Expanding Space: Out of the Centre

Expanding Space is a large-scale continuation of the V–A–C project of the same name in 2015-16, whereby contemporary artists developed works for the urban environment, producing pieces from scaffolding to street signs and metro station installations. This time round, selected artists are working further afield on the outskirts of the city, with a variety of local institutions and associations including libraries, cinemas, chess clubs, public squares and houses of culture, in order to get to know these communities and create new cultural opportunities.

The main goal of ‘Expanding Space: Out of the Centre’ is to broaden the focus of existing local activities towards more open and social participative practices as well as exploring their potential and meaning within the local context. V–A–C will run seven programmes over several months, which will see musicians, theatre directors, filmmakers and performers work together with residents of the different Moscow districts.

Website of the project (Russian only)

DK ‘Zattere’
’19 –’20

23 November 2019 – 29 February 2020

V–A–C Zattere launches the second edition of its autumn / winter community and activity-led programme, featuring an exhibition, a cine club, a curatorial lab, a co-working space, live concerts, performances, workshops, dance and yoga classes and a live stream connection between Venice and Moscow residents.

Taking its title from Soviet terminology to describe a ‘house of culture’ (DK is an abbreviation of ‘dom kul’tury’ in Russian), this second edition of the popular activity-led programme at V–A–C Zattere will once again aim to create the same energy that made these cultural hubs so popular in Russia since the 1920s. DK’s were recreational centres set up for and developed by local communities, offering them a place to go and practise their hobbies. They were often equipped with art galleries, theatres, workshops, libraries, cinemas and concert halls. From 23 November 2019 to 29 February 2020, V–A–C Zattere will re-imagine this format and offer a different cultural experience, encouraging people to engage with the institution and its programme directly, making it their own.

DK Zattere is a multi-functional programme featuring an experimental performance area on the ground floor while the second floor offers recreational, self-discovery practice through yoga classes, series of acoustic sessions and a specially created environment taking visitors on a unique sensory journey. The co-working area is aimed at offering any visitor the opportunity to work or study, play chess or piano. On the first floor, the exhibition room invites for the unlikely meeting of works by European Modernist artists, the creations of the Russian avant-garde, and paintings by Socialist Realists of the 1960s from the Russian city of Samara. The first two groups were organised on the eve of crucial moments in history: the former, just before the First World War and the emergence of fascist regimes, and the latter, created during the early years of the Soviet experiment. Subsequently, the Samara works are filled with romantic expectations about the industrial achievements of the Soviet state. A sound composition entitled ‘Kitezh’, by the Russian composer Vladimir Rannev, also runs through four rooms on this floor, immersing visitors in a Lynchian atmosphere of suspense.

Programme highlights include the Curatorial Lab, a platform for art and design professionals in the early stages of their career, aimed at opening up Zattere for reflective dialogue and co-production; a regular theatre workshop for teenagers by Teodoro Bonci dei Bene; Play in a Box by Vokrug da Okolo theatre group; Rite Now, ritual song and dance practice led by Russian choreographer Dina Khusein and Italian musician Mariele Baraziol; Valentina Lucenko & Dmitry Vlasik’s Squatting workshop, where the choreographer and the composer invite participants to immerse themselves in a collective exercise exploring the possibilities opened up by ‘squatting’ through dance, sound practices and somatic techniques; choreographers Olga Dukhovnaya and Anton Svetlichny’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Swan Lake, aimed at converting an elitist work of art into an easily relatable, practical workshop.

The DK music programme looks at the specific themes explored this season, while this year’s Cine Club consists of three thematic cycles: Just Before the FutureMulticoloured Dreams and Forced to be Together, presenting films by prominent directors defining the nature of world cinema today.

Press Release (PDF)

Photo: Marco Cappelletti with Filippo Rossi
2009 – 2019 (c) V–A–C