Self-isolation is a common thing for people working with creative practices. Artists, writers and philosophers find their own ways to tame time, dig into the very contexture of daily life. Over the centuries, they have fixed instructions and techniques that help them overcome the fear of the empty page, fight demons of doubt, create universal artistic expressions, all staying alone with themselves.
With this project, we play with the tonality of guides for effective time management and
dealing with procrastination. It is a meaningful living of our time and revealing the magical properties of everyday routine and solitude that we declare our success criterion. Together with the Pushkin museum we and our audience are going to learn creative meditation and meaningful living of time.
It is an open research project together with artists, art historians, writers, collectors regularly published on the special landing page of the Pushkin Museum. The project is divided into three sections: “Time: category of contemplation”, “Media Quarantine” and “Digital exchange”.
Time: category of contemplation
Here our virtual associates tell about a work from the history of art that explores the theme of delaying time, contemplation, solitude. Or a story about an artwork — from the collection of their own museums, for example, or maybe even from the Pushkin Museum – that became a starting point for a long focused reflection and worked as a time machine, connecting one with other eras.
Another theme is stories on the ways artists and scholars of the past cheated time in studios during epidemics or examples of strict time management and daily routines on their part, that can become guides for our audiences.
Another format within our project is instructions from contemporary artists, curators, writers and philosophers. They will record their videos directly from the studio or at home – the place where they found isolation.
They will create videos, photos, podcasts, visual schemes, guides, sketches to share their own methods of taming time. Strict and consistent instructions or artistic happening – any practices that will help viewers rethink their daily routine.
Direction Pushkin XXI works with art that is able to unite people in a distance. In this section, Pushkin museum will show works of the most important international media artists, who work with the perception of time. Akso, researchers and curators of the international institutions will share artworks from their collections and talk about their personal experience and visions of works.