Anton Hauk: Research & CV

Gaming Practices in A Geopolitical Context, particularly in the Context of Wars

Research Area 3 – Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday Experience of Spaces

My name is Anton Hauk, and I am a PhD in History, an anthropologist, and an artist from Kyiv, Ukraine.

My early research was dedicated to aspects of the representation of sacred space in ancient Slavic and pagan cultures. Upon completion of my doctoral studies, I assumed the roles of an autonomous researcher and consultant in the domains of anthropology and culture. Concurrently, I commenced my artistic pursuits, with a primary focus on the emerging forms of digital art and the synergistic potential of new media. I have also been invited as a guest lecturer at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv Institute of Business and Technology, and IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.

In recent years, my primary area of scientific interest has been gaming practices and their evolution in a cultural context. After conducting research on video games as an art form, I aimed to expand the scope of my investigations to include the study of toys from the 90s in the post-Soviet region.

As integrated gaming media continues to gain importance in modern culture, I am dedicating my research efforts to their study. Specifically, my ongoing research focuses on Gaming Practices in a Geopolitical Context, with particular attention to their relevance in the context of wars.



  • 2008–2012: PhD in History, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • 2002–2007: MA in History, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • 2002–2007: MA in Law, Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine

Recent academic activities

  • 2022: Non-Residential Fellowships for Scholars from Ukraine, the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM Vienna), the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (HURI).
  • 2019: First place at the VIII Art History Contest for Art Critics, Stedley Art Foundation, Ukraine.

Selected art projects

  • 2019: In the Situ, AR exhibition, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2018: Simulacrum Anatomy, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2017: Apocatastasis, ‘001’ Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2016: Apocatastasis, ‘Barbakan’ Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine Pandemonium, ‘Barbakan’ Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine Apocatastasis, ‘Singulart’ Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2015: Upanishads, ‘Barbakan’ Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2013: Romaterapia, ‘Barbakan’ Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine The Alive Project, ‘Bacteria’ Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

Selected publications

  • Alien Shadow: Post-Soviet Toys and Post-Soviet Boys. (for Non-Residential Fellowships for Scholars from Ukraine, IWM Vienna) – 2022.
  • The art you can win. Korydor. Magazine about culture . – 2019.
  • Ethnological typology of the sacred space of the early Slavs (based on the materials of Eastern European cult objects of the 7th–10th centuries).
  • Ethnic history of European peoples. – 2011. –No 35.
  • Ethnological typology of sacred space of ancient Slavs. Gilea (scientific bulletin): Collection of scientific works. – 2010 – No 39.
  • Traces of Slavic pagan notions of sacred space in the Ukrainian toponims. Gilea (scientific bulletin): Collection of scientific works. – 2010. – No 38.
  • Sanctuaries of modern neopaganists in Ukraine. Ethnic history of European peoples. – 2008. – No27.

French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – Prague