5TH URAL INDUSTRIAL BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

SYMPOSIUM OF THE 5TH URAL INDUSTRIAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

SEPTEMBER 12–15, 2019
Coliseum Cinema,
43 Lenin Avenue

All events are free, but we cordially invite you to register in advance;
Timepad links are attached to every event.
All events will take place at the cinema hall; every event is accompanied
by Russian-English simultaneous interpretation.
We are looking forward to seeing you and encourage you to listen, discuss and learn with us!
Full program with detailed events description and information on speakers will be available at the reception area of the venue.

If you have any questions concerning the Symposium, please feel free to write to us at:
wulf.ncca@gmail.com — Polina Wulf, coordinator
avvanufrieva@gmail.com — Valentina Anufrieva, coordinator
dmitrii.bezouglov@gmail.com — Dmitrii Bezouglov, curator
For urgent questions: +7(926)433-71-65 (Dmitrii’s phone number)


 

SEPTEMBER 12, THURSDAY

11:00—12:00 — REGISTRATION
Coliseum Cinema, lobby

We will check your Timepad registration or help you register, and offer a coffee.

12:00—14:00 — PLENARY DISCUSSION
“A HUMAN BEING DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO BE MORTAL”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Participants representing various fields, such as entrepreneurship, hard sciences, contemporary art, will discuss how attractive and problematic the technologically achievable immortality is and how the images of immortality affect modern culture.

Moderator — Sofiko Shevardnadze,
political journalist, television host, and producer

Speakers — Konstantin Novoselov (National University of Singapore), Ilya Tsentsiper (Tsentsiper, Moscow), Alisa Prudnikova (The Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art), Svetlana Borinskaya (head of the Genome Analysis Laboratory, Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Partner — The Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin

14:00—15:00 — COFFEE BREAK
Coliseum Cinema, small lecture hall

15:00—16:00 — DISCUSSION ON THE DIGITAL AND MEMORY
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Open discussion between Lena (Carol) Stringari, Chief Conservator of the Guggenheim Museum (New York), and Xiaoyu Weng, curator of the main project of the Biennial “A Multitude of Futures.” The conversation will focus on issues of museum storage, features of the cultural canon, and the concept of symbolic immortality.
We recommend visiting this event to the museum professionals, curators, and those interested in the digital humanities.

Partner — Vladimir Potanin Charity Foundation

18:30—19:30 — WHEN VOICE-OVER IS OVER
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Taipei-born artist Hsu Chia-Wei, whose work is featured in the biennial’s Main Project exhibition “A Multitude of Futures” curated by Xiaoyu Weng, shares the stage with film critic and researcher Aleksandr Podbornov, who is responsible for the film program of the Biennial. As the exhibition focuses on alternate narratives which debunk the notion of one singular future for all, the talk would center around the methods of breaking down the narrative conventions in contemporary film-making.
We recommend attendance to those who are interested in non-narrative cinema and experimental films.

21:00—23:00 — LULEÅ BIENNIAL PARTY
Makletsky House, 15 Turgeneva Street

We are arranging a small party to get to know the Nordic and fresh biennial which takes place in the austere mining town of Luleå in northern Sweden.Curators Emily Fahlén and Asrin Haidari, who manage the Mint art space (Stockholm), know firsthand how to work with an industrial region and at the party they will show several video works exhibited at the last Luleå Biennial.
If you want to talk with young curators in an informal setting, get to know the Swedish art scene, clink bottles and watch cool video art, then pay us a visit.

Learn more about the Biennial here.
Partner — Embassy of Sweden in Moscow


 

SEPTEMBER 13, FRIDAY
10:00—11:00 — REGISTRATION
Coliseum Cinema, lobby

We will check your Timepad registration or help you register and offer information on the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial projects.

11:00—13:30 — SECTION “COMPELLING IMAGES OF IMMORTALITY: WHO CREATES THEM, HOW AND WHY?”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Speakers — Ilya Budraitskis (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences), Sergey Mokhov (National Research University Higher School of Economics), Evgeny Kuchinov (PopPhilosophy), Elizaveta Pavlycheva (“Manege” Central Exhibition Hall).

During this section we will discuss a variety of image systems related to immortality and presented in popular culture: the audience will get acquainted with messianic cults, discussions about immortality in “Star Wars,” anarcho-utopias of the 1920s and analysis of complex relationships between St. Petersburg artists and the image of death. Recommended for those who want to understand how everyday life works and are interested in the social sciences.

Partner — Presidential Grants Fund

13:30—14:00 — COFFEE BREAK
Coliseum Cinema, small lecture hall

14:00—14:30 — SECTION DISCUSSION
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium

An opportunity to ask the questions that you had after hearing the presentations and to have a conversation with our esteemed guests in a relaxed atmosphere.

