Artist talk by Dmitry Vilensky


Within the framework of the public program accompanying the exhibition Field Research: Liberating Knowledge. Progress Report II, artist and activist Dmitry Vilensky will share his thoughts on the role of research in art.

"The concept of research is derived from a scientific approach to the study of reality. The interest in artistic research, which has been going strong for about ten years, implies a certain academicization of the artistic process. What does this mean for the development of art, and how does this affect the nature of what an artist does?". This is how Vilensky, one of the founders of the St. Petersburg art group Chto Delat, formulates the key vector of the conversation. His activities as artist and curator involve not only purely aesthetic tasks but also socio-political, theoretical, critical, and educational practices. By initiating projects at the intersection of various disciplines, Vilensky creates a discourse that intertwines art, science, and politics. These issues will be discussed using examples from the works of Chto Delat and other art practices.


Dmitry Vilensky (b. 1964, St. Petersburg; lives and works in St. Petersburg) is an artist, curator, and author of numerous texts on contemporary art and activism. He is co-founder of the group Chto Delat and co-editor of the eponymous newspaper. In 2013, he co-founded the School for Engaged Art in St. Petersburg. Vilensky’s practice embraces artistic projects, public actions, and seminars directed at the art of political narrative. With the art group Chto Delat, Vilensky has taken part in numerous exhibitions, conferences, seminars, and theatrical performances. Recent solo exhibitions include: Time Capsule: An Artistic Report on Catastrophes and Utopia, Secession, Vienna and KOW, Berlin (2014–2015); and Chto Delat? in Baden-Baden, Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden (2011–2012). Recent group exhibitions include: Really Useful Knowledge, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014); and Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2013).


Free admission with advance registration