SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (University of Cologne), Roger Norum (University of Oulu)

Audio/Visual Programme Selection Committee: Peter Crawford (University of Tromsø), Tom Dubois (University of Wisconsin Madison), Lotta Petronella (Independent filmmaker), Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin), Andy Lawrence (University of Manchester and, Fabian Lüke (University of Cologne), Moira Marklewitz (University of Cologne), Martin Saxer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Anna-Céline Schäfer (University of Cologne), Theo Zerries (University of Cologne)

SESSION: Belonging and/as Otherness

Monday 21 June
Roundtable discussion on this topic: 14:00-15:45

Digital Dacha

2020 | 6’ | Germany/Belarus
Viktar Vasileuski

Coming from Dostoyevsky’s “White Nights” where the protagonist is left alone in St. Petersburg since everyone else leaves for their dacha (Russian summerhouse), I want to establish the act of going to the dacha as a “little escape”: an escape from the city and everyday life, an escape from responsibility and, first and foremost, an escape from politics (or even political exile - “Семь лет «дачного режима» для Хрущева”). In my work, the dacha serves as place of longing and symbol for an a-political Belarusian society. This is long over - I know! The pre-election weeks and months have shown the world and the people themselves that they are capable of organising, protesting, raising their voices. The election night has shown that people are serious about their cause and tired of being scared. More than one week after the falsified results have been published no one is scared anymore - the formerly apolitical country transformed itself into a society with legitimate demands regarding freedom of speech, gathering and choice. Bravo! By contrasting screenshots and screen videos of the events around the elections that I gathered from Telegram and Instagram in the style of a social media feed and seemingly idyllic footage from ordinary Belarusian dachas I aim at simulating the now gone a-political passivity of the average Belarusian citizen and highlight the power of social media to escape the 'little escape' from reality.

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