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VR tour of Irina Korina’s installation The Tail Wags the Comet in Saint Petersburg

VR tour of Irina Korina’s installation The Tail Wags the Comet in Saint Petersburg


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will present a VR walk inside Irina Korina’s installation The Tail Wags the Comet at the VR Film Festival in Saint Petersburg on June 3 and 4, 2017.

In spring 2017, Garage presented a new Atrium Commission—an installation by Moscow artist Irina Korina. Korina’s three-story architectural intervention for the Atrium space physically and ideologically transports audiences into different surroundings. Made of quotidian construction materials such as brightly-colored tent cloth, roofing tiles, galvanized metal, wood and paper, as well as various scents, The Tail Wags the Comet lives up to the absurdity inherent in its name through witty navigation tactics and intricate detail that at once disorients and entices the viewer as they embark on an alternative route from the entrance of the museum to the exhibition spaces on the first floor, or vice versa.

In order to adapt the installation for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, Garage’s Department of Inclusive Programs have produced a video with Russian Sign Language interpretation of information about the work. Due to its construction, the installation is inaccessible to visitors in wheelchairs, so Garage has also developed a VR tour of its spaces, which quickly proved popular with all visitors: over 5,000 people have been on the virtual tour in two months.

On June 3 and 4, Garage will bring the tour to the VR Film Festival at Tessart in Saint Petersburg, and Garage staff will tell visitors about the use of VR technology at the museum.

Garage has used virtual and augmented reality in several public programs. In 2012, the visitors to Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban could bring models of buildings to life with a special augmented reality app. In 2015, an interactive video installation allowed viewers to trace connections within the Russian art world at the exhibition The Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art.


Irina Korina was born in 1977 in Moscow. She graduated in Stage Design from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) in 2000 and trained at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Academy of Arts in Vienna. As a set designer she has collaborated with many Moscow and Russian theaters and since 2000 has also been working in cinema. In 2009, Korina was among the artists exhibited at the Russian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, and in 2013 her works were featured in the biennale’s parallel program. She has also had solo exhibitions at GRAD in London, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Stella Art Foundation and XL Gallery in Moscow; and has taken part in group shows at Kuehlhaus in Berlin, Saatchi
Gallery in London and M HKA in Antwerp. Korina was awarded the Soratnik Prize (Russia) in 2006, 2009, and 2012, and the Innovation Prize (Russia) in 2008 and 2015.


Garage Atrium Commissions program provides opportunities for artists to develop site-specific artworks for the museum’s Atrium space. Commissions respond to the scale of the 9.5-meter (31ft) high, 10-meter (33ft) wide space, which can be viewed from all floors of the building. Presenting two projects a year, the program has already featured new works by Erik Bulatov (2015), Rashid Johnson (2016), Yin Xiuzhen (2016) and Irina Korina (2017).


Marina Potanina, coordinator at Garage’s Department of Inclusive Programs.

Artur Kiryushin, senior specialist at Garage’s IT and Digital Department.


Presentation of the VR tour of Irina Korina’s installation The Tail Wags the Comet 

June 3 and 4
Saint Petersburg, 1 Karavannaya Street

Talk by Garage staff about the use of VR technology at the Museum

Sunday, June 4
Saint Petersburg, 1 Karavannaya Street
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