15:00—17:00 — SECTION “RESURRECTION AS “CONSCIOUS RECREATION”: PROS AND CONS OF TRANSHUMANISM”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Speakers — Alla Mitrofanova (Philosophical Cafe in St. Petersburg), Greg Yudin (The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences / The New School)

Speakers will provide information for those interested in “mind uploading,” cyborgization, and technological means of achieving the eternal life. Greg will offer a look at the utopia of immortality through the prism of biopolitics. He will address the questions: why can one be immortal only alone and what makes us strive to “maximize” life? Alla will turn to the epistemological conflict hidden in the program of transhumanists who believe that the mind can be easily cut off from the flesh. She will return to the philosophical discussions that were conducted by mechanists and dialecticians in the 1920s, inviting students to get acquainted with less reductionist models, declaring the continuity of the soul and body. This section continues the critical remarks addressed to transhumanism and presented at the exhibition “A Multitude of Futures.”

Partner — Presidential Grants Fund

17:00 — SECTION DISCUSSION
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium

An opportunity to ask the questions that you had after hearing the presentations and to have a conversation with our esteemed guests in a relaxed atmosphere.

18:00 — COFFEE BREAK
Coliseum Cinema, small lecture hall

19:00 — PERFORMANCE LECTURE “TIME IN LIFE, TIME AFTER LIFE”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Director and anthropologist Abou Farman (The New School, New York), who has devoted several art and research projects to the problems of dying, experiencing mortality, and caring for the terminally ill, will arrange a collective practice that will allow the audience to jointly experience the infelt passage of time.

 


 

SEPTEMBER 14, SATURDAY

10:00—11:00 — REGISTRATION
We will check your Timepad registration or help you register and offer information on the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial projects.

Coliseum Cinema, lobby

10:45—11:45 — OPEN LECTURE BY VADIM GRIGORYAN
“ALCHEMY AS PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE, ALCHEMISTS AS ECOLOGISTS OF THE PAST AND ARTISTS AS CONTEMPORARY ALCHEMISTS”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Artist Vadim Grigoryan, referring to a magnificently illustrated presentation, will tell about the close interweaving of modern technology and art with alchemy. Turning to the fundamentals and principles of alchemical art, he believes that alchemy will allow us to take a fresh look at mankind and the now-popular ecological consciousness.
The lecture will end with the screening of the short film “Perspectives on Immortality” produced by the artist: he talks about immortality with curators, artists and the great Marina Abramovich.
The film is in English with Russian subtitles.

11:00—12:30 — OPEN CURATORIAL DISCUSSION
“ART PROJECTS IN AN INDUSTRIAL CONTEXT”
Youth Laboratory, Coliseum Cinema
Registration

NB: The meeting is held in English with consecutive interpretation into Russian.

Participants — Emily Fahlén, Asrin Haidari (curators of the Luleå Biennial and Mint art space, Stockholm), Zhenya Chayka (curator of the artist-in-residence program of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Ural Biennial), Anna Akimova (curator of the “Laboratory of Industriality”) , Kristina Gorlanova (curator of the artist-in-residence program of the 5th Ural Biennial), Anika Schwarzlose (artist in the artist-in-residence program of the 5th Ural Biennial).

Ruins reminded the enlightener and encyclopedist Denis Didro of the frailty of being and the fragility of man; sociologist Georg Simmel considered it a meeting point of human and natural forces. The artist-in-residence program of the 5th Biennial refers to the image of industrial ruins as a material heritage and a powerful symbol. Participants will discuss how to work with these majestic spaces, which heavy industry temporarily abandoned for one reason or another. Each participant has impressive experience: Emily and Asrin, together with the Swedish Workers Union, held meetings in the house of cultures for miners in Luleå and produced an exhibition at a declassified military base; Anika, who was preparing the project at the Kopeysk Machine-Building Plant, also has arranged exhibitions in demilitarized spaces, and Zhenya, Anna and Kristina have spent many hours at the brainstorm sessions with representatives of regional industries.
Recommended for those who are interested in working with industrial heritage, the images of the “metallurgical civilization,” the history of the Ural Biennial and the development of new interaction with large enterprises scenarios.

Partners — Presidential Grants Fund, Embassy of Sweden in Moscow

12:00—14:00 — SECTION “OUTLINES OF THE NEW NATURE: ORGANICS, MECHANICS AND “GREEN” POLITICS”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Moderator — Zachary Reyna (School of Advanced Studies, Tyumen)
Speakers — Jens Hauser (Medical Museion), Monika Bakke (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Addressing the questions posed at the exhibition “Overcome the Limits of Immortality,” we propose another way of overcoming: following Jean-Marie Schaeffer, we will talk about the “end of the human exception” and the position of mankind in the modern ecosystem. The participants, who devoted many years to working with bioart artists and research teams, will offer the audience to immerse themselves in the microworld, get acquainted with geological time, and learn more about how natural the color “green” is and how modern humanity transforms the Mineral kingdom, if we use the Linnaean taxonomy.

