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


    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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, 
    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

  • Critical Mass 2015

    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

    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

  • TOK in residency at Flux Factory


    TOK will spend the upcoming winter in New York - we will be the residents at the Flux Factory, an art institution, founded by a group of artists in 1993 in Brooklyn that has since been actively developing a residential program for artists and curators and organizing exhibitions and art pubic events. During our research at Flux we 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 we will see whether some of them are still used today. TOK will conduct several public events and curate an archive-based exhibition at the Flux gallery in the end of February 2016. Stay tuned! 

  • Mobile Archive in Yekaterinburg and Nizhniy Novgorod


    This fall, TOK will bring Mobile Archive, a unique video art collection of the Israeli Center for  Digital Art to two more cities in Russia  - Yekaterinburg and Nizhniy Novgorod, where it will be presented in the local branches of the National Center for Coтtemporary Art. 



    Creative Association of Curators TOK is pleased to invite young Russian and international artists, curators and art producers interested in creating projects in the public realm to participate in our summer school ‘Creative and social practices in public spaces’ that will take place in St Petersburg from July 21 to July 27. Apply now!

  • Hodja Nasreddin Joke Contest


    TOK will be the producer of the new project by the St Petersburg artists Olga Jitlina  "Hodja Nasreddin Joke Contest" aimed at describing the life of labor migrants in Russia in the form of Hodja Nasreddin famous anecdotes.