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)

Time,
Forward!

A project by Omar Kholeif, Maria Kramar and V–A–C

11 May – 20 October 2019

Artists: Rosa Barba, Aleksandra Domanović, Valentin Fetisov, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Daria Irincheeva, Adam Linder, Haroon Mirza, Trevor Paglen, Walid Raad, James Richards, Kirill Savchenkov, Alexandra Sukhareva, Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Where Dogs Run

Time, Forward!, a new project by Omar Kholeif, Maria Kramar and V–A–C, seeks to question the notion and function of time and how it relates to new forms of consciousness, action and sight in the twenty-first century. The title is also an ironic take on the revolutionary 20th century concept and Soviet slogan, which became a celebrated novel, film and tune that was very popular across decades and which is still highly recognisable today. While its original use proposes an optimistic and progressive view of acceleration, the exhibition takes a more critical position towards the celebration of velocity and compression of time in the digital age. The project presents all new commissions from emerging and acclaimed international artists who, at the very beginning of the project, gathered in Venice to discuss their ideas about time and the speed and breadth of knowledge turnover in today’s world. When our lives are deluged with images, tweets, real and fake information, can we embrace tools or positions of resistance that will help us improve our living conditions?

Time, Forward! will be complemented by an extensive Public Programme with the participation of Emilio Fantin, Silvia Federici, Adelita Husni-Bey, M¥SS KETA, Diego Marcon, Paolo Patelli, Alessandra Pomarico / Free Home University, Michele Rizzo, Davide Sisto, Strasse, Ines Testoni, The Feminist De-Colonial Collective and The Provisory Anti-Fascist Committee of Venice, Barbara Toma, ∞OS.

Press Release (PDF)
Guide with info about artists (English and Italian, PDF)

Adam Linder, She Clockwork. Performance, costume objects and wallpaper (with HIT), 2019
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Being Human. Digital projection on acrylic, 2019
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
Kirill Savchenkov, Then a Kiss is not a Kiss. Multi-channel sound installation, 2019
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
Trevor Paglen, From Apple to Kleptomaniac (Pictures and Words). Installation, 2019
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
Haroon Mirza, Beyond the Wave Epoch. Multimedia installation, 2019
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, from the Unconformities project: What we leave behind.
Single-channel video, photographs, sculpture, 2019
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
Walid Raad, Foreword to the Arabic Edition _ I, 2019. Installation.
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
Where Dogs Run, Zero City, 2018-2019. Installation.
Installation View, Time, Forward!
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani e Marco Cappelletti
2009 – 2019 (c) V–A–C