narrative of Soviet national world-building endeavour.
Soviet Industrial Time and Its Many Temporalities: Telling Time with Hydraulic Seas
EXHIBITIONS & TALKS
Project Anywhere, The Centre of Visual Art, University of Melbourne and Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons School of Design, The New School, 2023
The London Conference in Critical Thought, School of Law, Birbeck College, University of London, July 2022
Oceans as Archives Symposium, University of Amsterdam, July 2022
After Progress, curated by Martin Savransky and Craig Lundy, February 2022-ongoing