Garage Research Laboratories
Laboratories are a new form of research at Garage. Participants include academics, artists, curators, and activists, who join forces to produce new expertise and new knowledge in various fields of contemporary culture.
Unlike our long-term program Field Research, which mainly involves artistic research projects that are deliberately open-ended, the laboratory format comprises a one- or two-year cycle of thematically focused collective work by research groups that leads to visible outcomes, such as books, conferences, public events or exhibitions.
In 2021 and 2022, three laboratories are running at Garage. Space 1520 focuses on the colonial history of the imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet periods; Plus History explores the phenomenon of HIV in Soviet and Russian culture; and “We Treasure Our Lucid Dreams” researches the tragic biographies of people whose personal search was connected with a supersensory exploration of the world, secret knowledge, secret societies, and often with travel to the Soviet East.
- Space 1520Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents the artistic research laboratory Space 1520. The name is borrowed from the Russian Railways website and refers to the track gauge of 1,520 mm, one of the most widely laid gauges in the world. The “Russian gauge” railway is a super infrastructure that connects over a dozen countries with a total population of just under 300 million and marks out a vast area of North Eurasia that includes the Russian Federation and countries that were once within the sphere of influence of or part of the Russian Empire and the USSR.
- “We Treasure Our Lucid Dreams”The research laboratory “We Treasure Our Lucid Dreams” grew out of the eponymous exhibition at Garage in 2020 and aims to sum up and broaden the themes of that project. The laboratory encompasses rare cultural phenomena connected with the mystical worldview and the tragic biographies of those whose personal search was closely tied to a supersensory exploration of the world, secret knowledge, and secret societies, which often involved traveling to the Russian East in search of truth or a better life.