Voice as a Strategy. Evenings of Music


From 21 June 2018 to 29 August 2018


West gallery


The project “Did You Have a Good Time?” Vremena Goda Café since 1968 explores the ideas of leisure that have existed in the past and present and that might develop in the future. Voice as a Strategy program looks into the possibility (or impossibility) of having an individual voice heard in public spaces of leisure in the current social and political circumstances. It envisages the possibility of a post-labour society where work is no longer separated from leisure and revisits the Soviet song legacy.

Contemporary artists often turn to performative practices, expanding our understanding of art. The program features performances by artists who have made their voice a key part of their practice. After presenting their work at the recreated Vremena Goda Café, they will discuss various strategies of working with voice and texts, as well as how listeners experience songs, with invited experts and the audience.  

Techno Poetry cooperative (Anton Komandirov, Roman Osminkin and Marina Shamova), Lisokot, Zhenya Kukoverov and other artists will comment on the role of ideological and aesthetic critique, provocation and corporeal experiment in their practice and speak about the affects and influences they intend to produce through their work. Discussing these questions with them will be curators, experts and researchers, including from Garage. The evenings are curated and moderated by Olga Shirokostup.


Olga Shirokostup (b. 1988, Severomorsk) is an artist, curator and art manager based in Moscow. She is a graduate of Moscow City Pedagogical University (2011) and Chto Delat School of Engaged Art (2014), a participant of La Gol voice theatre (run by Natalya Pshenichnikova) and Voice Laboratory at the Theatre Institute (2016). She has organized and taken part in numerous exhibition projects, produced contemporary art works and written critical articles. She coordinated Field Research program at Garage from 2014 to 2017 and curated SKVT program for teenagers at the Polytechnic Museum from 2014 to 2018. She has been a member of creative and research cooperative Krasnaya shpana since 2014. As a producer, she has collaborated with Keti Chukhrov on her films Love machines (2013) and Communion (2016). Her curatorial projects include Field Research: Liberating Knowledge. Progress Report II (together with Snejana Krasteva, Garage, 2017) and The Barbarians (with Alexey Korsi, PROYEKT_FABRIKA, part of the special program of The Third Moscow Biennale for Young Art, 2012; nominated for Innovation Prize in the New Generation section in 2013).


Techno Poetry: How To Sing Together

Works by Techno Poetry come under the tag #poetry+: mixing poetic text with techno, rave, lyrical songs, synth pop and hardcore, members of the cooperative work across genres and styles, trying out different methodologies (modes of speaking and singing) on the same textual or musical material.


Thursday, June 21
West Gallery