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Masterskaya 20'13
Date: July 16 - September 8, 2013
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 17 Ermolaevsky Lane

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art has been running Masterskaya (studio), its annual exhibition project, since 2001. The project continues to be instrumental in discovering new Russian artists. This year’s project will unveil two exhibitions — «Studying the Fruits of Investigations» and «A Deceptive Reality.»

The main project: Studying the Fruits of Investigations

Although science can give us a hand, it cannot do all the work for us. We had better stop hoping that science can prevent the end of the word. We should rely on ourselves and learn to use our imagination for creating a new world instead.

Slavoi Zizek

Curated by Dariya Kamushnikova and Yulia Pronina

The results of scientific progress in the 20th century were not uniformly positive in terms of the effect on the human being. Martin Heidegger wrote: «Primordial horror may come out of sleep in our being at any moment. No extravagance is required for waking it up. The triviality of possible reasons behind it corresponds with the depth of its effect.» Science became the reason. Scientific knowledge, which was supposed to feed us, to clothe us and make our life more comfortable and simple, became a clear and present danger to mankind. In a world where the media calls the tune, any error occurring in a series of experiments or even a probability of a catastrophe that might arise from an experimental trial are likely to become a piece of news to be spread around and interpreted for the benefit of the feeble-minded. The mental structure of a human being adapted itself to the state of permanent threat. According to Jean Baudrillard, the human mind made the consumption of new technologies turn into something resembling a cargo cult. The question is: Can the human body be as adaptable as the human mind when it comes to transforming the threat into an integral part of the body’s daily existence?

Special project: A Deceptive Reality

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what it is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Curated by: Dariya Pavlyuk and Irina Danilicheva.
A graduation project by the graduates of the School of Curators and the Free Studios special program.

Right from the day we are born at we are continuously lectured on the basics of the universe. Our parents are the first to tell us stories, our teachers are quick to follow suit, and several years later we end up all tangled up in a web of information courtesy of the media. Finally, we become acquiescent to the «formats» sold to us. We have no choice, and therefore we have to accept the world the way it is portrayed. Plato was one of the first ones who started looking into the issue of «imposed formats.» He theorized that people could see only the shadows of the objects; the latter remain invisible to the observer. In just a handful of cases man can confront the state of things in an attempt to see the world from the rational point of view. He starts searching for answers in philosophical books and esoteric teachings. He is hoping to find some clues in science and psychoanalysis. However, the human mind is unable to straightforwardly answer the question relating to the principles of the universe. Both science and the media have suffered serious blows in terms of credibility, one can only rely on one’s own resources these days. The artist is blessed with a gift for processing the world trends in his subconscious; he might as well hear no questions while offering answers by means of his work. Art reflects the views on reality of each and every artist. Likewise, it reflects the views of the whole generation. Some artists either create a new world or strongly object the real one; others are trying to improve the reality as best as they can. The exhibition «A Deceptive Reality» is meant to provide the spectator with the artists’ answers to the question which Alice in Wonderland was asking herself many a time and oft.

 
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