The program explores the contemporary critique of American reality and its ideology, as well as various phenomena of American culture: from the emergence of surf and skateboard subcultures to punk literature and comics. Events include a discussion on the early years of the punk musical scene that formed in California in the 1980s and a lecture by its witness and participant Aaron Cometbus with Russian Sign Language interpretation.
In two seminars, Vladimir Kozlov will discuss books by punk musicians of the past and present day—and authors whose ideas and style resonate with punk ideas and aesthetics.
A one-day festival Board Culture Day will celebrate surf and skateboard cultures. The program of the day includes a lecture on the origins of skateboarding and surfing, a surf yoga class for children, skateboarding and balance board practice, as well as a board painting workshop and a film screening.
Children are invited to make a comic about a superhero’s day, design t-shirts and learn to work with text and image at workshops for the youngest visitors.
Raymond Pettibon’s films Sir Drone and The Whole World is Watching: Weatherman '69 about the paradoxes of American punk will be screened at Garage Auditorium throughout the exhibition, while the open-air cinema on Garage Square will show a Russian premiere of Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk by Corbett Redford, exploring the 30-year evolution of punk rock in California.
Inclusive program for the exhibition features a lecture on the role of sign languages in the US and Russian deaf cultures and the strategies of their development. Blind, sighted and partially sighted visitors are invited to take part in debate club meetings devoted to the exhibition.