Symposium Art, Media and Politics in Russia

Symposium Art, Media and Politics in Russia

Friday May 28, 10.00 – 15.30


In connection with our new show Watch Out! Art from Moscow and St.

Petersburg, The National Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to

invite you to a symposium with leading specialists and curators in the

international and Nordic art field.

The exhibition comprises more than twenty artists and presents various

artistic positions in post-Soviet Russia. The symposium aims at

discussing several important issues related to the show: Are there

particular regional, political or cultural mechanisms of exclusion and

inclusion of Russian artists in the international art world? How

international is the international art scene, and how can the Russian

art scenes be understood and exhibited?

When art again turns political it seems, to some extent, to represent

an effort to compensate for a lack of critical faculties in the

journalism of the official news media. The last session in the

symposium will address questions like: What roles do artists and the

practice of contemporary art play in the developments of cultural

politics in Russia today? Do changing conditions for news production in

Russia also change the conditions for artists and art?

The symposium will take place in aud. Militærhospitalet, Grev Wedels

plass 1, 0151 Oslo

Registration within May 24: tel (+47) 22 86 22 10 /

The symposium is organised by curator Kari J. Brandtzæg

Supported by Norsk Kulturråd and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,



9.30 Coffee and registration

10.00 – 10.15 Watch out! Art from Moscow and St. Petersburg
Introduction Kari J. Brandtzæg, art historian, curator

Session: Russian Artists in the Global Context
Moderator: Sune Nordgren, director The National Museum of Art, Oslo

10.15 – 10.45 Multiculturalism vs Internationalism: Art from Russia in
a Global Neo-Liberal Context
Ekaterina Degot, art critic, lecturer and curator for numerous
exhibitions, Moscow

10.45 – 11.15 Radical Ideas in SPb Art
Ekaterina Andreeva, curator at the Contemporary Art Department, the
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

11.15 – 11.45 How to Mediate Artists from Russia in London?
Anya Stonelake, curator White Space Gallery, London

Panel discussion

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

Session: Art, Media and Political Transition
Moderator: John Peter Nilsson, curator, editor NU, The Nordic Art
Review, curator, Stockholm

13.30 – 14.00 Media and Cultural Conflicts in Russia
Vibeke Sperling, author, foreign correspondent, Politiken, Copenhagen

14.00 – 14.20 The Possibility of Resistance. Tactical Media in Putin's
Dmitry Vilensky, artist, newspaper project Sjto delat, St.

14.20 – 14.40 Fuck this shit
Sergey Afrika Bugaev, artist, St. Petersburg/New York

14.40 – 15.00 To be more Leftist than the Pope. About the
Fundamentalist Ideological Trends in the Moscow Art Discourse.
Aleksander Panov, curator, art critic, Moscow

Panel discussion

15.15 – 15.30 Conclusions with John Peter Nilsson