Daniil Leiderman has a PhD in art history in the department of Art and Archaeology in Princeton University. Daniil’s research revolves around the relationship between marginal art and politics in the Soviet Union during the 1960s–1980s. His PhD is titled ‘Moscow Conceptualism and “Shimmering”: Authority, Anarchism, and Space’. The project investigates the circle of experimental artists and writers that emerged in Moscow’s unofficial artistic scene in the early 1970s in the context of nonconformism, tracing their development of the critical metaposition called ‘shimmering’ and its relationship to artistic resistance. Daniil’s other research interests include medium specificity in contemporary computer games and esotericism in modern art.
The paper examines the peculiar role of the East European landscape in several contemporary video games, arguing that it signifies desolation and openness to violence, while linking both with … Read More