Luxuriat: the new dangerous class

Video Artist: Anna Rotaenko
Country: Year: Duration: 3 min 41 sec


The video mimics a trailer or ads for a movie that didn’t happen; stylistically it refers to The Raspberry Reich by Bruce LaBruce, except that it’s not about sex. A group of young people forms a commune on the seashore, defining itself as the new working class but with due regard to the privileges of the capitalist era.

The precariat is a common term. Luxury is an aesthetic category.

The artists take inspiration from the ideas of Kropotkin, Marx, Brenner, and Makhno and set out to reinvent reality amid excessive consumption, global networks, corporations, and aversion to work. The group authors the Luxuriat Manifesto; the footage of their trip is used to make the video.

The utopia is close but out of reach, like a movie that is never coming out because the trailer was just a fake.

Co-authors of the manifesto: ZIP Group (Stepan and Vasily Subbotin, Evgeny Rimkevich), Eldar Ganeev, Elena Ishchenko, Svetlana Isaeva,

Gediminas Daugela, Daria Orlova, Dana Kosmina and others.

Anna Rotaenko

Anna Rotaenko is a Germany-based artist born in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR in 1990. In addition to making large-scale installations, she works with electronic music, video, and digital imagery.

Moving from the particular to the general, her practice often draws upon personal stories that reveal a shared vulnerability of individuals from oppressed communities, including artists. Anna’s works explore the urban environment and its media, appropriating pop culture elements and its toolkit, such as apps, videogames, songwriting, etc. In a world where everyone is a user and technology is here to stay, Anna embraces digital art. Blurring the lines between work, artistic production, and everyday life, she explores the possibilities of re-coding existing technological systems.

Rotaenko studied at the Rodchenko Art School (2016 — 2018) and Institute of Problems of Contemporary Art (2015 — 2016). She participated in group exhibitions and festivals including New Russias 2020 (Manchester, UK), The Wrong Biennale ( — 2019), Inrocks festival (Paris — 2018), ELECTRO- MECHANICA XIII, International Multimedia Festival (St. Petersburg, 2018), VII Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow, 2017), V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art «Deep Inside» (Moscow, 2016) and others. Solo exhibitions: "Ringtone" (Vadim Sidur Museum, MMOMA, Moscow, 2020), "Magic precautions'' (Cité internationale des arts, Paris, 2019), "Underside" (MMOMA, Moscow, 2016), «Waiting room» (Triumph Gallery, Moscow, 2015). Awards and nominations: Nomination «New Generation» and French Institute Prize at the Innovation Award, 2019. Nomination «Best Media Object», Sergey Kuryokhin Award, 2018 Laureate of the Dostoevsky List «The most relevant photographers of Russia and Ukraine», 2016

Her works are in the collections of the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum (MMAM), Moscow Modern Art Museum (MMOMA), and private collections in Russia, France, Japan, Germany, Ukraine, and the US.