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ON/OFF

 
ON/OFF

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ArtHouse
25 september 2011 — 22 october 2011

Opening: September 24, 2 p.m.

Curator: David Ter-Oganyan

Organizer: The Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin

Participants:

  • Camille Laurelli
  • Ivars Gravlejs
  • Nikolai Ridnyi
  • Vladimir Logutov
  • Sergei Sapozhnikov
  • Victor Makarov
  • Ilya Budraitskis
  • Alexandra Galkina
  • Ivan Brazhkin
  • David Ter-Oganyan
  • Andrei Kuzkin
  • Lena Martynova
  • Sveta Shuvaeva
  • Misha Most
  • Vlad Chizhеnkov
  • Mayya Kolesnik
  • Zhanna Kadyrova


The rhetoric of modernization has definitely turned into a dominant language of our political and cultural elite.

It assumes that obtaining an arsenal of we powerful instruments as well as manuals on how to use them we would be able to part with our current backwardness. In this view, the distance between wealth and poverty, beauty and ugliness, the past and the future can be easily overcome with the help of new technologies.

Art, in this framework, is given the role of an essential element of “inclusion,” an innovation that needs to be owned to get access to the future. Such a pragmatic appropriation of art must be problematized.

The participants of the exhibition “On/Off” will try to do this each in their own way – from questioning the connection between technological growth and historical change (works of Ivan Brazhkin, Ilya Budraitskis) to doubting the universal application of technology itself (Alexandra Galkina, Sveta Shuvaeva).

But the main unresolved question remains to be dealt with by the visitors – who is the one pressing the button that activates the technologies of modern domination?

Ilya Budraitskis


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