Art Residence Matadero Madrid: Pavel Arsenev (St.Petersburg)


17.10 - 27.11.2016

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Program: [Art residence]

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)
NCCA, North-West branch
Centre for Contemporary Art Matadero Madrid


October 17 – November 27, 2016

Art Residence Matadero Madrid: Pavel Arsenev (St.Petersburg)

From the 17th of October till the 27th of November 2016 St.Petersburg artist Pavel Arsenev worked on his artistic project Poésie objectif in the Art residence Matadero Madrid, under the joint program of art-residences of National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and the Center for Contemporary Art Matadero Madrid.

The project Poésie objectif is displayed at Souvenirs from nowhere - the final exhibition of the Spanish-Russian program Art residences – Matadero from the 25th of November 2016 till the 8th of January 2017. The project is a cycle of five poetic objects made in mixed technique (video installation and found objects). Read a report at the artist’s website:

“Once the creative act became an autonomous value independent of created art piece, poetry is pursued by the temptation of materialization of immaterial. Of course the issue is not only in the ‘act’, but also in some collusion between the author and the material. As T. Morton suggests, «When poetry is being written, authors strike a bargain with paper, ink, textual processor, trees, editor and air».

This project aims to capture the creative act in its relation with different material actors and machinery of objects. Basically it is the question of how artistic subject could be plugged to the object/material in the new era. If previously poetry characterized by strong transcendental subject who was dictating and prescribing, maybe it’s time to let the material self-organize and imagine poetry existing in some objective form.”

(Pavel Arsenev)

Pavel Arsenev is an artist, poet and theorist. As an artist, he works with the graphic aspects / materialisation of (poetic) text and was a participant of several international venues including Manifesta10 (St.Petersburg), Büro für kulturelle Übersetzungen (Leipzig), Disobidient objects (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), III Moscow Biennale of Young Artists, Subvision kunst festival (Hamburg). His poems have been translated into English, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Bulgarian and Polish. His books of poems include: Things that won’t fit inside your head published by AnnaNova, 2005, and Colorless green ideas sleep furiously by Kraft, 2011. His articles have been published in the New Literary Observer, the Moscow Art Magazine, Political critique, and the newspaper of the Chto Delat collective. He is the editor-in-chief of the literary-critical magazine [Translit] and a recipient of the Andrei Bely Prize (2012). He was recently a Research Fellow at the Center of Research of Comparative Epistemology of Linguistics of Central and Eastern Europe (University of Lausanne, Switzerland). Artist’s website:

 Poster to Souvenirs from nowhere exhibition. The Center for Contemporary Art Matadero Madrid. Madrid, 2016




Pavel Arsenev. Poésie objectif cycle of objects. Souvenirs from nowhere exhibition.

The Center for Contemporary Art Matadero Madrid. Madrid, 2016. Photographs by Pavel Arsenev.

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