Events

  • 26.10.2018 - 11:00, 
    Выставка
    ArtCube Artists' Studios, HaOman St., 4th floor, Talpiot 26, Jerusalem

    FreiAir. We give without receiving. Project by Aleksandra Wilczynska

    Aimed at challenging the dominant economic model,  FreiAir Airline project is an art initiative that takes form of a fictional airline company. It is an experimental collective practice of questioning the current economic system and power relations of a neoliberal society and suggesting a new alternative form of reciprocity and capital exchange. The FreiAir Airline project is a performative effort where viewers are invited to co-create a new enterprise of “frierness” and contribute to developing the new company's policy, which main slogan is "We give without receiving", thus subverting the idea of economic reciprocity and financial profit.  

  • 08.09.2018 - 19:00, 
    Выставка
    Museum of Impossible Forms Keinulaudankuja 4 E, Helsinki

    Habitat Vol 1. Project by Ksenia Yurkova

    Keniya Yurkova  decided to enter communication with the community in a peculiar way. Making small installations using leftover of previous tenants, or reshaping common areas, even pranking a management company, she provoked discussions among the community members struggling with an unexpected and uninvited intrusion. Through interventions into spaces, through small transgressions questioning the guest status, then she pursued questions about vulnerable boundaries between notions of public and private, and conditions where hospitality turns into hostility.

  • 07.09.2018 - 19:00, 
    Выставка
    Konepajan Bruno, Aleksis Kivenkatu 19a, Helsinki

    Penal Labor. Exhibition and performance by SashaPasha

    Consisting of a performance, home videos, archival documents and found objects, the project revolves around the 'penal' ('pencil case' in Russian) of Pasha’s grandfather that became a symbolic object for the family reminding about the deportation of Ingrian Finnish population both by the Soviet authorities and the Nazis and hard labour of GULAG prisoners in the camps during and long after the war, which mainly dealt with tree cutting and woodworking.

  • 06.09.2018 - 18:00, 
    Лекция
    Finnish-Russian school, Kaarelankuja 2, Helsinki

    Finnish-Russian School: Immigration as Actualization

    The lecture will address the significance of the 1990s wave of immigration from Russia to Finland and the relations between the two countries through the prism of school education. Performed in the format of a school field trip, the lecture links theoretical interest to personal experience. Back in 1964, the school was built on the outskirts of Helsinki, and up until 1990s it served as a singular educational experiment in Soviet-Finnish relationships. 

  • 05.09.2018 - 17:00, 
    Выставка
    Kallio Library, Viides linja 11, Helsinki

    The launch of the 'Monument to a Scientific Error'. Ilya Orlov

    The new piece by Ilya Orlov presented in the Kallio library refers to literary theorist and critic Victor Shklovsky and his short period of exile in Finland. The sculpture is based on the early 1920s avant-garde visual motives and is dedicated to “Monument to a Scientific Error” (1930), the article that can be seen not as an opportunist text but rather a statement about the end of the formalist theory that didn’t fit into the new political reality. 

  • 28.08.2018 - 17:00, 
    Лекция
    Athena, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, auditorium 107, Helsinki

    Anatomy of Karelian Enthusiasm. Lecture event by Minna Henriksson

    In her lecture event Minna Henriksson will talk about similarities in discourses of ‘race’ in different periods of time in Finland toward Ingrians and other ethnically Finnish-related peoples in the Russian territory. The lecture will take place in the former Anatomy theater that is now part of the University of Helsinki.

  • 27.08.2018 - 18:00, 
    Выставка
    Culture for All (Kulttuuria kaikille -palvelu / Kultur för alla) The Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1, staircase D, 5th floor, Helsinki

    New Icons. Exhibition by Kalle Hamm

    In the focus of the newly commissioned series of prints by Kalle Hamm is the complex relations between homosexuality, gender identity and the institute of church as well as their representation in religion.

  • 30.06.2018 - 18:00, 
    Показ
    Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf Birkenstr. 47, Düsseldorf

    Performing Words, Uttering Performance. Screening Chapter #2 of D'Est platform

    TOK Сurators and Inge Lāce will present the chapter Performing Words, Uttering Performance as a part of the 'D'Est: A Multi-Curatorial Online Platform for Video Art from the Former ‘East’ and ‘West’.  The chapter focuses on works that reflect upon shifts in language and meaning and employ diverse silent, verbal, performative, activist, and other strategies to discuss collective and personal memory, identity, power relations, gender roles, and socio-political change. 

     
  • 15.06.2018 - 18:00, 
    Перформанс
    Bar Loose, Annankatu 21, Helsinki

    Russian-Finnish Speech Karaoke. From personal to political

    The Speech Karaoke – as the name suggests – works in a similar way to a traditional karaoke. Instead of choosing between songs from a booklet, the user chooses between speeches. Within a relaxed atmosphere one can listen to speeches delivered by other karaoke bar guests – or try out how it feels to interpret someone's speech. Russian-Finnish Speech Karaoke will be based on texts in Russian, Finnish and English that touch upon political and human relations between Russia and Finland.

  • 13.06.2018 - 18:00, 
    Лекция
    Monika-Naiset, liitto ry Hermannin Rantatie 12 A, 00580, Helsinki

    To be a feminist. Feminist art agenda in Finland and Russia

    Art history is filled with names of male artists objectifying women but by by the end of the 1960s female artists determined to break free from the art world's oppressive structures. In her lecture Dr Katarina Lopatkina will discuss  what strategies women in Russia and Finland used to reclaim their own voices in the society and arts. The lecture will take place in Monica Multicultural Women’s Association that assists immigrant  women in Finland. 

