Strategic Projects – 6. Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
Strategic Project
This site is under Revolution
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)
mmoma.ru
10/2 Gogolevsky Boulevard
metro Kropotkinskaya
+7 (495) 231-36-60
The–Sun 12:00–21:00
June 8 – July 22
Gramsci said, “We resist when we recognize the arbitrary foundations of a rule.” But what could be the virtual shape of resistance in times of digital oligarchies? How can we protest against biased systems and unfair monitoring? What could be considered violence in digital terms? Our voices seem deprived of resonance in the virtual realm, consumed and diluted in the never-ending thread of images and data. We have become mere visitors of our own experiences and data providers for corporations. Although aggressions in the digital sphere are obvious, they remain masked under the discourses of democratization, protection of and free access to information.

To fight against the oppressive yet fluid and immaterial system, This site is under Revolution looks for tools of empowerment, mechanisms of distraction, and schemes to regain agency. It focuses on how artists disentangle the social, cultural, historical, gendered implications of identity in the post-digital society, and explore the virtual sphere as the terrain to trigger civil transgression.

Through a selection of works that move across media – from sound to performance, from digital to print – the exhibition explores the power of minimal gestures to critique and challenge uneven ways of representation that perpetuate dominant conventions. The artists embrace their inherent vulnerability, subverting the discourse of protection and paternalism, and to transform it into political agency. They adamantly depict the un-representedness to overturn the current situation of partisanship and distrust, whether by means of speculation, by delving into the politics of knowledge dissemination, or by decoding and confronting the viewer with the tacit rules that generate structures of inclusion and exclusion.

This site is under Revolution transforms the museum into an agent, and the exhibition into a live scenario - expanding its limits with discursive events such as workshops, discussions and performances, both online and offline. The exhibition takes place at MMOMA at the Gogolevsky Boulevard, where The Decemberist planned their uprising against the Tsar, continues in the digital realm through the platform CosmosCarl.co.uk, and uses the digital vocabulary to plot strategies of post-digital resistance on its vernacular.

In this way, it delves into the politics and poetics of representation and identity in the post-digital society. Thus facilitating new ways of engaging with our realities beyond the Eurocentric, accelerated views of the present, and looking at them refracted through prisms of disparity, empowerment, and agency.
Curator
Barbara Cueto
Barbara Cueto is curating the exhibition "This site is under Revolution" at MMOMA Moscow as an strategic project from 6th Moscow Biennale for young art. In the past years she has developed projects in institutions like the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, «Impakt Festival» in Utrecht, «Marres» House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, «Bétonsalon» Center for Art and Research in Paris, and Social and «La Casa Encendida» cultural centre in Madrid. Moreover, in Berlin, she was a co-founded in 2014 the project space Vesselroom Projects.

Besides that she works as Art Editor for Fireflies Magazine, and she has recently published “Authenticity? Observations and artistic practices for the post-digital era” with Valiz in Amsterdam.

Barbara is an alumna of curatorial programme of de Appel, and hold a BA in Journalism from the Complutense University and a MA in Arts and Culture from the University of Maastricht.

