Boris Groys

  • Theorist
  • Curator

Boris Groys is part of Systemics programme and deals with the relationshop between technology and knowledge production, and more specifically between Internet, materiality and art.


"Traditionally, the main occupation of human culture was the search for totality. This search was dictated by the desire of the human subjects to
overcome their own particularity, to get rid of their specific “points of view” that were defined by their “life forms” and to find access to a
general, universal world view that would be valid everywhere and at every time."

"Today, the main place of the archives of any kind is, of course, the Internet. The Internet is often described in terms of a flow ­ of information, data etc. In fact, the opposite is the case: The Internet is reversal of the flow, the anti-flow, it is a means to freeze, to stop the flow."

Boris Groys is a philosopher, art critic, essayist, media theorist, curator, and an internationally acclaimed expert on the Russian avant-garde, late-Soviet postmodern art and literature, contemporary media, as well as modern Russian philosophy and French poststructuralism. He is the Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. In addition Groys is Professor of Philosophy and Media Theory at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe since 1994. His recent publications include: Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media (2012); Introduction to Antiphilosophy (2012); The Communist Postscripts (2010); Going Public (2010); Art Power (2008); Ilya Kabakov. The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment (2006); Dream Factory Communism: The Visual Culture of the Stalin Period (2004); and The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond (1992).