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September 4 - September 14, 2010

10 days, 10 artists, 10 performances

We are showcasing Russian and international performance artists in Moscow’s first International Performance Art Festival, part of the traveling exhibition 100 Years of Performance that is curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and a Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, and RoseLee Goldberg, Director and Curator of Performa in New York. The Performance Festival - will contextualise the exhibition’s archival and documentary materials by creating an exciting temporary space for live performance and offering Garage visitors the chance to watch, experience and interact with some of the most inspiring performance artists from around the world as they create never-seen-before works in Moscow.

The festival will showcase the extraordinary diversity of performance art, as over 10 artists will present work that spans an enormous variety of working practices which challenge the Garage audience to engage in different ways. The festival opens with Moscow based artist Liza Morozova performing An Attempt to Escape Glamour, in which visitors will be genuinely welcomed to Garage’s space by predictably beautiful Russian models with a warmhearted embrace.

New York based artists Kalup Linzy, Rashaad Newsome, Ryan McNamara and Aki Sasamoto will also perform during the festival. Linzy will take on his alter-ego Taiwan to play Sweet, Sampled and LeftOva with a live jazz band, while Newsome will combine music and live video-mixing in his Shade Compositions, in which female performers enact musical gestures as the artist conducts and mixes the sound with a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller. McNamara will perform Hallways where he draws on the history of contemporary performance artists such as Bruce Nauman, Marina Abramović, and Graciela Carnevale. And Aki Sasamoto’s Beauty Line will explore the flow of blood, sweat and alcohol through a performance of routines.

Acclaimed Russian artists Elena Kovylina, German Vinogradov, Andrei Kuzkin, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich, The MishMash Group and The Blue Noses will be inviting visitors to interact with their own performances. Elena Kovylina will stage a beautiful tea party Would you like a cup of coffee? in which the artist will invite visitors to join her, decorating tarts and pastries before setting the table cloth a blaze. The Blue Noses reassess the history of performance with 100 Years of Performance in 15 minutes. Andrei Kuzkin will take on the role of a computer character as he wears digital glasses that allow visitors to remote control operate his movements in his performance You are alive – I am alive. Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich will be moving around the space of the Garage, interacting with visitors and asking them questions whilst playing his simple game, Egobox. And the MishMash Group will assemble a sculpture collection by molding visitors signed prayers and wishes into a gigantic panel in their Volume of Desires and Various Types of Voids.

Garage has also invited all the performing artists within the festival to give talks about their work to spark discussion about performance art today. The series of talks will bring a new relevance and perspective to the rich heritage of this genre which is explored within 100 Years of Performance exhibition. The entire festival of both talks and performances are very much part of the exhibition. As 100 Years is not a static or closed archive; it evolves and expands in new directions each time it is presented in a different space and a new location. The curators have encouraged Garage visitors to contribute memories, thoughts and performance material of their own which will become part of this important overview as it travels all over the world. As a result, the new Moscow additions will include established Russian artists Oleg Kulik; The Radek Group; The Blue Noses and Elena Kovylina all of whom are displayed within the exhibition to mark the completion of Version #3, Moscow, June 20


19.00 – Performance: An attempt to Overcome Glamour by Elizaveta Morozova

Elizaveta Morozova emphasizes social experimentations. For this she uses her own body to research and communicate her messages. In the work An Attempt to Overcome Glamour Morozova will examine the public’s receptiveness to various levels of communication. For this particular performance, the artist steps away from her usual self and body and encourages models to warmheartedly greet and embrace the viewers.

19.00 – Lecture by Yulia Aksenova and Pakhom
20.00 – Performance: You are alive – I am alive, by Andrey Kuzkin

This moment of interaction with the viewers is also of high importance in the work of the young artist Andrey Kuzkin. His performance You are alive – I am alive focuses on the communication process between the audience and the artist. For this sole purpose, he interacts with people via a virtual helmet that he wears throughout the whole piece. This performance can be interpreted as a social critique – Kuzkin is there to please the audience, while the main accomplishment for the artist is to experience the personal interconnection with the viewer and with himself. The lack of such a connection would thus signify the inexistence of art for the artist.