  • 09.06.2018 - 18:30, 
    Перформанс
    Helsinki city center / private apartment

    Yöväenteatteri / Nightshift theatre

    Yöväenteatteri / Nightshift theatre is a series of miniature performances by Livsmedlet theater that directs our perspective towards unnoticed destinies and stories inside urban landscapes. The performances are based on interviews of recent Russian emigrants who moved to Finland. Interactive format of the performance that can be viewed by no more than 10 people at a time makes it very intimate and relatable to all audiences, whether they've experienced migration or not. The performance will be held in the Helsinki city center and a priavte apartment. 

  • 06.06.2018 - 17:00, 
    Дискуссия
    Publics, Sturenkatu 37-41 4b, 00550, Helsinki

    Russian Bar: Why Relocate? Moral Choice or Political Action. Conversation between Ilya Budraitskis and Sezgin Boynik

    On June 6 at Publics TOK will launch its new project ‘The Russian Bar: Why Relocate? New approach to neighborness and interchange’. The first part of the project will open with a conversation between artist, historian and writer Ilya Budraitskis and artist and researcher Sezgin Boynik, who will discuss the legacy of the Cold War and its effect on the cultural policy in the global and local sociopolitical and cultural contexts.

  • 08.12.2017 - 12:00, 
    Конференция
    Rosa House of Culture, Bolshaya Raznochinnaya, 24, St Petersburg

    Fast Forward to the Future

    The international conference ‘Fast Forward to the Future’ organized by TOK, a concluding event of the 4th season of the project ‘Critical Mass’, will analyze how various artistic and social practices might be involved in creating new ways of interacting and exchange with young people. Artists, curators, designers, architects, historians, policymakers and educators from Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands  will present the results of their theoretical and practical research and experiences gained during work with the youths. The presentations will touch upon the history and current context of youth movements in Russia and Europe, principles of shaping youth policies in the situations of sociopolitical, economic and cultural challenges and the role of art in building up perspectives for young people.

  • 05.12.2017 - 18:00, 
    Лекция
    Mayak School Creative Industries, Admiralteyskiy canal emb, 2L, St Petersburg

    Politics of Design. Public talk with Ruben Pater

    Under the name Untold Stories Ruben Pater creates visual narratives about geopolitical issues. Projects are initiated in which research is followed by visual ways of storytelling for a wide audience, creating new relations between journalism and design. During his talk at the 'Mayak' school Ruben will speak about his past and ongoing project, his vision of design as profession and mission and his recently published book 'Politics of Design'. 

  • 01.10.2017 - 20:00, 
    Выставка
    Chopin str, 12, Jerusalem, Israel

    Dreamland Never Found

    Bringing together artists born in Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Russia, and Tajikistan, who experienced migration in the early age, Dreamland Never Found raises issues related to rethinking and redefinition of the concepts of memory, identity, torn connections and belonging to one’s roots in today’s world when we witness large-scale processes of migration and reshaping of borders and nations. It also addresses exile from the perspective of longing for childhood memories that intersect with bits of collective history and search of the past that is nowhere to be found. Turning to the antecedent and questioning what the future holds participating artists reexamine Soviet history through personal lenses and reflect upon the drastic changes in the 1990s that they juxtapose with the current processes at the post-Soviet territory.

  • 19.08.2017 - 17:00, 
    Перформанс
    HIAP Augusta Gallery, Suomenlinna B 28/2, Helsinki

    I've Got The Power!

    Performative talk show “I’ve Got the Power!” deals with media reality, propaganda and post-truth with the participation of experts on media studies, journalists and exhibition artists. Speakers include Maxim Alyukov, Saara Ratilainen, Kalle Hamm, Alevtina Kakhidze, Anna Bitkina, and Maria Veits. The show anchorman is Denis Maksimov (Avenir Institute). Organized as part of the exhibition STATES OF CONTROL

  • 17.08.2017 - 18:00, 
    Выставка
    HIAP Augusta gallery, Suomenlinna B 28/2, Helsinki

    States of Control

    ‘States of Control’ aims at constructing a continuous dialogue between artists and the public of different ages and generations in order to stimulate critical thinking around the topics of information manipulation, the history of propaganda, post-truth and constructing news during times of political unrest. The exhibition proposes and tests different methods of historical analysis, journalistic investigation, and creation of additional media discourses by artists from multiple countries and backgrounds. The exhibition is the largest event of the project 'States of Control' curated by TOK in Helsinki.

  • 08.08.2017 - 19:00, 
    Перформанс
    HIAP Augusta Gallery, Suomenlinna B28/2 (Susisaari), 00190 Хельсинки

    Like It! Fake it!

    A new play by Mikhail Kaluzhskiy 'Like It, Fake It!' deals with arts and media in the post-truth era: what happens when an artist enters hostile cultural and political context? 'An artist’s life and work are scrutinized, rumours spread freely, half-truth evolves into a big lie, social media influence general-interest media, media influence public opinion and cultural institutions. Foes are anonymous and elusive. Friends want you to not give up. What can be done?” The play continues the project 'States of Control' curated by TOK in Helsinki. 
     
     
  • 05.08.2017 - 17:00, 
    Выставка
    Alkovi Helsinginkatu 19, 00500, Helsinki

    Cooking The New Planet

    The red velvet curtain installed by Lado Darakhvelidze in the store-front window of Alkovi, juxtaposes historical political figures and iconic images and characters of today’s visual culture and media. Being extremely ideologically and politically charged, the images are combined with allegories of the mass and social media, the main tools of ‘cooking’ our worldview and opinions today. The work opens the project 'States of Control' on media realities, propaganda and post-truth curated by TOK in Helisnki. 

