Teens Days: When Attitudes Become…

Teens Days: When Attitudes Become…Teens Days: When Attitudes Become…


What is an attitude? Experts from different fields will provide different answers. Teen Days participants will be able to learn how philologists, artists, philosophers, gender researchers, political scientists, and lawyers understand love, rivalry, and other types of attitudes and relationships.

As part of the public program for teenagers accompanying the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage is launching the project When Attitudes Become…, its title referencing the famous exhibit When Attitudes Become Form curated by Harold Szeemann. During a series of talks, masterclasses, and other educational events, participants, together with specialists of various profiles, will figure out what is concealed behind each relationship type. As in the seminal Szeemann show, which emphasized the importance for the curator to document not just the artworks as such, but also the attitudes and processes that shape them, the Garage project focuses on the formation and development of various kinds of attitudes and relationships through the prism of the humanities, that can comprehend and generate them.

Also, within the framework of the Triennial's public program, Garage will run several sessions of a role-playing game based on the leitmotifs of the exhibition, as well as an animation workshop.


Teenagers aged from 12 to 18 years are invited to participate.
Participation is available with advance registration.
Personal protective equipment must be used at all events.


Saturday, September 19

14:00–15:30 Mezzanine

Workshop: A Lover's Discourse: Fragments. How Literature Creates a Love Discourse

In 1977 Roland Barthes wrote that love speech today is in utmost solitude. Thousands of people confess their love, date, part, suffer, thrash about, but no one cares about the love discourse: people around ignore, underestimate or ridicule it, and neither is it studied by science. The French philosopher compares lovers to semiologists and philologists who explore the meanings, intonations, and signs that come from their object of love.

Referring to Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, participants will study the discourse's spells and "figures" between which the person in love rushes. Since Barthes's figures are half codified, half projective, they can and should be supplemented with their own memories in order to turn the object of love into a subject, to give them a voice, through art practices.

About the presenter


Katya Semenova is a graduate of the Philology Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University, project manager at the University of Children at Moscow's Polytechnic Museum. She conducts and participates in educational events and is a researcher of contemporary literature.



Saturday, September 19

15:30–17:00Glass Room

Meeting with the Triennial's unannounced artist


Participants will meet Garage Triennial's unannounced artist and find out why he was not included in the general list. During a casual tea party, the artist will explain how to make art without producing anything. Listeners will then have the opportunity to ask questions and take a fresh look at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.


Saturday, October 31


Discussion: Solidarity: Relationships that Change the World


Today we find ourselves on the verge of a completely new world, one of its symbols being Greta Thunberg. Modern-day young people are those who want to change themselves and reality, who are not ready to accept the outdated rules of the game.

To do this, they enter into a specific type of relationship with each other—solidarity. It is a politically charged type of cooperative organization in which people demonstrate their commitment to an idea and willingness to defend it actively, not merely through consent or emotional empathy. Using the example of the concepts of solidarity, participants of the discussion will distinguish its advantages and what positive changes it can bring to society, nature, and particular people.


About lecturer


Lana Uzarashvili is a postgraduate student at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, feminist researcher, and co-founder of the FEM TALKS education project. She studies the problems of the Anthropocene, colonialism, and gender.



Saturday, November 28


Online-discussion: Rivalry: How Do Lawyers Fight (and Do They?)


Rivalry is an integral phenomenon in the life of any person. Competition is everywhere: in love, friendship, family, sports, study, work. It accompanies us all our life, even when we do not notice it. At work, colleagues compete to look their best in the eyes of the boss; at university, students vie for an increased scholarship; brothers and sisters fight for the love of their parents, and lovers are all trying to find out whose feelings are stronger.

Is there a rivalry in law? Justice is the embodiment of fairness, equity, and total non-discrimination. Is there a place for struggle here? Can law and competition coexist? And is it good if so?

This is precisely what is to be discovered during the lecture and debates, whereby the participants will try to defend different positions in relation to one and the same judgment.


About the host


Elizaveta Drozdova is a teacher of public English law at the advanced training course at HSE University, practicing lawyer, an MA in private international law with a bachelor's degree from the University of London.



Sunday, February 7

14:00–15:30Kids' Room

Workshop: Community: Managing the Common


When used within the context of conversations about the political, the word "community" often carries negative connotations and is associated with corruption. Political history provides many examples when, with the manifested normative ideal of meritocracy, the recruitment of the political elite was carried out on the principle of belonging to one locality.

At the same time, the feeling of community, understood as love for a small homeland or local patriotism, may well be associated with the expansion of the degree of political participation, meaning you simply care about what happens to your land and the community that lives on it. It is easy to see how, in recent years, the willingness of local communities to defend what is dear to them more actively, whether it concerns ecology, cultural heritage, or historical memory, has increased. Participants will study how the feeling of local patriotism translates into political involvement, and analyze a number of specific case studies.

About the lecturer


Anton Pravednikov is a political analyst, postgraduate student at the Faculty of Political Science of Lomonosov Moscow State University. His research focuses on the issues of federalism in non-democratic political regimes.



Sunday, February 28

12:00–14:00Kids' Room

Role-play game based on the Triennial


How strong are close ties like friendship, love, and partnership in certain situations? In an interactive game based around Garage Triennial, participants will try on the roles of various fictional characters and compete for coveted access to the exhibition. How can you maintain a relationship with your partner if there are only fourteen tickets to the show with twice as many competitors? Is it possible to sacrifice principles—or should we go all the way?...


About the game moderator


Ekaterina Savkina is a teacher, curator of game programs for children and adults, who has developed education programs in camps and education centers in Russia, Vietnam, and Morocco.