19.00 – Lecture by Andrey Kuzkin
20.00 – Performance: Sweet, Sampled and LeftOva by Kalup Linzy

New York-based Kalup Linzy works with video and performance art to bring to life a cast of characters of his own invention. At Garage, he will take to the stage as “Taiwan” to perform with his live jazz band The Sweet, Sampled, and LeftOva. Making use of popular visual forms, such as music videos and concerts, Linzy simultaneously appropriates and elevates the visual style of our contemporary notion of performance, and the narratives and discourses it can generate.

19.00 – Lecture by Kalup Linzy
20.30 – Performance: Shade compositions by Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome takes advantage of the common practice of sampling, ubiquitous in the visual language of media, pop culture, and the internet, to create works of art that are highly complex and sophisticated. In Shade Compositions, which will be performed at Garage, Newsome uses a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ controller to sample and mix sounds and video footage of a group of female performers, all in real time.

19.00 – Lecture by Rashaad Newsome
20.30 – Performance: Would you like a cup of coffee? Or burn the world of bourgeois! by Elena Kovylina

Elena Kovylina and her performances are known for their irreconcilable radicalism. Her performance Would you like a cup of coffee? Or burn down the world of the bourgeois! brings together provocative political statements with radical artistic gesticulation. Kovylina invites viewers to join her at a refined tea party. After a few minutes of enjoying tea with the artist at her table, she unexpectedly sets the tablecloth on fire.

19.00 – Lecture by Alexandra Obukhova
20.30 – Performance: EGOBOX, by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich

The basis of Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich’s work lies within the moment of direct interaction with the viewer. The emphasis falls on the artist’s sincere and vulnerable state in which he appears before the audience as well as his narcissistic desire to bare his subjectivity in front of them. In his performance Egobox, the artist will be locked in a plywood cube, with only his head sticking out of the top. Throughout the performance he will be speaking to the viewers aand asking them to do something with the cube. Therefore, some actions may result in something unexpected and dangerous.

19.00 – Lecture by Alexandra Obukhova
20.30 – Performance: Beauty Line, by Aki Sasamoto.

Aki Sasamoto examines ritual and routine in Beauty Line, a performance that centers around the body, and specifically the inter-dependent movement and flow of blood, water, and alcohol.

19.00 – Lecture by Aki Sasamoto.
20.30 – Performance: Volume of Desires or Various Types of Voids, by MishMash.

The challenges faced by artists performing a work in collaboration with the audience are fulfilled by MishMash with their performance Volume of Desires or Various Types of Voids. Here the artists invite the viewers to create their own sculptures by casting their hands in a symbolic pose of praying, capturing the notion of emptiness inside. By the end of the performance, all casts will be assimilated into a large panel. As a result, all spectators will turn into artists, and their aspirations and most precious wishes will be materialized.

19.00 – Lecture by MishMash.
20.30 – Performance: World of Spirits, Lecture on spirituality in live pictures (Firegraph), by German Vinogradov.

German Vinogradov – one of the foremost acclaimed performers at the festival – gained recognition in the 1980s with his mystifying performances Bicaphonias, which encompass artistic actions together with playing a musical instrument. His project for the festival World of Spirits, Lecture on spirituality in live pictures (Firegraph) continues the concept of a synergy of different art types brought together. The performance will incorporate poetry reading, painting, music and remarkable stunts with fire.

19.00 – Lecture by Ryan McNamara.
20.30 – Performance: 100 years of performance in 15 minutes by Blue Noses group.

Among other classics of the genre is the Blue Noses Group. The members play with the notion of humor in their performances, while capturing themselves on film or through photography. Their project 100 years of performance in 15 minutes will be staged as a lecture that will ironically exemplify the history of performance art, while demonstrating the process through live acts and the help of assistants and audience members.

