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Geo-Apocalyptic Imaginaries on the Eastern Edge of Eurasia – Nikolay Smirnov

Feb 1, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Antonio Mak Hin-yeung Education Room, Para Site

Current Para Site Researcher-in-Residence Nikolay Smirnov will take us through his research in Hong Kong based on three intertwining narratives: First, two future war fictions of 1897 and 1915 depicting Hong Kong and Vladivostok on the peak of mutual imperial fears and anxieties (titled respectively HK invaded! A ’97 Nightmare and Peaceful Conquerors). Second, the speculative time-space of Old Believers, religious dissent radicals who fled from Russia after 1917 and from China after 1949 and who arrived in Hong Kong in the 1950s-1970s in order to obtain visas for onward travel. And third, apocalyptic feelings and moods in the region nowadays, particularly in contemporary Hong Kong concerning its handover to China from the 1980s onward.

Nikolay Smirnov (b. 1982) works as an artist, a geographer, a curator and a researcher regarding theory-fiction on spatial practices and representations of space and place in art, science, museum practices and everyday life. His practice is aimed at analysis and implementation of complex narratives in the form of text, exhibition dispositive and film. He studied at the Geography Department of Moscow State University and Rodchenko Art School. Head over to e-flux to read his essay on the evolution of meta-geography, or its Chinese translation here.

Nikolay is a participant of the collaboration residency between Para Site and CCA Zarya Vladivostok research program Contact Zones: Far East.

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