Assuming Distance: Speculations, Fakes, and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene

Date
26 мар 202101 авг 2021
Hours
11:00–22:00
12+

In order to put together a show conceived during the first lockdown, Garage announced its first ever exhibition open call, inviting artists and creative collectives living and working in Russia to take any kind of distance in relation to the current situation and to consider speculations in a broad philosophical sense: as a form of interaction with reality and/or as speculative reasoning about the possible.

Arising as an unplanned event in the Museum’s exhibition calendar and initially driven by the humanitarian mission of helping the art community, Assuming Distance: Speculations, Fakes, and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene was designed to allow artists to implement new large-scale and ambitious works. Thirty-three participants, including 11 group projects, were selected from over 1,000 applications.

Although abstract reasoning may appear to be a thankless task, art incorporates the power of imagination and in the current state of suspension this quixotic resource is in great demand. The phrase “speculations, fakes, and predictions” in the title of the exhibition represents various versions of art’s “distance” in relation to reality, a distance that each artist chooses independently in line with their personal working methods. 

Assuming Distance: Musia Totibadze discovers the art of the Coronacene
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Public program
The works in the exhibition Assuming Distance: Speculations, Fakes and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene present a broad spectrum of forecasts, insights, and future scenarios: absurd, fantastic, visionary, and frighteningly realistic. Whether these hypothetical worlds involve alternative economies or conspiracy theories, new forms of employment and social interaction or systems of control and biopolitics, each of them references the economic, political, and social models discussed or derives from paradoxical and irrational creative thinking.

Devised together with the participants of the exhibition, the public program is based on a speculative approach to reality and features projects inspired by science fiction, survival games, and fake news. Events include a performative game by ShShSh Group, a series of workshops by Asya Volodina, a science fiction reading group with philosopher and art historian Boris Klyushnikov, live action role-playing games, and an exhibition podcast by Rain TV’s Fake News presenters Masha Borzunova and Lyosha Korostylyov.

 

The family program’s educators and workshop leaders will invite visitors to play with the notion of distance and participate in the making of a collective installation or to produce a work based on the exhibition. On the last Sunday of every month visitors aged 14 to 18 can join one-work talks within the exhibition and further explore the theme with moderators as part of a workshop.

Schedule

The Lockdown S-song. Performance by Genda Fluid

The spiritual is a deeply rooted genre of African-American musical culture, a spiritual predecessor to the secular blues and a kin to gospel institutionalised by the church.

Date
March, 25–26
Time
20:00–20:15
Place
Garage Atrium

A set of Participatory Screwdrivers: A Journey through Role-play Games Mechanisms in a Workshop Format

Artist and game designer Asya Volodina will share a set of game techniques that she implements to create fictional worlds.

Date
Thursday, May 13
Time
19:30–22:00
Place
Garage Kids' Studio

Workshop for Teachers Game Mechanics for Education: How to Play and Not Lose It

Participants will discuss and test the introduction of game elements into education. The workshop is part of the three-session cycle devoted to games as tools.

Date
Wednesday, May 19
Time
19:30–21:30
Place
Garage Kids' Studio

Family Program accompanying the exhibition Assuming Distance: Speculations, Fakes, and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene

As the post-COVID condition dictates new rules for human interaction, communication, learning, and shared pastimes are now being planned, taking distance into account. Garage invites audiences to play by these new rules and contemplate the notions of distance and alienation.

Date
April 17–June 19, 2021
Time
On Saturdays, 13:00–16:00
Place
Garage Kids' Studio

Teens Days: Fakes and Predictions Lab

Garage invites teenagers aged 14 to 18 years every last Sunday of the month to discuss a single artwork on display at the show Assuming Distance: Speculations, Fakes, and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene.

Date
April 25–June 27, 2021
Time
On Sundays, 15:00–17:00
Place
Garage Kids' Studio

Video-vaudeville No Avoiding the Apocalypse! Techno-Poetry Cooperative

In the Early days of the First World War, not long before the opening of the legendary Cabaret Voltaire, Hugo Ball wrote that during such political perturbations, "All living art will be irrational, primitive, and complex; it will speak a secret language and leave behind documents not of edification, but of paradox." 

Date
March 27–August 8, 2021
Place
Garage Auditorium
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