Russian protest group Pussy Riot sells NFTs for latest single ‘Panic Attack’

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Russian punk feminist group Pussy Riot has launched a brand new music video and is auctioning a sequence of 4, non-fungible-tokens to accompany its launch and lift funds for his or her artwork tasks and native activism.

The group first rose to prominence in 2012 after staging a guerilla efficiency of an iconoclastic feminist punk track in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral in protest towards the Orthodox Church’s complicity with Vladimir Putin’s regime. Shortly after, the group’s members had been arrested for “hooliganism motivated by spiritual hatred” and later sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony. 

The music video for the group’s newest single, Panic Assault, options co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova as an avatar journeying by means of a dystopian digital wasteland, culminating in her battle with an ominous doppelgänger. Commenting on the video, Tolokonnikova stated: 

“After serving 2 years in a labor camp, I am nonetheless fighting psychological well being points. Trauma, concern and insecurity by no means absolutely go away, inflicting melancholy episodes and deep anxiousness. ‘Panic Assault’ was born as the results of me staring on the wall for twenty-four hours in the course of the pandemic, feeling 100% helpless.”

To create the video for Panic Assault, which was produced by Chris Greatti, the augmented actuality artist Asad J. Malik created a photorealistic hologram avatar of Tolokonnikova utilizing footage of her captured by 106 cameras. 

Following the video’s launch, the only is being auctioned as a sequence of 4 non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, for collectors to buy by way of the platform Basis. Held this Saturday, March 13, proceeds from the public sale will go in direction of financing Pussy Riot’s future tasks, in addition to to lift funds for a shelter for victims of home violence in Russia.

Tolkonnikova’s prolonged commentary on the only provides additional clues as to why the simulated actuality — which begins as a saccharine dreamworld and degenerates into one thing altogether apocalyptic — was felt to be significantly apt. 

The video, in her phrases, “displays on the objectification of human beings, loneliness, disconnection from the atmosphere that causes us to really feel small and powerless. And it is us who induced it with our personal fingers — that is why on the finish of the video I am preventing with my very own clone.”

Masha Alekhina and Lucy Shtein, Tolkonnikova’s fellow Pussy Riot members, now face two years in jail for exhibiting public help for opposition determine Alexei Navalny through the current wave of protests that adopted his tried assassination for anti-corruption activism.