Chto Delat (What’s to be done?) sees itself as a self-organized platform for culture workers that combines political theory, art and activism: “Firstly, we’re interested in the translatability and updating of leftist theories and artistic methods under post-socialist conditions. Secondly, we have often worked on updating the potential of the Soviet past that was suppressed in the course of Soviet history.”
Since 2008 some of the members of the collective have been developing a new form of songspiel. “We use the term for a special form of political musical in which we confront the audience with certain figures in a specific historical situation; a chorus comments their attitude and behavior in the form of songs.”
For their exhibition in the Secession, Chto Delat have conceived a video installation at the core of which is the social conditionality of imprisonment.