Daniil Leiderman’s research revolves around the relationship between marginal art and politics in the Soviet Union during the 1960s–1980s. He is currently at work on a dissertation titled “Moscow Conceptualism and ‘Shimmering’: Authority, Anarchism, and Space.” The project investigates the circle of experimental artists and writers that emerged in Moscow’s unofficial artistic scene in the early 1970s in the context of nonconformism, tracing their development of the critical metaposition called “shimmering” and its relationship to artistic resistance. Daniil’s other research interests include theory, medium specificity in contemporary computer games, and esotericism in modern art.
In 2012, Daniil conducted and recorded a series of interviews with artists involved in Moscow Conceptualism, and he is in the process of translating and transcribing those conversations. In 2011, he helped research and write placards for the Brooklyn Museum exhibition “Russian Modern.” He has recently presented portions of his dissertation research at the national conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, as well as at “‘Illusions Killed by Life’: Afterlives of (Soviet) Constructivism: An Annual Interdisciplinary Conference at Princeton University.
Daniil received his B.A. from New York University in 2008.