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Thomas Demand. Mirror Without Memory

Date
10 Sep 202130 Jan 2022
Hours
11:00–22:00
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
6+

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first Russian exhibition of Thomas Demand, one of the most important photographers of recent decades. Borrowing images of events from the press and other sources (or organizing technical shoots), Demand reproduces these scenes in life size from cardboard and paper—basically making sculptures—after which he photographs them and subsequently destroys the models.

Mirror Without Memory is composed of several fragments spread across two floors of the Museum. The ground floor is focused on the concept of models and modeling, the alpha and omega of Demand’s practice. Through interaction with architects (the Japanese practice SANAA and the UK-Swiss practice Caruso St John Architects), the artist presents a comprehensive exploration of the model: its life cycles, inner dynamics, the regimes of its synchronization with physical reality. On the first floor this energy of dialogue produces different forms. The first things the visitor discovers when climbing the stairs are hanging cinema structures that show movies by the German film- and TV maker, author, producer, public figure, and ideologist of the New German Cinema, Alexander Kluge. These film pavilions, designed by Demand, are floating models that distantly reference constructivist form-making.

Kluge’s films are video sequels or video interpretations of three works by Demand displayed as part of the exhibition—Repository, Five Globes, and Ruine/Ruin.

 

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Materials
Public program
The public program for the exhibition Mirror Without Memory is an exploration of the made-up nature of reality and the mechanisms for the formation and documentation of collective memory.

The public program will launch with an artist talk by Thomas Demand, who will explain more about his creative method, curating experience, and the artworks he executed for the show at Garage.

Schedule

Artist talk: Thomas Demand

Artist Thomas Demand will talk about his method, curating experience, and the works produced for the exhibition at Garage.

Date
Thursday, September 9
Time
19:00–20:30
Place
Garage Auditorium

Teens Day: Shall We Talk?

This summer, pupils from Moscow schools took part in internships held at Garage. Having contributed to the preparation of the public program accompanying the exhibition Thomas Demand. Mirror Without Memory and watched the installation process of the show, they want to share what they have learned. An exhibition can become a free space for dialogue if there is an interlocutor with an experience similar to yours nearby.

Date
Sunday, October 3
Time
15:00–17:30
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Children's guided tour and workshop: Paper & Scale

Participants will take a tour acquainting them with artist Thomas Demand’s practice, who recreates places where notable events took place using paper and cardboard and subsequently photographs them. After the tour, the group will create their own assemblages of Garage’s interior space.

Date
Sunday, October 10
Time
14:00–16:00
Place
Garage Kids' Studio

Arts of Memory: a cycle of discussions on the past in art practices

The public program for the exhibition by Thomas Demand includes a cycle of discussions on the construction of public memory in the arts. Contemporary artists, researchers, writers, musicians, and filmmakers will discuss the role that various arts play in the thinking and rethinking of the past.

Date
October 14–December 23
Time
19:00–21:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

A Series of Discussions for Teens: Memory and Time

This series of discussions for teenagers is based around current exhibitions at Garage, focusing on the historical and cultural understanding of time and memory.

Date
16 October – 25 December
Time
17:00–19:00
Place
Garage Glass Room

Discussion. Imagining the Past: Cultural Memory and Fiction in Literature

The discussion looks into the role that novels and other literary genres play in our relationship with the past. Participants will talk about the truth and fiction in literature, the importance of imagination in dealing with historical matter and writers’ approaches to working with sources. 

Date
Friday, 29 October
Time
19:00–21:00
Place
Online

Discussion. Moving Image and a Fluid Past: How Film Pushes the Boundaries of History and Memory

How do contemporary films work with the past? What potential does film offer in terms of rethinking history and expanding the boundaries of the habitual narratives? What opportunities does it give to those who previously had no voice? What new forms do contemporary filmmakers choose to speak about collective trauma, the problematic past, and hidden truths? These are some of the questions that the participants will discuss. 

Date
Thursday, November 11
Time
19:00–21:00
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Book presentation: Alexander Kluge. Russia-Container

A book by writer, director, and new German cinema ideologist Alexander Kluge, Russia-Container is a collage of documentary and fictional texts about Russia: historical anecdotes, fragments of interviews, or essays.

Date
November 12, Friday
Time
19:00–20:30
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Alternative History Book Club

As part of the the public program for the exhibition by Thomas Demand, book club participants will study the best examples of alternative history fiction and discuss how and why their authors question the idea of historical progress.

Date
13 November 2021–29 January 2022
Time
18:30–20:00
Place
Garage Glass Room

Teens Day: Shall We Talk?

This summer, pupils from Moscow schools took part in internships held at Garage. Having contributed to the preparation of the public program accompanying the exhibition Thomas Demand. Mirror Without Memory and watched the installation process of the show, they want to share what they have learned. An exhibition can become a free space for dialogue if there is an interlocutor with an experience similar to yours nearby.

Date
Sunday, November 14
Time
15:00–17:30
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Discussion. Beyond the Document: The Past in Theater Practice

The discussion will look into the place that history and memory hold in (the Russian) theater, the specificity of working with the past in documentary theater, and how playwrights and directors work with historical documents.

Date
November 25, Thursday
Time
19:00–21:00
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Breaking and Making Workshop on Paper Architecture

Workshop participants will make paper models of buildings that they consider important for their personal history and will subsequently destroy them using Thomas Demand’s creative method.

Date
November 28, 2021–January 23, 2022
Time
16:00–18:00
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Discussion. Sounds of the Past: How Music Forms Collective Memory

Date
December 25, Thursday
Time
19:00-21:00
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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