Events

Project: Самостоятельное событие

12. October 2019 - 16:00, Дискуссия
New Holland, Pavillion, Admiralteyskiy channel emb., 2

On October 12, the 5th season of the “Critical Mass” will launch with an open discussion with the artists participating in the new season. Entitled ‘Get Real!’, it is  devoted to the emerging and complex issues of housing, real estate and contemporary and historical housing conditions in post-socialist and neoliberal contexts. All the speakers will talk about their projects and initiatives dealing with the issues of real estate and its ownership, diverse housing programs and projects, social urban landscapes and participation of citizens in decision making on city level. TOK curators will speak about their research in the framework of the 5th season of ‘Critical Mass’, which will take place in the South-West of Russia. 

5. October 2019 - 19:30, Лекция
New Holland, Pavillion, Admiralteyskiy channel emb., 2

In her presentation curator Mirjam Westen at the Museum Arnhem (The Netherlands) will focus on expanding formats of contemporary curating that require new contexts of collaborations and interactions. Relying on her experience of connecting female artists of different generations throughout her practice, she will highlight historical and current projects by feminist artists and curators who have redefined curatorship and will elucidate how these new visions have influenced her practice as a curator.  

 

3. October 2019 - 11:00, Выставка
Новая Голландия, Павильон, наб. Адмиралтейского канала, 2

Feeling the need to analyze the current conditions of the curatorial profession, which have been shaped over the past ten years by political, economic, and environmental degradation, TOK  is organizing a retrospective exhibition «How To Work Together» about the duo’s practice and the role of a curator in the contemporary society. TOK curators will showcase archival materials, video interviews, and objects commissioned from artists reflecting the global and local transformations of the past ten years These chronological markers, that have defined the current political agenda, will be mapped alongside the stages of TOK’s development, and will allow us to reflect upon the change in society and within all of us.

3. October 2019 - 11:00, Семинар
New Holland Island, The Pavillion, Admiralteyskiy channel emb., 2

Creative Association of Curators TOK in partnership with the North-Western branch of National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) ROSIZO launch the the 1 Curatorial Symposium. The 2-day event will bring together Russian and international art professionals, who will focus on extending territories of curatorial and artistic practices as well as changing conditions of curatorial profession.  Together with the local art community they will analyze the role and impact of curatorship in rethinking historical discourses and reshaping understanding about publicness, sharing, and solidarity in the artistic domain.

9. June 2019 - 17:00, Дискуссия
Katri Valan Puisto, Sörnäinen, Helsinki

The discussion between curator Maria Veits, artists Andréa Stanislav (USA) and Axel Straschnoy (FI) and President of the Finnish Astronautical Society Mika Javala (FI) is instigated by the returning space race and the impact it has had on the environmental, political, economic, and social climate in historical perspective and contemporary context. We will discuss alternative, non-official and silenced narratives connected to the topic of the space and will explore various artistic formats of presenting counternarratives about the cosmos from female, ethnic, racial and ecological perspectives. The discussion is a part of the Shelter Festival in Helsinki. 

 
16. May 2019 - 19:00, Выставка
CCI Fabrica, Perevedenovskiy per., 18, Moscow

In 'Yiddish Cosmos'  artist Yevgeniy Fiks offers an alternative view on the Soviet history - by looking at it from the position of the Soviet space conquest and Soviet Jewry, it creates a futuristic narrative where the ideas of technological development merge with the principles of Yiddish culture and reinterpretation of the figure of a Soviet refusenik and his struggle for liberty of movement. The exhibition addresses the history of antisemitism in the USSR, connection between the Jewish and dissident movements, and attempts of the Soviet Jews to preserve the Yiddish culture despite governmental persecutions.

16. March 2019 - 15:00, Перформанс
Center for Fine Arts, BOZAR, Studio space. Address: Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS

'Debates on Division' is an ongoing, interactive performance that deals with the complexity of current political reality and its implications. What begins as a fictional TV talk show with invited actors and artists ends with a performative procession to the European Parliament. Gluklya and Anna Bitkina thus aim to create a public forum that highlights different forms of human fragility and traumas caused by deviating from established political structures.

