COSMOSCOW TALKS: SEPTEMBER 7

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 7

1 PM RESIDENCY UNLIMITED

In this panel discussion, we talk about the new program established at Residency Unlimited in New York focused on providing opportunities for international career development for arts professionals based in Russia. Residency Unlimited (RU) is a non-profit arts organization devoted to building bridges between cultures by hosting customized residencies for artists and curators from all over the world including the US. Within this framework in 2019, RU awarded residencies for three emerging cultural practitioners based in Russia (artist, curator, gallerist) in partnership with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art who put together the selection committee. In the conversation, the awardees will share their experience and panelist will touch upon the selection process, and in which way museums, galleries, art fairs, and residencies can benefit from collaborating with each other.

Moderator: Anna Evtyugina, curator, producer of contemporary art projects

Participants:

Nathalie Angles, co-founder and Executive Director of Residency Unlimited 

Andrey Egorov, art critic, curator, head of Research Department of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Sergei Gushchin, founder of Fragment Gallery

Ian Ginsburg, artist

Elena Ishchenko, curator, art critic

3 PM 

CONSTRUCTING FUTURES  – COLLECTING THE PAST

The discussion is devoted to new approaches and strategies in the formation of art collections and archives. Its thematic boundaries outline questions about the purpose of the collection, its ethical, legislative and organizational basis, as well as about the goals that are achieved through collections and archives.

Moderator: Andrey Erofeev, Andrey Erofeev, art critic, curator.

Participants:

Alexandra Obukhova, art historian, curator of the Garage Museum archive

Hedwig Saxenhuber, curator, co-editor of Springerin Hefte für Gegenwartskunst

Irina Gorlova, head of the New Tretyakov Gallery’s contemporary art department

Alexey Novoselov, Head of Exposition and Exhibition Department

5 PM NEW GEOGRAPGIES OF ART

Participants of the event will talk about initiatives aimed at new types of cultural production beyond established geographical and/or institutional boundaries. They will talk about how projects on the periphery of Moscow, the country (in Vladivostok), and the continent (Fogo Island) become a way to overcome the tightness of the artistic environment and allow art to be more open to public processes and a new audience.

Moderator: Alexey Maslyaev, Head of scientific and methodological work of the educational department of Moscow Museum of Modern Art, curator of Cosmoscow Foundation

Participants:

Nicolaus Schafhausen, Fogo Island Arts

Alisa Bagdonaite, Development Director of the Center for Contemporary Art “Zarya”

7 PM PUBLIC TALK: SOFIA KAPKOVA & EVGENY GRANILSHCHIKOV

Participants will discuss the boundaries of documentary films and the nature of chance through the example of situations when a series of coincidences suddenly form a narrative story.

Participants:

Sofya Kapkova, Director of the Center for Documentary Films DOC

Evgeny Granilshchikov, artist, director

8:30 PM PREMIERE SCREENING OF EVGENY GRANILSHCHIKOV’S “DRAME” VIDEO