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From the realm of the practical knowledge

 
From the realm of the practical knowledge

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GMG gallery
17 september 2011 — 17 october 2011

Curator: Stas Shuripa

Art director: Joseph Backstein

Organizator: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow (ICA Moscow)

Artists:

  • ABC group
  • Nikolai Alekseev
  • Victor Alimpiev
  • Olga Bozhko
  • Alexei Buldakov
  • Nadezhda Busheneva
  • Kirill Gluzhenko
  • Ivan Gorshkov
  • Ilya Dolgov
  • Maria Doronina
  • Vita Dumchuite
  • Petr Zhukov
  • Maria Zaikina
  • Natasha Zintsova
  • Julia Ivashkina
  • Elena Kovylina
  • Anton Kuznetsov
  • Julia Lebedeva
  • Alexei Mandych
  • Taus Makhacheva
  • MishMash
  • Roman Mokrov
  • Sergei Ogurtsov
  • Ekaterina Pavlova
  • Irina Petrakova
  • Alexander Povzner
  • Alexei Podkidyshev
  • Nastya Ryabova
  • Katya Sivers
  • Haim Sokol
  • Kseniya Sorokina
  • Alexandra Sukhareva
  • Jan Tamkovich
  • Ilya Trushevsky
  • Anna Titova
  • Mikhal Tolmachev
  • Valya Fetisov
  • Igor Chirkin
  • Stas Shuripa

From the realm of the practical knowledge

The exhibition presents the artistic activities that emerge against the background of increasing cognitivization of reality. Among the participants there are both young artists and those who have already gained certain prominence. The common feature in the works of such artists as Igor Chirkin, Alexei Podkidyshev, Anastasia Ryabova, Ekaterina Pavlova, Anna Titova, Alexander Povzner, Katya Sivers is probably not the precise thematical unity, but rather an attention to their own method. This reflection on working techniques and conditions, considered as the basic principle, originates from reconsideration of the boundaries between documentary and fictive, between a digit and a metaphor. In terms of grammatical analogy, we may say that the method in the new art is not an adverbial modifier, but a subject. Thus social, aesthetical, epistemological positions are defined by the ways of using one or another sets of rules and artistic solutions.

The elastic reality of nowadays easily transforms things into the forms of linguistic games; the reality becomes a process which is only accessible to an insider observation. Here we do not deal with the fusion of art and life; rather, an artist puts a question “what if..?”, and suggests a kind of an outline for the transition between art and everyday reality. Without any ambition to be exclusive in relation to life, the work is constructing a system of distances within the flow of events. An artistic effort is directed towards the production of new knowledge about the world around us. This is what is called practical knowledge; it is associated with experience and therefore is illegible for formalization. Singular and non-objective, it is applicable in the areas where the rules depend on the ways of their usage, i.e. in the common world of people. Practical knowledge acquires more and more importance with development of communication systems and social interactions.

Any creative individuality is the map of practical knowledge. In the past it had manifested itself through the unique style, manner, the way of application of one’s experience. Contemporary artistic activities have more in common with research than with self-expression. A research artwork practice is capable of reinventing objects, thanks to its three main properties. Research is subjective, reflexive and dialogical. It means that research includes both artist’s reflection about the object and the voice of the other, which of no less importance than the voice of the artist himself. The knowledge produced by such work is not really compatible with a cliché images of the world. Rather, it unveils new possibilities of the world in human actions, as exactly the man is the domain of existence of practical knowledge.

Stanislav Shuripa


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