International Symposium "Art Sciences on the Border of Science and Art: GAKhN and Aesthetic Experience of the 1920s"

On 20 February, International Symposium "Art Sciences on the Border of Science and Art: The State Academy of Artistic Sciences (GAKhN) and Aesthetic Experience of the 1920s" was held at HSE Moscow. The event was organized by the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities and the Lotman Institute of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

The event included four sessions. First one consisted of two presentations, by Nadezhda Podzemskaya (CNRS, Paris) on "The Project to Create the Institute for the Study of the Arts 1918-1921: from 'Artistic Culture' to 'Artistic Sciences'. To the history of GAKhN" and Violetta Gudkova (Institute of Art Studies, Moscow) on "The Beginning of the Science of Theater in the Discussions of the GAKhN". The presentations were followed by the discussion with Galin Tikhanov (IGITI HSE, Queen Mary University of London) and Alexander Dmitriev (IGITI HSE, Moscow).

The second session included two presentations on science as art. They were made by Maria Silina (Université du Québec, Montréal), who spoke on "Materiality and Authenticity: Boris Shaposhnikov and His Report “The Museum as a Work of Art” (1923)" and alexander sokolov on "GAKhN Displaced: Comments on the Current Stage of Work on the Exhibition Project". Nikolai Plotnikov (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) acted as opponent.

The third session named "Art, Time and Revolution" included presentations by Anke Hennig (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) on "Re-enacting Protocols" and Andrew Fisher (School of Culture & Society Goldsmiths University of London) on "From the revolutionary institution to the institution of revolution in Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology". The discussion was led by Sergey Zenkin (RSUH, Moscow - HSE, St. Petersburg).

The last session was the most unusual, as it was a presentation-demonstration "The Art of Dance and the Science of Dance: Choreological Laboratory of GAKhN" staged by Irina Sirotkina, the studios of L.N. Alexandrova (Kholodkovskaya) and the Studio-Laboratory of the Musical Movement "Terpsichore" of T.B. Trifonova.