Video installation Rise of the Machines transfers the viewer into the place, where Ekaterina Andreeva traditionally opens tv news programme Vremya. Arrows of the clock from the opening credits never cross the 9 o’clock borderline. The main character of the piece introduces the history of womankind, drawing the line from goddesses, queens, witches to herself — the female cyborg, referencing Donna Haraway’s iconic text. The sub-narrative is built around two constructed female archetypes sharing common experience of the oppressed and later fuse together in the figure of the empowered woman. This new speaking subject is able not only to translate someone else’s words, but also of expressing herself. This is possible only after the character denies the pre-existing system of language and finds her voice in poetry. This process lets the arrows of the clock to move forward — to pass 9 o’clock limit, echoing the title of Georgiy Sviridov’s composition that accompanies the Vremya — Time Forward! The audience finds themselves in the constructed beta-
version of the future, what allows to retrospectively deconstruct the uncanny present.