In addition she has been awarded with Inéditos 2017, a prize for emerging curators in Spain; and the Botín Foundation grant for young Curators in 2014/2015. Also she has been a resident at Rupert in Vilnius, Tokyo Arts and Space in Japan and Cité des Arts in Paris.
Public Programme
On How To Resist
On How To Resist is the public programme of This site is under Revolution, a series of discursive events where artists and activists come together to delve into the strategies and manners to articulate resistance in post-digital terms. The programme opens a conversation about the conditions of possibility within grey areas and obscure algorithms: How to raise silenced voices and expose digital presence? How to reappropriate, renegotiate, reclaim, and voice up?
In this way, On How To Resist explores the shape, the possibilities, the agency of digital resistance against the hegemonic systems of power and representation. Through talks, interviews, workshops and performances, On How to Resist delves into four tactics: public digital space, knowledge dissemination, representing digital identity(s), and limits of Data-Sharing.
Opening night
20:30-21:10
No Body to our Friendship by Puck Vonk Performance
21:15-21:45
YGRG 14X: reading with a single hand by Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite Performance
We read together pronouncing the words out loud, emphasising the relationship of body to text and the collective body. YGRG is a sonar-social architecture of shared curiosity and synchronicity. An audition for audacity. The reading becomes a rhizomatic network of voices, suggestions, references. Realising the connectedness to other sources, resources, leaks and leads, we are no longer sidelined or downplayed. Most other plants were rooted, but we grew up to be intelligent, obsessional, highly manipulative, deceitful, scheming and thoroughly determined young girls.
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination
17:00-18:15
Introduction to Hyperreadings Workshop with Julia Bavyka & Benjamin Forster and Q&A (RU/EN)
Reading Lists are being used as tools for contesting established patterns in public thinking, but also, importantly, for publicly making sense of our current times. They are becoming almost like manifestos, or provocations for the future.
18:30-19:30
Panel Discussion with Benjamin Forster & Stephanie Syjuco, moderated by Barbara Cueto (RU/EN)
Following the workshop, there will be a Panel Discussion together with the artist Stephanie Syjuco, about the possibilities that the digital realm offers to dicurvent the commodification of knowledge and enables new manners to facilitate dissemination. The artists will talk about their projects and delve into the politics of sharing, and furthering on the ideas of agency in circulation and the potentiality of community building by these means.
Vague Events are the discursive programme of Hyperreadings by Benjamin Forster and Julia Bavyka
For more dates check:: https://bitly.com/2HSBjEy
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination
17:00-18:30
Vague Events: The Peer-to-Peer Web Workshop
Introduction and co-learning workshop about new p2p web technologies on which HyperReadings and Dat Library are built. Learn about Beaker Browser and the Dat Protocol. Participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop.
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination
17:00-18:30
Vague Events: Yet Another Reading Group
Based on the reading lists from HyperReadings, this is Reading group conceived as an space for collective sharing, reading, discussing and ultimately learning together.
19:30-20:00
Performance by Puck Vonk No Body to our Friendship
Puck Vonk is a visual artist, looking at her work involves reading and listening. Letters are things and spoken words have consequences. She is involved in- and influenced by women’s studies and feminism. She performs poetical activism starting from the idiosyncrasies and objectlessness of the voice. The voice as the in-between sound, tool, power, movement and foreign intruder. This results in sound pieces, sound installations, lecture performances and multi-voice performances.
Narrator: Anastasia Manuilova
Body performers: Aline Borovikova and Elena Ermakova
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination
17:00-18:30
Vague Events: Writing-Reading workshop
Sharing what we read, what we want to read, and what we think other people should read becomes a form of peer to peer education, the propagation of informal and personal canons. Reading lists become a kind of writing - a writing of reading. This workshop focus on composing reading lists and thinking their agency.
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination
17:00-18:30
Vague Events: The Peer-to-Peer Web Workshop
Introduction and co-learning workshop about new p2p web technologies on which HyperReadings and Dat Library are built. Learn about Beaker Browser and the Dat Protocol. Participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop.
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination
17:00-18:30
Vague Events: Yet Another Reading Group
Based on the reading lists from HyperReadings, this is Reading group conceived as an space for collective sharing, reading, discussing and ultimately learning together.
On how to resist: Knowledge Dissemination
17:00-18:30
Vague Events: Writing-Reading workshop
Sharing what we read, what we want to read, and what we think other people should read becomes a form of peer to peer education, the propagation of informal and personal canons. Reading lists become a kind of writing - a writing of reading. This workshop focus on composing reading lists and thinking their agency.
On how to resist: Public Digital Space
13:00-14:15
Talk with Frederique Pissuise & Saemundur Thor Helgason, and Barbara Cueto (RU/EN)
The project Cosmos Carl, which hosts the online side of This side is under Revolution, is an independent infrastructure aimed at subverting the traditional models of distribution of contemporary art, parasitizing other commercial sites. Frederique Pisuisse & Saemundur Thor Helgason, artists leading the project, will talk about culture jamming, the art of the art of misusing/reclaiming platforms.
14:00-14:45
Panel Discussion with Frederique Pissuise & Saemundur Thor Helgason, Barbara Cueto, artists from CC, and Igor Chubarov (RU/EN)
Internet promised democratization and free access to information, however the lack of public digital space creates a hybrid situation where commercial platforms are the only possible to terrain to voice up dissonant expressions. How can resistance be organized within the limits of commercial platforms?

