States of Control

  • The color of the exhibition poster corresponds with the color identity of the Windows 3.11 - operational computer system that started in 1993 to use elements of virtual memory which increased information flow and data storage tremendously. This Windows version was the first easily networked OS for the masses. Designed by Mark Kalinin, 2017.
    1/8 | The color of the exhibition poster corresponds with the color identity of the Windows 3.11 - operational computer system that started in 1993 to use elements of virtual memory which increased information flow and data storage tremendously. This Windows version was the first easily networked OS for the masses. Designed by Mark Kalinin, 2017.
  • Сulturerunners, mission ‘Out Among The Stars’ by Sara Ouhaddou and Marwen Farhat. Goal of the mission: cross-country US road-trip, from East to West coast, to explore the many facets of American nationalism in both major cities and traditionally rural low-income towns in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and California. Location of the photo: Rosedale, Mississippi, 2017. Photo courtesy of Marwen Farhat
    2/8 | Сulturerunners, mission ‘Out Among The Stars’ by Sara Ouhaddou and Marwen Farhat. Goal of the mission: cross-country US road-trip, from East to West coast, to explore the many facets of American nationalism in both major cities and traditionally rural low-income towns in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and California. Location of the photo: Rosedale, Mississippi, 2017. Photo courtesy of Marwen Farhat
  • Emily Newman, ’Ice Station Zebra’, production still, 2017
    3/8 | Emily Newman, ’Ice Station Zebra’, production still, 2017
  •  Khalid Albaih, cartoon ‘Dictators Bitches’, 2017.
    4/8 |  Khalid Albaih, cartoon ‘Dictators Bitches’, 2017.
  • Mikhail Tolmachev, ‘What Has Been Seen, Can Not Be Unseen’, video still, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
    5/8 | Mikhail Tolmachev, ‘What Has Been Seen, Can Not Be Unseen’, video still, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
  • Yevgeniy Fiks, ‘Stalin’s Atom Bomb a.k.a. Homosexuality’, b/w giclee print, 2012
    6/8 | Yevgeniy Fiks, ‘Stalin’s Atom Bomb a.k.a. Homosexuality’, b/w giclee print, 2012
  • Alevtina Kakhidze, ‘Preventive Measures Against Occupation’, collage,  2016-2017
    7/8 | Alevtina Kakhidze, ‘Preventive Measures Against Occupation’, collage, 2016-2017
  • Lado Darakhvelidze, ‘Cooking the New Planet’, velvet curtain with painting prints and stickers,  2016-2017
    8/8 | Lado Darakhvelidze, ‘Cooking the New Planet’, velvet curtain with painting prints and stickers, 2016-2017
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О проекте : 

The Creative Association of Curators TOK
HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme
and Alkovi Gallery present

STATES OF CONTROL

Alkovi 05.08 - 01.10.2017 (Helsinginkatu 19, Kallio, Helsinki)
Lado Darakhvelidze

HIAP Gallery Augusta 17.08 - 01.10.2017 (Suomenlinna B 28/2, Helsinki)
Khalid Albaih, Mark Boswell, Culturunners, Stephen Duncombe, Yevgeniy Fiks, Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kamanger, Alevtina Kakhidze, Mikhail Kaluzhsky, Agnieszka Kurant, Rabih Mroué, Emily Newman, Mikhail Tolmachev, Tamir Zadok

Curated by Creative Association of Curators TOK (Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits)
Public events and openings:

August 5,  17.00  ‘Cooking The New Planet’ by Lado Darakhvelidze, Alkovi Gallery
August 8,  19.00   Play: ‘Like It, Fake It’ by Mikhail Kaluzhsky, HIAP Gallery Augusta
August 17, 18.00  Opening of ‘States of Control’ exhibition, HIAP Gallery Augusta                  
                  19.00  Play: ‘Like It, Fake It’ by Mikhail Kaluzhsky, HIAP Gallery Augusta
August 19, 17.00  Performative talk show ‘I’ve Got The Power’, HIAP Gallery Augusta

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The political turbulence and conflicts of the last few years have launched numerous propaganda campaigns and battles in the press. The war in Syria, the annexation of Crimea, emerging opposition between Russia, Europe and the US, Brexit, forced migration, increase of terrorism in Europe and other issues have been circulating in the media and often used as elements of massive political games and power relations.  Today, ’alternative facts’, propaganda, fake news, and carefully designed media narratives have more control over our lives than ever. We have become utterly dependent on our electronic newsfeeds, which we allow to shape our worldviews and opinions. At the same time, military conflicts are being silenced, information is hacked and manipulated, and civic engagement is getting more controlled. Right-wing governments take over the world while democratic regimes exercise hypocritical principles. Therefore, it becomes a highly necessary competence for audiences across the world to understand the mechanisms of media strategies and find new ways of resisting control and manipulation.

Ever since television and then the Internet became easily accessible and were embraced by huge masses of people, they have influenced our mentality and fed us with selectively constructed information in order to control our thinking and prevent us from critical analysis and questioning. According to Jacques Ranciere, even ‘the sophisticated media are also part of the police order, as a kind of distribution of what you are and are not able to do... We have some sophisticated newspapers, but they are members of the police order in the same way as Fox News.’

‘States of Control’ continues ongoing research of TOK about changing media strategies that curators started in 2014. First research results were presented at the exhibition Propaganda News Machine: Constructing Multiple Realities in The Media at Flux Gallery in New York City in 2016. The exhibition ‘States of Control’ in Helsinki brings together artists, researchers and curators from a vast geographical background: Georgia, Israel, Finland, 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.

Fourteen projects and works presented at the exhibition - both existing and commissioned by TOK - raise issues related to the media: the role of art in the state propaganda process both in totalitarian and democratic regimes, power relations between the government and free media, artistic approaches to creating alternative unofficial information channels, the immediate response of artists to current sociopolitical events and those that have happened in the past, a change in ideological paradigms and the reflection of that in official historical discourse.

‘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 project proposes and tests different methods of historical analysis, journalistic investigation, and creation of additional media discourses. What are the limits of control when it comes to controlling media and who actually owns information? Is it possible to avoid propaganda at all? Or will the ones in power always impose their vision on the oppressed and rewrite facts and history according to their interests? The initiators of ‘States of Control’ create a safe and censorship free environment where these questions can be discussed and opposing political statements can be accepted and taken under consideration for further analysis.

The exhibition, initiated by the Creative Association of Curators TOK and conducted in collaboration with HIAP and Urb Festival, is presented at two main venues: Alkovi Gallery and HIAP Gallery Augusta. It consists of a broad variety of works and includes political cartoons and caricatures, prints, combinations of archival and fictional materials, reconstruction of political events, a new performative play, video installations, murals, collages, found materials, collections of books, and other projects.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the performative talk show 'I've Got the Power!’ on 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, Mikhail Kaluzhsky, Anna Bitkina, and Maria Veits. The show anchorman is Denis Maksimov (Avenir Institute).

The project ‘States of Control’ is a part of the HIAP ‘Connecting Points’ program and is supported by KONE Foundation and The Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. The project is conducted in collaboration with Urb Festival 2017.

The project ‘States of Control’ is curated by TOK - a curatorial duo founded by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits for conducting multidisciplinary projects in Russia and beyond

 

Contacts for press:

TOK Curators

tok.press@gmail.com 

+7 950 030 2444

+7 952 392 5409

 

HIAP

Marina Valle Noronha

marina@hiap.fi

+358 45 695 9356 

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 1. ‘Our police order: What can be said, seen, and done’ Interview of Jacques Rancière to Norwegian editor Truls Lie, Le Monde diplomatique (Oslo) 8/2006