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Lecture Course: Anamorphic Encyclopaedia. Philosophy, Culture, Art.

4 September 2016 – 21 May 2017


Philosopher and artist Andrey Velikanov presents his lecture course Anamorphic Encyclopaedia. Philosophy, Culture, Art.

The word “anamorphic” in the title of the course signifies a particular interpretation strategy, which implies the study of a chosen object through other objects and phenomena—and from several perspectives. The course will focus on a number of words and objects representing contemporary culture: from terms used in contemporary theory to Internet memes. Each lecture will be devoted to one word starting with a particular letter of the Russian alphabet, explored through several related terms of ideas. Although visitors are welcome to attended specific lectures, the course is designed as a vocabulary, or an appendix to Andrey Velikanov’s course Philosophy of Art, delivered in 2014–2015.

The course continues a series of lectures exploring the connection between philosophy, culture, and art, with art envisaged as a cognitive tool combining rationality and sensibility.

An expanded program and in-depth analysis of the subjects discussed in the course will be offered in the form of a study group. Participants will analyze texts and participate in debates: developing their own creative vision, style, and ideas on culture and the world, as well as continuing to learn about the history of philosophy and art movements out of class.  A distance learning option for those who cannot attend classes in Moscow will be available for the first time.

Any scientific, vocational or art school aims to provide its students with a range of skills and the knowledge they will need in order to master a profession. Andrey Velikanov’s school offers its students the opportunity to become themselves: learning about other people’s ideas, as well as practicing their own skills, will inevitably lead to the question of self-identification. For some, it will be a difficult or painful encounter. For others, it will be a chance to rediscover themselves, think and learn in a group, and employ various existing intellectual and creative practices in the development of new ideas.


Andrey Velikanov is a philosopher, art theorist, and artist. His publications on art and cultural theory include Am I a Trembling Simulacrum, or Do I Have the Right? (NLO, 2007). He has taught at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities, UNIC Institute, Wordshop Communications Academy, Moscow 1905 Art Academy, MediaArtLab Open School, Center of Avant-Garde at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and Free Workshops Art School, and regularly gives talks and takes part in discussions at various venues. He is also a recipient of several media art awards and prizes including Ostranenie (Germany), DADANET (Russia), Art on the Net (Japan), TrashArt (Russia), Southwest Interactive Festival (U.S.A.), and Split (Croatia).


September 4, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

Introduction. A — Anamorphism. Alphabet, writing, phonetics. L'Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze. The Order of Things by Michel Foucault. Encyclopédistes.

September 11, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

B — Being. / Bio-. Goods. The Baader Meinhof Complex.

September 18, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

P —Power. / Things. Vernacular.

September 25, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

G — Genius. / Grammatology. Gender. Habitus.

October 2, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

D — Dilettantes. / Deconstruction and destruction. Deism. Discourse. Diachrony and synchrony. Dichotomy.

October 9, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

N — Nature. / Europe. Eurasianism.

October 16, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

L — Living. / Desire. Honeysuckle and dodder.

October 23, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

S — Sight. / Signs. The end of metanarratives. Evil.

October 30, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

G — Game. / Ideas. Idealism. Ideology. Intention. Installation. Internet.

November 13, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

C — Cargo cult. / Categories. Kairos. Cosmos. Queer. Painting.

November 20, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

L — Love. / Logic. Logos.

November 27, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

T — Thinking. / Meta-. Monad. Meme. Method. Modernism.

December 4, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

P — People. / Observation. Narrative.

December 11, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

E — Experience. /The signifier and the signified. Subject and object.

December 18, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

M — Memory. / Paradox. Paradigm. Performativity and performance.

December 25, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

New Year’s Program. Anamorphic games.

January 15, Sunday 

January 22, Sunday 

January 29, Sunday 

February 5, Sunday 

February 12, Sunday 

February 19, Sunday 

February 26, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

H — Horror. / Universals. Fleeting. Pleasure. Duck.

March 12, Sunday 

March 19, Sunday 

March 26, Sunday 

April 2, Sunday 

April 9, Sunday 

April 16, Sunday 

April 23, Sunday 

April 30, Sunday 

May 14, Sunday 

May 21, Sunday 

17:00–22:00  Garage Education Center 

Students present their projects.


The free lectures and seminars will take place on Sundays from 17:00 to 22:00. Participants in the study group will be expected to spend extra time on further reading and studies, individually as well as in the group. 

Information about the course and admission to the group.

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