  • 17.06.2017 - 15:00, 
    Перформанс
    Public library in Grünerløkka, Schous plass 10 and RAM Gallery Thorvald Meyersgate 51, Oslo, Norway

    Debates On Division: When Private Becomes Public. Part 4

    ‘Debates on Division: When Private Becomes Public’ consists of a performance in Deichmanske Bibliotek in Grünerløkka, a public procession in the Grünerløkka area and an exhibition in the RAM Gallery. Constructed as a TV talk show the performance (r)evolve around personal stories of young people, aged 15-20, who live, study and work in Oslo. Young individuals of different ethnic and subcultural backgrounds bring to light important issues relating to their social and political positions, attitudes towards governmental structures, youth policy in Norway and visions of the future. 

  • 04.06.2017 - 17:00, 
    Выставка
    Student Palace, Shevchenka Square, 1, Dnipro

    /De/Constructing Borders

    ‘(De)constructing Borders’ is the first exhibition of contemporary video art from Israel in Dnipro. It brings together videos and video installations by prominent and emerging Israeli artists, who in their works address various boundaries that we face in our everyday life - territorial, political, religious, ethnical, mental, public and personal. The concept of borders as well as processes of enforcing, moving and destroying them have always been crucial for all societies and considering the recent global sociopolitical transformations this issue becomes urgent again on international level. For many Israeli artists, reflection on questions of dis/integration, collective identity and memory, contested history and ideological changes have been central in their work and thus the exhibition focuses on processes and phenomena relevant not only to Israeli society but other countries as well.

  • 02.06.2017 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb., 20

    Artist talk: Sam Boche

    During his talk in Taiga, Samuel will show a few of his video projects, most of them are linked to street photography and multiple ways of using the city. He's also going to present some of his projects as a designer and carpenter that he has done individually or with other European design and architect collectives. He will address topics that he finds relevant for his practice and will speak about artistic nomadism, public spaces, building relations with inhabitants and communities, carpentry work, recycling, travelling, working together, and street photography. Sam is a residenct of the 4th season of the project 'Critical Mass'. 

  • 17.02.2017 - 19:00, 
    Показ
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

    Stefan Constantinescu. Artist talk

    TOK Сurators are pleased to invite you to an artist talk with Ştefan Constantinescu, new resident of the 4th season of Critical Mass. Ştefan is a visual artist and film director living and working in Stockholm. He works with various mediums including film, artist books and paintings approaching the political through introspection to challenge notions of identity, while working in and with issues of post-communist Romania. His work is often strongly autobiographical. Within the work, monuments are challenged as permanent inscriptions of memory, fictional films resemble unofficial documentaries, and artist books challenge history and education. The artist talk of Ştefan will revolve around his residency research, complete and ongoing projects and films.

     
  • 16.02.2017 - 17:00, 
    Конференция
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

    Dream Cartographers. Performative conference

    In order to achieve something one has to turn a dream into a goal and make a detailed plan of its realization - this principle has been the motto for the residency of artist Alevtina Kakhidze in St Petersburg. The participant of the 4th season of TOK’s project ‘Critical Mass’ has been working with young people from the youth club ‘Energiya’ for three weeks. Over this time they have been discussing each other’s hopes and plans and Alevtina has been helping the young people to create individual routes of achieving their dreams. All the individual routes are to be presented at the event concluding Alevtina Kakhidze’s residency, which will be held in the format of a performative conference ‘Dream Cartographers’. All dream achievement strategies will be revealed!

     

     

     

  • 24.01.2017 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

    Artist talk: Alevtina Kakhidze

     Alevtina Kakhidze will hold an artist talk and speak about her recents works created for a number of large-scale international projects and biennials such as Manifesta 10, 6th Moscow biennial of contemporary art, performative program ‘Cabaret Kultura’ organized by the ‘V-A-C Live’ at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and some others. This presentation will lead to a discussion of Alevtina’s latest practice  -  teaching drawing to children and creating gardens with kids and grown-ups. Art works of Kakhidze are based on personal experiences and imagination, talking about consumer culture, gender, love, culture of protest, experience of war, plants and animals.

  • 23.11.2016 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

    Urban animation: giving life to memories of the city

    Every place carries stories for those who inhabit it. These stories consist for example of historical information and of personal memories that becomes associated to a location for different reasons. In Sandrina Lindgren’s and Ishmael Falke’s theatrical works as the “Livsmedlet theatre” the stories of the cities and its people are mixed and altered with the help of visual theatre. In this talk Ishmael Falke and Sandrina Lindgren will present their work on public spaces as well as their approach to community art. Through examples of previous works and through a short presentation of their current work with the Petrogradsky youth club performance group Rain People, Livsmedlet will discuss the term “urban animation” as well as their approach to political theatre.

  • 05.11.2016 - 19:00, 
    Семинар
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

    Role of art institutions on the city periphery: case of Stockholm

    At the public seminar four curators will present projects of the prominent Stockholm-based art centers and will outline their main principles and practices revolving around work with local communities, neglected territories and representatives of different social groups. Curators will speak about the role of their art institutions at the outskirts of Stockholm and their participation and engagement in to the life of the peripheral areas where they are located. The main focus of the seminar will be collaboration of artists and curators with young people and the ways of their involvement into art and socially-oriented projects. 

