Russian Deaf Culture: From Boarding School to Museum is an investigation into the key factors that have informed the understanding of deafness in Russia since the mid-nineteenth century. Together with the curators of Council, artists Tarek Atoui and Alison O'Daniel look at how our idea of hearing is represented in arts and how it is transformed by artistic practices.
Exploring physiological, social, and artistic aspects of hearing, the project analyzes non-evident connections between society's understanding of deafness, the development of academic music, the history of pantomime, the Soviet phenomenon of radio enthusiasts, the legacy of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, and sound art.
The group's interdisciplinary inquiry, unprecedented for both Soviet and post-Soviet historical contexts, raises the question of access to archival documents and scientific research relating to the "Deaf culture." As principal sites of study in this project, the museums and educational institutions that will be visited include All-Russian Society of the Deaf, the Museum of Deaf Education, E. T. Krenkel Museum of Radio and Radio Enthusiasts, and M. I. Glinka Museum of Musical Culture.
This project is part of TACET—an ongoing inquiry initiated by Council at the Sharjah Biennial in 2013, which continued with the exhibition Infinite Ear, conceived in collaboration with Tarek Atoui's project WITHIN and first presented at Bergen Assembly in 2016.
The research project is carried out in collaboration with Garage's Department of Inclusive Programs.
Researcher: Council (Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman), Tarek Atoui and Alison O'Daniel