“Today media constructs reality. Digital technologies change the society, politics and economics, but we are also changing with them. Technologies are extensions of our nervous system. We mutate gradually and become part of it. Under the pressure of the infinite number of cameras, stucked in the web, on one hand, we loose our freedom. But on the other - we expand our rights day by day via technological innovations. Art is not an outsider now, it's a trendsetter with new ideas and introduction into various fields is not directly connected to it. Only art with its intuition and power of imagination not limited by either discourse, or status, or norm becomes able to perceive the vague outlines of the future...”
Olga Shishko, PRO&CONTRA curator
The PRO&CONTRA Symposium consists of six sections which include talks by theoreticians, artists, curators and public figures, as well as discussions, classes on various subjects and a presentation programme.
TACTICAL MEDIA SECTION
Co-curated by Tatiana Volkova, Director of ZHIR Gallery (Russia)
Media activism projects aim is to change social life, namely media interventions of public space, locative media, digital communities, creative interfaces for social networks and communicative communities, art in the form of video games. This section and the corresponding nomination is oriented to support artistic innovations in developing media consciousness and social interaction by transcending geographical, cultural and other borders and reconsidering the relations between individual, political and financial structures.
In the course of the section’s work: talks by tactical media theoreticians and practitioners, panel discussions of the subject and the best PRO&CONTRA OPEN CALL projects, screening of The Yes Men film "The Yes Men Fix the World" (USA, 2009).
16.00 TACTICAL MEDIA SECTION
Reports, the co-curator: Tatiana Volkova.
Ivan Zasursky (Head of New Media and Communication Theory Department, Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University, Russia) — The borders of Tactical Media and independent journalism;
18.00 TACTICAL MEDIA SECTION
Discussion panel. Moderated by Tatiana Volkova, Ivan Zasursky
Participants: Dmitry Model (Media activist, Russia), Andrey Velikanov (Artist, philosopher, art theoretician, lecturer, Russia), Alexandre Bidin (Media activist, Russia), Artem Loskutov (Media activist, Russia), Roman Minaev (Media artist, Russia), Anton Nikolaev (Artist, Russia), Victoria Lomasko (artist, Russia), Dmitry Zhvania (mediaaktivist, Russia).
20.00 PRO&CONTRA OPENCALL/TACTICAL MEDIA
Presentation and discussion. Projects of the 2011 nominees.
Victoria Lomasko, Anton Nikolaev — "Forbidden Art", Anne Brochet — "Wikiantipedia", art-m2 — "GLOBAL ART PROJECT", Gregory Charushin — "Pink Fountain".