DAU. Alena Zoya

An Interview with Elena Vogman and Zoya Popova, Personal Assistants to the Director

Keywords: Elena Vogman; Svetlana Dragaeva; Teodor Curerntzis; Zoya Popova; Ilya Khrzhanovskiy; Kharkiv; character; the Institute; DAU set; DAU project; film production; film shooting; philosophy of becoming; virtual; shift; language; Soviet rhetoric; culture of violence; Soviet intelligentsia; freedom; situation; author; method; power; hierarchy; situation; history; new ethics.


This interview combines two conversations that took place independently of each other during the year 2021: with the director’s personal assistants Elena Vogman and Zoya Popova, the latter was also one of the characters in the DAU film narrative. In the conversation, they talk about the role of assistants, their personal experience of living and working on the project during the filming in Kharkiv, about the philosophical and linguistic frameworks of DAU, as well as about the culture and history of violence underlying the central concept of DAU as a large-scale reconstruction of the Soviet past.

How to Cite
Schulzki, Irina. 2022. “DAU. Alena Zoya: An Interview With Elena Vogman and Zoya Popova, Personal Assistants to the Director”. Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, no. 14 (June). https://doi.org/10.17892/app.2022.00014.300.