International academic conference
«Theories and practices of art and design: sociocultural, economic, and political contexts»

The National Research University Higher School of Economics together with HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL and Doctoral School of Arts and Design held the international academic conference Theories and practices of art and design: sociocultural, economic and political contexts.
The Conference features a diverse agenda concerning social, economic, and cultural development and is devoted to the prospects for the development of art and the art studies in the 21st century, as well as consider the place and role of art in modern society. Key research trajectories include the socio-economic contexts of art and design, the state of art markets, the institutionalization of art and design, educational strategies in this area, science art, dance and performance studies, museum practices, such as the development of the idea of a «participatory museum», various aspects of institutional relations with artists and other members of the art world, as well as the artist-curator-viewer relationship.

Keynote speakers

Angela McRobbie

Professor at Goldsmith University, London, UK
April 11 — Fashion as Urban Creative Economy: Start Ups and Micro Enterprises in London Berlin and Milan
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Alessandro Ludovico

Assistant Professor at Winchester School of Art, Southampton University, UK
April 11 — Temporary Libraries of Media Art
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Sarah Wilson

Professor at Courtauld Institute of Art, UK
April 10 — Culture and emigration, crowds and power
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Anna Markowska

Professor at University of Wroclaw, Poland
April 11 — Unlearning and tertiary memory. Some ideas in the theory of art
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Eugene Shinkle

Reader in Photography, University of Westminster, London, UK
April 10 On politics, photography, and the fashioned body
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Dmitry Bulatov

Curator at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Baltic branch, Russia
April 11 — ART & SCIENCE: Unity in Assembly
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10 апреля профессор Сара Уилсон (Институт Искусства Курто, Великобритания) выступила с докладом «Культура и эмиграция, толпы и власть».

Conference priority areas

Technological Future: Towards a Smart Society
  • prospects for the development of modern artistic practices: science art (modern art at the intersection of art and science)
  • digital art
  • virtual and mixed reality (from designing human-machine interfaces to the social context of mixed reality)
  • modern technology in design
  • Internet of things
  • Internet art
  • post-Internet art
Education in Art and Design: Challenges and Perspectives.
  • art and design Research and the PhD
  • doctoral education innovative formats (PhD by Practice, Research Residence)
The Place of Art
  • the problem of localization of art in various discursive fields
  • the meeting place for the viewer and artist
  • prospects and drivers of globalization and regionalization in the new conditions: the Center/Periphery problem in art and design in modern geopolitical conditions
Advancing Museum Practices
  • what will the museum of the future look like?
  • new languages of presentation and interpretation of museum heritage
  • museum storytelling
  • participation
  • innovative technologies and new museum concepts
The Artist — Art-Curator — Viewer and the challenges of today
  • curator in the era of sustainability
  • portrait of the modern viewer: prosumerism and/or produsage?
  • contemporary artist: a creative process and «postproduction»
Performance: History, Theory and Practice
  • authentic movement, contact improvisation, etc. tactility and «skin responsiveness» (V. Savchuk)
  • theories of movement and dance
  • relationship with the audience
  • the integrated mysterial body and the problem of identity, gender and performance
  • performance in everyday life
  • performances of power
  • performance and technical science
Art and Design: Models of Corporeality
  • the history of body and corporeality
  • the problem of corporeality in contemporary art and design
  • the aesthetics of new corporeality in the virtual space
  • the change of models of corporeality in the culture of 20th-21st centuries
  • textualization of corporeality
Inequality and Inclusive Development
  • design and bioethics
  • bioethical problems and humanities expertise problems of interaction of bioethics and ecoethics in modern design
  • inclusive practices in art and design
  • inclusive education in the art field
The Latest Trends in the Theory of Art
  • material, form, technology, «message»; conceptualization of the «content and context» in modern conditions;
  • objects and events, objects as events.
Economics and Sociology of Art and Design
  • sociological and socio-economic problems of art and design
  • the role of the art market in the field of art
  • the democratization of the art market
  • mass culture and «mass art»


10th of April

9.30-10.00 Registration and opening the conference
10.00-12.00 Panel 1. Economics and Sociology of Art and Design

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Keynote Sarah Wilson (Courtauld Institute of Art, UK): Culture and Emigration, Crowds and Power.

Yulia Papushina (HSE Perm): Late Soviet Fashion in Bourdieu’s Perspective: Power, Capital, and Competition in the Field of Fashion Production in USSR.

Claire Baker (Northern School of Art, UK): An experiential investigation into the embroidery practices of the Chernobyl Babushka.

Ekaterina Kulinicheva (independent researcher, Moscow): Ceremonies of the modern Olympic games and presentation of the images of the country by means of arts and design.

Olga Gurova, Daria Morozova (Aalborg University, Denmark): Smart clothes designers in search of their customers.

