The Symposium of the 2nd Ural industrial biennial. Intellectual platform. Ekaterinburg

The 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art

The Symposium of the Biennial will take place on September 13-15 during the Biennial’s vernissage week. The Symposium will continue delving into the topics of production and appropriation, the relation between art, urban spaces and (post)industrial economy. In its other dimension, the symposium will address the theme of the biennial’s main project, “The Eye Never Sees Itself”, which is meant to explore art’s dependence on and autonomy from the world, the ability of artistic vision to defuse the world from its dangers.


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13 September (Ural Federal University, conference hall)
10:00 – 13:00. Session 1

– Dmitry Bugrov (Ural Federal University), Alisa Prudnikova (NCCA, Ural Branch), Katerina Norkina (Ekaterinburg Expo 2020 Bid Committee)
Opening Remarks

– Inke Arns (Hartware MedienKunstVerein)
Why Art is not Making the World a Less Dangerous Place – and Why It Should Not Do So

– Axel Wieder (Arnolfini Gallery)
Negotiating Spaces

– Daniel Andujar (“Technologies to the People” project)
Contemporary Art Practice and the Postcapital Frame

– Iara Boubnova (Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia)
Why We are Still Doing Exhibitions?

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 – 16:15. Session 2

– Anton Vidokle (E-flux)
Artistic Sovereignty, Contemporary Art and a Curated World

– Pascal Gielen (University of Groningen)
Rebuilding Common Ground in a Flat Wet World

– Sergey Kropotov (Ekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Art)
The Aesthetic of Camouflage in Industrial Culture: From Simeon of Verkhoturye to Street Art

– Nicholas Fraser (NYC artist)
Quiet Infusion: Public Performances and the Performing public

– Andrea Lissoni (Hangar Bicocca Foundation)
What I Learned from a Future that Never Happened

14 September (Ural Federal University, conference hall)

10:00 – 12:00. Session 3

– Olga Shishko (MediaArtLab)

– Christiane Paul (The New School)
Measuring Disturbances: How Media (Art) Sees the World

– Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds)
Screen Tactics: The Art of the Digital Era Looks Back

– Andrey Shcherbenok (Saint-Petersburg State University)
Technological Gaze and Social Reality: Why Dziga Vertov Did Not Invent YouTube

12:00 – 12:15 COFFEE BREAK

12:15 – 14:00. Session 4

– Domietta Torlasco (Northwestern University)
The Disappearing Eye: from Michelangelo Antonioni to New Media

– Olesya Turkina (The Russian Museum)
An Eye for a Gaze

– Phillip Warnell (Kingston University)
The Glance as a Blow

September 15 (Ural College of Applied Art and Design, Nizhny Tagil)

14:00 – 16:00. Session 5

– David Raskin (School of Art Institute of Chicago)
Pattern Disruption

– Tal Ben Zvi (Kibbutzim College)
The Diaspora Project

– Lilia Nemchenko (Ural Federal University)
Labor As Festivity (“The Soviet Urals” Newsreel Series)

– Hadas Maor (independent curator)
Contemplating the Possibility of Criticality within the Field of Visual Art

16:00 – 16:15 COFFEE BREAK

16:15 – 18:00. Session 6

– Willem Jan Renders (Van Abbe Museum)
Between Dispersion and Transparency: The Van Abbemuseum Looking for Its Function

– Huib Haye van der Werf (TAAK International Platform)
Tactics in Contemporary Art: Infiltration and Art in the Public Domain

– Katerina Norkina (Ekaterinburg Expo 2020 Bid Committee)
World Exposition Movement Legacy in World Culture

– Tamara Galeeva (Ural Federal University)

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