  • 03.11.2016 - 18:00, 
    Выставка
    Youth club Raduga, Monchegorskaya street, 10B

    Very Special Person

    The exhibition 'Very Special Person' is a result of collective work by the Finnish artist Anne Siirtola and a group of teenagers from the youth club 'Meteor' in St Petersburg. During a month they worked together on creating a series of costumes and masks. Every newly created object appears to be a portrait of its author, an attempt to understand their feelings and emotions, listen to oneself and tell one’s story through clothing. During the workshop sessions Anne and the kids would discuss a variety of issues - from social expectations imposed on them by society to the contradictions between our inner self and its projections into the public space and the exhibition appears to be a  reflection of these discussions. 

  • 02.11.2016 - 18:00, 
    Лекция
    The Institute of Finland in St Petersburg, Bolshaya Konyushennaya, 8

    Participatory practice: art that creates shared experiences

    In her talk Finnish artist Anne Sirtola will speak about her finished and current projects including the project ‘Living Villages’ that took place in Karelia and brought together linguists, artists and local Russian and Karelian speaking communities. She will also present her work in progress ‘Family Stories’ based on the interviews with senior citizens in New York and will talk about the video project she will be working on together with young people of the youth club ‘Raduga’ in St Petersburg during her residency.  Anne combines installation, moving image and sound in her work in order to explore interaction and encounters between people.

  • 01.11.2016 - 12:00, 
    Перформанс
    Youth Center ‘Sreda’, Bolshaya Pushkarskaya, 32

    Game of Futures 2

    During  their residency  in the framework of the project "Critical mass " Avenir Institute  together with young leaders from the youth centre "Sreda" created a board game about the future. They discussed possible scenariso of the future and talked about the unpredictable events, which may become as enormous opportunities for development, and the point of the recession and the loss of capacity for moving forward. Critical analysis in relation to the future and its joint planning conducted by Avenir Institute and their project participants will be presented in a format of a board game for children and adults. Come and play!

  • 04.10.2016 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

    Subjective Future Scenarios: Youth, Public Space and Mindsets

    Denis Maksimov and Timo Tuominen will spend four weeks in residency in St Petersburg and create a new collaborative performative project with young members of one of the city's yoth clubs. In their public talk they will speak about their reseacrh and methodologies influenced by critical theory and post-structural philosophy and continuous projects in collaboration with external partners from various backgrounds of expertise. The processes and results of the investigations are presented in variety of mediums - performance lecture, installation, text, publication, digital art, visual art, design, etc. Potential of the future is one of the main interests of Avenir Institute. 

     

  • 25.02.2016 - 19:00, 
    Дискуссия
    Flux Gallery, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York

    REPRESENTING THE OTHER IN MEDIA AND ART: ETHICS AND POLITICS

    The third and final public discussion of TOK at Flux Factory will focus on ethics of representation in the spheres of art and media and nuances of the professions of a journalist and a curator when it comes to describing 'the Other' to various audiences. Invited participants will speak about the process of building/broadcasting political contexts and creating certain narratives in the media during political conflicts and changing relations between countries.  We will also discuss the representation of 'the other' in art using as an example the exhibition curated by Olga Kopenkina 'Russia: Significant Other'  in 2006 and will analyse the change  of representing 'the enemy' in contemporary art and in visual mass culture over the last few years.

  • 22.02.2016 - 18:30, 
    Лекция
    Bard College, Weis Cinema, 30 Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

    Reacting to Changing Political Context: Art in Public Spaces in Russia

    During their residency in New York, TOK will conduct a public discussion at Bard College. The curatorial duo will speak about new artistic, activist and social initiatives which have emerged Russia over the last few years as a reaction to the political, social and cultural changes in the country. The discussion will specifically focus on artitstic and curatorial practices taking places in the public sphere and in dialogue with various urban communities. 

  • 17.02.2016 - 19:00, 
    Выставка
    Flux Gallery, 39-31 29th Street Long Island City, New York

    Propaganda News Machine: Constructing Multiple Realities in the Media

    TOK’s first show in New York ‘Propaganda News Machine’ explores the notion of propaganda, processes of constructiing news and designing multiple realities in the media today. The exibition attempts to present, analyze and unveil some of the strategies that governments use in order to create specific images of political and social events and thus influence audience’s opinions and shapу their vision of the global political arena.

  • 13.01.2016 - 00:00, 
    Дискуссия
    Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York

    Political Conflicts: Media Strategies and Construction of Multiple Realities. America vs Russia. Kitchen Talk 2

    The conversation will revolve around the processes of news construction and design in the media today. Also, how audiences' opinions are being formed and shaped by ideologically charged media information and what strategies governments use in order to create a certain image/view of a political or social event for viewers. Are there alternative sources of information? What are ways to stimulate a critical approach amongst viewers to mainstream media sources when we are presented with very convincing (but misleading) information? The talk will gather journalists, filmmakers and scriptwriters interested in the Cold War era, covering the political processes of today.

  • 09.12.2015 - 00:00, 
    Дискуссия
    Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York

    Conversation on Russian-American media and ideology. TOK Kitchen talk 1

    The conversation will focus on the role of the media in forming and broadcasting ideologically charged discourses in the global political and informational context. During TOK’s research at Flux, they will take a close look at the strategies of constructing information that were designed in the era of mass television development and reflection of the Cold War in the media and will see whether some of them are still used today.

