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Online discussion of the project by the media activist collective Kafe-morozhenoe

Teens Days: Fakes and Predictions Lab
4 July 2021


Participants of the discussion with art historian and researcher Nastya Volynova will talk about the project by Kafe-Morozhenoe and the issue of unequal labor conditions in cultural and art institutions. The practical part of the event will be devoted to analyzing and mapping examples of the functioning of contemporary art in Russia.

The media activist collective Kafe-Morozhenoe explore the questions of labor in art and describe their activities as “study, retell, explain, alert, attack, discuss.” In their project, featured in the exhibition Assuming Distance, they criticize unequal labor conditions in cultural and art institutions and offer an alternative that would take the differences and vulnerabilities of the workers into account.

Participants will:

  • see the project by Kafe-Morozhenoe and discuss it;
  • look back at the history of art studies and discuss the sociological perspective;
  • discuss the conditions that artists have to work in today and how these conditions affect their lives;
  • look at several projects by other contemporary Russian artists who work with similar questions;
  • analyze and map several examples of the possible modes of functioning of contemporary art in Russia during the practical part.



Nastya Volunova is an interdisciplinary researcher and art historian who studied Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a member of the art group residues of wetness, who explore the epistemological potential of water and water bodies and develop poetic and artistic languages to describe water spaces.


The conference will be in the Russian language. A Zoom link will be sent to the email provided.



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