In our tenth anniversary year, a major experiment is under way. This summer Garage presents IAM, a project which aims to answer questions about the nature of the contemporary museum; what additional competencies museum workers, curators, artists, and even visitors might possess; what the museum should show and keep; and what needs to happen if the museum is not to be just a place for preserving artefacts, but one that integrates the aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, and sensory experiences of the viewer.
In the first part of IAM1 (June 8–July 8), the Lab will be the venue for a series of exhibitionary and educational experiments. The space will be divided into several “laboratory compartments,” each of which will present a local research project:
Fab Lab Moscow is the local representative of an international network involved with 3D printing, scanning, and modeling. In Fab Lab’s fully-equipped workshop, visitors will be able to experiment with the production of objects using 3D printing. In addition, Garage has announced an open call for artists wishing to use this technology for modeling and production of prototypes for sculptural objects. Selected artists will work alongside Fab Lab instructors.
Garage x Elena Nikonole is a partner project between Garage and Russian media artist Elena Nikonole that presents the Museum as a place where art is produced on-site, eliminating the physical and symbolic distance between the artist’s studio and the exhibition space. Over the course of four weeks, Elena Nikonole, for whom neural networks are an important tool, will focus her attention on sound. Using an iMac Pro, Apple’s most powerful computer, she will work with a neural network to produce fundamentally new signals from a variety of sounds (from noise to electronic acoustics, from classical music to animal noises and birdsong). This investigation will form part of the artist’s long-term project which studies different approaches to the analysis and generation of sound using neural networks. She will also work on a visual embodiment of her research and attempt to find correspondences between the two channels of information.
Screening/Let’s Play is a zone bringing together videos and films that have obvious structural defects: plotless films with deformed visuals; footage passed through a special code which acts like a filter created by a neural network; a film with a deliberately complex, convoluted narrative that never becomes linear. A series of evening sessions, Let’s Play, will examine a phenomenon in the world of computer games where people (designers, artists, fans) create games consisting entirely of bugs, system errors, and faults. The computer game has been a bastion of linear logic, with clearly defined tasks and distinct oppositions, but in a fluid and unstable world, objectives increasingly become a collection of strange, muddled movements, pointless tasks, and unintelligible choices. Sessions will be commented on by a range of specialists, including streamers, visual anthropologists, and art historians.
On July 17, Garage will organize a one-day conference involving leading specialists in new media and researchers on the digital environment. The questions posed in the course of the day will include the interrelationship between current developments in technology and artistic practices, and how they may affect artists’ choices of method and medium.
Episode III (July 19 to August 26) is a new audio-visual installation entitled code-verse by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, created in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, Paris. This part of IAM can be viewed as a future scenario for the interaction of artists and the digital environment. A mathematician by training and inspired by the mathematical aesthetic, Ikeda translates data into an audio-visual code that is almost pure abstraction, an ideal series of “phrases” from which a musical and visual composition is produced. The opening of code-verse on July 18 will be accompanied by Ikeda’s supercodex [live set], presented in Garage Atrium. The set was previously played at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Released as an album through German avant-garde label Raster-Noton, the CD supercodex (2013) can be found at codex | edition .
1. The name of the project is an abbreviation with an infinite number of expansions. The generation of word combinations is random, but regulated by a set of rules. Visitors are free to select the name that best suits their experience of this summer at Garage.
The exhibition is organized by Katya Inozemtseva, Garage Senior Curator
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