Roee Rosen, Buried Alive Group Videos: Historical Joke #3, 2013. Courtesy the artist

Roee Rosen, Buried Alive Group Videos: Animation Chant for a Hybrid, 2008, featuring Igor Krutogolov and Lucy Dubinchik, 2013. Courtesy the artist

Roee Rosen, The Buried Alive Group, Animation Chants for Commodities: Little Iron, 2013. Courtesy the artist

Maxim Komar-Myshkin, Vladimir’s Night #1. Courtesy the artist

Maxim Komar-Myshkin, Vladimir’s Night #17. Courtesy the artist

In the performance concert Buried Alive visual artist Roee Rosen has created an elaborate satire that is at once an absurd fable, a political allegory and an artifact of paranoia. Maxim Komar-Myshkin was the pseudonym of the fictive Russian poet Efim Poplavsky (1978–2011), who immigrated to Tel Aviv in the early 2000s. There, he founded the ‘Buried Alive Group’, a collective of ex-Soviet artists who disavowed the culture around them, concerned instead with the political situation in their home country.

Suffering from acute paranoia, Komar-Myshkin believed that Vladimir Putin had a personal vendetta against him. In secret he created the book Vladimir’s Night, an artistic revenge of sorts, discovered after he committed suicide. It features a childlike avatar of Vladimir (Putin, although the name is never mentioned) on holiday in his summer mansion. Before falling asleep he is joined by numerous animated objects and the scene soon turns violent; Vladimir is tortured and finally murdered by them.

This UK premiere of Buried Alive narrates the grotesque tale. Scenes from Vladimir’s Night are accompanied with a composition by Igor Krutogolov performed by Udi Bonen (piano) and Inbar Livne (Soprano) and screenings of videos by the ‘Buried Alive Group’.

The performance is followed by a Q&A session with artist Roee Rosen.

Special Event: Buried Alive
Roee Rosen

£6/£5, book here

Sat 27 Feb, 8.30–10.30pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Gateshead Quays
S Shore Rd
Gateshead
NE8 3BA
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