26. October 2018 - 11:00, Выставка
ArtCube Artists' Studios, HaOman St., 4th floor, Talpiot 26, Jerusalem

FreiAir Airline project (in Hebrew ''freier'' is used to describe someone who is easily fooled) is an art initiative that takes form of a fictional airline company. It is an experimental collective process of challenging the economic system and power relations in the neoliberal society and suggesting other forms of reciprocity and capital exchange. The FreiAir Airline audiences are invited to co-create a new enterprise of “freierness” and contribute to developing the new company, which main slogan "We give without receiving" subverts the idea of economic reciprocity and financial profit. 

30. June 2018 - 18:00, Показ
Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf Birkenstr. 47, Düsseldorf

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. 

 
1. October 2017 - 20:00, Выставка
Chopin str, 12, Jerusalem, Israel

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.

Project: Fast Forward to the Future: Empowerment of Young People Through Arts

26. April 2019 - 16:00, Выставка
Lunagallerian, Storgatan 15, 151 27 Södertälje

The two-festival in Södertälje (Sweden) grows out of an intense week of workshops that aims to decode the host city of Södertälje by bringing young people's stories and images back into the streets with the help of artists from Russia and Sweden. Utilizing activist methods through city parade, text/poetry, mental maps, news production and urban sound exploration as well as co-creating the realities of tomorrow through formulating utopian scenarios via performance and collective printing. The festival, which is a part of the 'Fast forward to the Future' project revolts around three main themes: "Youthopia", "Recode the city" and "Youth and urban-related identity: that's what matters".

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

8. September 2018 - 19:00, Выставка
Museum of Impossible Forms Keinulaudankuja 4 E, Helsinki

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.

7. September 2018 - 19:00, Выставка
Konepajan Bruno, Aleksis Kivenkatu 19a, Helsinki

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.

6. September 2018 - 18:00, Лекция
Finnish-Russian school, Kaarelankuja 2, Helsinki

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. 

5. September 2018 - 17:00, Выставка
Kallio Library, Viides linja 11, Helsinki

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. August 2018 - 17:00, Лекция
Athena, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, auditorium 107, Helsinki

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. August 2018 - 18:00, Выставка
Culture for All (Kulttuuria kaikille -palvelu / Kultur för alla) The Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1, staircase D, 5th floor, Helsinki

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.

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

15. June 2018 - 18:00, Перформанс
Bar Loose, Annankatu 21, Helsinki

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. June 2018 - 18:00, Лекция
Monika-Naiset, liitto ry Hermannin Rantatie 12 A, 00580, Helsinki

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. 

9. June 2018 - 18:30, Перформанс
Helsinki city center / private apartment

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. 

6. June 2018 - 17:00, Дискуссия
Publics, Sturenkatu 37-41 4b, 00550, Helsinki

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.

Project: Critical Mass 2016-2017

8. December 2017 - 12:00, Конференция
Rosa House of Culture, Bolshaya Raznochinnaya, 24, St Petersburg

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.

5. December 2017 - 18:00, Лекция
Mayak School Creative Industries, Admiralteyskiy canal emb, 2L, St Petersburg

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'. 

Project: States of Control

19. August 2017 - 17:00, Перформанс
HIAP Augusta Gallery, Suomenlinna B 28/2, Helsinki

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. August 2017 - 18:00, Выставка
HIAP Augusta gallery, Suomenlinna B 28/2, Helsinki

‘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.

8. August 2017 - 19:00, Перформанс
HIAP Augusta Gallery, Suomenlinna B28/2 (Susisaari), 00190 Хельсинки
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. 
 
 
5. August 2017 - 17:00, Выставка
Alkovi Helsinginkatu 19, 00500, Helsinki

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. 

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