Poet, writer, painter, and art theorist Andrei Monastyrsky and Sasha Obukhova, curator of Garage Archive Collection, discuss video archiving as an artistic practice.
Garage Archive Collection includes unique documentation related to the Moscow Conceptualist circle, including video footage of exhibitions by Moscow artists in Russia, Germany, France, and the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The videos include exhibitions, performances, and private views, as well as small dinners, private readings, and country walks.
From this unique collection, Andrei Monastyrsky chose two videos, shot in 1970 and 1971, which demonstrate his early experiments in the field of visual poetry. Working with this material prompted Monastyrsky to reflect on his personal history and creative development, a process which formed the basis of his project for the exhibition Toward the Source. The talk will examine the value of video archives as a corroboration of time and as bearers of human experience.