Marat Raiymkulov (Bishkek)

Parasites of the Brain

Raiymkulov’s lecture-performance is an innovative monologue play that voices the artist’s conjoined philosophical reactions living through multiple political revolutions, the appearance of horror films after the collapse of the Soviet era, a former physicist’s eager desire to scientifically approach his presidency in Kyrgyzstan, meeting with personal demons during the inglorious times of Kafka and Gogol, and the space of time when Lenin’s house of Culture became the church of Jesus Christ.

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Marat Raiymkulov’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by Art Group 705.

Marat Raiymkulov, Parasites of the Brain, 2017. Lecture documentation FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Project, November 15th at SVA Theatre.

Born and raised in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) Marat Raiymkulov is an artist, thinker and professor of Physics and founding member of the Bishkek based art space and collective 705. His performative works range from making videos, drawings, and installation to producing and directing plays as well as writing fictional essays. In his works Raiymkulov “exposes the traditional structures of patriarchal family, the analogies with the capital’s social power, the technocratic division between classes, the ideologies of “productivity”, the exploitation of land and women, the inadequacy of all logical-linguistic tools interpreting reality, the democratic illusion, and the job market crisis.” Beyond numerous exhibitions held in various countries of Central Asia, he has exhibited internationally at Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland (2015) Art Dubai (2014), Oslo Screen Festival, Norway (2013), and at the Central Asia Pavilion during the 54th edition of The Venice Biennial, Italy (2011).

Marat Raiymkulov, CAPTION MISSING Courtesy of the artist