sarah van lamsweerde



Imaginary Friends is a project in several episodes, focusing on the relations between culture and politics and the ambiguousness of friendship. The Russian episode explored the friendship between nations on a microlevel: two years after the celebration of the Dutch-Russian Friendship in 2013. In March 2015, Brian Mckenna and Sarah van Lamsweerde spent 3 weeks in Yekaterinburg collaborating with local artists, poets and musicians. The experience resulted in a media-performance which uses the format of a radio-show, inspired by the "Radio Moscow"-programmes broadcasted from Yekaterinburg during WWII. Free-flying between the past and the present, this performance discovers new meanings in events by alternating between archival audio fragments and remixed video-reports about the artists' personal experiences in Ekaterinburg.

Producer: Veem, House for Performance and Katja Sokolova in coproduction with FFT Düsseldorf

Hosts: Ural Industrial Biennial for Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg (RU) and FFT Düsseldorf

Partner: Cultural Transit Foundation