Public Program for Field Research: Liberating Knowledge. Progress Report II


From 10 November 2017 to 3 December 2017


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


A public program entitled Field Research: Weekend Faculty will accompany the exhibition Field Research: Liberating Knowledge featuring a series of public lectures followed by a three weekends of “crit sessions” organized for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of research-oriented practices.

Led by Arseny Zhilyaev, Martha Rosler and Dmitry Vilensky, the lectures and closed sessions are tailored for those who wish to deepen their research-oriented practices and will offer the opportunity for a more engaged dialogue and critical discussions.

The series of lectures will be open to the public and will give a broad overview of the invited artists’ practice. The crit sessions will be for a limited audience preselected through an open call (see information below) and will offer the opportunity for critical conversations combining theory and practice between aspiring artists, curators, art critics, writers, and researchers residing in Russia or in any of the countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Ten outstanding applicants based outside of Moscow will be awarded the Garage Weekend Faculty Scholarship, will cover return economy class airfare and three nights' accommodation.

Detailed information about the program can be found here.

Weekend Faculty program schedule

November 10–12, 2017

Arseny Zhilyaev’s Faculty

Friday, November 10, 20:00–21:00  Garage Auditorium

Artist talk by Arseny Zhilyaev

Saturday, November 11, 13:00–18:00  Garage Education Center

Crit session 1

Sunday, November 12, 13:00–18:00  Garage Education Center

Crit session 2


Arseny Zhilyaev (b. 1984, Voronezh; lives and works in Moscow and Venice) is an artist, theorist, and curator. His artistic research interests and methods shifted from critical appropriation of the language of modernist abstraction to investigating models borrowed from the legacy of Marxist museology in order to look at the broader understanding of the museum in the tradition of Russian cosmism. Using museological methodologies for revealing and speculating on different narratives for potential futures, the artist investigates the space between fiction and reality and contemplates the nature of art and its relationship to technological, political, and biological development. Zhilyaev graduated from Voronezh State University (2006), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2008), and Valand School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg (2010). From 2011 to 2016, he was a member of the editorial board of Moscow Art Magazine. He has been awarded the Innovation Prize (Russia, 2010) and the Soratnik Prize (Russia, 2011, 2012). In 2013, he was nominated for the Visible Award (Italy). Zhilyaev is editor of the anthology Avant-Garde Museology (2015). His work has been shown at the Ljubljana Triennale (2016) and at recent biennials in Gwangju (2016), Liverpool (2016), and Lyon (2015), and at exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); de Appel, Amsterdam (2016); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and San Francisco (2014); e-flux, New York (2015); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); among others.

November 17–19, 2017

Martha Rosler’s Faculty*

Friday, November 17, 19:30–21:00  Garage Auditorium

Artist talk by Martha Rosler

Saturday, November 18, 13:00–18:00  Garage Education Center

Crit session 1

Sunday, November 19, 13:00–18:00  Garage Education Centre

Crit session 2

*This faculty will take place in English


Martha Rosler (b. 1943) has long focused on matters of the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life, especially as they affect women. Her writing and projects often involve research into the production and uses of space, including matters of transportation and displacement. If You Lived Here, a cycle of shows and public discussions on housing, homelessness, and the built environment, was first held at Dia in New York in 1989 and has been revisited many times since, most recently in 2016, in Seattle and New York City. Rosler’s book Culture Class, published by Sternberg in 2013, considers the instrumentalization of artists by the housing market as well as efforts to counter it. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

December 1–3, 2017

Dmitry Vilensky’s Faculty

Friday, December 1, 19:30–21:00  Garage Auditorium

Artist talk by Dmitry Vilensky

Saturday, December 2, 13:00–18:00  Garage Education Center

Crit session 1

Sunday, December 3, 13:00–18:00  Garage Education Center

Crit session 2


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. His main themes evolve around interpreting various models of interaction between art and political movements, as well as between artists and cultural institutions. 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).