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September 9-11 2010,

Ural State University (Lenina st., 51)

Department of Art History and Cultural Studies

September 9th, Thursday (room 228)

10.30-11.30 Guy Ben-Ner and David Riff. Artist talk

11.30-12.30 Praneet Soi and Cosmin Costinas. Artist talk

12.30-13.30 Alexander Shaburov and Ekaterina Degot. Artist talk

September 10th, Friday (assembly hall, 3d floor)

10.30-12.30 – From Shock Therapy to Shock Work and Back. Violent Transition and the Global Circulation of Images.

Panel discussion with Christian von Borries, Keti Chukhrov, Alexei Penzin, and Andreas Siekmann. Moderated by David Riff.

The morning session of the symposium addresses a central issue in the main project of the biennial: what is “shockwork” in culture, and how does it mirror general intensifications of social labor? What is behind massive cultural transitions and spurts of so-called “modernization”? What role do coercion, violence and trauma play in “liberating” or “reforging” its subjects? What role does art play? Are its images simply “post-traumatic” responses to historical change, agents of transition, ideological weapons, or is there more? How do circulating images hammer home the lessons of so-called modernity? Philosophers Keti Chukhrov and Alexei Penzin will be joined by artists Christian von Borries and Andreas Siekmann to discuss this central question. 

12.30-13.00 – Coffee Break

13.00-15.00 – Between Open Affirmation and Inadvertent Complicity. The Art System as Agent of Neoliberal Cultural Politics.

Panel discussion with Georg Schöllhammer, Elena Sorokina, Astrid Wege, Cosmin Costinas and Joanna Sokolowska. Moderated by Ekaterina Degot. 

The afternoon session of the symposium's second day is dedicated to the changes that face art as the cultural industries proliferate in the course of the global neoliberal transformation of the last 20 years. What is the role of the curator in these changes? Is an attempt to critically reflect on the society's development at all possible or does the curator inevitably serve the cause of the “global spectacle”? What befell the vocation of an “independent curator”, a “curator of the biennial” over the past ten years? Can the curator retain the position of a thinking intellectual inside the developed industry that exhibition organization has become?

15.00-16.00 – Lunch

September 11th, Saturday (assembly hall, 3d floor)

10.00-13.20 - Ural Industrial Matrix and Contemporary Cultural Landscape. Displaced History as a Resource for the (Post) Industrial City.

The morning session of the symposium's third day is dedicated to the role of the industrial in the cultural context of Ekaterinburg and the Urals. What shaped industrial culture and what is its role in the contemporary city which straddles the boundary between the industrial and the postindustrial? Is the quaint combination of glamorous contemporary architecture and dilapidated Soviet factories a mere transitory stage in the movement to postindustrial society or does the continuing dependency of the city's economy on industry indicate the relevance of the industrial legacy for contemporary cultural space? What competing fields of meaning were formed by the 300-year-long industrial history of the Urals, what is their urgency today, and how can art contribute to their re-articulation?

  • Sergey Kropotov, «Soviet Industrialization as a Project: Lessons of Resource Capitalization/ Constructiveness of the Sacred»
  • Tatyana Kruglova, “The Concepts of 'Labor' and 'Worker' as the Foundation of Social Appeal”
  • Sergey Postnikov, “Industrial Heritage in the Cultural Space of the Ural Region”
  • Svetlana Bykova, “The Myth of Industrial Achievements as a Substitute for Modernity in the Urals of the 1930s and Contemporary Scholarship”

11.20 – 11.30 – Coffee break

  • Lyudmila Tokmeninova, “Heritage of Constructivist Architecture in the Urals”
  • Maria Litovskaya, “The Master as a Positive Hero in Ural Literature of the Soviet Period”
  • Evgeny Alekseev, “The Industrial in the Arts of the Urals”
  • Andrey Shcherbenok, Commentary

Questions and Open Discussion, moderated by Dmitry Moskvin

13.00-13.30 – Coffee break

13.30-15.00 - Keynote speech: Diedrich Diederichsen, “Values – Collections – Beaches”

The first part of the lecture will address the implications of the difference between labor based profits and speculative profits for the organization of the art market. What is surplus value of art labor based on?  How does speculative success depend on the institutional structure of the art world? The second part focuses on Biennales and other such events positioned between the institution and the market. What could be a productive and/or subversive relation towards the dialectics between art production based on labor/skill and art speculation? The third part looks at two classical types of spectacle that are organized around collections and their becoming-value. This process is accomplished by either impressing a clearly defined audience by presenting attractions or by mobilizing a no longer clearly defined audience so that the audience itself becomes an attraction. Against both models a utopia of art as a beach of objects will be proposed.

15.00-16.00 - Lunch

16.00-17.30 – roundtable: “Creative Industries? Hope for the Future, Wishful Thinking, or New Form of Exploitation”. (room 314)

Moderated by Mstislav Zakharov.