Partners — Embassy of Denmark in Moscow, Polish Cultural Center, School of Advanced Studies

14:00 — COFFEE BREAK
Coliseum Cinema, small lecture hall

15:00—17:00 — SECTION “COMING OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE: NEW MEDIA IN ART”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Moderator — Erika Wolf (School of Advanced Studies, Tyumen)
Speakers — Kim West (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm), Dmitry Bulatov (Baltic Branch of the NCCA-ROSIZO)

Art historian Kim West will devote his presentation to the story of the 1960s and 1970s, when museum designers and curators began to work together with cyberneticists, creating a new model of a museum that had a strong influence on the Moderna Museet in Sweden and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Dmitry Bulatov, curator and theorist of media art, will turn to the concept of “deep media,” which significantly expands the range of phenomena that affect the modern media landscape.
Recommended for those interested in modern media, bioart and science art, cybernetics and interdisciplinary research.

Partners — Embassy of Sweden in Moscow, Presidential Grants Fund, School of Advanced Studies

17:00 — SECTION DISCUSSION
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium

An opportunity to ask the questions that you had after hearing the presentations and to have a conversation with our esteemed guests in a relaxed atmosphere.

18:00 — COFFEE BREAK
Coliseum Cinema, small lecture hall

17:00 — PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK
“MANKIND: STEPPING OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES”
Youth Laboratory, Coliseum Cinema
Registration

A collection of essays by the reknown philosopher Boris Yudin, which can be considered a sketch of the program of modern Russian bioethics, will be presented by his son, the famous sociologist and philosopher Grigory Yudin (The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences / The New School). Recommended for those who are interested in transhumanism, biohacking and the ethical problems of using modern technologies.

Partner — Presidential Grants Fund

19:00 — KEYNOTE “ON TECHNODIVERSITY”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

The day concludes with a lecture by renowned philosopher Yuk Hui (Bauhaus University, Weimar), whose concept of “cosmotechnics” inspired curator Xiaoyu Weng’s work on the exhibition. He will devote his presentation to criticizing the contemporary discourse on technology (for example, on artificial intelligence). Yuk will present his bold research project, which allows to “disconnect” from discussions about a technological future common to all cultures for a while. Recommended for those interested in IT, the exact sciences and modern philosophy (especially epistemology and ontology).

Partner — Goethe-Institut

20:30—22:30 — MOVIE WEEKEND OPENING
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
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The opening film is “Adventures of Electric Rod Boy” (Japan, 1987). The program is presented by curator Aleksandr Podbornov, here is his comment about the film:

“Filmed on 8mm, with a budget close to zero, psychopathically edited and accompanied by abrasive punk rock – “Adventures…” is simultaneously a crash test for viewers’ perception and an ideal entry point into the world of Japanese cyberpunk. In 45 minutes, Shinya Tsukamoto presents a kaleidoscope of insane narrative decisions and genres.”

Partners — Presidential Grants Fund, Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts


 

SEPTEMBER 15, SUNDAY

18:00—20:00 — OPEN INTERVIEW WITH JOE DAVIS
“IN SEARCH OF IMMORTALITY: PHILOSOPHER’S STONES, A SWANSONG, AND THE THERMODYNAMIC SOUL”
Coliseum Cinema, auditorium
Registration

Participants — Joe Davis (MIT, Harvard Medical School), Monika Bakke (Adam Mickiewicz University) and Olga Vad (Polytechnic Museum)

As part of the interview, Davis will talk about three of his projects examining the theme of immortality from different angles. The first one is the “Thermodynamic Soul.” It is about the process whereby we permanently imprint ourselves on everything we encounter. The “Swansong” is about a transmission to the constellation Cygnus. Unlike elaborately encrypted interstellar messages for presumed extraterrestrial intelligence, “Swansong” is an interstellar message for human beings and as such, it is composed as an English language message in International Morse Code. The body of the message refers to preventable genocides, terrible accidents, natural disasters and disease that put together, have cost many millions of human lives. “Philosopher’s Stones” is the story about a search for secrets of life in meteorite fragments that are billions of years old and extremely ancient mineral salts in which certain organisms have persisted for hundreds of millions of years.

Partners — US Consulate General in Ekaterinburg, Ministry of Culture of the Sverdlovsk Region

The program is subject to change.
Please stay tuned for updates on the Biennial website: fifth.uralbiennale.ru and on our social networks accounts: VK, Facebook and Instagram

Symposium coordinators
Polina Wulf
+7 902 255 72 06

Valentina Anufrieva
+7 919 386 83 17

Dmitrii Bezouglov
+7 926 433 71 65

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