Manifesto of the Utopian Unemployment Union

Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings, Amsterdam 2018

Artists and Refugees Unite!

We call out to you courageous creatures without jobs, visas and or status, Mothers and children, Lions, Eagles and Partridges, Winged deer, Fish, and Algae and Sea Wheat and all microorganisms, witnesses of migrants drowned on their way to Europe and to the destroyed houses and the suffering people from wars, in a word, all lives, that completed their sorrowful circle now embodied as nomadic artists. You are the new people, born from globalism, who have speed up the circulation of their cells to an impossible degree. The collective world soul is in all of us. In us dwells the soul of the great free spirits, and also the smallest leech. The strands of cosmic consciousness are interwoven in us and we remember everything, everything, everything and we relive every life over again within ourselves.

– Whose side are you on? The masters of culture, was asked long ago by Maxim Gorky.

– Artists are on the side of the weak, said Gluklya and Tsaplya.

– Where is equality, I asked the birds and they flew far away.

– Where is equality, I asked the feminists. – There is equality, but not sameness, they said.

– Where is equality, I asked the art teacher with degrees from three different European institutions

– There is no equality, he said, and that in itself is equality.

But there is equality between Refugee and Artist! We have found it!

Imagine Schiphol Airport becoming a Theatre of the Utopian Union of Unemployed People!

All new arrivals in the European Union and residents together will be actors of their own play, the play which is training mussels on the sense of true equality and justice. The European Citizenship will be judged according to the Demands of the New Theatre:


•Compassion and Solidarity

•Overcoming fears


•Subversive Humour

•Devotion to Friends

•Sense of Entire Beauty


                        Capability to reinvent yourself and move further!
These are the new demands for issuing a visa to the e world civic theatre: the start of a new society.

The new revolution will come!

We need it in order to stop the frightful course of impossible alienation and stop the destruction of the planet by means of the new attainments of equality.

There is no other way for us!

And here we are out in the street.

We do not agree that the streets where we used to shape our society should be given away. The street should be of the people. Let’s subvert the ossified order of things.  Down with idiotic expensive shops!  Down with the elite order of shiny trinkets that bring happiness to nobody! Down with gentrification and the brazen despotism of developers!

Architects! Do not submit! Turn down such projects! Artists! Writers! Musicians! Ecologists! Philosophers! For the sake of Refugees and all creatures: join the Utopian Unemployment Union!

Join the Potato eaters party for resistance, the Monster party for overcoming of fears, the Language of Fragility party to express your feelings, the Recycling Prison party to overhaul the system and, the Spirit of History party to bring new life to the Revolution!

Manifesto of the Utopian Union of Unemployed People written  by Gluklya /Natalia Pershina -Jakimanskaya and edited by Theo Tegelaers for the performative demonstration Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings in Amsterdam 28 October 2017

Utopian Unemployment Union (UUU)

Performative Laboratory )

The Utopian Union of the Unemployed is a project that brings together poets, refugees, academiks,migrants, artists and institutions in the united aim of developing a pilot model for a new type of a perforative laboratory that exists at the junction of art, economics, progressive pedagogy and the social sciences. The goals and objectives of the project are to research new methods to integrate newly-arrived refugees united them with local creative thinkers into the European Community.

UUU constituted as composition of meetings, collective walking, talks, reading groups, performative encounters. UUU can be resulted as art project or as a new relationships which can lead to long lasting collaboration based on friendship and trust .

These project starts on 2010 in St-Petersburg from the process of making video of the coinciding behaviour of the Ballerinas and Migrants from the Uzbekistan who are coming to Russia to work at the low payed and most unpleasant jobs. The idea to work with binary oppositions came from the study of the dialectical approach of the state of things .

Here is the piece of the text from these project: Our basic concept is to explore cultural encounter through the interaction between two different groups, one elite and another precarious and marginalised. For example, in Russia we are planning to bring together ballerinas and construction workers. Russian classical ballet by many is perceived as the quintessence of Russian cultural tradition, and a major cultural ‘export’. As an art form, it is characterised by the desire for order, beauty and harmony. As a cultural phenomenon, however, ballet incorporates the idea of empire, power and discipline. As an institution, it continue to be dominated by ethnic Russians. Construction work, to the opposite, is perceived as polluted, disorderly, and undesirable activity. Like in many other countries, construction workers come from undocumented migrant background, and are received with disrespect and exclusion.

In the case of Russia, we would like to make these groups to collaborate: ballerinas will come to construction sites and to observe and participate in the work done there. They will be trained and supervised by construction workers. The migrant workers from construction sites will visit Vaganov School where they, in turn, will learn the language of ballet. Each set of participants will produce an item – a dance which might lead to the installation – expressive of the difference in professions and life styles of the groups. The process will be filmed and participants interviewed after each session.



The sketch to the performance of the  Utopian Unemployment Union N4 . Relating with the chto delat song spiel “The Nederland’s 20XX “


Column of Fragility 2017

Already several years our cultural community of St-Petersburg are celebrating 1 May ,the labor day.It is only the celebraty day which we might imagine to coinside with people outside our community,for example  9 May is the day totally occupied with of nationalists and some other conctellations that we can not imagine we are walking shoulder to shoulder.But 1 May demonstation is growing year to year ,becoming the festival of the progressive forces,new type of performance,which signified about the raising up the critical voice of our community.  

Inspired by Natalie Pershina | Copyright © 2018