Performativity of Death in Post-Soviet Russia: The Party of the Dead's growing membership


  • Agitatsia



Our research group AGITATSIA unites researchers connected with post-Soviet history (from Belarus/Germany, Russia, USA/Estonia and France), and with interest in collectivity and multidisciplinary approach. Our areas of study include philosophy, cultural studies, art criticism, linguistics, artistic performative activity, sociology; we are united by an interest in the most radical line in contemporary Russian art, which is actionism and political performance.

We believe that the theme of performativity of death brings together two important lines of an involved, independent art—death and performance—which constitute the “burning and smouldering” problems of the contemporary cultural process in Russia. The COVID-19 pandemic became a pretext for artists and activists to resurrect the problem of death and methods of working with it. Now after the beginning of full-scale Russian military invasion throughout the whole territory of Ukraine it became clear that artists anticipated reality in many ways. The question of death in Russia is haunted by a question of justice—both philosophically and in relation to the perceived failures of the system of law. The necro-performances of the collective Party of the Dead from Saint-Petersburg manifest the importance of performance as a ritual of mourning in days of pandemic and war.

Author Biography


This article is written by four members of the AGITATSIA research group: Dasha Filippova, a writer, artist, and PhD student at Princeton University, New Jersey; Anastasiia Spirenkova, a researcher, curator, and PhD student at the Center for Art and Languages at EHESS, Paris; Antonina Stebur, a curator and researcher, affiliated member of European Humanities University living in Berlin; and Vera Zamyslova, art historian, researcher, Moscow.

AGITATSIA is a research group of five members (D. Filippova, P. Mitenko, A. Spirenkova, A. Stebur, V. Zamyslova) dedicated to political performance art practices, actionism, and art activism. In 2021 Agitatsia won the Russian Art Focus prize for the best research paper on Russian contemporary art.


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How to Cite

Agitatsia. 2022. “Performativity of Death in Post-Soviet Russia: The Party of the Dead’s Growing Membership”. Performance Philosophy 7 (2):22-31.



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