Calvert 22

private view of Sounding the Body Electric exhibition at Calvert 22 gallery

The UK’s only not for profit foundation dedicated to contemporary art and culture from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Wed–Sun, 12–6pm

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

Tube: Old Street or Liverpool Street (10 minute walk)
Train: Shoreditch High Street (2 minute walk)
Bus: 55, 48, 242, 78, 47, 26, 67, 149, 243, 8, 35, 135, 388

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Dmitry Lookianov Instant Tomorrow

Power and Architecture

  • 10 June — 9 October 2016 *on now

As part of the Power and Architecture season, new and existing work by artists from across the New East region will be exhibited over four interconnected installments. Multiple facets of architecture’s relationship to power will be presented, from artistic reflections on the modernist vision of the socialist city to the individual’s participation in the activation of public space and the afterlife of cities build for a utopia that was never realised.

Part 1: Utopia and Modernity
12 June — 3 July 2016

In the opening show, four artists will reflect on the modernist vision of the socialist city and consider the real and imagined futures of utopia.

Part 2: Dead space and ruins
7 July – 7 August 2016

Three photographers present the decaying architectural reminiscence of the Soviet vision. With work taking inspiration from across the vast landscape of the former Soviet Union, these artists will explore the “dead space” left in the wake of the quest for progress.

Part 3: Citizen activated space — Museum of Skateboarding
11 August – 11 September 2016

Part three is a new commission by Calvert 22 Foundation that will explore the individual’s participation in the activation of public space with Russian artist Kirill Savchenkov’s installation.

Museum of Skateboarding is a mixed media installation that considers skateboarding not just as a form of exercise, but also as a visceral way to explore and reflect on the post-Soviet residential suburbs of Moscow. The project studies the secret language of the sport, illustrating how certain architectural interventions or objects can be understood through skateboarding.


Part 4: The afterlives of Modernity — shared values and routines
15 September – 9 October 2016

The season culminates with four artists considering the afterlives of utopian endeavour and the quest for new national identities. Across the former Soviet Union there are a series of architectural and physical nostalgias connecting citizens who share the same socialist history – part four of the programme reflects on these shared values and routines for citizens today.

Participating artists: Vahram Aghasyan, Iza Cichońska , Aikaterini Gegisian, Anton Ginzburg, Ogino Knauss, Dmitry Lookianov, Eric Lusito, Karolina Popera, Przemek Pyszczek, Kirill Savchenko, Kuba Snopek, Danila Tkachenko, Donald Weber, Dmytrij Wulffius

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://calvert22.org/power-and-architecture

Eric Lusito Traces of the Soviet Empire

Power and Architecture part 2: Dead space and ruins

  • 7 July — 7 August 2016 *on now

"Dead space and ruins" is the second instalment of Power and Architecture, a season on utopian public space and the quest for new national identities across the post-Soviet world.

Join us for the late opening on Thursday, 7 July, 6 - 9 pm as part of First Thursdays: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655391001367054/

In "Dead space and ruins", four artists working with photography and film present the decaying architectural reminiscence of the Soviet vision. With work taking inspiration from across the vast landscape of the former Soviet Union, these artists will explore the “dead space” left in the wake of the quest for progress.

Eric Lusito maps what remained of the militaristic power of the USSR from eastern Europe to eastern Siberia. His photographic series Traces of the Soviet Empirecatalogues the haunting ruins of former bases, monuments and equipment from length and breadth of the empire.

In Restricted Areas, Danila Tkachenko presents us with the “utopian strive of humans for technological progress”[1]. The artist travelled to sites embodying this quest for advancement, not found on any map or travel guide; these behemoths lie forgotten and decomposing in the frozen tundra.

Turo by Anton Ginzburg investigates post-Soviet geography and icons of constructivist architecture. The four chapters of the film explore different landmarks of Soviet modernism such as the Narkomfin building and ZIL, while proposing alternate futures for these and other settings through virtual, video game-like environments.

Vahram Aghasyan reminds us of the many examples of deserted urban areas across the Soviet Empire. Through economic meltdown, natural disaster or industrial catastrophe, Ghost City references the disregarded buildings that used to form towns in parts of the vast Soviet landscape.

[1] http://www.danilatkachenko.com/projects/restricted-areas/

Participating artists: Vahram Aghasyan, Eric Lusito, Danila Tkachenko and Anton Ginzburg.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://calvert22.org/power-and-architecture

Getting there

Tube: Old Street or Liverpool Street (10 minute walk)
Train: Shoreditch High Street (2 minute walk)
Bus: 55, 48, 242, 78, 47, 26, 67, 149, 243, 8, 35, 135, 388

Calvert 22
22 Calvert Avenue
London
E2 7JP
England

Website

www.calvert22.org

E-mail

info@calvert22.org

Telephone

020 7613 2141

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