"Planned obsolescence"
Grоup shop
Summer 2016

"Planned obsolescence" is the international exhibition project bringing together 15 leading young Russian and foreign artists. All artists, presented at the exhibition are exploring issues around the process of identity formation, the impact of technology on human body and the changing attitude towards the concept of corporeality, materiality, aesthetics and beauty. Artists are questioning the way the modern world makes us treat our bodies, especially with the digitalization, virtualization, new means of communication and the following changes in our perception of physical and material world.

The title of the exhibition refers to "planned, dynamic, or built-in obsolescence" which is the creation of a product with an unjustifiably short life span with the aim of forcing the consumer to make a repeat purchase. The process was first developed in the 1920s and '30s with the advent of large-scale production, when each and every minute of the production process came under scrutiny.

When analysing the contemporary situation of the technological overproduction of developed capitalism, it is a simple matter to diagnose the penetration of planned obsolescence processes into the very fabric of our age. Concern over obsolescence is a feeling that penetrates and conditions our behaviour, way of thinking, purchasing power, and relationship to self, to our external appearance and identity. The obsolescence of the latter is perhaps pushed even harder than in the case with the material goods, that barely manage to replace one another in the endless cycle of renewal. Accelerated capitalistic processes, market forces and technological progress all demand rethinking of our relationship towards radical innovations.

The artists of the exhibition were invited to create new works for the exhibition held in the spaces of the high-tech fitness center remotely in the "accelerated artistic production" mode. Limited to a period of one week, in between their other exhibition projects and commitments scheduled for this summer, during their flights between the countries, on the run. Not all participants fulfilled their commitments, but most artists have sent their projects by mail, fax or the Internet. The projects were sent by artists from different countries by post, fax or internet.

Bogdan Ablozhnyy / Anne de Boer / Eloïse Bonneviot / Racheal Crowther / Adam Christensen / Ruth Angel Edwards / Patrick Goddard / Maria Gorodeckaya / Tom Huett / Isaac Lythgoe / Frances Malthouse / Josip Novosel / Cory Scozzari / Amalia Ulman / ВАСЯRUN

Alexander Burenkov

ISSMAG Gallery

Parallel programme of 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art