Symposium participants

1. Evgeny Alekseev (Ekaterinburg, Russia)

Ph.D. in Art History. He is an assistant professor at the department of Art History at the Ural State University. Among his research interests are the visual arts of the Ural region, Russian art in the XIX and XX centuries, and issues of contemporary art life. Dr. Alekseev's publications include The Landscapes of the Urals: Paintings of Ekaterinburg Artists (Ekaterinburg, 2006); Monumental Art of the Sverdlovsk Region (Ekaterinburg, 2008). Alekseev also edited and contributed to the collected volume Representation of the Urals in Visual  Art (Ekaterinburg, 2008).

2. Guy Ben Ner (Israel)

Painter, sculptor, art critic. Selected solo exhibitions: “Second Nature”, New York. USA (2010); “Flying Lessons”, Oldenburg, Germany (2009); “Stealing Beauty” and “I'd Give It To You If I Could, But I Borrowed It”, New-York, USA (2007); “Treehouse Kit and Berkeley's Island”, New York, USA (2006); “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”, Cincinnati, USA (2005); “Elia- a story of an Ostrich chick”, Israel (2003); “Moby Dick”, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA (2003). He teaches in Hamidrasha Art School, Israel.                                    

3. Christian von Borries (Germany) 

Conductor, composer and producer. He focuses on what he calls 'audio branding of classical music'. In 1998 he started his cycle of concerts  „musikmissbrauch!» (abuse of music) to investigate personal connotations and various settings of the reception of music. Among these are „Psychogeographie», „Palast der Republik» and others. His articles and radio features on musical and political topics appear in Germany and Switzerland

4. Svetlana Bykova (Russia)

PhD in History. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Russia and CIS regional studies, Faculty of International Relations at the Ural State University. Dr. Bykova authored over 40 scholarly publications, co-authored collective monographs “The Images of Power in Russian Political Culture” (M., 2000); “The Urals: XX century. People. Events. Life” (Ekaterinburg, 2000).

5. Kety Chuhrov (Russia)

Philosopher, Ph.D. in Philosophy. She is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy (Russian Academy of Sciences) and the Editor-in-chief of “The Numbers” journal and “Logos-Altera” publishing house. Dr. Chukhrov published a number of articles on philosophy, cultural studies and art theory in “Art Journal”, “NLO”, “Logos”, “Chto delat?”, “Critical Mass”, “Art Chronicle”, “Sinii divan”, “Art-Forum”, “Springerin”, “Brumaria”.

6. Diedrich Diederichsen (Germany)

Cultural critic, art theorist, Professor of Theory, Practice and Communication of Contemporary Art at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna), editor-in-chief of the influential subculture magazine Spex in Cologne. Diederichsen worked as a visiting professor in Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, Pasadena, Offenbach am Main, Gießen, Weimar, Bremen, Vienna, St. Louis, Cologne, Los Angeles and Gainesville. His recent works include «On (Surplus) Value in Art» (2008), “Kritik des Auges. Texte zur Kunst” (2008), “Eigenblutdoping. Selbstverwertung, Künstlerromantik, Partizipation” (2008), “Musikzimmer. Avantgarde und Alltag” (2005).

7. Kropotov Sergey Leonidovich

Ph.D. in Philosophy. He is a Rector of the Ekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art. He authored a monograph, Economy of Text in Non-Classical Philosophy Art: Nietzche, Bataille, Foucault, Derrida (1999) and more than 80 journal articles on the topics of modern urban development and contemporary art, published in Russia, France, Great Britain, Austria, Poland and Cyprus

8. Tatyana Kruglova (Russia)

Ph.D. in Philosophy. Cultural studies scholar and art critic specializing in Soviet culture and Socialist realism. Kruglova is a professor at the philosophy department of the Ural State University. She has authored more than 50 publications on the aesthetic, cultural, anthropological, institutional and discursive aspects of Soviet art, including a monograph “Soviet Artistry, or the Indiscreet Charm of Socialist Realism” (Ekaterinburg, 2005).

Tatyana Kruglova has taken part in a number of  international research projects and has been a recipient of several research grants and fellowships (Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; University of Tampere, Finland; Columbia University, USA; etc.)

9. Maria Litovskaya (Russia)

Ph.D. in philology, professor of the Ural State University. Litovskaya is the author of the book “Fenix Rises before the Sun”: The Phenomenon of Valentin Kataev (Ekaterinburg, 1999). With N.Kupina and N.Nikolina she also co-authored Popular Literature Today (Moscow, 2009). With V. Vlazhes she co-edited The Encyclopedia of Pavel Bazhov (Ekaterinburg, 2007). She  currently works on the project titled “Literature of the Urals.”

10. Aleksey Penzin (Russia)

Ph.D. in Philosophy, researcher at the Institute of Philosophy (Moscow). Dr. Penzin is contributing author to journals on philosophy and the humanities, published in Russia and internationally. His major fields of interest are critically re-evaluated philosophical anthropology, contemporary interpretations of Marxist thought, operaist theories of post-Fordism, Foucault, postcolonial studies, interconnections of art and political praxis. His current project is a book on cultural representations of sleep in context of biopolitical regulations of life under late capitalism with working title “Rex Exsomnis. Towards a political economy of sleep”. Alexei Penzin is a member of the group «Chto Delat / What is to be done?”

