Dedicated to existence in Russia after 24 February 2022, this issue of The Garage Journal will welcome submissions analyzing silence as a form of resistance.

<p><i>Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe and Laocoon Group</i>, collage, 1991 (Garage Archive Collection) </p>

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe and Laocoon Group, collage, 1991 (Garage Archive Collection) 

This special issue of The Garage Journal considers sex and sexuality through the lens of theories of time and temporalities. Indeed, what place do sex and sexuality occupy in theories of time and rationality? How does sexual activity help us persist through time whilst remaining aware of moral principles and prudent rationality (that is, what we owe to our future selves)? Or, why do we speak of sex and sexuality as interruptions of consciousness and ethics? And generally, what about the role of perception, experience, and phenomenology of time in relation to sex and sexuality?

<p>Rasheed Araeen.<i> A Retrospective</i>, installation view, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2019 (courtesy of Alexey Narodizkiy)</p>

Rasheed Araeen. A Retrospective, installation view, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2019 (courtesy of Alexey Narodizkiy)

Meaning a sacred or holy place, and a place of refuge or safety, the concept of sanctuary has roots in Abrahamic and other religions. It conveys the idea of hospitality toward strangers and the provision of protection for fugitives. In recent years, in the post-capitalist economy, ‘sanctuary’ has been imagined as a reserve of beauty, peace, and harmony (i.e., a resort, retreat), re-emerging as a point of reference in the environmentalist discourse. And in media studies, ‘information bubbles’ created on social media have also been linked to the idea of sanctuary. 

Virtually all museums and galleries nowadays organize film screenings and showcase video and digital artworks, gradually transforming the museum into a fluid, mobile environment. Online platforms also collect and display artworks, expanding the borders of the museum into the digital realm. Some filmmakers specialize in making movies for art lovers, creating ludic and experiential worlds of art. The range of concerns to be explored in this special issue is broad and includes acquisition, curating, conservation, research, access, and publication.
With the remit and scope of museum practice changing rapidly in the twenty-first century, this special issue interrogates the role of museum as a research hub. Recognizing that research has always underpinned museum practice, we invite submissions that address the following concerns: How is research integrated into museums’ future strategies? How do collaborations among researchers, artists, and curators work? What are the key applications of practice-based research? How does publishing contribute to research culture? We also encourage submissions that discuss examples of best practices.
<p>Ekaterina Muromtseva. <i>Quarantine Outfit, Part 1</i>. Balcony Gallery (courtesy of the artist, 2020)</p>

Ekaterina Muromtseva. Quarantine Outfit, Part 1. Balcony Gallery (courtesy of the artist, 2020)

Like every crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the ways in which people work, communicate, and socialize. This special issue will explore the ways in which crises of all kinds—global and local, natural and human-made, and technological and creative—have impacted the ways in which social identities, interactions, and associations occur and continue to be maintained and articulated. We invite submissions theorizing the idea of ‘crisis’ and examining new socialities, that is, values that inform the meaning and purpose of a society or various means to organize social life in the current and historical contexts.
Art in itself does not include or exclude. However, it is framed by institutions, ideologies, and curatorial paraphernalia that give and withhold access by centralizing contemporary art in Eurocentric urban areas, by creating unpaid or poorly paid employment opportunities, and by catering mostly to non-diverse audiences. The first issue of the journal will be dedicated to the problem of access and inclusion in contemporary art.