The People's Museum of XX and XXI Russian and Soviet Art, 2011

Artistic, Architectural and Performative Interventions in Urban Space
Installation of a of parasite architecture, 4000 m of Caution Tape
at the Kaliningrad Art Gallery, Kaliningrad , Russia

The idea was to somehow mirror the idea of the parasite architecture as a reflex on official architecture with a community based project that wants to play with the idea of the official representation of art history in museums, in science etc. and the representation of art history in people´s mind. In some sense my project did follow-up the big project by Komar and Melamid, "The most wanted painting" and "The least wanted painting". It was not trying to compete but I tried to give some kind of momentum about Kaliningrad.
The questionnaire contain some kind of short information on the project and gave the possibility to the person to write down names next to each decade. Also first name, the age and the sex of the person.... Also, we provide the participants with some information about an "opening venue" to attract people to come again.
In the museum is published/exhibited the out come of the questionary (in Russian) which asked the passers-by, what Russian and Soviet fine artists they remember from the decades: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s and so on until 2000s/2010s


In the frame of "Going Public" 2012
"Going Public" aims at the critical analysis of the public space in Kaliningrad and reflection on artistic strategies used in relation to it. It will start with a workshop for local artists and curators run by Ekaterina Lavrinec (LT) and aiming to explore the burning issues Kaliningrad urban landscape and brainstorm on relevant artistic and activist strategies. The workshop will be an important stage for conceptualization of subsequent interventions artistic and curatorial interventions of three International artists – Mikhail Gulin (BY), Juozas Layvis (LT) and Shahram Entekhabi (DE) coming to Kaliningrad in the framework of the project. The latter three artists have been invited, as they often employ humorous, absurdist and subversive strategies, that might be interesting to use in order to "shake" everyday reality of Kaliningrad streets and provoke people thinking about the city they live in.
Curator: Yulia Bardoun

International project "Going Public: how to say?" is run by the Goethe Institute in Vilnius and is carried out with its support in Lithuania, Germany, Belarus and the Kaliningrad region in cooperation with local cultural institutions: Baltic branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad), Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art and Academy of Graphic and Book Arts (Leipzig), European Humanitarian University Centre of Contemporary Art Studies (Vilnius), Centre of Cultural Communication (Klaipeda) and Goethe Institute in Belarus


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