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1 февраля – 13 июня 2016
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 19:00 to 21:00

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In 2016 Garage Library invites its readers to explore seminal works on world art history and theory in the new season’s reading groups.

Visitors are invited to get a library membership, study the suggested texts in their spare time and then discuss them in groups.

In February — June 2016 reading groups will be offered new subjects for discussion, focusing on antinomies in art history and the discourse that envisages art as a transfer of ideas to various media.
One reading group will be devoted to Lacanian approach to psychoanalysis and its cultural implications. The group studying key Marxist texts will continue its meetings.


Reading Group 1

ANTINOMIES IN ART HISTORY

As well as the totality of art works, art history is made by the system of ideas that form around art and develop alongside artistic practices. This reading group takes the works of American art critic Hal Foster as its starting point and focuses on the emergence and development of antinomies such as autonomous vs. socially informed art; text vs. context; form vs. content in art. The group will discuss the concepts of artistic will, symbolic form, and spectatorship among others.

Moderator: Vlad Sofronov (Ph.D.) is an independent researcher, the author of Communist Sensuality: Reading Kierkegaard, Proust, Kafka, Marx (Moscow, 2009), and translator of Slavoj Žižek’s Sublime Object of Ideology and Arthur Lovejoy’s Great Chain of Being, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Logos, Art Magazine, and others.


Reading Group 2

MARXISM AND CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

The tradition of Marxist theory continues to be fundamental to the intellectual landscape of modernity and Marxist perspective on social history still stirs up debate. Studying and discussing the works key to this tradition, this reading group will explore contemporary themes and ideas that have been influenced by Marxism.

Moderator: Vlad Sofronov (Ph.D.) is an independent researcher, the author of Communist Sensuality: Reading Kierkegaard, Proust, Kafka, Marx (Moscow, 2009), and translator of Slavoj Žižek’s Sublime Object of Ideology and Arthur Lovejoy’s Great Chain of Being, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Logos, Art Magazine, and others.


Reading Group 3

ART DISCOURSE: FROM IDEA TO MEDIA

How do we speak of an artwork? Where do we start and what should we take into account? The half-a-century search for an answer to those questions has followed a trajectory from the high art-inspired discourse to the rather down-to-earth archaeology of artistic media. This group will focus on works by Russian, French and American authors, starting with the basics of semiotic analysis and exploring its boundaries and what lies beyond them, to try and understand how one “learns to use one’s eyes” and what the analysis of “visual patterns” can teach us.

Moderator: Nina Sosna (PhD in Philosophy) is a media theorist and philosopher, a lecturer at the Higher School of Economics, and Deputy Chief Editor at Philosophy Journal. She is the author of Photograph and Image: The Visual, the Obscure, the Phantomlike (Moscow: 2014), the editor of Media: Between Magic and Technology (Moscow: 2014), and translated Jean-Luc Marion's The Crossing of the Visible (Moscow: 2010).


Reading Group 4

BASIC CATEGORIES OF LACANIAN PSYCHANALYSIS AND CULTURE

Psychoanalytic discourse has informed both our understanding of art and philosophy in the 20th century, and the way we speak about them. According to Jacques Lacan, erroneous interpretations of Freud’s ideas have created theoretical cacophony in humanity’s understanding of itself. Studying the texts key to psychoanalytic tradition, this group will focus on the implications and the opportunities of psychoanalytic discourse in culture.

Moderator: Alexandr Bronnikov is a practicing psychoanalyst, a participant of Rennes 2 (France) and Moscow State Psychology and Pedagogics University joint education program. He is a lecturer in Lacanian psychoanalysis at the RSUH, and has trained in psychoanalytic clinics of Paris.

schedule

February 1 and 8, Mondays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

Artistic Will in its Various Forms

Alois Riegl. Late Roman Art Industry // 20th Century Art Theory and Aesthetics. A Reader. Moscow: Progress-Traditsiya, 2008. P. 520–533.

February 15 and 29, Mondays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

The Double Root of Style

Heinrich Wölfflin. Linearity and Painting. General Notes // Heinrich Wölfflin. Key Concepts in Art History. Moscow: V. Shevchuk, 2009. P. 21–40.

March 14 and 23, Mondays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

Conceptual Structure and Symbolic Form

Erwin Panofsky. Iconography and Iconology: An Introduction to the Study of Renaissance Art // Erwin Panofsky. Meaning in the Visual Arts. Saint Petersburg: Akademicheskiy Proyekt, 1999. P. 43–73.

March 28 and April 4, Mondays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

Social and Historical Aspects of Art

Meyer Schapiro. The Nature of Abstract Art // Open Left. 04.12.2014

April 25 and 16, Mondays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

Semiotics of the Visual

Roland Barthes. Rhetoric of the Image // Roland Barthes. Selected Works. Semiotics. Poetics. Moscow: Progress, 1989. P. 297–318.

May 23, Monday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

Discipline in Visual Culture

James Elkins. The Concepts of Skin and Membranes // James Elkins. Visual Worlds. Vilnius: EGU, 2010. P. 112–137.

May 30, Monday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

Historical Observer as a Social Construct

Jonathan Crary. Camera Obscura and its Subject// Jonathan Crary. Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century. Moscow: V-A-C Press, 2014. P. 45–90.

June 6 and 13, Mondays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Library

Autonomy of Form or Social Conditioning?

