Kolxoz is a Tiraspol–Prague–Chisinau 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 a 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 centres, 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
POTENTIAL 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 PUBLICATION
Maxim Polyakov was born and lives in Tiraspol – now it is the capital of Transnistria, an unrecognized republic de jure, part of Moldova, but de facto not controlled by it. He is a researcher and artist who explores material and symbolic spaces and ways to live in them. Maxim’s works are inseparable from his everyday life practices, and often form a symbiosis with them, complementing each other. Usually he finds materials, technologies, inspiration and form of expression from places in which he works. For this, he use anthropological, artistic and philosophical tools of observing or just interacts with people. In KOLXOZ, Maxim Polyakov deals with texts and ideology. He is just a soldier of the cultural proletariat front and doesn’t separate himself from all the processes of creativity and the daily life of the collective.
Viktor Vejvoda was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Graduated in the Department of New Media. He lives and works. His main interest lies in the ecology of consumption, peripheral and forgotten knowledge, the questions of value and improvisation. Viktor sympathises with use of Open Source, tools for production of self‒published works.
Anton Polyakov is a photographer, living and working in Transnistria, Tiraspol. He graduated from Transnistrian State University majoring in Geography. Photographic images are the main material in his work and, at the same time, the object of exploration. Combining different types of photo-image production, artists explore new spaces of memory that appear as a result of technological progress, the availability of photographic equipment, and which acquire a character of mass reproduction in the digital era.