12.10 - 04.11.2013

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Program: [Context of the visual]

Julia Winter. Hall of Fame. 2013. Series of paintings (quantity variable). Oil on canvas, each 24x30 cm. Courtesy artists

Under the aegis of the Netherlands – Russia Year 2013

Place: In the Moscow Planetarium, Exhibition Hall, Level 9 (5, bld. 1, Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya)

Organizers: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Planetarium
Co-organizers: Creative Union of Artists of Russia, SkyGroup Company
With the support of: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (the Russia-Netherlands year 2013), SICA Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities, Dutch Embassy in Moscow, Russian Academy of Arts, “New Art” Foundation, Mondrian Foundation, Wilhelmina E. Jansen Fonds

Curators: Vitaly Patsyukov (Russia), Maarten Bertheux (Netherlands) with Kolesnikov/Denisov (Russia)
Coordinators: Aliya Berdigalieva, Elena Kokina, Aleksandra Sharhoon
Participants: Rob Birza, René Daniëls, Marlene Dumas, Gerald van der Kaap, Sergey Katran, Natasja Kensmil, Ivan Kolesnikov/Sergey Denisov and Gella Slabko, Maxim Ksuta, Erik van Lieshout, Bertien van Manen, Taus Makhascheva, Arkadiy Nasonov, Pavel Peppershtein, Andrey Roiter, Dmitry Sarkisov, Vladimir Smolyar, Haim Sokol, Vladimir Tarasov, Leonid Tishkov, Alla Urban, Barbara Visser, Julia Winter

This project, called Sluizen (Floodgates). Change of Poles, looks at our reality as an open communication system within which a constant exchange of information is going on. Signals and information flows originated by this system shape up a new artistic organism which preserves the binary principle on all levels while at the same time allowing it to change poles by alternating inputs and outputs. Sometimes the exhibition focuses on a particular study how images are produced and what the objectives are of the producers of these images. In other cases artists create a sometimes alternative apocalyptic rhetoric, to find new communications in a quickly changing and sometimes hostile environment. The artistic strategies of Sluizen (Floodgates). Change of Poles rely on modern-day technologies and the self-descriptive potential of social changes presented, which are placed in special visual zones where instead of the traditional one-dimensional logic of linearity: “either this or that” as the leading energy vector they use a non-linear equilibrium: “both this and that simultaneously”. But Sluizen (Floodgates), Change of Poles is not only an exhibition about artists reacting to developments in media, art and science, because all the images are unique entities with the capacity to transform and influence existing realities.

A dialogue with the Dutch notion of “floodgates” (the word “sluizen” - which means floodgates exist both in the Dutch and Russian languages), visualized in this project, creates a highly relevant context. By manipulating with the levels and changing the energy states of their poles, this binary structure opens its floodgates wide and thus becomes a multi-dimensional system which is capable of reacting naturally to all the external signals as a sensitive transmitter.

Alternating poles and allowing art strategies to interpenetrate one another the joint Russian-Dutch project becomes an inter-textual proving-ground for a unique experience of a co-existence of different artistic communities and national cultures, and thus it revives the tradition of uninterrupted cultural dialogue.


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