Educational Projects

Open School Manege / MediaArtLab
Pro&Contra of Media Culture
Educational program Projections of the Avant-Garde
Media Forum
Conference "Media Library: a new educational center..."

Moscow Department of Culture            

MANEGE. Museum and Exhibition Complex

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Open school MANEGE/MediaArtLab
 is an innovative project for Russia to prepare new generation of contemporary artists and curators as well as sophisticated spectators able to feel and understand the art deeply. The backbone of the education is a cross-disciplinary approach with practical, exploratory nature.

School departments and programs:

  1. Open lectures «A vision of the future»
  2. Faculty 2013-2015. Subject: «Visual experiment»
  3. «MediaArtClub» and Mediatheque

Open school MANEGE/MediaArtLab is a kind of laboratory, flexible structure, which comprises intensive theoretical and practical work with up-to-date ideas, issues, and projects in the field of modern media culture.

The work of the faculty is organized around some topic divergent for each group of students. The major of educational and research work will be visual, performative, and audio practices as well as projects at the junction of science and art. Thus, Open school MANEGE/MediaArtLab 2013-2014, called «Visual experiment», is devoted to the subject of moving image and new visualityWe are planning to create an institution providing young artists with the possibility to study the whole variety of progressive technologies and to capture the most important tendencies.  

Our main goal is to introduce theoretical, technological, and conceptual base in the field of contemporary visual and media culture. This knowledge can be applied by students during the preparation of their personal or group projects.

The main part of the education is realization of students’ projects with its intervention into city life, mass media, and the Internet, as well as inclusion into exhibition projects by Museum of screen culture MediaArtLab and other Russian and foreign institutions. 

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International Symposium Pro&Contra of Media Culture

More than 10 years International Symposium Pro&Contra of Media Culture sets as its main object discovering of connections between art, science, politics, economics, technologies, design and architecture. Also we present the most interesting works at the border of contemporary art and social practices, science, digital art and design, performance and software engineering, animation and media architecture. Each year we select different subjects, projects, artistic strategies and tools to be analyzed in great variety of formats including theoretical discussions, innovation projects presentation and review, competitions of young artists’ pieces, movie and video screenings of festival programs, premiere screenings, etc.


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Educational program Projections of the Avant-Garde


Author of the project: Olga Shishko

Curators of the thematic blocks:

  • Ekaterina Bobrinskaya for Visual Arts
  • Eugenia Shermeneva for Theatre
  • Milena Musina for Cinema
  • Andrei Smirnov for Music
  • Irina Korobina for Architecture
  • Dmitriy Karpov for Literature.

First semester: April to June 2014

Second semester: September to December 2014

Venue: Central exhibition hall Manege

Coordinators: Anna Buali, Julia Grachikova, Elena Klabukova, Olga Lukyanova, Elena Rumyantseva.

The ability to change, mutate and combine is the specific characteristic of the XXth century art. The world is changing at a constantly growing pace and art develops even faster at times. It seems as if not only spectators but also professionals not always can follow the emergence of art’s new forms. As of now, digital media stopped simply representing reality, instead they generate reality on their own, and create new relationships between artists, their toolkits and spectators. 

The tendency for continuous change had begun with the experiments of various avant-garde artists and artistic movements in the early XXth century. Those ideas gain new meanings in our time. Tatlin, Malevich, Kruchenykh, Rodchenko, and other representatives of the Russian Avant-Garde inspire fresh ideas in the new technological reality. Breaking of borders, combination of different forms of arts, and utopian dreams of thoroughly new artistic practices determine the program of the “Projections of the Avant-Garde” educational cycle.

Schedule of the program “Projections of the Avant-Garde”

Organizer: MEA Manege

Co-organizer: Centre for Art and Culture MediaArtLab

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Media Forum

Media Forum of MIFF

Media Forum of the Moscow Film Festival has a tradition of both screening the most interesting works that expand our notions of cinema and video art and also organizing a special educational programmes yearly. We invite artists, cinematographers and theorists to deliver lectures and seminars on new screen culture perception, interpretation and creation. 

