Everything is True, Nothing is Permitted

The results of the notorious ‘Stalinist Stanford Prison Experiment’, DAU, were finally shown to the public this spring. What does this blurring of fantasy and reality achieve?

Still from Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s film DAU. (Via Jigsaw / Phenomen)

It was Christmas 2011 in Kharkiv, Eastern Ukraine, when I first heard about DAU, Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s grandiose film project, which was then still being shot on a large set on the site of an old swimming pool on the outskirts of the city. DAU began life as a biopic of physicist Lev Landau before morphing […]

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