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Title: Art, Science and Technology in Russia: current affairs and ambitions for the future (from institutional and artistic perspective)
Authors: Galkin, Dmitry
Keywords: art & science in Russia
technological art in Russia
art institutions in Russia
new media art in Russia
Issue Date: 18-Oct-2017
Abstract: Experiments in art, science and technology in the cultural situation of post-Soviet Russia have been remaining relatively marginal area of contemporary art, education and cultural production. There were very few artists, no art institutions, education programs and almost no institutional support (normally we compare to European or Asian context). However starting around 2010 there has been a growing positive tendency that demonstrates significant shift from pioneer enthusiasm of 1990s to formation of artistic field of art, science and technology. We analyze this trend from institutional and artistic perspective considering cases of emerging programs and institutional activities (NCCA, Garage museum, Pushkin museum among others) as well as projects and visions of new and older generation of artists. Our research material is based on historical reconstruction, case studies and interviews with artists and curators. We also trace connections/references lines and comparisons between works of Russian and European artists as well as focusing on curatorial approaches and theoretical influence/foundations. Our report can be considered as “snapshot” or “photographic” cut as a work with media art histories in the “local” context of changing cultural situation.
Description: Biography: Dmitry Galkin (b.1975, Omsk, Russia) Dmitry Galkin is a researcher in art history and theory of culture, received his M.A. in Philosophy (1998), Ph.D. ('candidate of science' degree) from Tomsk State University, Department of History and Theory of Culture (2002) and later 'doctor of science' degree in 2013. In his research he focuses on cultural dynamics in the context of technological development from digital culture to the culture artificial life and analyzing the history/aesthetics of technology based art practices. Dmitry Galkin has published theoretical papers on the history and theory of digital culture (technological art, art and science, new media and Internet, AI and AL, social robotics) in journals and collections of research and art critique papers, including Moscow Art Magazine, “Humanities and Informatics” (Tomsk), “Moscow State University Bulletin” (Moscow), “Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology” (Saint-Petersburg), Kybernetes (UK),and has written entries in the “Encyclopedia of Postmodernism” (Minsk, 2001), “Encyclopedia of Sociology and Social Philosophy” (Minsk, 2003). He is an author of the book “Digital Culture: Shift to Artificial Life” (in Russian, Tomsk University Press, 2013) and co-author of research collections “Evolution haute couture: Art and Science of the Post-Biological Age. Part II: Theory” (ed. By Dmitry Bulatov, Kaliningrad, 2013), “Soft Control: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious” (Maribor, 2015), numerous exhibition catalogues. Dmitry Galkin was a research fellow at the George Washington University (USA) and Lancaster University (UK). Professor Galkin lectured and presented at conferences, symposia and scientific congresses, including (selected) the Pro&Contra Symposium (2011-13, Moscow), National Centre for Contemporary Art education programs (Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow), JPoint 2015 (Moscow), NeoLife 2015 (Perth), EdCrunch 2015 (Moscow), TEDx Tomsk (2013), 4S International Conference (Barcelona, 2017). He is currently Professor at the Institute of Art and Culture at National Research Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russia). Dr. Galkin also curates exhibition and education programs with National Center for Contemporary Arts (Siberian Brunch).
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