  • 09.10.2015 - 13:00, 
    Конференция
    European University at St Petersburg, Gagarinskaya str, 3

    Creative practice as a social agent: recent artistic, curatorial and design projects that foster social change

    International conference, initiated by TOK as a final event of the third season of their ongoing public art project ‘Critical Mass’, will be dedicated to the recent socially engaged creative practices that  foster various social changes in different European and Russian urban environments. The conference will bring together leading international artists, curators, designers, heads of art institutions and researches that have rich experience in socially engaged art practices. At the conference they will share successful and sustainable cases of their practices, exchange knowledge, experiences, working methods as well as touch upon such issues as possibilities, function and territory of art within society.

  • 11.09.2015 - 18:00, 
    Открытие выставки
    Lopukhinskiy garden

    Opening of 'Critical Mass - 2015'

    A new spot has appeared in the cultural map of St. Petersburg. 'Critical mass - 2015' has landed in the Lopukshinskiy garden and will be staying for more than a month! Interactive banner with local residents' stories has appeared on the garden's fence, memorial signs are everywhere to be seen and we have also built some furniture for the community picnic! Time to celebrate - we look forward to seeing you at the opening! 

  • 11.09.2015 - 18:00, 
    Выставка
    St Peterburg, Lopukhinsky garden

    Return of "Gromovia Pulchella"

    The aim of  five little interventions by Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kakamnger is to return Gromovia pulchella back to the Gromovsky Garden and make its travelling story continue via the Internet and postal mail. We do not want to set up colossal monuments, but rather create little situations, with interacts and activate local park users and show history of the Dacha Gromova through the plants point of view. Artists wish that Gromovia pulchella will be blooming in flower pots again in the garden one day in the future.

  • 09.09.2015 - 16:00, 
    Мастер-класс
    St. Petersburg, Lopukhinsky garden

    Emma. Design and construction workshop by raumlabor

    Designers  raumblabor are famous for their projects in the urban context that connect different people through collective creative work in the public spaces. Thus they construct not only objects that can be used by communities but design new social interactions open for people of different ages and backgrounds. Join their workshop and create some park furniture at the Lopukhinskiy garden! .

  • 04.09.2015 - 16:00, 
    St. Petersburg, Lopukhinsky garden

    Add your story! Creating an interactive historical banner

    The St Petersburg-based artist Anna Tereshkina will invite local residents to put their own memorable dates on the huge interactive banner at the fance of the Lopukhinskiy garden and share their personal stories with the community. Everyone can also express their hope and wishes regarding the Gromov's dacha future.  
     
  • 09.04.2015 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Small Projects, 23 Grønnegata, Tromsø

    Russian bar: work in progress

    In their lecture at Small projects TOK curators Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits will speak about various activist and social practices in contemporary Russian art and will present to the residents of Tromsø the idea of their new project Russian bar that the collective wants to realize in town in 2016. The main idea of the Russian bar is to create a discursive platform for discussions, collective thinking, cultural collaborations and informal gatherings. This project is important for a support of the existing cross-cultural ties between Russia and Norway, which have traditionally been strong and should be maintained this way. It is crucial especially now in a situation when Russia tend to be in cultural isolation due to the recent political events. One of the important aspects of the projects is engagement of the Russian-speaking community of Tromsø into shaping the activities and format of the 'Russian bar.

  • 19.12.2014 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Pro Arte Foundation, Peter and Paul Fortress, Neva Curtian

    Artist talk: Meir Tati

    In his presentation at the Pro Arte Foundation Tel Aviv based artist Meir Tati will talk about his activities as an artist and the Director of Community and Education Department at MoBY - Museum of Bat - Yam, in the political climate in Israel. He will also speak about his new project Sharashka, which is to a large extent based on his research of the Stalinist repressions in the USSR and current political agenda in Russia and Israel. 

  • 12.12.2014 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Arsenal, Nizhniy Novgorod, the Kremlin, 6

    Artist talk: Ruti Sela

    The project 'Mobile Archive' hosts its last event in Russia before leaving the country and moving further - an artist talk with Ruti Sela will take place in Niznniy Novgorod on December 12th before the project closes on December 14th. In Arsenal, Ruti Sela, who received numerous art prizes and widely exhibited internationally, will speak about her artistic practice. 

  • 06.11.2014 - 19:00, 
    Выставка
    Arsenal, Nizhniy Novgorod, the Kremlin, 6

    "Mobile Archive" in Nizhniy Novgorod

    The traveling collection of Israeli video art "Mobile Archive" finishes its trip across Russia and makes the last stop in Nizhniy Novgorod, where at the center of contemporary art Arsenal the local audience can see up to 1500 video works by Israeli and international artists including Yael Bartana, Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Guy Ben Ner,  Avi Mograbi, Nira Pererg, Public Movement and many others. The project will be accompanied by public talks and screenings. 

  • 22.10.2014 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Ural branch of NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Dobrolyubova str, 19a

    Artist talk: Omer Krieger

    In the framework of 'Mobile Archive' project artist and curator Omer Krieger  will speak about his projects related to the public sphere. He wil touch upon actions and perfromances of Public Movement group, festival of new public art 'Under the Mountain' and his collaborations with other artists and various communities.  

  • 18.10.2014 - 16:00, 
    Семинар
    Sakharov Centre, museum exhibition hall, Moscow, Zemlyanoy val 57, bldg. 6

    Art That Heals (Historical) Wounds

    At the conference “Dealing with the past” that will take place at The Sakharov Center in Moscow on October 18-19, 2014 the curator Anna Bitkina will talk about art practice that becomes a means of collective therapy and a re-experience of the traumatic historical events for a community. As an example she will speak about a famous re-enactment by the British artist Jeremy Deller 'The Battle of Orgreave: An Injury to One is an Injury to All'. 

