What is Pussy Riot’s ‘Idea’? | Radical Philosophy

The Occupied Wall Street Journal via Radical Philosophy
The phenomenon of Pussy Riot is part of a media activist subculture, on the one hand, and an actionist movement in art, on the other. This media and Internet culture arose under post-Soviet conditions as a reaction to the total depoliticization of society after a series of economic, social and ecological catastrophes: the dissolution of the USSR, the constitutional crisis and the attack on the White House in 1993, economic ‘shock therapy’, the default of 1998, two Chechen wars, and the blowing up of houses and an anti-terrorist paranoia that became a part of daily life. These catastrophic times provoked mistrust of any form of public politics and created armies of shocked subjects, plunged into the pleasures of consumption and private life during the so-called ‘Putin stability’.
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