19.00 – Lecture by German Vinogradov.
20.30 – Performance: Hallways by Ryan McNamara.

Ryan McNamara uses video and performance to make work that centers around the body and the role it plays in establishing identity. His highly physical works are simultaneously playful and contemplative, informed by a comedic sensibility and driven by a highly thoughtful inquiry of the body's limitations and vulnerabilities. At the Garage, his Hallways draw upon examples of contemporary performance to inform the artist's physical investigations of the medium of performance.

Kalup Linzy

20.30, 6 September, Sweet, Sampled and LeftOva
19.00, 7 September, talk/screening

Kalup Linzy is a New York based artist who works in video and performance art. He received his MFA from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2003 having also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine in 20002. In his video art pieces, Linzy often performs in the guises of characters he has created whilst also performing these characters on stage as well. He has exhibited widely; most recently with solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum (2010); the Breeder, Athens (2009); Parisian Laundry, Montréal (2009). Linzy’s work is included in the public collections of the MOMA, Studio Museum, Harlem and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Rashaad Newsome 

20.30, 7 September, Shade Compositions
19.00, 8 September, talk

Rashaad Newsome's works dismantles power structures one shiny block at a time. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts compositions that frequently surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between identity politics and abstraction. Rashaad Newsome was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts in New York City. Newsome has exhibited nationally and internationally at such creditable institutions and Galleries as: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; PS1MoMA, New York, NY; Glassbox Gallery, Paris, France and ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy. Recent awards include: 2010 The Urban Artist Initiative individual Artist Grant, UAI, New York, NY; 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Visual Arts Grant, New York, NY and 2009 BAC Community Arts Regrant, New York, NY.

Tania Bruguera 

20.30, 9 September, Trust Workshop

Tania Bruguera is one of the leading political and performance artist of her generation. Bruguera trained at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently working and living between the two cities. Bruguera uses the terms ARTE DE CONDUCTA (conduct/ behavior art) and ARTE UTIL (useful art) to define her practice. As the founder and director of Arte de Conducta, Bruguera created the first performance studies program in Latin America, hosted by the Instituto Superior de Arte and made its debut during the latter part of 2002. Having exhibited widely in international institutions and museums, Bruguera has also exhibited in several biennales such as Venice, Johannesburg, Sao Paolo, Shangai, Havana and Site Santa Fe. In 1998 she was selected as a Guggenheim fellow as well as receiving the Prince Claus Award in 2000.

Aki Sasamoto

20.30, 10 September, Beauty Line
19.00, 11 September, talk

Aki Sasamoto is a New York-based, Japanese artist who works in performance, sculpture and dance. Sasamoto studied at Columbia University, School of Arts, receiving her MFA in 2007. Sasamoto has exhibited and performed internationally, most recently at the Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2008); Perfoma in collaboration with Momus, New York (2009); Whitney Biennale, New York (2010). She is also co-director of Culture Push Inc.

Ryan McNamara 

20.30, 14 September, Hallways
19.00, 13 September, talk

Ryan McNamara is a video and performance artist who lives and works in New York. Recent performances and exhibitions in 2010 include The Kitchen, New York; Liste Art Fair, Basel; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon; and Elizabeth Dee, New York. McNamara’s work is represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

Liza Morozova 

19.00, 4 September, An Attempt to Escape Glamour

Liza Morozova is a performance artist based in Moscow. She studied at the International School of the Theatre of Synthesis and Animation INTERSTUDIO, workshop of Paratheatrical Forms, a branch of the Saint-Peterburgian State Academy of Theatrical Arts between 1994-2000 and was a student of the course “New Art Strategies” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation, Moscow. She had taken part in more than 130 exhibitions in 17 countries and is the creator of 50 performances. Her most recent performances include the South Russian Biennale of Contemporary Art, Rostov on Don (2010); Yakut Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Art Museum, Yakutsk (2010); IX Biennale of contemporary art “Dialogues,” Small Manege, St Petersburg (2009). She has also participated in the Moscow Biennale in 2009, 2007 and 2005 as well as exhibiting at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 with ESCAPE program.

