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Maxim Spivakov
(Russia)

Born in 1984 in Moscow, Russia
Lives in Moscow

The Arch. 2012. Walk-through metal detector; microphone on a stand connected to an amplifier; speakers. Courtesy of the artist

A microphone is installed on a stand inside a walk-through metal detector that is positioned at the entrance to the exhibition space. Since a metal object (the microphone) remains inside the detector, the detector is continuously beeping. The microphone is connected to speakers installed in the street outside, so the visitors hear the sound before the reason for it is revealed to them. The process of crossing the border is captured from the very point of being at the border, between the demarcated spaces. Notably such capturing is here made possible through a violation, as the sound is caused by an obstruction and signals the impossibility of transition. The microphone—the "voice device"—is both the object that is prohibited entry and the means through which such prohibition is transmitted. This way, the censored mechanism here is at the same time the transmitter of the equally mechanical censor.

Maxim Spivakov

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.