Book

Composed at the intersection of Internet art and literary nonfiction, “East”-In-Formation: An Anti-Source Sourcebook to an Era of Postcollapse chronicles the bizarreness that has permeated life across Eastern Europe, Western and Central Asia since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall. The collaborative duo, Ilknur Demirkoparan and Vuslat D. Katsanis, weave together a collection of short stories based on published local newspaper articles alongside key aesthetic and theoretical developments to define “postcollapse” as an era of normalized social and political instability. The book aims to rethink our global contemporary vis-à-vis the art and history of this complex region and the psychic life of its diaspora.

Each of the short stories provides glimpses into the everyday routines amidst an ever-changing reality. Take, for example, the story of a family forced to abandon their home in response to the governmental decree to demolish their apartment block, now considered an architectural remnant of the former ruling ideology. The family’s story unfolds through a multimodal and interactive interface where readers can navigate through the different rooms and engage with various clickable visuals, sounds, and moving images. Works of art from this region and its diaspora are embedded throughout each story to contextualize contemporary art and theory as emergent and creative forces of resilience. 

This project is to be released in September 2024.

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