KOLXOZ INFO

KOLXOZ INFO

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WHAT IS KOLXOZ and WHAT WE DO


Kolxoz is a collective that works inside the cycle of cultural production – from research, creation and replication to distribution, theoretical formulation and presentation. Turning every step of this process into partisan fight for autonomy of perceptions. At the core of Kolxoz’s practice is a belief in the radical potentiality of printed matter to create a platform for socio-political self–reflection and conversation. As well as self–publishing, Kolxoz works with creating situations and activating places: temporary publishing houses and distribution centers, open studios and social spaces such as coffee bars or libraries. Their current research focuses on methodologies for facilitating collaboration and they often make use of readily available or defunct technologies. The following quote from «Turbo Manifesto 2021» provides an outline of collective fascinations: 


KOLXOZ = КОЛЛЕКТИВНОЕ ХОЗЯЙСТВО = COLLECTIVE ECONOMY

KOLXOZ IS UTOPIA AND DYSTOPIA

FULL CYCLE OF CULTURAL PRODUCTION – AUTONOMY FOR CULTURAL WORKERS

POTENCIAL OF LIMITS 

SAMIZDAT IS SELF–PUBLISHING MATTER AND HOW TO DO IT

SAMIZDAT – THE WEAPON OF INTELLECTUAL PROLETARIAT AND GRAPHOMANIACS

CASA PRESEI IS IMPROVISED MOBILE PUBLISHING HOUSE 

KOLLEKTIVE WORKS AS KOMBINAT 

RE–CYCLING OF TECHNOLOGY, METHODOLOGY, IDEOLOGY 

MELTING ALL INTO THE BOOKS

YOU READ NOW SUCH A BOOK


Exposition of Kolxoz printed materials: reflexion of everyday life and surrounding reality, Lokomotiva Bazar, Masa De Kultura event, March 2020


What KOLXOZ thinks about, how KOLXOZ works and lives can be found in the MANIFESTO2020 or during cooperation with KOLXOZ.


KOLXOZ publication, Gazetka Naslavcea prepared in mobile Casa Presei, Nord of Moldova, last week of summer 2020


More about working methods of KOLXOZ:


MASA DE KULTURA


Table - Masa De Kultura (ro. english - Table of Сulture). Is mobile Platform of Kolxoz, consisting of cheap fishing table. This table is fundament of the smallest material needed for starting social situations and integraton. It works on pragmatical but also symbolical level. All info


Masa De Kultura on the Lokomotive flea market, International Women's Day improvised celebration, Chishinau, 8.3.2020


ALCATRAZ COFFEE BAR


Attempt to Revitalize and repurposed former Disco Bar into one night pop‒up cultural venue. Collectively cleaned, equipped and run for few days bar area as new functionality reading spot. Bar was containing instead of alcohol, publications and Coffee was offered as part of act of cultural experience. Event was including music and art producing friends and forming rather than self‒representing event, event which blends and unite on basis of cultural enthusiasm. Video documentation


Under the glass of the bar were installed postcards from «Marshrutka~Post~PMR~Expedition»


MARSHRUTKA~POST~PMR~EXPEDITION


Research and integration into Post Offices system in the main Cities of the Transnistrian region. Moving between the Post offices took place using Marshrutka's (minibuses) - the main public transport in the region. Inside the Post Offices, the activation of the place was made through the bureaucratic practices and tools inherent in this space: the postcards bought there were sent to different parts of the world, symbolically connecting different realities with each other. Photos of the interiors and plants in these Post Offices formed the basis of a series of postcards.


Post office in the city of Dubossary and work with samples of postcards found in it.


Listovka Invitation to the Swimming Lessons by KOLXOZ & Oberliht collaboration; Sep 1 – Oct 31, 2020; 3rd Space Studio location: Zpace-Workshop (Zemstva House, 103 Sciusev Street), 2020


SWIMMING LESSONS


«Kolxoz Swimming Lessons»  is research of different collectivity forms. This is a pedagogical and self-educational program of Kolxoz. It began with the hypothesis that «Borders are more Liquid than we Think». Exploration were based on the following thesis:

We can perceive the «collective», even if it is temporary, as a work of art.

