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The 5th Garage International Conference. The Archive: Savior, Inventor, Witness

13–14 October 2017

DESCRIPTION

The Archive: Savior, Inventor, Witness explores personal archives developed by artists who practiced in restrictive social and political climates during the twentieth century.

Focusing on the diverse roles such repositories have played in recording underground movements, as well as the potential of their legacy in re-orienting the histories that are presented in art institutions now, this two-day conference brings together leading artists, curators, and writers in the field. Structured around six thematic panels, interspersed with debates, interviews, and performances, the sessions question issues of subjectivity, survival, interpretation, and ethics.

Each day of the conference consists of three thematic panels on specific aspects of archival practices. On the first day the role of the archive as a tool, or safety net, against the extinction of certain art scenes and movements will be examined, with art historian Claudia Calirman presenting on Brazilian art under dictatorship, and curator Carol Lu reconstructing works and documents of Chinese underground art of the 1980s and 1990s. The session concludes with artist Koken Ergun’s talk on the archiving effort in contemporary Turkey. The second session, “Petrified Document: Towards the Institution,” is dedicated to the location of archives in contemporary institutions and presents two examples: the archive at Garage and the institutional archive of the São Paolo Biennial. The third part of the conference will underline the importance of data travels in contemporary artistic practice and archive development, with artist Vladislav Shapovalov talking about Soviet outreach programs and their traces in European repositories, and architectural historian Łukasz Stanek uncovering the exchange of ideas between socialist Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia during the Cold War. The first day will end with the Russian premiere of filmmaker Bill Morrison’s 2016 documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time.

The second day of the conference will start with the panel “When to Archive?,” which looks at the temporal aspect of archiving: Emilie Villez (Kadist Art Foundation) will talk about how a young institution approaches the question of institutional creativity; David Smith will reflect on the importance of momentum for archive development, with reference to the history and practice of the Asia Art Archive; and art historian David Morris will describe the practice and strategy of Exhibition Histories, an Afterall book series on significant curatorial projects of postwar art. Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat) and Garage curator Snejana Krasteva will conclude the session with a talk on practices of artistic research and the Garage Field Research program. The third session, “Inventing Inventories”, will deal with classification and various techniques of archive interpretation according to personal and scientific goals, with talks by artist Hu Yun and art historians Sara Martinetti and Olga Turchina. The conference will then take a look towards the future of the archive, both epistemological (by curator and writer Lars Bang Larsen) and technical (by artist Refik Anadol). At the end of the day, after Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro’s recount of Soviet avant-garde experiments on self-directing orchestras, the conference concludes with a performance of Nikolai Roslavets’ Chamber Symphony No. 2 (1935), a rediscovered work that has become known only in the twenty-first century.

The Archive: Savior, Inventor, Witness is organized to mark the launch of RAAN (the Russian Art Archive Network) which is an online database under development between the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (USA) and the Research Center for Eastern European Studies at the University of Bremen (Germany) with Garage Archive Collection.

Established to promote the study of underground Soviet and Russian art from the postwar period onwards, the network is focused on creating an online catalogue that centralizes the data of Russian art archives that are dispersed across the globe.


Conference Curators: Anastasia Mityushina, Valentin Diaconov

Project Manager: Olga Korzinova

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

In 2013, Garage launched a program of international conferences that focus on timely and unexplored issues impacting on contemporary art and culture in Russia and abroad. These events provide opportunities for professionals locally to develop and share knowledge on pressing topics with their colleagues from around the world.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday, October 13

12:00–21:30

The Archive as Practice

 


13:15–13:25

Welcome by Garage Director Anton Belov and Garage Chief Curator Kate Fowle. Introduction by curators Valentin Diaconov and Anastasia Mityushina


 

SESSION 1

The Archive as Safety Net Against Extinction 


13:30–13:35

Session introduction by Valentin Diaconov


13:35–13:55

Claudia Calirman, Secrets Unraveled: Artistic Responses in Repressive Regimes


13:55–14:15

Carol Yinghua Lu, Crimes without a Scene: On Revisiting Two Conceptual Practices from the Early 1990s


14:15–14:35

Koken Ergun, After the Archive? On the Urgency of Documentation


14:35–14:55

Claudia Calirman, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Koken Ergun in conversation with Valentin Diaconov


14:55–15:20

Break


 

SESSION 2

The Petrified Document: Towards the Institution 


15:20–15:40

Session introduction by Kate Fowle


15:40–16:00

Ana Luiza Mattos, Arquivo Histórico Wanda Svevo: An Archive that was Once Dead


16:00–16:20

Sasha Obukhova, Garage Archive: From a Personal Passion to an Institution


 

SESSION 3

Data Travels   


16:20–16:25

Session introduction by Anastasia Mityushina


16:25–16:45

Vladislav Shapovalov, Image Diplomacy: Archives that Were Never Meant to Be Kept


16:45–17:05

Łukasz Stanek, Architecture’s Multiple Globalizations in the Cold War


17:05–17:25

Ana Luiza Mattos, Sasha Obukhova, Vladislav Shapovalov, and Łukasz Stanek in conversation with Anastasia Mityushina


19:00–21:30

Intervention #1. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016). A film by Bill Morrison

Film screening introduced by the director in conversation with film critic Evgeny Gusyatinsky

REGISTRATION

Saturday, October 14

13:00–22:00

Networking for the Future


 

SESSION 4

When to Archive?


13:00–13:05

Session introduction by Anastasia Mityushina


13:05–13:25

Emilie Villez, The Ongoing Archive vs. The Timely Archive


13:30–13:50

David Smith, Why Research? Asia Art Archive’s Collection Development


13:55–14:15

David Morris, Arts Becoming Public: Exhibition Histories and the Archive


14:20–14:40

Liberating Knowledge: Snejana Krasteva and Dmitry Vilensky in conversation


14:40–14:55

Emilie Villez, David Smith, and David Morris in conversation with Anastasia Mityushina


14:55–15:15

Break


 

SESSION 5

Inventing Inventories


15:15–15:20

Session intro by Valentin Diaconov


15:20–15:40

Hu Yun, Journey Without a Destination


15:40–16:00

Sara Martinetti, The Seth Siegelaub Method: Publishing, Compiling, Archiving


16:00–16:20

Olga Turchina, Art History at the Intersection of Inventories: Particular Cases from the Leonid Talochkin Collection


16:20–16:35

Hu Yun, Sara Martinetti, and Olga Turchina in conversation with Valentin Diaconov


16:35–16:50

Break


 

SESSION 6

Documents in An Expanding Future


16:50–16:55

Session introduction by Kate Fowle


16:55–17:15

Lars Bang Larsen, To Solaris and Back: Archival Episodes


17:15–17:35

Sezin Romi and Refik Anadol, Archiving as Knowledge Production


17:55–18:15

Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro, The Experience of the Archive: Contemporary Reconstructions of the Music and Sound Environment of the 1920s


18:15–18:30

Lars Bang Larsen, Sezin Romi, Refik Anadol, and Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro in conversation with Kate Fowle


18:30–18:40

Conference summary


18:40–19:30

Break


19:30–20:30

Intervention #2. Chamber Symphony No. 2 (1935) by Nikolai Roslavets

Performed by New Music Studio, Moscow

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HOW TO TAKE PART

Please note that advance registration required.
Conference participants should use the special Museum entrance from Garage Square.
Download the conference program.

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