The title of the seminar and the play "What struggles do we have in common?" addresses the urgency of reconsidering the cultural field as a battle ground -- where different forces of politics, aesthetics and ideology confront each other. The play concentrates on the recurrent conflict between artists and intellectuals who have chosen, out of a perceived necessity, to carry on their work within the framework of the institutional landscape, and activists who consider this position a betrayal of a political agenda that serves only to further the particular 'brand' a collective carries, detached from any political relevance. The play is an attempt to stage this conflict publicly and invite a local audience to engage with potential resolutions.
The platform Chto Delat? (What is to be done?) was founded in 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod.
The following 2 weeks Heidi will join a creation of re-staging "What struggles do we have in common?", originally performed in London 2010. Vienna re-staging will take place in May 2015 in Studio Theatre of TQW.