Chair Tatiana Rivchun (HSE, Moscow)

12.00-13.00 Coffee break
13.00-15.00 Panel 2. Art and Design: Models of Corporeality


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Keynote Eugene Shinkle (University of Westminster London, UK): On politics, photography, and the fashioned body.

Ksenia Gusarova (RSUH, RANEPA, Moscow). Inconsistencies: the body and beauty canon in Jana Romanova's photographic project «W».

Irina Sahno (RUDN Moscow): «Anagrammatic body» in the photographic cycle of Hans Bellmer's «The Doll» (1934-1935).

Olga Roginskaya (HSE Moscow): ‘Non-normative’ body in contemporary theatre: performative aspects.

Ella Rossman (HSE Moscow): Representations of the female body in contemporary feminist art.

Chair Liudmila Aliabieva (HSE, Moscow)

15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-17.00 Panel 3. History, memory, identity. Session 1

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Tatiana Dashkova (RSUH Moscow). Babette Goes to Moscow: The impact of foreign movies on the representation of fashion in the cinema of the Soviet Thaw

Artem Dezhurko (HSE Moscow). Struggle for good taste and life aesthetic in the USSR from the mid 1950s to the early 1960s

Olga Druzhinina (Moscow Design Museum). Anthropocentrism in system approach to design

Alena Dikovitskaya (SPbSU, Saint Petersburg). Monuments to WWII victims of the late 20th and the early 21th centuries in Russia and Germany: memory objectivity in public art.

Chair Tatyana Bakina (HSE Moscow)

15.30-17.00 PhD students’ round table. Session 1

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Ksenia Zhernova (HSE Moscow). Moral dilemmas in videogames.

Pyotr Skovorodnikov (HSE Moscow). Net-art in the World Web: an attempt of chronologization.

Vasilina Vartsaba (MSLU). Street art as an art practice: transformation via entering the Internet

Sofia Fyodorova (HSE Moscow). Technical reproducing as an aspect of media communication of avant-garde art in post-revolutionary Russia

Chair Daria Müller Velasquez (HSE Moscow)

17.00-17.30 Coffee break
17.30-19.00 Panel 3. History, memory, identity.

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Tatyana Bakina (HSE Moscow). From 1930s to 2010s: The Problem of short historical distance in making costumes for classical hollywood films about past.

Elena Milanovskaya (HSE, Pushkin State Museum of Arts, Moscow). Visiting museum. Soviet museum visitor: views and understanding in 1920-1950s.

Anastasia Kurlyandseva (HSE, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow). Pavel Korin in New York

Anna Chernyshova (HSE Moscow). The New Masses. Art and Activism

Chair Tatiana Dashkova (RSUH Moscow)

17.30-19.00 PhD students’ round table. Session 2

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Alena Korotkova (Vaganova Ballet Academy, Moscow). The concept of defamiliarisation and its actualisation in visual space of theatre stage.

Daria Müller Velasquez (HSE Moscow). «Made in Italy»: unity of contemporary design and technology in furniture production.

Valeriya Puhovitskaya (HSE Moscow). Visualising the nation: case of «New names in fashion» contest by «» online-magazine.

Tatiana Kharina (HSE Moscow). Museum heritage conceptualization in ‘The living pictures’ project and key art values transmission by means of senses.

Daria Bunkevich (SPbSU, Saint Petersburg). Poetics of ruins in contemporary Russia. Peter Beliy and Pavel Otdelnov

Chair Valeriya Puhovitskaya (HSE Moscow)

19:30-21:00 Artist talk with the artist Esther Shalev-Gerz in Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

Place: Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Obraztsova St., 11, build. 1A, Moscow
Place of art. Meeting with artist Esther Shalev-Gerz.

We would like to invite you to the meeting with artist Esther Shalev-Gerz. The meeting is devoted to geographical and sociocultural aspects of the notion called «place of art».

Esther Shalev-Gerz is a contemporary Israeli artist who lives and works in Paris. Creating monuments, installations, video and sculptures, Shalev-Gerz explored the notions of time, memory and history. Together with Jochen Gerz she created «Monument against facism» in Hamburg. Also, Shalev-Gerz explores the understanding of artistic work as a social practice.

Within the project «Place of art» Esther Shalev-Gerz asked artists how they understood art and where it took place. Therefore, artists created their own map and at the same time tried to look at artistic process from the outside.

In the meeting we will discuss how artists and researchers understand the artistic process itself. Where does art take place nowadays? How does geographical and sociocultural dimensions of the place of art interact with each other? Is it possible to talk about the place of art without referring to physical space?

The discussion will bring together Esther Shalev-Gerz and the research group of the Moscow project «Place of art»: Amal Avezdzhanova, Victoria Belonenko, Maria Buneeva, Maria Korchagina, Polina Lukina, Tatiana Mironova, Christina Pestova and Natalia Smolianskaia. «Place of art» is an online archive of Moscow exhibitions and also a platform for discussing contemporary curating.