11. Sergey Postnikov (Russia)

Ph.D. in History, professor, senior researcher at the Institute of History and Archeology, the Urals branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Postnikov is the author of 10 monographs and more than 400 publications in both academic peer-reviewed journals and general interest magazines.

12. Georg Schöllhammer (Austria)

Curator, critic of art and editor-in-chief of the magazine “Springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst”. From 2005 to 2007, he was editor-in-chief of “documenta 12" and head of “documenta 12 magazines”. He is head of Association. Schöllhammer is Visiting Professor of Theory and Contemporary Art at the Kunstuniversität, Linz.

13. Alexander Shaburov (Russia)

Artist. Selected exhibitions (as part of Blue Noses group): 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Against Exclusion, Moscow, Russia (2009), Sots Art. Political Art in Russia and China, Moscow, Russia (2007), 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Dialectics of Hope, Moscow, Russia (2005), 51st Venice Biennale: Always a Little Further, Venice, Italy (2005), Absolute Generation, within the framework of the 50th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Zenobio,Venice, Italy (2003).

14. Andrey Shcherbenok (UK)

Ph.D. in Russian Literature (SPbGU); Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Film Studies (UC Berkeley). In 2006–2009 -  Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. He is currently a Royal Society Newton International Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Dr. Shcherbenok is the author of Deconstruction and Classical Russian Literature (NLO, 2005) and a number of articles on Russian and Soviet literature and cinema. He is currently completing a monograph “Trauma and Ideology: Stalinist Cinema and Its Contexts” and is engaged in a research project “Soviet Past as the Traumatic Object of Contemporary Russian Culture”.

15. Andreas Siekmann (Germany)

Artist, curator and theorist. Selected solo exhibitions: «Andreas Siekmann. Aus: Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung», Hamm, Germany (2010); «Verhandlungen unter Zeitdruck. Aus: Faustpfand, Treuhand und die unsichtbare Hand», Berlin, Germany (2008). Selected group exhibitions: «Modernology», Barcelona, Spain (2009); «Utopia and Monument», Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria (2009); «Islands + Ghettos», Stadtmuseum Graz, Austria (2009), and others.

16. Praneet Soi (Holland, India)

artist. Selected solo exhibitions: Cut-Out, Amsterdam, Holland (2009), Het Oog (The Eye), Eindhoven, Holland (2009), Still Life, New Delhi, India (2009), Juggernaut, Mumbai, India (2008), Bird in Hand (with Carlos Amorales), Mumbai, India (2008). Selected group exhibitions: 14th Vilnius Painting Triennial: False Recognition, Vilnius, Lithuania (2010), Adelaide International 2010, Adelaide, Australia (2010), 3rd Riwaq Biennale: A Geography: Fifty Villages, Ramallah, Palestine (2009), Gwangju Biennale 2008: Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions, Gwangju, Republic of Korea (2008), Are We Changing the World (with Narcisse Tordoir), Antwerp, Belgium (2005).

17. Joanna Sokolowska (Poland)

Art historian, curator, currently at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland. She is mainly interested in economies of artistic production in relation to the changes of labour along with
the urban transformations in post-socialist countries. Her curatorial projects include amongs others “Workers Leaving the Workplace” (2010), “Accretions” (2010), “Comrades of Time” (2010), “Arbeiter verlassen die Arbeitsstätte” (2009). Recently she has been assembling an ever-growing archive of video art and documentation of artistic practices concentrated on urban transformation in the region “Another City, Another Life”.

18. Aneta Szylak (Poland)

Curator and art theorist, co-founder and currently director of Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk.  Has been the founder and director of Laznia (Bathhouse) Centre for Contemporary Art (1998–2001). Her exhibitions include “Ewa Partum: The Legality of Space” (2006), “You won't feel a thing: On Panic, Obsession, Rituality and Anaesthesia” (2006), “Dockwatchers” (2005), and others. She co-edited a book “The Site of Idea. The Idea of Site” (1995) and published articles in Aprior Magazine, n.paradoxa, Art Journal, ArtKrush. Art Margins. She has lectured at many art institutions and universities, including Copenhagen University, New School University, Queens College and New York University, and the Akademie der Bildende Kunste in Mainz, Germany.

19. Lyudmila Tokmeninova (Russia)

Architectural historian, since 1980s has been a specialist in architectural heritage of the 1930s in the Urals. Founding director of the Ural Center of Architecture of Modern Movement. Head of the Ural branch of DOCOMOMO, curator of the international program “Bauhaus in the Urals”, organizer and participant of numerous international symposia on investigation and preservation of the world heritage of Modern Movement. Author of more than 100 publications, co-author of “Ekaterinburg. City History in Architecture” (Ekaterinburg, 1998, 2008).

20. Astrid Wege (Germany)

Curator and critic. Deputy director and curator of Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2003–2005). Among her curatorial projects are “Sex – vom Wissen und Wünschen”, Dresden; “Ökonomien der Zeit”, Cologne, Berlin, Zürich; “Resonance or how one reality can be understood through another”, Maastricht; and “Transforming Memory. 24. Nadezda Petrovic Memorial”, Cacak, Serbia. She teaches at the universities in Lüneburg and Cologne.