Project: Critical Mass. Season 4

5. November 2016 - 19:00, Семинар
Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

At the public seminar four curators will present projects of the prominent Stockholm-based art centers and will outline their main principles and practices revolving around work with local communities, neglected territories and representatives of different social groups. Curators will speak about the role of their art institutions at the outskirts of Stockholm and their participation and engagement in to the life of the peripheral areas where they are located. The main focus of the seminar will be collaboration of artists and curators with young people and the ways of their involvement into art and socially-oriented projects. 

3. November 2016 - 18:00, Выставка
Youth club Raduga, Monchegorskaya street, 10B

The exhibition 'Very Special Person' is a result of collective work by the Finnish artist Anne Siirtola and a group of teenagers from the youth club 'Meteor' in St Petersburg. During a month they worked together on creating a series of costumes and masks. Every newly created object appears to be a portrait of its author, an attempt to understand their feelings and emotions, listen to oneself and tell one’s story through clothing. During the workshop sessions Anne and the kids would discuss a variety of issues - from social expectations imposed on them by society to the contradictions between our inner self and its projections into the public space and the exhibition appears to be a  reflection of these discussions. 

2. November 2016 - 18:00, Лекция
The Institute of Finland in St Petersburg, Bolshaya Konyushennaya, 8

In her talk Finnish artist Anne Sirtola will speak about her finished and current projects including the project ‘Living Villages’ that took place in Karelia and brought together linguists, artists and local Russian and Karelian speaking communities. She will also present her work in progress ‘Family Stories’ based on the interviews with senior citizens in New York and will talk about the video project she will be working on together with young people of the youth club ‘Raduga’ in St Petersburg during her residency.  Anne combines installation, moving image and sound in her work in order to explore interaction and encounters between people.

1. November 2016 - 12:00, Перформанс
Youth Center ‘Sreda’, Bolshaya Pushkarskaya, 32

During  their residency  in the framework of the project "Critical mass " Avenir Institute  together with young leaders from the youth centre "Sreda" created a board game about the future. They discussed possible scenariso of the future and talked about the unpredictable events, which may become as enormous opportunities for development, and the point of the recession and the loss of capacity for moving forward. Critical analysis in relation to the future and its joint planning conducted by Avenir Institute and their project participants will be presented in a format of a board game for children and adults. Come and play!

4. October 2016 - 19:00, Лекция
Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

Denis Maksimov and Timo Tuominen will spend four weeks in residency in St Petersburg and create a new collaborative performative project with young members of one of the city's yoth clubs. In their public talk they will speak about their reseacrh and methodologies influenced by critical theory and post-structural philosophy and continuous projects in collaboration with external partners from various backgrounds of expertise. The processes and results of the investigations are presented in variety of mediums - performance lecture, installation, text, publication, digital art, visual art, design, etc. Potential of the future is one of the main interests of Avenir Institute. 


Project: Самостоятельное событие

25. February 2016 - 19:00, Дискуссия
Flux Gallery, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York

The third and final public discussion of TOK at Flux Factory will focus on ethics of representation in the spheres of art and media and nuances of the professions of a journalist and a curator when it comes to describing 'the Other' to various audiences. Invited participants will speak about the process of building/broadcasting political contexts and creating certain narratives in the media during political conflicts and changing relations between countries.  We will also discuss the representation of 'the other' in art using as an example the exhibition curated by Olga Kopenkina 'Russia: Significant Other'  in 2006 and will analyse the change  of representing 'the enemy' in contemporary art and in visual mass culture over the last few years.

22. February 2016 - 18:30, Лекция
Bard College, Weis Cinema, 30 Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

During their residency in New York, TOK will conduct a public discussion at Bard College. The curatorial duo will speak about new artistic, activist and social initiatives which have emerged Russia over the last few years as a reaction to the political, social and cultural changes in the country. The discussion will specifically focus on artitstic and curatorial practices taking places in the public sphere and in dialogue with various urban communities. 

17. February 2016 - 19:00, Выставка
Flux Gallery, 39-31 29th Street Long Island City, New York

TOK’s first show in New York ‘Propaganda News Machine’ explores the notion of propaganda, processes of constructiing news and designing multiple realities in the media today. The exibition attempts to present, analyze and unveil some of the strategies that governments use in order to create specific images of political and social events and thus influence audience’s opinions and shapу their vision of the global political arena.