Such art can find its expression in the traces that the collective leaves in the smooth surface of symbolic and material places. Sometimes these traces seem ephemeral, like drawings that a swimmer leaves on the surface of the water. But this doesn't mean that such traces are irrelevant.

It can be documented and not only as an aesthetic object but also as a manifestation of the work process, without which it is impossible to exist in this deceptive substance. How to survive in the liquid conditions of cultural and artistic periphery? You are an individual, or a collective organism?

KOLXOZ doesn't have a ready-made universal answer. But KOLXOZ believes that the very process of the experiment can be an ambiguous answer to such flickering questions. What about the underwater stones? Main thing is not to drown, although It also can be the result.

The exploration results of the 3rd Space joint functioning was present during the Pop-up event «Research of Collectivity through Art» 


Visitor of 3rd Space ~ the Swimming Pool Training Lines on Wall. Muzeum Zemstvie.
Autumn 2020. Chisinau.


NASLAVCEA ~ CASA PRESEI


CASA PRESEI — this impromptu Publishing House. It was arranged in the space of an abandoned rural house, in Naslavcea village, the northernmost point of Moldova, in August 2020. It was an experiment with representing collective sensation and activity. Kolxoz organized the production of a newspaper, in the creation of the content for which a group of 25 people participated. To replicate work was used Fax technology and as a working environment with communication and recreational functions was opened a temporary cafe «La Pogovorit». The result was achieved in the form of a circulation of publications «Gazetka Naslavcea» in which the process of its creation and the context in which it happened was reflected.


Kolxoz studio Plein Air. Village Naslavcea, Republic Moldova, 2020
Kolxoz studio Work a print Environment. Village Naslavcea, Republic Moldova, 2020


SBORNÍK NEKROLOGŮ


Self–published ribbon «lenta» of paper with the topic of Necrologue. This publication was created as a symbolic space for collaborative work of different people. Authors separated by closed borders, distance and circumstances. Still they formed a collective, once together inside Samizdat. No selection was done. Everyone who found motivation to participate had an equal chance to publish.

Necrolog was collected and printed in Chisinau, in autumn months of year 2020.


«Up to Ground, down to Cosmos. Semi~nostalgia almost melancholic autumn necrologue Salon» Pop-up event in the abandoned Museum of Agriculture (Museum Zemstvei, Chișinău). The place was converted into an impromptu cafe-buffet "Orbita" and at the same time an exhibition space. Visitors could not only drink coffee, but also get acquainted with DIY printed matirials, which were produced in the mobile printing house of the Kolxoz collective.


3RD SPACE STUDIO OPEN ENVIRONMENT


Place of work, communication and permanent exhibition. Symbiosis of Church, Cosmoport and Cafe. Was activated by Kolxoz and became the Bazochka «base station» for the collective in the fall of 2020. Located in Museum Zemstvei, Chishinau, Moldova

Place with liquid status and liquid potential. It claims work for activation or degeneration. If <<work>> is well done, it leads to the fact that in this place people and elements meet and communicate with each other. Such activity returns this space to the functions for which it was built. All info


Open studio collectively processing thermal ribbon publication, 2019
Activity in frame of 3rd space studio. Orbita Bufet. Open Studio. Periphery of Vision. 2020, Chisinau.


Working with the concept of studio spaces as a temporary or permanent model, KOLXOZ came up with theses that contribute to sustainability and effectiveness. Principals were born as a result of research on the topic «Potentials of Limits» and were relevant for peripheral areas of East Europe. This principles can be organically developed and adapted for other local contexts

  • Multifunctionality and transformability as ecology of space use. Involves experimenting with other functions in the studio space in addition to the work environment. For example Exhibition space, Reading Corner, Printing House and Post office.
  • Recycling of technologies and methods. It means exploring outdated and forgotten tools and practices, and reimagining their purpose for a new context. For example, thermal printing with a fax machine and receipt prints for replicating text and visual products.
  • Autonomy of self‒production. From research and production to replication and distribution, Kolxoz turns every step of such a process into a manifestation of perception of the surrounding reality. This prevents dependence on the mechanistic segregation nature of modern society and from addiction on automaticity of mass consumption facilities.
  • Collectivity as a format of work, as a work of art, as a search for alternatives, as a practical response to challenges that cannot be dealt by a single person.