Nika Dubrovsky and friends
Intergalactic Memorial Carnival for David Graeber

11.10., 11:00–23:00

Please see https://davidgraeber.industries for more organizational details or to join with a memorial carnival of your own.

Up until his tragic and untimely passing, David Graeber was working with his partner, artist Nika Dubrovsky on a project for Paranoia TV and steirischer herbst. This event is now canceled. In its place, Paranoia TV is supporting a worldwide carnival in memory of the deceased anthropologist and activist.

David Graeber died in Venice, a city he often visited. After every trip, he brought back Venetian masks and costumes, because he generally admired the Venetian Carnival. Before it became a tourist commodity, the Venice Carnival constituted a political space of radical democracy. During Carnival, there were no blacks, no whites, no old, no young, no beautiful, no ugly, no poor, no rich. Everyone was a mask. Being a player in the anti-capitalist movements of the nineties and noughties, he knew about the irresistible similarities between the experience of a carnival and an insurrection. It is in this spirit that David Graeber’s friends and comrades are planning a memorial carnival, to be held all over the world. Plans are currently underway for dozens of events including at Zuccotti Park, NY, in Rojava, Korea, and Berlin, in Argentina and on Portobello Road. Paranoia TV is working with Nika Dubrovsky and the memorial carnival’s team to facilitate live coverage of many of these events in a unified video live stream.


Nika Dubrovsky (1967, Leningrad, Russia) is a writer and artist, and the author of the Anthropology for Kids project—an online open-source platform experimenting with new forms of work between the academy and contemporary art. Dubrovsky writes for such publications as e-flux and artnet. Her books have been published in Russian, Finnish, English, Polish, and now in Japanese. She lives in London.

David Graeber (1961, New York, USA–2020, Venice, Italy) was a widely regarded anthropologist and author. He wrote on value, work, magic, kings, slavery, direct action, and a host of other topics. He is most well-known for his books Debt: The First 500 Years and Bullshit Jobs, as well as for his participation in a variety of mobilizations and global movements. He died on 2 September 2020.