in saint petersburg next week

unovis vitebsk 1920
[Malevich with students and Suprematist mural at Vitebsk in 1920] 
Next week I am giving a presentation on cracks and Kazimir Malevich as part of a workshop hosted by Rebecca LaMarre in Saint Petersburg, at the independent art space Taiga. The workshop is called Another Victory Over The Sun and it runs from 2-6pm on July 5. All welcome! (rsvp to It is programmed as part of the exhibition What thinks me Что думает меня, which is opening on June 27. Some info:

“Exhibition centers around the text by artist John Baldessari What Thinks Me Now (1982). David Bernstein‘s continuous investigation on spatulas as transitional objects will be showed in his sculptural work Double Spatula (2013). Taus Makhacheva will show Landscape (2013), a sculptural installation comprised of wooden noses of Caucasus people. An art concept and a design fiction Euthanasia Coaster (2012) will be offered by Julijonas Urbonas as a model of a steel roller coaster that kills its passengers. Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf will compose a sound piece Work It (2014) based on a research on human productivity enhancement tools while composer Lina Lapelytė will suggest a daily dance performance Yes, Really! (2014). Video works by Slavomir Leontjev, Roman Osminkin, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jesse Darling and Robin Vanbesien will constantly interrupt the exhibition setting. During the opening a new work by David Raymond Conroy Content Context Container (2014) will be performed in a synchronic reading, and the leftist rap, emancipatory synth-pop, post-bourgeois gig will be pulled off by a Russian artist collective Technopoetry.

The show is conceived primarily through the dialogue of the curators Justė Kostikovaitė and Monika Lipšic with an independent Taiga Art Space, St. Petersburg. This year the city of St. Petersburg marked the time when the creative space Chetvertj (Art Quarter) was closed due to the real estate owners abusing the rent contract. In this turbulent context Taiga remains one of the most active spaces in St. Petersburg. Recently Taiga has already hosted the International Queer Culture Festival, exhibition RAUMTRIGGER, Interventionen in öffentlichen Räumen, I’mpressed Self-Publishing (Samizdat) and other events.


John Baldessari (US), David Bernstein (US), Ragna Bley (SE), Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf (LT), David Raymond Conroy (UK), Jesse Darling (UK), Jugedamos (FR/NL/LT), Nikita Kadan (UA), Rebecca La Marre (CA), Lina Lapelytė (LT), Taus Makhacheva (RU), Marija Olšauskaitė (LT), Roman Osminkin (RU), Jaakko Pallasvuo (FI), Jurgis Paškevičius (LT), Daniel Shanken (US), Viktor Timofeev(LV), Julijonas Urbonas (LT), Robin Vanbesien (NL), Technopoetry (RU), Mark Wallinger (UK)”

Exhibition_Poster1_by_Daiva Tubutyte


Also recommended in Saint Petersburg: Chto Delat?’s School of Engaged Art, coinciding with the start of Manifesta 10:

Публичная программа Школы вовлечённого искусства Что делать / The public program of the School of Engaged Art “Chto Delat” (June 26-30)

The Bulletin of the School of Engaged Art // Б Ю Л Л Е Т Е Н Ь Ш К О Л Ы В О В Л Е Ч Е Н Н О Г О И С К У С С Т В А Ч Т О Д Е Л А Т Ь № 2 И Ю Н Ь

ArtLeaks Gazette No. 2 (An)Other Art World(s)? Imagination Beyond Fiction – Launch and public discussions


And some further reading on the broader situation there:

Chto Delat withdraws from Manifesta 10

Chto Delat: What Could be Done with Manifesta Here?

A text that should never have been written?

Drawing a Blank

Art Shapes a Civil Rights Debate in Russia

To Boycott or not to Boycott – Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg

Manifesta 10: A Biennial in Question

Art Historian Says “Ideological Censorship Is Happening” in Russia

Under pressure: Kasper König on the highs — and lows — of curating Manifesta 10

Manifesta curator: ‘There’s no civil society in Russia’

“I do support the policy of [Putin]. I know him well.” – Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum (host venue of Manifesta 10)