Star city. The Future under Communism

Star City revisits how the future was experienced and imagined under Communism through the works and words of artists, designers and writers.


It concentrates on the interaction of three timeframes: our own post-communist era, the Khrushchev Thaw of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, and the Soviet avant-garde of the Revolutionary period, is also evoked via allusions to the utopian, religious and scientific thought of the Russian Cosmists of the 19th and early-20th Centuries: figures such as Nikolai Fedorov, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Vladimir Vernadsky. Without reference to Cosmism it is impossible to fully understand the science fiction and avant-garde art of 1910s and ‘20s, or the quasi-religious significance that venturing into space represented for Soviet subjects into the 1960s.

This book resulted from the research by Łukasz Ronduda and Alex Farquharson, organized by Nottingham Contemporary, 12 February – 17 April 2010 and is the second part of the project.