Media Forum 2014
Conference "From Montage of Attractions to Neurocinema"

Media Forum 2013
Lecture programme and screenings "Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough"

Media Forum 2012
Educational programme "The Immersion: Towards the Tactile Cinema"

Media Forum 2011
Educational programme "Expanded cinema"

Media Forum 2010
Programme "TRANSITLAND: Video art from Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989-2009"

Media Forum 2003
The International Conference «Future Cinema»

Media Forum 2001
The International Conference «Access to Excess»


«Media Library: a new educational centre, museum collection and digital archive»

29 — 30 November 2012

Place The Central Manege, Media Gallery,2-nd Floor

Support by The French Embassy and the French Institute, the Embassy of Finland, the Polish Cultural Centre, the British Council, Mondrian Foundation, Holiday Inn Lesnaya, National Cenre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), the Buro Tolpin Peter Architects


Etienne Sandrin — the Pompidou Centre (France), Perttu Rastas — the KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art (Finland), Piotr Kraevsky — WRO Art Center (Poland), Mike Sperlinger — the LUX Centre for film, video and digital arts (UK), Kate Jennings — the TATE (UK), Aleksandra Obuchova — the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Russia), Anna Gor — the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia), Olesia Tyrkina — the State Russian Museum (Russia), Joseph Backstein — Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Russia), Olga Shishko — the Museum of screen culture MediaArtLab (Russia) and Peter Tolpin of the Buro Tolpin Peter Architects (Russia)

Special Guest Film director and Artist — Peter Greenaway (UK — Netherlands)

The issues in focus

The conference will bring into focus various questions connected to formation and use of media libraries as new centres for education, digital arrchives’ storage, video and digital artworks collection.


Subject 1: Media Library as a public space and a new education centre
Subject 2: Museum collections and the future of digital archives


  • articulate the concept of a Media Library and its functions in the worldwide context and specifically in Russia
  • define the demands of various user types and how to work with them
  • present the Screen Culture Meseum (MediaArtLab) Media Library
  • explore the problem of media art acquiring a value status under the current conditions of information overprodfucation
  • outline the forms of digital collections and archives’ existence today, define their future development
  • define methods of preservation for media art works and policies of their further representation
  • discuss problems of media art cataloging — its main approaches today and in the future, new specialists skills demanded from staff, as well as technical requirements and other specifics

Language of presentations:
Presentations may be made in English or Russian.

The importance of media culture and media art presentation is imposed by the fact that they are often most finely and sensitively attuned to the state of contemporary society and contemporary culture. Unfortunately, not all exhibition spaces and museums (major Western media centres excluded) posess the necessary facilities and resources or methods of working with media art. Since 1990’s media libraries and virtual collections presented online are its most actual form of presentation both in Europe and Russia. Both forms of presentation of this art form are innovative for Russia.

Today media libraries as the new live centres for education and culture are replacing traditional libraries, that are fast becoming obsolete in the «digital society». At the same time media libraries continue their ancient tradition and are the direct descendants and heirs to libraries’ main fuctions. They take over both «analogue» and digital storage funds, constantly adding to their functions with contemporary tools for archival data representation.

The Media Library of the MediaArtLab Screen Culture Museum — a joint project with the Manege Central Exhibition Hall — has been compiled in more than ten years’ time — at the moment it has accumulated, archived and annotated more tham 2000 works of media art (http://www.mediaartlab.ru). In 2001 MediaArtLab has organized an international Access to Excess conference where archiving and presentation of media art were thoroughly discussed.

Museum collections and the future of digital archives
Cataloging media art

While creating a database for the MediaArtLab audiovisual archive — an online archive of video art, interactive and web-art projects — we have keenly defined the key problem for this kind of projects. What exactly is to be archived and preserved — a work as a whole, as completely as possible, or its description only, which seems to be a more convenient solution, if the work in question incorporates «real» elements and direct social contact? Or should we preserve a technical copy as an accurate reproduction in a more current technical format? What is to be considered a fair copy? How do we represent media created works in the future?

Contemporary art, especially the part that works with new technologies is an absolutely new cultural phenomenon that differs fundamentally from the traditional ones, mostly in its temporary aspects. Thus expert research of the development of technologies as such is needed, for their modifications bring changes in technical orientation and material aspects of the art itself daily.

What follows is that traditional cataloging of contemporary art, meaning a critical analysis from a historical (temporary) perspective will be made especially difficult in future due to the loss of the object of description — the artwork — itself. It will become anattainable for a critic as the technique of its creation is lost. In this situation the professional work in marking, describing, cataloging and preservation of media art should take place, paradoxically, already at this moment.

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