Chto Delat? (What is to be done?) is a platform founded in 2003 in St. Petersburg with the goal of combining artistic practice, political theory, and activism. Since then, the platform has been publishing an English-Russian newspaper, which has a particular interest in the re-politicization of the creation of knowledge. The workgroup includes Olga Egorova/Tsaplya (artist, St. Petersburg), Artiom Magun (philosopher, St. Petersburg), Nikolai Oleinikov (artist, Moscow), Natalia Pershina/Glucklya (artist, St. Petersburg), Alexei Penzin (philosopher, Moscow), David Riff (art critic, Moscow), Alexander Skidan (poet and critic, St. Petersburg), Kirill Shuvalov (artist, St. Petersburg), Oxana Timofeeva (philosopher, Moscow), and Dmitry Vilensky (artist, St. Petersburg).
Charles Esche (b. 1962, lives and works in Eindhoven) is a curator and writer who has been Director of the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven) since 2004. He is also co-editor of Afterall Journal and Books, based at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London. In addition to many articles in catalogues and magazines, his published works include a book of his selected writings, Modest Proposals (2005), as well as multiple edited volumes such as Art and Social Change: A Critical Reader (2008). Major exhibitions that he has curated include the Riwaq Biennale in Palestine (2007, 2009 with Reem Fadda), the Istanbul Biennial (2005), and the Gwangju Biennale (2002).