  • 30.09.2014 - 13:07, 
    Выставка
    Taiga Creative Space, Dvortsovaya emb, 20

    Maya Zack. Outlined absence

    In the exhibition ‘Outlined Absence’ that comprises two video works by the artist ‘Black and White Rule’ and ‘Mother Economy’ as well as her large-scale charcoal drawings, Maya Zack analyzes the mechanisms of collective and personal memory and explores the intersection between individual recollections and historical events. The show is a part of the parallel program of Manifesta 10.  

  • 23.09.2014 - 19:00, 
    Выставка
    Ural branch of NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Dobrolyubova str, 19a

    "Mobile Archive" in Yekaterinburg

    "Mobile Archive" keeps moving across Russia. Its next station is Yekaterinburg, where from September 23 to October 26  the visitors of the National Center for Contemporary Art  will have a chance to see more than 1500 video works by leading Israeli  and international artists. The project will also inclide atist talks and series of screenings. 

  • 26.07.2014 - 12:00, 
    Экскурсия
    The Gromov's Dacha, Academika Pavlova St., 13

    Guided walikng tour "Dachas and mansions of the Petrograd side"

    The Petrogradskaya side of St Petersburg has always been famous for its beautiful mansions and residential houses built in the 19th century. Take a guided tour with us to know more about their history, architecture and residents. 

  • 25.07.2014 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Gromov's Dacha. St.Petersburg, Akademika Pavlova st.,13

    Decontextualized performers and remote controlled audiences

    On Friday Stefan Kaegi, the theatrical director from Berlin, will talk about new theatrical performances which its Rimini Protokol theater realizes in public spaces with participation of residents. Event is held within the "Critical Mass on the Gromov's Dacha" art project.

  • 24.07.2014 - 17:31, 
    Лекция
    Gromov's Dacha. St.Petersburg, Akademika Pavlova st.,13

    Creative and Social Practices That Change the City and Citizens

    On Thursday on the Gromov's Dacha in the Lopukhinsky Garden within educational eventss the lecture "The Creative and Social Practics Changing the City and Its Inhabitants" will take place. Curators of TOK will tell about the Russian and international art projects within which artists and citizens create common art projects in city space.

  • 21.07.2014 - 18:00, 
    Открытие выставки
    St. Petersburg, Academika Pavlova St., 13

    Open Doors Day on the Gromov's Dacha

    On July, 21 in St. Petersburg a long-awaited series of public events within the "Critical Mass on the Gromov's Dacha" project opens. In the opening program: presentation of the development plans of the Gromov's Dacha, opening of the photo exhibition about stories of Petrogradsky district, excursion on the dacha, presentation of the design project of Foundation Projects (Netherlands) created specially for a mansion, the DJ a set.

  • 13.07.2014 - 17:00, 
    Перформанс
    New Stage of the Alexandrinskiy Theater, Fontanka emb., 49 A

    Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public’

    ‘Debates on Division' is an interactive performance by Natalya Pershina Yakimanskaya (Gluklya) about political, social and ideological divisions as well as about the position of the individual amidst those conflicts.  The performance begins with an action at the New Stage of the Aleksandrinsky Theatre and continues with a silent procession along Nevskiy Prospekt. The procession is a part pf the public program of Manifesta 10

     

     

  • 12.07.2014 - 19:00, 
    Перформанс
    Millionnaya st., 10, art cluster "Architect", Karamba cafe

    Hodja Nasreddin Joke Contest

    The purpose of the project of Olga Zhitlina is to show a view on the migration, different from the picture offered by modern mass media. In its framework the artist suggests migrants to think up a witty exit from the typical difficult situations which they come upwith, living in Russia. Within a final competition of the project everyone will be able to try on himself Hodzhi Nasreddin's role and to participate in the battle for the first prize. The best jokes will be presented in a format of interactive performance.

  • 10.07.2014 - 19:00, 
    Показ
    The St. Petersburg Studio for Documentary Films 'Lendok', Kryukov channel emb., 12

    Jeremy Deller. The Battle of Ogreave: an injury to one is injury to all

    For the first time in Russia TOK presents The Battle of Orgreave: An Injury to One is an Injury to all (2001)  - a film by by Mike Figgis based on the re-enactment of the bloody clash between miners and police in England in 1984 created by Jeremy Deller in 2001. The film will be screened from June 28 to October 31 as a part of the parallel program of Manifesta 10 in St Petersburg.

  • 11.04.2014 - 19:00, 
    Выставка
    Loft Project ETAGI, Ligovskiy. pr, 74, 'Archive' exhibition space

    Silent Among Us

    Silent Among Us is the first exhibition in St Petersburg that comprises works by leading Israeli video artists including Yael Bartana, Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Glad Ratman and many others. The exhibition takes place at Loft Project ETAGI from April 11th to June 11th, 2014.  

  • 07.04.2014 - 19:00, 
    Дискуссия
    Pro Arte Foundation, Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevskiy curtain, left side

    Artist talk: Dor Guez

    Dor Guez is an artist and scholar from Jerusalem whose installations combine diverse modes of video and photographic practices. Guez's work raises questions about contemporary art's role in narrating unwritten histories, and re-contextualizing visual and written documents. Guez will speak about his works at the opening of the project Mobile Archive in St. Petersburg.  

