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Anastasia Potemkina and Anna She’s Laboratory: A Study of the Phenomenon of Crossmodal Transfer of Sensations. Part 2

Public program for The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100
3 October – 28 November 2019


We dream of a new world, we theorize about post-human realities, we want to cross the border and leave our anthropocentrist cradle. We believe that we are ready for alternative ways of communication, we wish for something new, something different. The coming world is shimmering before us in the distance. 

When we step forward with one foot, we necessarily leave, for a brief moment, the other foot behind. It ensures that we have the stability and the push to move forth. Without it there can be no step forward, there can be no leap. A study of alternative modes of communication is impossible without an understanding of the basics of perception. Perception in its turn cannot be studied without experimental provocation. For the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, Anastasia Potemkina and Anna She have prepared an open three-hour provocation to explore the limitations of sensory perception: from their detection to creating new opportunities.

This provocation continues the study they started in June and July 2019. Everything you experience during the provocation will be used against you in the future to come.

The provocation will include experiments in crossmodal perception involving the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

The course is a second part of the laboratory A Study of the Phenomenon of Crossmodal Transfer of Sensations, which was open to participants based on an interview. The second part is open to all visitors.


Anastasia Potemkina (b. 1984, Moscow) graduated in 2008 from the Moscow Institute of Architecture where she majored in experimental architectural design. In 2012 and 2013, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2011, she has been a member of the group Urban Fauna Lab that has organized shows Urban Sauna. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pollution, Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow (2017), New Leaders of Regional Development, GULAG History State Museum, Moscow (2017), and Outer Green, All-Russian Exhibition Centre / VDNKh, Moscow (2014). Her solo shows include Bad Seed Renaissance, Triumph Gallery, Moscow and Pavilleon, Zurich (2016), and A Few Words about Politeness, Taiga Space, St. Petersburg, as part of Manifesta 10 (2014). Group exhibitions include: 7th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, New Tretyakov Gallery (2017); Hosting the Inhuman, MMOMA, Moscow (2017); 1st Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); Expanding Space. Artistic Practice in the Urban Environment, GES-2, Moscow (2015); IK-00: The Spaces of Confinement, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice (2014); Angry Birds, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2012); The Way of Enthusiasts, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice (2012); and THE BODY OF ATTIS WILL NOT DECAY, Anastasia Potemkina and Nikita Kadan, Laura Bulian Gallery, Milan, Italy (2018-2019). She lives and works in Moscow. 

Anna She (b. 1985, Moscow Region) graduated in Journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University (2008) and received a master’s degree in Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University in New York (2012). In 2017 she successfully defended her candidate dissertation “The Aesthetic Genesis of Art Therapy as an Academic Discipline” at the Department of Aesthetics of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Since 2017, Anna has been a student of the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. She has been a member of the InitiARTive self-organization since 2008. As an artist, Anna investigates the phenomenon of internal and external ecology through digital and embodiment technologies. She is author of teaching guides, academic papers, and articles on the possibilities and limitations of art practices’ therapeutic effect.


Free admission with advance registration.

The event is in Russian language.

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