Reflecting on some of the key issues that arose through the roundtable discussions, while also celebrating the centenary of performance art in Russia, Garage developed its first international conference on the topic
in December 2013, which was the anniversary of the seminal Cubo-Futurist performance Victory Over the Sun
created by Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Kruchenykh, and Mikhail Matyushin in St. Petersburg in 1913.
Returning to an international perspective, but continuing to explore performance in relation to the political contexts through which it is formed, the two-day event consisted of case studies, panel discussions, and lectures, with contributions from leading artists, academics, writers, and curators from across Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin and North America. Recognizing that artists have continuously defied and challenged not only pre-established artistic traditions but also social and moral conventions to go beyond aesthetics and introduce an ethical dimension to the experience of art, the conference was titled Performance Art: Ethics in Action
(December 12–14, 2013) and addressed the complex relationship between ethics and aesthetics in the development of performance around the world today.