Issue #88 Timeline of Russian Cosmism

Timeline of Russian Cosmism

Anastasia Gacheva, Arseny Zhilyaev, and Anton Vidokle

Issue #88
February 2018

A timeline of Russian cosmism maps key developments relevant to cosmism starting from 1772 to 2000. The timeline is a work in progress: new entries, images, and films, especially those pertaining to the twenty-first century, will be added in the near future. Go to website →

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Anastasia Gacheva is a philologist and Chief Research Associate at the Gorky Institute of World Literature at the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is coeditor of the complete works of Nikolai Fedorov and the anthologies Der russische Kosmismus (1993) and N.F. Fedorov: pro et contra (2004–08). Gacheva is in charge of the literary and philosophical estate for several cosmist thinkers from the 1920s and 1930s. She has published widely on the intellectual and creative dialogs between Fedorov, Dostoyevsky, and Solovyov. She has also written about Russian cosmism’s historiography and aesthetics, as well as migration movements in the postrevolutionary era.

Arseny Zhilyaev (b. 1984, Voronezh, USSR) is an artist based in Venice. His projects speculate on possible future histories of art, using the museum as a medium. Zhilyaev plays roles in the Institute for the Mastering of Time and the Institute of the Cosmos, while following the reflections of the Museum of Museums in the lagoon.

Anton Vidokle is an editor of e-flux journal and chief curator of the 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema.


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