Lacing Lands

Moving in Relation

After months of hard work and inciting conversations, ArtEZ studium generale presents this awe-inspiring and incisive artistic project, written, narrated, illustrated and coded by their intern Kseniia Anokhina.

Lacing Lands: Moving in Relation (Russian Classroom), Kseniia Anokhina, 2021

On land, politics and advocacy work, as told through the spaces I found myself in
My name is Kseniia, I’m 20 years old, I am a third-year student of the Art, Design & Technology department in Arnhem, and have just finished my internship at ArtEZ studium generale.

I am from Moscow, and I currently live on a hill. I don’t exactly know who I am — designer, writer, illustrator, researcher, programmer— and I don’t think I should. But I know that moving lands has affected my perspective greatly, I know that existing in between fields of art and technology allows me to get into places I wouldn’t get to otherwise and I know that sometimes I don’t want to go out, because I dread biking back up the hill.

This patchwork brings together my accounts of day-to-day experiences and how they inform, evoke, and necessitate my politics. Answering the phone on a hotline for protestors during unrest in Russia for 12 hours straight, going to open mines at Hambach forest with my class where people protest the destruction of the forest while huge pointless machines roar in the background, and then reading Bruno Latour on Critical Zones for Honours Program on the way back while the bus is shaking slightly. All these experiences are ways to experience land and various impacts of various policies, weaving a huge never-ending pattern.

This project is a lacing of how I position myself, and hopefully, a route to helping you to position yourself, too.

You can visit the website and follow different routes: listen to some of the spaces I find myself in and maybe see how our urgencies overlap, read a short interview tied together with a collection of various advocacy work examples and theories talking about them.

For the best experience, please, open the website on your desktop and use Chrome or Tor Browser.

Kseniia Anokhina

Kseniia Anokhina doesn’t know exactly who she is (designer?writer?illustrator?researcher?programmer?). She doesn’t think she should know. Anokhina is curious about living on the margins, following seams, questioning strict borders, mapping out connections, and patching new dialogues together. She wants to research hidden structures we are affected by and find novel ways to co-exist – with each other and machines – through design and art.