Andrey Kuzkin 

20.30, 5 September, You are alive – I am alive
19.00, 6 September, talk/screening

Andrey Kuzkin is a multidisciplinary artist working on objects, installation and performances and lives and works in Moscow. In 1996, Kuzkin entered the Graphic department at the Moscow Poligraphic Institute, graduating in 2001 with an MFA. In 2006, Kuzkin became a member of the Moscow Union of Artists within the Industrial Graphics section. Having exhibited widely, Kuzkin’s most recent projects include Galata Perform, Istanbul (2009); Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale (2009); Shiryaebo Biennale (2009); Open Gallery, Moscow (2009).

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich 

20.30, 9 September, Egobox
20.30, 10 September, talk

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich is a performance artist, writer, curator, actor, theater director and filmmaker who lives between Moscow, London and Sao Paulo. After graduating in 1995 from the Aarhus High School of Journalism, Pavlov-Andreevich attended the Moscow State University where he graduated in 2000 with a Master of Arts. He has most recently exhibited at Deitch Projects, New York (2009); Paradise Row Gallery, London (2009); Galerie Stanislas Bourgain, Paris (2008); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2008); Diehl Gallery One, Moscow (2008).

The Blue Noses Group

20.30, 13 September, 100 Years of Performance in 15 minutes

The Blue Noses Group was founded in 1999 and consists of the Viacheslav Mizin (born 1962) and Alexander Shaburov (born 1965). Mizin graduated from Novosibirsk Architectural Institute in 1984 and now lives and works in Novosibirsk and Ekaterinburg. Shaburov attended the Sverdlovsk College of Arts and graduated in 1985 but now lives and works between Ekaterinburg and Moscow. Shaburov has also been a member of the Artist’s Union of the Russian Federation since 1993 and in 1998 received a grant from the Soros Foundation for denture treatment as an artistic action. The Group has exhibited widely in Moscow and internationally both in solo and group exhibitions, recently at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2008); Diehl Projects, Berlin (2007); Galeria Brito Cimino, San Paulo (2006); M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow (2007/2006). The Group also exhibited at both the 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennials as well as the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.

MishMash Group

19.00-22.30, 11 September, Volume of Desires and Various Types of Voids
19.00, 12 September, talk/screening

The MishMash group comprises of Misha Leykin (born 1968) and Masha Sumnina (born 1977). Leykin graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1994 and Sumnina attended the Moscow Academy of Printing and graduated in 2001. Both now live and work in Moscow. The Group has exhibited both in Russia and internationally, most recently at ArtPlay, Moscow (2010); NCCA, Moscow and Lyon (2010); Open Gallery, Moscow (2010).

German Vinogradov

20.30, 12 September, Firegraph
19.00, 14 September, talk

Vinogradov is a mysterial artist and musician, working as a painter, graphic artist, photographer, creator of objects, sound sculptor, video artist and poet. Having graduated from Architecture Department of the Moscow Land-Surveying College in 1983, Vinogradov turned to painting and drawing, becoming a member of the Kindergarten group between 1984-1986 and the Hermitage Amateur Society for Art in 1987. During the late 1980s and 1990s, Vinogradov set up many artistic groups including “Wine and Bread” (1989), “KWAKUUM” (1994) and “Wine and Soot” (1995). Since 2000, Vinogradov has founded the All-Russian movement “PEN”, become a member of the poetic group “DOOS” (2004), founded the award in the name of A.S. Kruchyonyh “Crystal” for achievements in the field of culture and as well as forming the group “Vinogradov and Alexey” with the guitarist A. Bortnichuk. Recent exhibitions have included the Museum of Political Repressions, “Perm-36”, Perm region (2007, 2006) and Elena Vrublevskaya gallery, Moscow (2006). Vinogradov is also represented in many collections including State Tretiakov gallery, Moscow, Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, State Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow and State Museum of Toys, St Petersburg.