13. January 2016 - 0:00, Дискуссия
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York

The conversation will revolve around the processes of news construction and design in the media today. Also, how audiences' opinions are being formed and shaped by ideologically charged media information and what strategies governments use in order to create a certain image/view of a political or social event for viewers. Are there alternative sources of information? What are ways to stimulate a critical approach amongst viewers to mainstream media sources when we are presented with very convincing (but misleading) information? The talk will gather journalists, filmmakers and scriptwriters interested in the Cold War era, covering the political processes of today.

9. December 2015 - 0:00, Дискуссия
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York

The conversation will focus on the role of the media in forming and broadcasting ideologically charged discourses in the global political and informational context. During TOK’s research at Flux, they will take a close look at the strategies of constructing information that were designed in the era of mass television development and reflection of the Cold War in the media and will see whether some of them are still used today.

9. October 2015 - 13:00, Конференция
European University at St Petersburg, Gagarinskaya str, 3

International conference, initiated by TOK as a final event of the third season of their ongoing public art project ‘Critical Mass’, will be dedicated to the recent socially engaged creative practices that  foster various social changes in different European and Russian urban environments. The conference will bring together leading international artists, curators, designers, heads of art institutions and researches that have rich experience in socially engaged art practices. At the conference they will share successful and sustainable cases of their practices, exchange knowledge, experiences, working methods as well as touch upon such issues as possibilities, function and territory of art within society.

9. April 2015 - 19:00, Лекция
Small Projects, 23 Grønnegata, Tromsø

In their lecture at Small projects TOK curators Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits will speak about various activist and social practices in contemporary Russian art and will present to the residents of Tromsø the idea of their new project Russian bar that the collective wants to realize in town in 2016. The main idea of the Russian bar is to create a discursive platform for discussions, collective thinking, cultural collaborations and informal gatherings. This project is important for a support of the existing cross-cultural ties between Russia and Norway, which have traditionally been strong and should be maintained this way. It is crucial especially now in a situation when Russia tend to be in cultural isolation due to the recent political events. One of the important aspects of the projects is engagement of the Russian-speaking community of Tromsø into shaping the activities and format of the 'Russian bar.

19. December 2014 - 19:00, Лекция
Pro Arte Foundation, Peter and Paul Fortress, Neva Curtian

In his presentation at the Pro Arte Foundation Tel Aviv based artist Meir Tati will talk about his activities as an artist and the Director of Community and Education Department at MoBY - Museum of Bat - Yam, in the political climate in Israel. He will also speak about his new project Sharashka, which is to a large extent based on his research of the Stalinist repressions in the USSR and current political agenda in Russia and Israel. 

18. October 2014 - 16:00, Семинар
Sakharov Centre, museum exhibition hall, Moscow, Zemlyanoy val 57, bldg. 6

At the conference “Dealing with the past” that will take place at The Sakharov Center in Moscow on October 18-19, 2014 the curator Anna Bitkina will talk about art practice that becomes a means of collective therapy and a re-experience of the traumatic historical events for a community. As an example she will speak about a famous re-enactment by the British artist Jeremy Deller 'The Battle of Orgreave: An Injury to One is an Injury to All'. 

Project: Critical Mass 2015. Season 3

11. September 2015 - 18:00, Открытие выставки
Lopukhinskiy garden

A new spot has appeared in the cultural map of St. Petersburg. 'Critical mass - 2015' has landed in the Lopukshinskiy garden and will be staying for more than a month! Interactive banner with local residents' stories has appeared on the garden's fence, memorial signs are everywhere to be seen and we have also built some furniture for the community picnic! Time to celebrate - we look forward to seeing you at the opening! 

11. September 2015 - 18:00, Выставка
St Peterburg, Lopukhinsky garden

The aim of  five little interventions by Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kakamnger is to return Gromovia pulchella back to the Gromovsky Garden and make its travelling story continue via the Internet and postal mail. We do not want to set up colossal monuments, but rather create little situations, with interacts and activate local park users and show history of the Dacha Gromova through the plants point of view. Artists wish that Gromovia pulchella will be blooming in flower pots again in the garden one day in the future.

