Shock and Fame is a festival-conference dedicated to analysis of the extreme expressions of emotions that art may arouse in a viewer.

The programme is based on research into various forms of vandalism and other atypical behaviour when interacting with art and, in a broad sense, with visual images. The festival is a response to Ragnar Kjartansson’s video installation Terrible, Terrible (created for the exhibition To Moscow! To Moscow! To Moscow!), in which the artist addresses vandalistic attacks on Ilya Repin’s 19th century masterpiece, Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581, which occurred more than 100 years apart, in 1913 and 2018.

Kjartansson is not alone in his interest in extreme forms of emotional experience and the affective-shock reactions that go with them. They are studied in many fields of science, and researchers from a variety of disciplines help GES-2 visitors to consider the nuances of the Santa Barbara season in this context. More broadly, sociologists, curators, philosophers, and historians, both Russian and foreign, discuss how visual images can have various effects in all sorts of cultural processes.

Ragnar Kjartansson, Terrible, Terrible, 2021

Schedule of events

Morning Session

12:00–13:20 Lecture by sociologist Konstantin Filonenko Spectator, Admirer, Vandal — What does the Reaction to a Work of Art Depend upon, followed by Q& A. In Russian only

13:30–14:50 Open interview with Yacek Dehnel, author of the novel Krivoklat, followed by Q& A. In English, with simultaneous interpretation

Afternoon session

15:20–16:40 Talk between historian Ilya Budraitskis, sociologist Daria Khlevnyuk and philosopher Mikhail Yampolsky Can Images Kill?, followed by Q& A. In Russian only

16:50–18:10 Lecture by psychoanalyst Igor Kadyrov and art historian Sofia Bagdasarova Several Cases of Vandalism, followed by Q& A. In Russian only

Evening session

18:40–20:00 Screening of the film Mira by Denis Shabaev. In Russian only

20:10–21:40 Talk between the film director Denis Shabaev and the V–A–C Foundation curator Andrei Vasilenko, followed by Q& A. In Russian only.

  • Sign language interpreter
    Sign language interpreter (on request at the registration for the event)