Elena Kovilina

20.30, 8 September, Would you like a cup of coffee? Or Burn Down the World of Bourgeois!

Elena Kovilina is a Moscow native artist working in performance, film and installation art. She studied at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow between 1988-1999 and UdK Berlin between 2001-2003. Kovilina has exhibited widely both in Moscow and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Dispari&Dispari project, Reggio Emilia (2009); Ludwig Museum for Contemporary Art, Budapest (2009); Transmediale Festival, Berlin (2009). Kovilina also took part in the 3rd Moscow Biennale in 2009 in a group exhibition ‘Ultra-New Materiality’ at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

Curator Biographies

Klaus Biesenbach is Director of MoMA PS1 and a Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art. Biesenbach was appointed Curator in MoMA's Department of Film and Media in 2004 and became Chief Curatorial Advisor at MoMA PS1. He was named Chief Curator of MoMA's newly formed Department of Media in 2006, which was broadened to the Department of Media and Performance Art in 2009. As Chief Curator of the department, Biesenbach led a range of pioneering initiatives, including the launch of a new performance art exhibition series; an ongoing series of workshops for artists and curators, important acquisitions of media and performance art; and the museum's presentation in 2010 of a major retrospective of the work of the performance artist Marina Abramović. Among the recent exhibitions Biesenbach has organized internationally are Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh (2009); Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) (2008); Take your time: Olafur Eliasson (2008, with Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography), Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers (2007, co-commissioned with Creative Time), Regarding Terror: The Red Army Faction Exhibition (Berlin and Graz, 2005); The Shanghai Biennale (2002); Venice Biennale (1995); Hybrid Workspace at Documenta X (Kassel, 1997); and 37 Rooms (Berlin, 1992).
Biesenbach founded Kunst-Werke (KW) Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin in 1991, as well as the Berlin Biennale in 1996, and remains Founding Director of both entities.

RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic, and curator who pioneered the study of performance art with her seminal book, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art (London University), she was previously director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and curator at The Kitchen in New York. In 1990 she organized Six Evenings of Performance as part of the acclaimed exhibition High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Also the author of the books Performance: Live Art Since 1960 and Laurie Anderson, she is a frequent contributor to Artforum and other magazines.
In 2001 Goldberg originated and produced Logic of the Birds, a full length multimedia production by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat in collaboration with singer Sussan Deyhim. Ms. Goldberg has lectured extensively at The Architectural Association in London, the California Institute of the Arts, Yale, Columbia, Princeton and the Tate Modern, and has taught at New York University since 1987. She was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication.
In 2004, Ms. Goldberg founded Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005 to great success, followed by the equally acclaimed Performa 07 in 2007 and Performa 09 in 2009.
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Yulia Aksenova is the co-curator of the selection of Russian performance artists. Yulia Aksenova read History of Art and Curating Contemporary Art at the Russian State University of the Humanities (1998-2002) and attended the Programme of New Art Strategy for Artists and Art Critics at the Soros Center of Contemporary Art (2000-2002). Later she also attended the International Curatorial Training Program de Apple in Amsterdam. She has held curatorial positions at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Center of Art and the Garage. Yulia has curated and co-curated over 12 exhibitions over the last 5 years, they have included Russian Pop-art (2005) and Sots-Art. Political art in Russia at the Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery (2007); numerous exhibitions at the Moscow Center of Art; Red October Gallery; Masters Hamfrey`s Clock, De Appel, Amsterdam (2008). She has also written for influential exhibition publications.

100 Years of Performance is made possible by the Annual Exhibition Fund of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center with generous support from Julia Stoschek is being presented with P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of New York’s MoMA-Museum of Modern Art, and Performa (New York). Version #1 opened in Düsseldorf, Version #2 opened in New York in 2009.

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