Co-Director Ilya Permyakov is a Russian director of audio- visual arts. He began his career as a scholar of Philosophy, completing his PhD on philosophy of Martin Heidegger and poetry of Paul Celan and Ossip Mandelstam in 2003. In 2008 Permyakov won the Grand Prix of the IX Media Forum at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival, for his video art piece Gazing. His works have been exhibited in museums and art galleries, including MMOMA (Moscow) and Tate Modern (London). Between 2008-2012 Permyakov co-wrote and edited Nazidanie (directed by Boris Yukhananov); the lm premiered at Locarno Film Festival (2017). Ilya Permyakov joined DAU in 2012, becoming a co-director, co-writer and editor. He also took a role of the Head of DAU Academic Research and Creative Director of DAU Symposia leading a number of academic conferences. Subjects have included Protagonists of Political Mythology: How Do Individuals and Collectives Become History? and Encounters with the Extreme: Faith, Violence and the Search for Liberation and have taken place at the Parliament of the United Kingdom, Cambridge University, Oxford University, the Royal Society, and London School of Economics in the UK, and the Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, France. Ilya Permyakov is now co-writing, together with a historian Alexander Etkind, a book under the provisional title Pharaohs of Modernity: An Intellectual History of Crypto-Communes. The rst interpretative academic study of DAU, this book depicts the DAU project as an experiment which summarised the crucial scienti c-political experiences of the past and warned about the imminent dangers of the future.