do it Moscow
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
May 1 – July 6, 2014
For Garage, staging do it Moscow creates new opportunities for involvement by and with local communities. The generative and democratic nature of the project enables the institution to continue exploring ways to broaden access and participation in contemporary art, which is central to Garage’s mission. Intensive preparations are underway for do it Moscow, where people who live and work in the city are interpreting more than 80 artists’ instructions. Currently, elderly staff at the Moscow City Museum are busy knitting colorful structures in response to architect Sejima Kazuyo’s proposition to build architecture for dogs. Following artist Christian Boltanski’s instruction, a photographer has been taking pictures of pupils at the Moscow Art Lyceum, and art students from two of the most influential alternative art schools in Moscow are responding to the challenging task to create something ‘visually striking, socially radical—something that will change the world’ suggested by writer and art critic Lucy Lippard.
do it Moscow is curated in collaboration with Snejana Krasteva and Anastasia Mityushina and involves 120 artists, architects, composers, writers, and communities from 32 countries. Specifically for do it Moscow — which is to date the largest incarnation of the project — Athens-based artist and architect Andreas Angelidakis has created a unique environment to house the instructions and their enactments at Garage. The exhibition will take place at Garage Pavilion, Gorky Park, Krymskaya Embankment, and other locations across Moscow. Visitors will find ‘do its' everywhere at Garage, whether in the form of ‘fortune cookies' in the cafe, a performance at the reception, a workshop in the lobby or a noisy bazaar on the lawn. On leaving Garage, one can still be part of do it Moscow by participating in many events such as the ‘planetary dance' procession staged at the Krymskaya Embankment by renowned choreographer and dancer Anna Halprin, the challenging task set by Japanese artist Shimabuku to ‘make an animal smile' at Gorky Park, or by taking German educator Shere Hite's advice and embracing an important friend for 31 minutes at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
do it Moscow also includes exclusive instructions by Russian artists such as Yuri Albert, Nikita Alexeev, Valia Fetisov, Oleg Kulik, Andrei Monastyrski, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Alexander Petrelli, Sergey Sitar and Alexey Shulgin. The new pieces will be compiled in a book that will also feature texts and interviews that re-evaluate the meaning of participatory art and art-by-instruction.
New instructions and interpretations by:
Yuri Albert, Nikita Alexeev, Alexei Buldakov, Tim Etchells, Aleksandr Fain, Hu Fang, Valia Fetisov, Polina Kanis, Irina Korina, Elena Kovylina, Olya Kroytor, Yuri Kviatovski, Oleg Kulik, Anastasia Kuzmina, Ilya Leutin, Raimundas Malašauskas, Andrei Monastyrski, Liza Morozova, Maxim Nazarov, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Alexandra Paperno, Sasha Pas, Irina Petrakova, Alexander Petrelli, Lisa Plavinsky, Ekaterina Rousskikh, Sergey Sitar, Alexei Shulgin, Haim Sokol, Natalia Vitsina, Konstantin Zvezdochetov.
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