The discussion takes place as a part of HSE conference «Theories and practices of art and design: sociocultural, economic and political contexts».

11th of April

10.00 — 12.00 Session 4. Creative societies, creative economies

Keynote Angela Mcrobbie (Goldsmith University, London, UK). Fashion as Urban Creative Economy: Start Ups and Micro Enterprises in London, Berlin and Milan.

Vlad Strukov (Leeds University, UK). Future as Art: Designing New Economies

Margarita Kuleva (HSE Saint-Petersburg). From representation to (in)visibility: how to talk about gender and creative labour.

Marine Birot (Artistik Bazaar/Pulsar Moscow). Entrepreneurship and collaborative practices in the arts. Crossed views between France and Russia

Chair Tatiana Fadeeva (HSE, Moscow)
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10.00 — 12.00 Panel 5: Place of art

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10.00-10.30 Presentation of the «Place of Art» project (Tatyana Mironova (HSE, 'Place of Art', Moscow), Amalia Avezdzhanova (independent researcher, 'Place of Art', Moscow), Christina Pestova (independent researcher, 'Place of Art', Moscow)

10. 30 — 12.00. Session 1. To the question of theory and practice of art critical geography

Discussants: Anna Kozlovskaya (independent researcher, Moscow), Tatyana Mironova (HSE, 'Place of Art', Moscow)

10.30 — 10.40 Natalya Smolyanskaya (Associate Researcher Paris-8, head of the «Place of Art» seminar, Moscow). Presentation of the «Critical geography» topic.

10.40 — 11.00 Natalya Smolyanskaya (Associate Researcher Paris-8, head of the «Place of Art» seminar, Moscow). The concept of avant-garde and its role in critical geography today.

11.00 — 11.30 Keynote Anna Markowska (University of Wrocław, Poland). Unlearning and tertiary memory. Some ideas in the theory of art.

11.30 — 12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.00 Coffee break
13.00-14:30 Round table: Education in Art and Design: Challenges and Perspectives


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Speaker: Maria Mackinney-Valentin (KADK, Denmark). New Nordic Formats in Teaching.

Chair Liudmila Aliabieva (HSE Moscow)

Participants: Dmitry Bulatov, Yulia Liderman, Alessandro Ludovico, Irina Sirotkina, Tatiana Fadeeva

13.00-14.30 Panel 5. Place of art

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13.00  14.30 Round Table on Critical Geography

Participants: Anna Markowska, Natalya Smolyanskaya, Tatyana Mironova, Natalya Prikhodko, Diana Machulina, Amalia Avezdzhanova

14.30-15.00 Coffee break
13.00-15.00 Round-table Book Illustration: Traditional Roles and New Forms

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Participants: Olga Maeots, Zhanna Umanskaya, Maria Skaf, Marina Sazonenko, Julia Blucher, Anna Druzhinets

Chair Ekaterina Asonova (MPGU, Moscow)

15.00-17.00 Panel 6. Technological Future: Towards a «Smart Society». Session 1


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Chair Irina Sirotkina (IHST RAS, Moscow)

Keynote Dmitry Bulatov (Baltic branch of NCCA, Russia). ART & SCIENCE: unity in assembly

Galina Orlova (HSE Moscow).Visual epistemology in search for design.

Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk (HSE, RANEPA Moscow). The Show of Unimaginable. Space Knowledge in Cinema, Videogames, Installations and Museum Expositions: between Public Science and Disigner's Creativity.

Anna Krasnoslobodtseva (HSE Moscow). Transformation of the modern Russian theater under the influence of new technologies: trends and prospects.

Kirill Yandulov (TSU, Tomsk). (Deep) media art: to the devisualisation of media culture

15.00-17.00 Panel 5. Place of art


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15.00 — 15. 30 Esther Shalev-Gerz (artist, Paris). Artist talk.

Esther Shalev-Gerz is a contemporary artist. She lives and works in Paris, London and New York City. Internationally recognized for her significant contributions in the field of public art, photography, and video installation, Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz consistently investigates the construction of memory, history, nature, democracy, and cultural identity.

15.30 — 16.10 Session 2. The problem of local memory and constitution of the «territory» of art
Discussants: Anna Markowska (University of Wrocław, Poland), Natalya
(Associate Researcher Paris-8, head of the «Place of Art» seminar, Moscow)

15.30 — 15.45 Tatyana Mironova (HSE, 'Place of Art', Moscow). Local history and personal experience as means of thinking on territory.

15.45 — 16.00 Anna Kozlovskaya (independent researcher, Moscow). Excursion as an artistic practice of working with place, space and time.

