The program of the Curatorial School addresses specific needs of working in the provinces and targets curators and researchers integrated in the local artistic environment and interested in its development.
The School students will have a wide range of documentary evidence to choose from, along with new forms of realism as the key tools of interaction with contemporary artistic agenda. In the current "post-truth" environment, which has gone beyond the sphere of art and matter-of-factly emerged in fake news and fact distrust, it is important to turn to the authenticity of experience and to poetics of the evidence. The possibility of becoming a document, an evidence or a fact is inherent in a piece of art. We encourage the students to consider the whole range of these issues and to search for a new ground for curatorial experiments in the documentary evidence.
In 1895, the Lumière brothers created their legendary motion picture Workers Leaving the Factory. The silent black-and-white film seemingly void of any author intonation recorded a prosaic scene of a proletarian life, thus changing the whole progress of culture. The real historic document and artefact of an artistic experiment became a conceptual landmark for many generations of artists to come. Today the idea of a piece of art as a document is reflected in avant-guard creative practices. They bring to mind such names as Maria Eichhorn, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hans Eijkelboom and others.
Under such circumstances, curator's thought has to research new forms of artistic production. What is the role of a picture show in public conscience? Can art produce a meaningful category of authenticity? What is the role of a document in the contemporary museum?
The two-week training schedule is crammed with activities. On an everyday basis, the students will participate in theory and practice lessons led by international and domestic lecturers, curators and researchers.
Work on one's own personal curatorial project will become the focus of the training. Upon completion of the course, the School students will have to present their concepts for a review. The best ideas will have a chance of being implemented.
In the future, the School will keep working in the nomadic mode. In the coming years we will develop new curatorial educational programs and will hold them in other cities throughout Russia.