9. September 2015 - 16:00, Мастер-класс
St. Petersburg, Lopukhinsky garden

Designers  raumblabor are famous for their projects in the urban context that connect different people through collective creative work in the public spaces. Thus they construct not only objects that can be used by communities but design new social interactions open for people of different ages and backgrounds. Join their workshop and create some park furniture at the Lopukhinskiy garden! .

4. September 2015 - 16:00,
St. Petersburg, Lopukhinsky garden
The St Petersburg-based artist Anna Tereshkina will invite local residents to put their own memorable dates on the huge interactive banner at the fance of the Lopukhinskiy garden and share their personal stories with the community. Everyone can also express their hope and wishes regarding the Gromov's dacha future.  

Project: Mobile Archive

12. December 2014 - 19:00, Лекция
Arsenal, Nizhniy Novgorod, the Kremlin, 6

The project 'Mobile Archive' hosts its last event in Russia before leaving the country and moving further - an artist talk with Ruti Sela will take place in Niznniy Novgorod on December 12th before the project closes on December 14th. In Arsenal, Ruti Sela, who received numerous art prizes and widely exhibited internationally, will speak about her artistic practice. 

6. November 2014 - 19:00, Выставка
Arsenal, Nizhniy Novgorod, the Kremlin, 6

The traveling collection of Israeli video art "Mobile Archive" finishes its trip across Russia and makes the last stop in Nizhniy Novgorod, where at the center of contemporary art Arsenal the local audience can see up to 1500 video works by Israeli and international artists including Yael Bartana, Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Guy Ben Ner,  Avi Mograbi, Nira Pererg, Public Movement and many others. The project will be accompanied by public talks and screenings. 

22. October 2014 - 19:00, Лекция
Ural branch of NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Dobrolyubova str, 19a

In the framework of 'Mobile Archive' project artist and curator Omer Krieger  will speak about his projects related to the public sphere. He wil touch upon actions and perfromances of Public Movement group, festival of new public art 'Under the Mountain' and his collaborations with other artists and various communities.  

23. September 2014 - 19:00, Выставка
Ural branch of NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Dobrolyubova str, 19a

"Mobile Archive" keeps moving across Russia. Its next station is Yekaterinburg, where from September 23 to October 26  the visitors of the National Center for Contemporary Art  will have a chance to see more than 1500 video works by leading Israeli  and international artists. The project will also inclide atist talks and series of screenings. 

Project: TOK at Manifesta 10

30. September 2014 - 13:07, Выставка
Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

In the exhibition ‘Outlined Absence’ that comprises two video works by the artist ‘Black and White Rule’ and ‘Mother Economy’ as well as her large-scale charcoal drawings, Maya Zack analyzes the mechanisms of collective and personal memory and explores the intersection between individual recollections and historical events. The show is a part of the parallel program of Manifesta 10.  

Project: Critical Mass on the Gromov's Dacha

26. July 2014 - 12:00, Экскурсия
The Gromov's Dacha, Academika Pavlova St., 13

The Petrogradskaya side of St Petersburg has always been famous for its beautiful mansions and residential houses built in the 19th century. Take a guided tour with us to know more about their history, architecture and residents. 

25. July 2014 - 19:00, Лекция
Gromov's Dacha. St.Petersburg, Akademika Pavlova st.,13

On Friday Stefan Kaegi, the theatrical director from Berlin, will talk about new theatrical performances which its Rimini Protokol theater realizes in public spaces with participation of residents. Event is held within the "Critical Mass on the Gromov's Dacha" art project.

24. July 2014 - 17:31, Лекция
Gromov's Dacha. St.Petersburg, Akademika Pavlova st.,13

On Thursday on the Gromov's Dacha in the Lopukhinsky Garden within educational eventss the lecture "The Creative and Social Practics Changing the City and Its Inhabitants" will take place. Curators of TOK will tell about the Russian and international art projects within which artists and citizens create common art projects in city space.

21. July 2014 - 18:00, Открытие выставки
St. Petersburg, Academika Pavlova St., 13

On July, 21 in St. Petersburg a long-awaited series of public events within the "Critical Mass on the Gromov's Dacha" project opens. In the opening program: presentation of the development plans of the Gromov's Dacha, opening of the photo exhibition about stories of Petrogradsky district, excursion on the dacha, presentation of the design project of Foundation Projects (Netherlands) created specially for a mansion, the DJ a set.