Hal Foster. Antinomies in Art History // Hal Foster. Design and Crime. Moscow: V-A-C Press. 2014, P. 89–108

 

READING GROUP 2
MARXISM AND CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

February 5, 12, 19, Fridays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Production, Means of Production, Relations of Production

Karl Marx. Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, Preface // K. Marx and F. Engels, Selected Works, 9 v. V. 4. Moscow: Izdatelstvo politicheskoy literatury, 1985: 136–40.
Friedrich Engels. Anti-Dühring, Section III: Socialism. Ch. II: Essay on Theory // K. Marx and F. Engels, Works, 2nd ed., Moscow: Politizdat, 1961: 278–95.

February 26, March 4, 13 and 18, Fridays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Social Classes and the Class Struggle as a Classic Marxist Concept

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto // K. Marx and F. Engels, Selected Works, 9 v. V. 3. Moscow: Izdatelstvo politicheskoy literatury, 1985: 139–89.
Vladimir Lenin, A Great Beginning // V. Lenin, Selected Works, 10 v. V. 4. Moscow: Politizdat, 1985: 1-22.

March 25, April 1 and 8, Fridays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

The State and its Apparatus

Vladimir Lenin, The State and Revolution. Marxist Theory of the State and Tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution, Moscow: Political Literature Publishing House, 1983: 5–22.

April 29, May 20 and 27, Fridays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Religion: "Opium of the People" or "Opium for the People"?

Karl Marx, Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Introduction // K. Marx and F. Engels, Selected Works, 9 t. T. 1. Moscow: Izdatelstvo politicheskoy literatury, 1985: 1–14.
Vladimir Lenin, Socialism and Religion // V. Lenin, Selected Works, 10 v. V. 4. Moscow: Politizdat, 1985: 309–12.

June 3 and 10, Fridays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Culture as a Mirror of the Society

Vladimir Lenin, Leo Tolstoy as a Mirror of the Russian Revolution // V. Lenin, Articles on Tolstoy, Moscow: OGIZ, 1949: 3–8.
Vladimir Lenin, Leo Tolstoy and His Era // V. Lenin, Articles on Tolstoy, Moscow: OGIZ, 1949: 30–34.

 

READING GROUP 3
ART DISCOURSE: FROM IDEA TO MEDIA

February 16, Tuesday, and March 5, Saturday

18:00–20:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Introduction: Key Subjects, Issues, Context. The ‘High-Art’ Perspective on Visual Arts

Yuri Lotman. A Semiotic Perspective on Still Life // Lotman Yu. M. Essays on Culture and Art Semiotics. Saint Petersburg: Academicheskiy Proyekt, 2002.

March 15, Tuesday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Alternative Concepts of Visual Arts: Iconography

Erwin Panofsky. Meaning in the Visual Arts. Saint Petersburg: Akademicheskiy Proyekt, 1999.

March 22, Tuesday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Limitations of Conventional Methodology: Going Beyond Semiotics

Norman Bryson. Vision and Painting: The Logic of the Gaze. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1983.

March 29, Tuesday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

The Changes in Art History Informed by Social and Political Discourse

Mieke Bal. Visual Essentialism and the Object of Visual Culture // Logos. 2012. No 1 (85). P. 212–249.

April 5 and 12, Tuesdays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Back to the Roots: The Influence of Anthropology and Proto Media Studies

Hans Belting. Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art // Moscow: Progress-Traditsiya, 2002.

April 19, Tuesday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

The Problem of Materialization and Fetishizing of Images

W. J. T. Mitchell. What Do Pictures Want? Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

April 26 and May 17, Tuesdays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

The Influence of Media of the Optics of the Visual

Alexander Gallaway. The Broken Interface // Between Magic and Technology. Moscow, Yekaterinburg: Kabinetniy Ucheniy, 2014

May 24, Tuesday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

Expanding the Visual Field into Other Contemporary Areas of Knowledge Including Science

James Elkins. Exploring the Visual World. Vilnius: EGU, 2010.
Donna Haraway. SF, Speculative Fabulation and String Figures. 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts: Documenta Series 033. Zurich: Hatje Cantz, 2012.

May 31, Tuesday

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 4

How to Speak of Art Today

Thierry de Duve. Avant Garde and the “Loss of Craftsmanship”: An Easy Explanation // Philosophy Journal. 2013. No 1 (10). P. 89–96.

READING GROUP 4
BASIC CATEGORIES OF LACANIAN PSYCHANALYSIS AND CULTURE

February 2, 9, 16 and March 1 and 15, Tuesdays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 2

Gaze as an Object. Introduction to Lacan’s Theory

Jacques Lacan. The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. Moscow: Gnosis, Logos, 2004.
Jacques Lacan. Anxiety. Moscow: Gnosis, Logos, 2010.
Sigmund Freud. Fetishism // Sigmund Freud. Psychology of the Unconscious. Moscow: Firma STD, 2006. P. 405–415.

Sigmund Freud. The Uncanny // Sigmund Freud. Psychological Writings. Moscow: Firma STD, 2009. P. 261–297.

March 22, 29, April 5, 12 and 19, Tuesdays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 2

Psychoanalysis and Culture

Sigmund Freud. The Future of an Illusion http:// Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis. Religion. Culture. Moscow: Kanon+, 2014. P. 23–82.

Sigmund Freud. Uneasiness in Culture // Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis. Religion. Culture. Moscow: Kanon+, 2014. P. 83–170
Jacques Lacan. Television. Moscow: Gnosis, Logos. 2000.

April 26, May 17, 24 and 31, Tuesdays

19:00–21:00  Garage Education Center, Area 2

The Logic and Topology of Discourse

Jacques Lacan. The Other Side of Psychoanalysis // Moscow: Gnosis, Logos, 2008
Jacques Lacan. Encore. Moscow: Gnosis, Logos, 2011.

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