Creating the public informational exchange environment was an integral part of Naphthalene ethos from its very inception. Such an environment is where little-known grassroots artists collectives take the opportunity to meet and showcase the significant aspects of their activities. One of these teams was “Kolkhoz-1” (a form of collective farm in the Soviet Union).
“Kolkhoz-1” was conceived as an independent artist group and collaboration platform, founded in Kiev in 2014 under the provocative title “Kolkhoz of Genesis Pi-Orridge”, which combined Soviet epoch lingo with the controversial figure of the famous underground musician. The artistic practice of Kolkhoz includes a reflection on the Soviet and industrial heritage, problems of authoritarianism and hierarchies within artistic groups, as well as sound experiments. The main forms of their representation include public space interventions and web activity.
The contribution of “collective farmers” for Naphthalene is an extract from the collective archive, with the emphasis made, firstly, on materials never intended for publication, and, secondly, on messages which for various reasons have been unpublished.
Full description of the works in Kolkhoz-1 archive is available in Ukrainian.