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2012, 32 min, HD video, Russian and English dialogue

Written, directed, and edited by

Dimitri Venkov

Collaborating writer 

Konstantin Avramov

Conspiracy theories arise in situations of political defeat or impotency. For example, the idea of a Masonic conspiracy arose during the French Revolution in clerical and conservative circles. However, in a certain historical situation, the source of a conspiracy imagination is the state itself. Perceiving its vulnerability, the authorities institutionalize myths of foreign agents and saboteurs acting in the interests of enemy powers. Such discourse has serious implications, as it blurs boundaries between fact and fiction. How can art oppose the machine of state propaganda?Perhaps by constructing its own definitive conspiracy theory.

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