  • 07.04.2014 - 19:00, 
    Выставка
    Pro Arte Foundation, Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevskiy curtain, left side

    "Mobile Archive" - Israeli video art in St Petersburg

    From April 7th to April 30th TOK presents a unique collection of Israeli and international video art 'Mobile Archive' at the Pro Arte Foundation in St Petersburg. More than 1500 video works by Israeli artists including Yael Bartana, Guy Ben Ner,  Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Avi Mograbi, Public Movement and many others will be available for viewing for the public.  

  • 13.02.2014 - 19:00, 
    Дискуссия
    Schmela Haus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Mutter-Ey str, Duesseldorf,

    Socially engaged and public art in St. Petersburg: changing the cultural map of dormant districts

    MariaVeits will speak about art projects in public spaces in Russia and the city of St Petersburg in particular as well as of the concept of public space in Russia today. The talk will be joined by the Duesseldorf-based artist Andrea Knobloch.

  • 26.10.2013 - 13:00, 
    Семинар
    European University at St Petersburg, Gagarinskaya str, 3

    Art as an instrument of social change: art practices in public spaces

    During the seminar international specialists will discuss the problems of contemporary art in public spaces, will speak of how  they use social practices in their work and how they interact with the different urban communities using their projects and organizations as examples.The seminar is the closing event of the TOK's project 'Critical Mass' in 2013.

  • 22.10.2013 - 12:00, 
    Конференция
    Formula gallery, Loft Project ETAGI, Ligovskiy pr., 74

    Socially integrated design: new ideas for traditional spaces

    International conference on socially integrated design. In the framework of the project 'Design Platform'.

     

  • 03.10.2013 - 18:36, 
    Семинар
    Loft Project ETAGI, Formula Gallery, Ligovsky pr, 74

    Strategies of preserving the old and creating the new in the urban space: cases of the Baltic region countries

    Architects, sociologists, city activists and curators from Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Gdansk, Vilnius, Riga and Moscow to discuss ways of connecting the historical heritage and modern trends in the organization of urban space in the capitals of the Baltic region. Special guest - the deputy director of Stockholm City Planning Office of Stockholm Niklas Svensson.

  • 23.05.2013 - 17:30, 
    Выставка
    Square in front of the Frunzenky district administration

    Critical Mass 2013 opening

    Second international exhibition of public art Critical Mass will take place at open venues and in public spaces of Frunzensky district of St. Petersburg from May 23 to June 23 .

  • 21.01.2013 - 01:56, 
    Лекция
    Skorokhod Platfrom, Moskovskiy pr., 107/5

    Russian and international public art: curatorial and art practices that change the city and citizens

    Speaking of  works by international and Russian artists, the curators of TOK will talk about the evolution of public art, its impact on the urban space and interaction with the public and local communities.

  • 10.12.2012 - 18:30, 
    Лекция
    Faculty of Liberal Arts, St. Peterburg State University, Galernaya 58-60, room 153

    Redesign of school spaces: how to make them appealing for pupils?

    In the course of the project Design Platform aimed at transformation in public schools, TOK found out what kind of changes teachers, pupils and their parents expect. Project co-curator and sociologist Maria Veits will present the results of the research conducted in one of the St. Petersburg schools and the suggestions of architects and designers based on the research outcome. 

  • 20.11.2012 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Formula Gallery, Loft Project ETAGI,Ligovsky pr., 74

    Democracy never happened

    How to engage a local community in creating a public art project? How should an artist start a dialogue with the citizens? And are there at all people who would like to work on a common project? Let's discuss it with the artist Asia Komarova who has experience of successful work with communities in Holland and will now try to challenge people from St. Petersburg to make an art project all together.  

  • 14.11.2012 - 19:00, 
    Лекция
    Formula Gallery, Loft Project ETAGI, Ligovsky pr. 74

    Spatial Complexities. Relations, learning and power in architecture and the built environment.

    Spatial conditions influence our everyday practices even if we often don't think about it. In this talk Swedish architect and architect Ebba Hogstroem will highlight some thoughts on how space is used and experienced and how spatial awareness relates to empowerment.

  • Projects

  • The Russian Bar: Why Relocate? New approaches to neighborliness and interchange. Part 2

    The Creative Association of Curators TOK continues its project  "The Russian Bar: Why Relocate? New approaches to neighborliness and interchange"  with a series of events, exhibitions, lectures and performances. From August 27 to September 9, newly commissioned projects which aim to analyze changing conditions of global migration in recent years and the outflow of artists, academics, journalists, activists from Russia in particular, of both Russian and Finnish artists will be presented in different locations in Helsinki.

  • The Russian Bar: Why Relocate? New approaches to neighborliness and interchange

    'The Russian Bar: Why Relocate? New approaches to neighborliness and interchange' is a research-based art project aimed at analyzing the ‘new wave’ of emigration of Russians to Finland. It will be presented as a series of performances, talks, artistic interventions and small-scale exhibitions in different venues in Helsinki in June and August-September 2018. In their existing and commissioned works Finnish and Russian participants will address current and historical cases of exile and displacement, roots of nationalism and social acceptance, communication and exchange, disappointment and civil powerlessness, social and cultural clashes and reciprocity.

  • States of Control

    The project ‘States of Control’ brings together artists, researchers and curators from a vast geographical background: Georgia, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, Sudan, Ukraine, Poland, and the USA. They refer both to recent and historical phenomena spanning a wide spectrum from opposition of the USSR and the US during the Cold War and controversial position of Finland during that time to espionage tactics in Egypt and Israel in the 1960, and the recent conflict between Russia and Ukraine. In their projects artists use diverse methods to address the multiple ways in which facts (or fiction?) are conveyed by media, mass culture and education to shape the realities we exist in. Focusing on different historical periods and current events the project participants create their own tactics of speaking about the past and the present to force a ‘memoryless’ society out of its comfort information zone.

