The Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies (IGUMO) hosted a meeting with Barbara Dietrich from Belgium, Editor-in-Chief of the Diplomatic World magazine and art curator of the Living Tomorrow creative space. The expert discussed the concept of the Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) 2022 international festival with the students. Within its framework, the authors study the topic of a new subjectivity.
Barbara Dietrich has already visited DOCA as part of the ‘Deeper Black Than Square’ project and brought the works by international artists Frederik De Wilde, Ulrike Bolenz, and Concetta Spitaleri to the festival. As emphasized by Ms. Dietrich, DOCA is a unique event making it possible for authors to express their internal world, present themselves, and start a dialogue with other artists and festival guests.
According to Barbara Dietrich, the topic of a new subjectivity gives creators a chance to freely express their position. However, it also provides the viewers with an opportunity to perceive and interpret the artist’s ideas in their individual way based on their life experience. As noted by DOCA curators, the exchange of opinions, assessments, and worldviews forms the so-called ‘new subjective landscape’.
During the meeting with Barbara Dietrich, the discussion participants also touched upon the topic of limits in art. Who must decide what artists can or can’t tell about in their works?
Our guest from Belgium believes that the freedom of authors is the main thing they have. However, modern realities and ethics impose responsibility on the authors and require self-censorship and internal culture from them.
Marina Volynkina, Rector of IGUMO, added that freedom in self-expression is actually important but one must never forget to respect other people's limits. One must always remember the consequences that a person’s words, actions, and creative works lead to.
Do artists need to explain the meaning of their work? That was another question discussed at the meeting. Barbara Dietrich believes that every artist has that right. The main thing is to be individual, not to try to please everyone. One should express oneself in art without expecting recognition in return.
At the end of the meeting, Elizaveta Zemlyanova, curator of the DOCA festival, emphasized the main objective of the upcoming event: to bring people together for an open exchange of opinions and ideas.
That interesting meeting gave a start to an active phase of preparation for DOCA 2022. A description of the festival’s new concept will soon be published on the event’s website. Students have already started thinking about projects they can present at DOCA on equal footing with renowned artists.
The event will take place on April 16-17, 2022.
Kristina Danilina, Agency for Relevant Communication students’ business incubator
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov30.10.2021