The False Calculations Presidium

15 Feb–14 Apr 2012
Museum of Entrepreneurs, Patrons of Art and Philanthropists

Young artists sum up their sense of how they are economic subjects and that this is an unavoidable process.

The exhibition featuring young artists from Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Austria, the Netherlands and France questions the nature and the role of the market economy in our lives, summing up artists’ own experience as economic subjects. The False Calculations Presidium is an attempt to elicit artists’ responses to global economic processes and crises that are also occurring in contemporary art.

Regardless of whether or not one has knowledge of the mechanisms of the modern economy, everyone needs to navigate the world of their own needs and limited resources. The pressure of economic necessity is so strong that it leads to the assumption that free market — an environment which is often perceived as openly hostile — is the only possible environment for the interaction of human interests.  The incredible, at times bordering on absurd, complexity of modern financial capitalism leads to growing alienation and heightened artistic and political vigilance.

The False Calculations Presidium questions the essence and role of the market economy in our lives, summarising the experiences of young artists in experiencing themselves as economic actors.

The exhibition is held in the ruined space of the building of the Museum of Business and Philanthropy which fits perfectly into the context of the project. Its state of ruin was the result of conflict between two business entities.

V–A–C aims to expand the territory of art and create living connections with the city, reconstructing the mechanisms of cultural memory through current artistic practices. Museums, houses of culture, research institutes and production spaces are all genuine depositories of the city dwellers' cultural memory, an instrument of critical perspective and a source of sensual urbanism. Today, however, these spaces are turning into ruins of cultural life, while the autonomous existence of art in a museum-gallery context leads to a loss of connections with the city and self-isolation. Giving them new life is one of the tasks of the project.

Ivan Brazhkin, Aleksei Buldakov, Alexander Verevkin, Anna Witt, Alisa Ioffe, Irina Korina, Camille Lorelli, Alisa Nikitinova, Dmitry Potemkin, Anastasia Potemkina, Nikolay Ridnyi, Anastasia Ryabova, Maxim Spivakov, Zachary Formwalt, Vladislav Shapovalov

Project concept
Anastasia Ryabova