The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Progress. A lecture by Mat Collishaw


From 29 January 2018




Garage Education Center


Mat Collishaw, one of the representatives of the Young British Artists movement, will give a talk on his work and reflect on looking at fragments of art history through the lens of digital media.

The artist Mat Collishaw made a name for himself in 1988 after exhibiting at Freeze exhibition with his large-format photo work Bullet Hole which depicted a close-up shot of a head with gunshot wound. Following this, the artist continued to work with the shattering of mundane images and the study and reinterpretation of classical works, in particular, artists of the Victorian era. Collishaw's works immerse the viewer in a ghostly world, both familiar and frightening, poetic and morbid, through the use of various digital techniques and the optical illusions effects.

This talk will address how the artist selects the ideas he incorporates in his work and the research involved in producing them. Topics covered will include the history of art, evolutionary psychology, the seductive nature of imagery, and evolving technologies. Processes discussed will include laser scanning, mechanical engineering, glass making, 3D printing, computer animation, painting, virtual reality, and optical illusions.

This lecture is a part of the series “Theories and practices of cultural leadership” organized by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art together with the British Council and is supported by the Gary Tatintsian Gallery.



Mat Collishaw (b. 1966) is a British artist, photographer, sculptor, and director. He participated in Freeze (1988), organized by Damien Hirst, which is considered a start of the Young British Artists movement. He studied at Goldsmiths' College, London. Collishaw's works are represented in such collections as Tate Modern, London, the Center Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego


Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.

The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.