The Second Curatorial School was focused on the creation of a series of collective projects "Cultural (anti-) institution of the future", including the analysis of the context and image of the audience. An (anti-) institution of the future is an organization and / or horizontal network that supports cultural production and consumption, cultural life in a given territory. Working on the project, the school participants had to move from developing a theory of care to conducting applied and practical research.
From developing a theory of care to conducting applied and practical research
In March 2021, the participants began to search for ideas and project concepts, divided into four groups. Each group worked with a problem that was close to it. During two weeks of the face-to-face stage at Lake Baikal, the participants created collective projects and presented them at the final meeting of the Curatorial School.
WRB instructions are strange experiences that have arisen in a situation of lack of resources and knowledge, but have turned out to be interesting and productive in their own way; these are cases born in the specific contexts of Russian cities and art communities.
Currently, the "Wandering Regional Rhizome" is a zine that you hold in your hands (or look at on the screen), an account on Instagram, and inside there are "recipes" that are easily adaptable to local specifics.
These are not only ideas, but also algorithms that have already worked. And what, was it possible this way?
The artistic scene of each region has its own specifics: artists, spaces, relationships. While everyone's experience is unique, we share similar concerns. How does one find inspiration? How to work with local communities and authorities? How does one find funding?
Taking as a basis the image of a rhizome - a branched mycelium without a single center - we turn to the experience of the regions, creating a breeding ground for support and exchange.
We looked for inspiration in unusual fields and found a cookbook, gardener's guide, and survival kit. They give us an idea of how to structure a project and present different experiences.
Механика реализации проекта:
• Research, search and summarization of information on the functioning of horizontal communities, questions of collegial management. Drawing up a conceptual framework based on a wide corpus of examples: from theoretical texts to the practices of artistic associations and self-organizations;
• Developing practices and exercises based on theory;
• Development of a module* on a specific request.
* The module may include a set of performative / bodily / cognitive / discursive / acting practices and exercises.
We decided to work not with the utopian image of the cultural (anti-) institution of the future, but chose a more practical and realistic approach. During the learning process, the school participants outlined the values and characteristics that should be in the (anti-) institution. PERFORMAT offers specific tools for their, at least - approximation, and, as a maximum - achievement. The project is aimed at reconfiguring and re-formatting existing working associations (groups, communities, institutions).
In full-time school, we focused on the aspect that appears to be the most important: collegial decision-making and horizontal structures. The pilot project will help bring interaction in a team / group / community / institution to a new level.
It's one thing to say, "Another world is possible.
Another thing is to feel it on your own experience,
no matter how brief this experience is
Independent curator, member of the Association of Art Critics (Ulan-Ude)
"ForNothing" is implemented in the format of an online platform. It has the following structure: a questionnaire, which contains information about the artist/project, reasons for refusal, the source of the application and the conditions of the competition; base is an archive of projects that were refused implementation following the results of the competition; generative models - a set of filters based on personal data and a checklist of refusals, tools for quantitative, qualitative and game research of the material, its visualization; and the story magazine is a section of the online "wall newspaper" that is designed to publish stories / materials / refusal examples.
"ForNothing" creates a parainstitutional field of art. This project can solve the problem of refusals in the interaction of artists / curators with institutions.
The open-call format has a competitive nature and forces you to face refusals from one side or the other, but few people know how to implement them in the least traumatic way. We have summarized our own experience and other communities and developed recommendations for institutions on careful communication with artists/curators. We create visibility of rejected projects; act as a platform for finding like-minded people / opportunities / ideas; become a space for expression.
A map can help a person when they go to a new unfamiliar city and do not have information about local communities and initiatives. It is a living network of practices and relationships that develop in space and time according to the principles of sharing. We want to make the places and people that we see visible. Locality and subjectivity are important to us.
Telegram chat will be a friendly interface for maintaining connections between participants from different cities. We offer ad-hoc and reinventing online and offline meeting practices: morning drifts, co-op cooking, candlelit dinners, bath readings, parody and dress-up practices.
The Peer Agency builds communication and connections between people and regional art communities.
We were interested in the question: how to develop hospitality mechanisms? We were inspired by the principles of building peer-to-peer networks, in which all interconnected computers can receive, store and transmit information without using an external server.
We have created a hospitality map on which an artist, researcher, curator, anyone who wishes can find or provide a platform for research, temporary residence, project implementation; find people to meet, communicate and support.
Artist, comics artist, member of the "Space Cow" art group (Tyumen)
Independent curator, artist, teacher, consultant at Calvert 22 Foundation (Irkutsk / Moscow)
Interdisciplinary artist, researcher of bodily practices (Krasnoyarsk / Novosibirsk)
Curator of the Victoria Underground department of the "Victoria" Gallery (Samara)
Curator, artist, mediator, founder of the Imaginary Museum of Displaced Persons (St. Petersburg)
Head of the Scientific and Exhibition Department of the Ethnographic Museum of the Republic of Buryatia (Ulan-Ude)
Methodologist of the Vladivostok Fortress Museum-Reserve, author of the Telegram channel "Sorts of Sovrisk" (Vladivostok)
Artist, digital designer, curator of the festival of contemporary photography "KosMost", co-host of the podcast "Instead of images" (Kostroma)
Curator of Museum Collections of Decorative and Applied Arts and Sculpture, National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia (Ulan-Ude)
Artist, curator (Baikonur / Moscow)
Art critic, mediator, curator of exhibition projects at the Center for Contemporary Culture of the UrFU and Sinara Art Gallery (Yekaterinburg)
Photographer, visual artist, curator (Kharkiv / Moscow)
Head of the Sampilov Art Center, National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia (Ulan-Ude)
Art critic, curator of the "Chilim" public art festival (Astrakhan)
Theorist, creator and co-editor of the artistic and theoretical platform CYBERFEMZINE, member of the n i i c h e g o d e l a t group (St. Petersburg)
Artist, situational curator, member of art groups: "Nadenka" - since 2015 and "No Excuses" - since 2020 (Omsk)
Independent curator, artist (Novorossiysk)