the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial Preview
12.07 - 15.07.2012
A project presented by the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial Preview at the exhibition and the forum Innoprom-2012 besides being a preview of September events is an experiment of creating an exhibition in a non-exhibitional space. The organizing element of the stand is an installation Hope Tower by Pyotr Belyj. Symbolically growing out of a “black square” of both biennial stand and Russian Avant-Garde art, this tower is intended to connect the origins of contemporary art, which go back to art experiments of the beginning of 20th century on the restructuring of the world, with its present where the cloud-castles of concepts are provided with flesh. The four pavilions introducing the main project, special projects, art residencies, and medicalization, give an idea of multiple formats and genres represented at the biennial: the creation of optical illusions, the look into virtual reality, conceptualization of creation and destruction, virtualization of theoretical knowledge. The stand announces the themes leading the 2nd Ural Industrial biennial; among the key issues are interactions between the representational and nonrepresentational, humanitarian and industrial, real and virtual, production and appropriation.
Within the forum Innoprom-2012 the biennial Intellectual Platform is running its own event – a roundtable Contemporary Art in Regional Economy: Asset, Industry, and Lifestyle featuring speakers from the UK, the USA, Russia, France and Austria.
Ivan Plusch, Irina Drozd
Escape from the figurative pressure of unfinished projects of Tatlin Tower and Russian Avant-Garde art is one of the main topics in art and architecture of 20th century. Hope Tower is a variation of contemporary interpretation and constructive overcoming of this subject, a realization of a desire to put an end to a process, which holds sway over people’s minds for almost a hundred years. Ural industrial biennial is also aimed at reinterpretation of local historical motifs and ideological paradigms dominating the region, and on research of alternative possibilities of interpretation of the Industrial, the Ural, the Soviet, etc.