Anton Vidokle, The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun (video still), 2015, HD video with sound, Russian with English subtitles, 34:00 minutes. Remai Modern Collection. Purchased with the support of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, 2017.

Anton Vidokle

The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun

The Communist Revolution Was Caused by the Sun (2015) is the second work in Anton Vidokle’s trilogy about Russian Cosmism and the poetic dimension of Soviet biophysicist Alexander Chizhevsky’s research about the sun. Chizhevsky (1897–1964) spent the majority of his career researching the correlation between heightened solar activity and mass social excitability. Shot in Kazakhstan, Vidokle's piece emphasizes that the goal of early Soviet space exploration emerged less from technical acceleration than it did from the struggle against the limitations of life on earth.

The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun is a recent addition to Remai Modern's permanent collection. The work features in the museum's inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, which continues on Level 2 through March 25, 2018.  Vidokle's work will be shown in Remai Modern's SaskTel Theatre February 27–March 22, coinciding with the launch of the artist's web commission, Citizens of the Cosmos (2018), on March 1.


Anton Vidokle is an artist and editor of e-flux journal. Born in Moscow, Vidokle currently lives and works in New York and Berlin. Vidokle's work has been exhibited internationally at dOCUMENTA(13) and the 56th Venice Biennale. His films have been presented at numerous international exhibitions and festivals including Bergen Assembly in Norway, Shanghai Biennale in China, the Berlin International Film Festival and Forum Expanded in Germany, Gwangju Biennale in South Korea. His work has been also been shown at the Centre Pompidou, France; Tate Modern, United Kingdom; Garage Museum, Russia; Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany.


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