On how to resist: Limits of Data-sharing
16:00-16:45
Lecture by Joana Moll: Crowdsourcing of national security through social media and gamification (RU/EN)
17:00-17:45
Lecture by Vladan Joler (Share Lab): Facebook algorithmic machine (RU/EN)
18:00-18:45
Panel Discussion with Vladan Joler (Share Lab), Joana Mol, Kolozaridi Polina. Followed by Q&A. Moderated by Barbara Cueto (RU/EN)
The large-scale collection, storage, mining and deployment of data is only reinforcing new modes of power and control over the civil society. From commercialization of personal data to endless types online surveillance, personal privacy becoming chimera and transparency a form of control. Extreme cases like social scoring in China elucidate an almost dystopic future, where social order relies on data harvested online. What are the limits? What are the tools for civil society to resist the power accumulated on online monopolies?
On how to resist: Digital identity(s)
12:30-14:30
Workshop by Valentina Karga «The gigantic Jelly-Blob: the final revolution». Guest star: Dimitris Savvaides (RU/EN)
The gigantic Jelly-Blob is part of a larger ongoing investigation on the impacts of the digital and immaterial realm in the collective psyche. This realm is now so intrinsically linked to our material world that there is no away, no in and out. Everything is becoming one thing. We have tried revolt and all kinds of fight in order to keep realms separate; and although many battles have been won, we find ourselves exhausted in our effort to escape. Perhaps it is time for a re-framing. What if we revolt by stopping fighting? The audience are invited to participate in a lecture-performance, creating thus a space for communication, togetherness, and embodiment of ideas. Using fiction and metaphors, they will be invited to share their visions reflections, and ideas. No particular knowledge or skills are required.
14:30-16:00
Panel Discussion with Jacqueline Maybey (art & Feminism), Ludmila Bredihina. Moderated by Barbara Cueto (RU/EN)
Art history is full with male artist names while female artists have been often relegated to secondary positions. Today, despite of the promise of democratization of the digital age, the art world still feels the imbalanced representation both online and offline. Nevertheless, the digital realm has made possible strategies like Art&Feminism to function, and there is a boom of engaged female artists working digital forms. But how shall we archive the (female) present to overcome the past problematic? What are the tools and strategies used by female artists in Russia and abroad? What are the prospects and limits of these trends?
16:30-19:00
Workshop: Edit-a-thon (RU)
In spite of the site’s ostensibly egalitarian, accessible format, more than ninety per cent of its editors are male, for this reason, the edit-a-thon of Art & Feminism aims to combat Wikipedia’s well-documented gender gap by improving, however incrementally, its coverage of women in the arts. (Participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop) (Open Event)
19:30-20:00
Performance by Puck Vonk No Body to our Friendship
Puck Vonk is a visual artist, looking at her work involves reading and listening. Letters are things and spoken words have consequences. She is involved in- and influenced by women’s studies and feminism. She performs poetical activism starting from the idiosyncrasies and objectlessness of the voice. The voice as the in-between sound, tool, power, movement and foreign intruder. This results in sound pieces, sound installations, lecture performances and multi-voice performances.
Narrator: Svetlana Dorogina
Body performers: Elena Ermakova and Anastasia Manuilova