Along with epidemiologists and virologists, artists will have to act by groping, at random, intuitively; try a new language, new style, new space; accept challenges and time limits.
How does a zero-time artistic gesture look like? What strategies do the authors put forward? What does the artist's personality look like? How and where to make an exhibition? What to teach a young artist now? These are the questions outlining the range of problems on the new agenda of the School of Artistic Gesture. In the process of work, we decided to name the new SAG project - "Zeroing Virus", combining two relevant phenomena - a pandemic that gripped humanity and the desire of the authorities of all countries to "zero" the democratic values of modern civilization.
The strategy of the SAG in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic was lined up in accordance to the circumstances of the time. We decided to use archival materials - lectures by prominent participants in the art process of previous editions of the School of Artistic Gesture. In conjunction with the lectures, from April to June 2020, Youtube streams were held, where co-curators Yulia Sorokina and Olya Vesselova discussed important points on the agenda of the educational process and answered questions from the audience. All lectures and streams (which, incidentally, were translated into Kazakh) are available online
On streams, members also received assignments that were uploaded and discussed on the group's Facebook page. As a result, interesting works of art, recordings of the panel discussions, and reflections on the lock down were made.
PhD, researcher, lecturer, teacher at the Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts, independent curator of contemporary art.