COSMOSCOW TALKS: SEPTEMBER 6

Cosmoscow Talks WHO KNOWS BEST? September 6–8

Most of us want to learn something new about art. Maybe we just like the artist, and we want to get to know them better: to see more of their works or learn their biography. Maybe we are writing an article or preparing an exhibition for which more detailed materials are required. Maybe we consider it important to follow current trends in art.

We all seek information and knowledge. How and who should we address to satisfy this need? Who or what do we perceive as sources of expert knowledge today? Is it a book, a magazine or a Telegram channel? (Telegram is a Russian social media platform) Whose opinions do we trust and listen to? Is it a ‘traditional’ expert: a museum professional, a university professor, a curator, or the polyphony of social networks? Today on the Internet it is easy to find any number of resources to learn a lot about art and to be aware of what is happening in the current moment. This competition for our attention and the difficulty of choosing between sources engenders the principal question of our Talks programme: Who knows best?

SEPTEMBER 6

1 PM MY IMAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY AS A CULTURAL PRINT OF AN ARTIST AND PLACES

The Embassy of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation presents a public talk “My Image: Photography as a Cultural Print of an Artist and Places”. Participants will discuss the importance of photography in cultural representation, and will also answer the question why video installation and photography represent the country at the Fair this year.

Moderator: Alexandra Anisimova.

Participants:

Henry Dallal, Photographer

Lina Krasnyanskaya, Executive Director of the WINZAVOD fund, Head and Curator of the Best of Russia annual national project

Zarina Rossheart, Head of Associate & Education Programme, Art Night London

3 PM THE BUSINESS OF ART

The discussion is dedicated to new business strategies in the art system. The speakers will discuss whether success in art really requires not only talent and hard work but also business skills and marketing tools.

Moderator: Claire Walsh, Curatorial Assistant Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Participants:

Javier Perez, Artist

Margarita Pushkina, Cosmoscow Founding Director

Victoria Gramm, Cristie’s specialist

5 PM NEW GALLERY MODELS

The discussion is dedicated to new models of art galleries. Participants will discuss whether this format requires revision and what today provides the galleries with an international presence and successful promotion.

Moderator: Anna Savitskaia, The Art Newspaper Russia Editor.

Participants:

Barbara Seiler, Founder of the Barbara Seiler Gallery

Valeria Rodnyanskaya, Founder of Shaltai Editions Gallery

Ekaterina Vinokurova, Co-founder of the Smart Art

Anastasia Karneeva, Co-founder of the Smart Art

Olga Temnikova, Co-founder of the Temnikova & Kasela Gallery

7 PM WHO OWNS OPINIONS?

The discussion will serve as an answer to the question of how today's media are becoming a tool for manipulating politics or shaping it, and who plays a decisive role in this process: magazines with thousands of issues, influencers with millions of subscribers or social networks.

Moderator: Simon Rees, Cosmoscow Art Director.

Participants:

Melanie Gerlis, Editor at Large for The Art Newspaper

Georg Schöllhammer, Curator, Editor-in-Chief of Springerin Magazine

Simon Mraz, Art Projects Manager, Curator, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow

Yana Zhilyaeva, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Life