The Earth Day, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow was pleased to announce highlights from its upcoming show The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, which runs June 28 through December 1 and marks the first major exhibition in Russia to explore the subjects of ecology and the environment.
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The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 is an ambitious project that brings together works by over 50 artists and will occupy the entirety of the museum's Rem Koolhaas-
Participants include Kim Abeles, Doug Aitken, John Akomfrah, Allora & Calzadilla, Maurizio Cattelan, Le Corbusier, Critical Art Ensemble, Driessens & Verstappen, Karel Dujardin, Max Ernst, James Ferraro, gruppe finger, Bill Fontana, Hayden Fowler, Gints Gabrāns, Gnezdo (Nest) group, Hans Haacke, Huang Yong Ping, Mella Jaarsma, Helge Jordheim, Sergei Kishchenko, Lawrence Lek, Mikhail Matyushin, Eadweard Muybridge, Numen/For Use group, Alexander Obrazumov, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Patricia Piccinini, Sascha Pohflepp, Anastasia Potemkina, Laure Prouvost, Jon Rafman, Rimini Protokoll, Pamela Rosenkranz, Martha Rosler, Boryana Rossa and Oleg Mavromatti, Salomon van Ruysdael, Tita Salina, Tomás Saraceno, Gerry Schum, Susan Schuppli, Allan Sekula, Denis Sinyakov, Victor Skersis, Studio Drift, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Elin Már Øyen Vister, Ben Woodard, Wooloo, and Tori Wrånes.
The title alludes to a time period between two dates, one suggested by popular science, and the other by science fiction. Some thinkers (including the noted ecologist and demographer Paul R. Ehrlich) have predicted that the Earth’s oil reserves will be depleted by 2030, and 2100 is the date by which Arthur C. Clarke, writing in the 1960s, predicted humanity would inhabit other star systems and achieve immortality. By looking into the speculative future, and back at predictions that are no longer considered accurate, the exhibition highlights the uncertainty of our knowledge about the events to come, while at the same time suggesting a performative understanding of the future as it is being constructed today.
The project will open with John Akomfrah’s six-
The exhibition will also feature historical works that marked several turning points in humanity’s relationship with nature: from the 16th-
The exhibition has been developed in dialogue with artists and activists and rethinks exhibition practice from an ecological point of view. The exhibition’s design makes an effort to be green by reusing structures and materials from previous projects at Garage. Much of the work in the show by Doug Aitken, Critical Art Ensemble, Martha Rosler and Tita Salina will be made or reconstructed on-
Committed to the ideals of responsible consumption, the project team chose not to produce a paper exhibition guide for The Coming World, opting instead for an e-
The museum's atrium will host giant cockroaches in Huang Yong Ping's Atrium Commission, which references the Kitchen Debate between U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev at the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959. Other large-
Norwegian artist Tori Wrånes will present a site-
The show will also be accompanied by an important new Garage Square commission, Graft, by Allora & Calzadilla, just outside the building. Graft is a boundary-
The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 is curated by Snejana Krasteva and Ekaterina Lazareva.
John Akomfrah’s installation Purple was commissioned by the Barbican (London) and co-
Dan Perjovschi, Drawing for the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, 2018. Courtesy of the artist