16.00 — 16.15 Discussion

16.15 — 17.00 Session 3. Local and global in exhibition practices

Discussants: Amalia Avezdzhanova (independent researcher, 'Place of Art', Moscow), Christina Pestova (independent researcher, 'Place of Art', Moscow)

16.15 — 16.30 Liya Chechik (Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow). Decolonizing European Past: Netherlands Museum Case Study.

16.30 — 16.45 Polina Lukina (HSE, 'Place of Art', Moscow). Global exhibition projects and the problem of representation of the «local» on example of Manifesta 12 and Riga Biennale of Contemporary Art.

16.45 — 17.00 Discussion

15:00-17:00 Round table: The field of contemporary art in the context of globalised communication society

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Particpants: Victor Alimpiev, Ilya Budratskis, Maria Kalinina, Alexandra Kuznetsova, Galina Leonova, Margarita Sokolovskaya

Chair Alexandra Staruseva-Persheeva (HSE Moscow)

17.00-17.30 Coffee break
17.30 — 18.35 Panel 5. Place of art

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Session 4. «Fragility» of art and the search for new territories of art

Discussants: Anna Kozlovskaya (independent researcher, Moscow), Polina Lukina
(HSE, 'Place of Art', Moscow)

17.30 — 17.45 Julietta Sarkisyan (independent researcher, Moscow). «Fragility» in the concept of «arte povera».

17.45 — 18.00 Alexandra Volodina (RAS, Moscow). Art as field work: escaping the centre.

18.00 — 18.15 Natalia Prikhodko (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris). The place and ways of its use in Moscow conceptualism in the 1970s — early 1980s.

18.15 — 18.35 Discussion

17.30-19.00 Panel 6. Technological Future: Towards a «Smart Society». Session 2

Rus / Eng
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Chair Dmitry Bulatov (Baltic branch of NCCA, Russia)
Alessandro Ludovico (Winchester School of Art and Design, Southampton University, UK). Temporary Libraries of Media Art
Inge van de Ven (Tilburg University, the Netherlands). Electronic literature and the database

19.00-20.15 Panel 5. Place of art

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Round table: The Centre and Periphery. Presentation of Place of Art zine

Participants: Polina Lukina, Natalya Smolyanskaya, Tatiana Mironova, Kristina Pestova, Victoria Belonenko, Maria Korchagina, Dmitry Philippov, Anna Zhurba, Tonya Trubitsina.

12th of April

11.00-14.45 Panel 7. Practices and theories of performance and Academia


11.00-12.15 Session 1: Performance and transformation

Liudmila Arlanova, Polycarp Kolesov (HSE, Moscow). Body Accessories’ Transformative Effect as The Identity Shift in Performative Processes.

Nadezhda Malysheva (Voronezh State University). Performer as a Conductor to the Sacred.

Olga Vainshtein (RSUH, Moscow). Egg-nog and the Adventures of Miss UFO: aesthetics of Andrey Bartenev’s performances.

12.15-13.15 Session 2: Performance and interaction

Tatyana Gordeeva (Vaganova Ballet Academy). Artistic Communication in Dance Performance.

Daria Demekhina (HSE, Moscow). To be a Listener and / or be a Witness: the Experience of the Lecture-Performance «10 gestures».

Daria Yuriychuk (Independent Researcher, Curator). How to dance politically.

13.15-14.45 Session 3: Genres of performance

Alexandra Staruseva-Persheeva (HSE, Moscow). Performative Video Art and Video Documentation of the Performance: an attempt to define boundaries.

Maria Romakina (MSU, Moscow). Photobook as a Performance

Alena Papina (HSE, Moscow). Typology of Site Specific Artistic Practices in the Field of Performing Arts.

Julia Liderman (RANEPA, Moscow). The Unique Culture of the Art park Nikola-Lenivets. Mass Performance.

Ekaterina Vasenina (SIAS, Moscow). The First Performance of the Kinetik Theater «Time is ticking» (1994): Site Specific Dance in the Latest Development of the Free Dance Forms.

15.00-16.00 Round table Artistic practice as research: performative arts in Academia


Chair Liudmila Aliabieva (HSE Moscow) Participants: Irina Sirotkina. Olga Vainshtein, Julia Liderman, Olga Roginsaya, Pavel Mitekno, Daria Plokhova.

16.00-17.45 Performances

Silent encounters. Pavel Mitenko and Union of the Recovering. Algorithm: Andrey Bojiev, Kristina Petrova, sound: Alisa Kibin

The Art of movement: Scripts for the Soviet gesture. Dance Co-operative «Aisedorino Gore», with Dasha Plokhova, Nataliya Obel’chak, Nataliya Zhukova, Marina Shilina, Elena Kunilova, Anna Belousova, Yulia Vishniakovskaiya, Zhenia Yakhina, Marina Kablukova

Soviet mass dances: A Re-enactment. Dance Lab of Musical Movement, with Tatiyana Trifonova and participants. Piano: Anna Davydova

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