  • Critical Mass 2016-2017

    The fourth season of the project ‘Critical Mass​’ lasts for two years and focuses on ​an analysis of the history of youth movements in the 20th century and the contemporary context of youth initiatives and organizations. It showcases ​collaborative initiatives with teenagers and young people and​ facilitate​ their active engagement into contemporary creative processes, especially those taking place in the urban environment and public space. The main objective of​ the fourth season of​ ‘Critical Mass’ is ​the ​integration of new artistic, educational and social practices in​to​ government organizations working with young people and involved in youth​ oriented​ policy making.

  • Critical Mass 2015. Season 3

    Third season of the project 'Critical Mass' is focused on the issues of preserving cultural heritage and analysis of history and cultural collective memory. The main goal of the project this time is to form sustainable scenarios of revitalizing historical buildings and areas using creative and social practices. The venues of the project is a historically significant spot in St Petersburg - the Gromov's Dacha and Lopukhinskiy garden.  

  • Young curators & art operators network

    "Young Curators & Art Operators Network" is a curatorial network of young and emerging curators from the North-West Russia and Sweden/Nordic countries initiated by Intercult (Stockholm) and Creative Association of Curators TOK (St Petersburg). The main objective of the network is to stimulate dialogue and cooperation between art professionals interested in sustainable curatorial and artistic practices in public spaces as well as research-based multidisciplinary projects that bring together and connect various communities anf groups.  

  • Critical Mass on the Gromov's Dacha

    Third exhibition of public art "Critical Mass" will take place in the Gromov's Dacha, the unique wooden building of the 19th century, in summer-autumn 2015. In July, 2014 TOK arrange a series of the preparatory activities consisting of lectures, performances, summer school and research in order to open the dacha for citizens and to collect a material for the planned exhibition.

  • TOK at Manifesta 10

    TOK curates three and produces two projects in the framework of the public and parallel programs of  Manifesta 10, which is held in St Petersburg from June 28 to October 31, 2014. Represented artists include Jeremy Deller (UK), Olga Jitlina (Russia), Glyuklya (Russia), Emily Newman (US), and Maya Zack (Israel).

  • Mobile Archive

    The Mobile Archive is a unique traveling collection of Israeli video art that belongs to the Israeli Center for Digital Art and contains more than 2500 titles. The project has traveled more than 20 countries including Brazil, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, UK and the USA. In Russia the project is curated by TOK.  
  • Design Platform

    Design Platform is an international project of socially oriented design launched by TOK. It is aimed at bringing innovations into the learning environment of Russian public schools and make it more interesting, interactive and open for pupils using contemporary design practices and solutions. 

  • Critical Mass 2010-2011. Season 1

    Critical Mass is an international biannual project  of public art which explores urban life in a big city, using St. Petersburg as an example. Organized and curated by TOK, Critical Mass is a platform for artists, curators, social scientists and citizens for discussing urban issues and creating beautiful and interactive public art works. 

  • Nordic Art Today

    The project Nordic Art Today initiated and organized by TOK brings contemporary artists and curators from Nordic countries to Russia. We want to introduce to the local audience the most interesting examples of artistic and curatorial practices dealing with critical approach in contemporary art. 

  • Towards the Other

    The international art project Towards the Other offers the audience a wide range of perspectives on migration, which has become an essential part of Russian and European reality.  The project is organized by The Netherlands Institute in St. Petersburg and Creative Association of Curators TOK.  

  • News

  • REALTY script presentation at the Dutch Art Institute

    02.07.2018

    For the past year curator and co-founder of TOK Anna Bitkina took part in the seminar  REALTY as a part of her studies at The Dutch Art Institute. Realty has focussed on the role of Contemporary Art in recent histories of urban development and gentrification. As groundwork, participants of the seminar have focussed on conditions and analytics specific to the Netherlands and Athens.

  • TOK opens The Russian Bar in Helsinki

    21.05.2018

    On June 6 in Helsinki TOK launches the project 'The Russian Bar: Why Relocate? New approaches to neighborliness and interchange'. This is a traveling discursive and exhibition program about global processes of migration and its local implications,  past and current Russian-Finnish relationship and the role of art in creating social connections. Series of performances, talks, artistic interventions and small-scale exhibitions will take place in different venues in Helsinki in June and August-September 2018. The project idea is driven by the curators’ intention to analyze the dynamics of migration processes fueled by the political turbulence of the past and current decades, and find new languages and ways to articulate the changes they bring for local and global professional communities. 

  • TOK joins the curatorial team of D'Est project

    14.02.2018

    TOK curators Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits have been invited to join the curatorial team of D’EST: A Multi-Curatorial Online Platform for Video Art from the Former ‘East’ and ‘West' initiated by curator and researcher Ulrike Gerhardt from District Berlin. The platform is a collection of numerious videos selected by the curatorial team and accessible online until the end of 2020.  Between June and November 2018, the online platform will publish a total of six screening chapters reflecting post-socialist transformation. 

  • TOK Curators at Fire Station Artists' Studios

    31.03.2017

    In April 2017 TOK curators Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits will spend two weeks in residency at Fire Station Artists' Studios in Dublin and will conduct  a series of meetings, presentations and studio visits aimed at the research of the local art scene and cutting-edge artistic and social practices. TOK has been invited by FSAS based on competitive selection, which they run annually for international curators.