In 2020, the forum turned to educational practices in museums and other cultural institutions such as museum pedagogy and art mediation. Additionally, the forum was pay attention to more general issues related to the production of knowledge in the sphere of contemporary culture.
The main program included: an online project Symposium* on the topic Educational U-turn. Who Else Produces Knowledge in Culture?, Art Weekend and special projects which are: take-away exhibition Zine as Exhibition: Postcovid, Studio Studies project including 20 video interviews with St. Petersburg artists in their workshops, and an internship program for university students of Saint Petersburg.
Education has become not only a permanent subject of artistic expressions, but also a separate area of curatorial activity. The "educational turn” in curating criticized the commodification of education from the perspective of contemporary art. It challenged the place of educational practices in museums and other cultural institutions.
We ask, what is the purpose of education in a museum, gallery and other exhibition spaces today and what opportunities do we have for joint and equal work in this field of knowledge production? Finally, who are these "we" - curators, teachers, public?
In 2020 symposium will be organized in the form of a pop-up website. Symposium* represents a research project that uses the web platform as a tool for mediation, contextualization and as a space for critical expression. Translated into an online format, the project represents a meeting place that is impossible in shared geographical coordinates nowadays.
CONTEMPORARY ART IN UNIVERSITIES
OF ST. PETERSBURG
METRO STATIONS «VOSSTANIA SQUARE» AND «CHERNYSHEVSKAYA»
METRO STATIONS «NEVSKY PROSPECT» AND «GOSTINY DVOR»
The work “Words will be found” by Vladimir Abikh invites the viewer into a kind of game of unraveling the text. The act of looking/reading takes on a special procedure in which words flow from their signifying form to an abstraction and back.
Ekaterina Sokolovskaya, "Eyes", "Drop" from the project "Light touches", (glass, plastic)
Sculptures by Ekaterina Sokolovskaya represent emotional images of hovering in feelings: sculptures that are repelled by our sensations (sight, smell, touch) are suspended above the viewer in different spaces as obsessive affects.
Evgeny Granilshchikov (video)Videowork by Evgeny Granilshikov represents the dreamlike existence: strange situations and dialogues in a nonlinear plot, all united by the theme of love and unbearableness, make us see not only what is in the film but actually showing us the procedure of shooting and directing in so-called 'behind-the-scene' frames.
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) is one of the leading polytechnic universities in the country, a national research university. The Polytechnic University is a competitive research and educational center that integrates world-class multidisciplinary research and technology and is one of the world's leading universities