Experiments during the Pandemic: Online Mediation for the Exhibition 'Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture. 1966-1985' at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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Experiments during the Pandemic: Online Mediation for the Exhibition 'Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture. 1966-1985' at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Bureau des transmissions mediators (2019) (image courtesy of Anton Donikov)

The format of art mediation has been gaining momentum among Russian cultural institutions since 2014, when Manifesta 10 took place in Saint Petersburg. This was when, for the first time in Russian practice, an art institution sought assistance from mediators for interacting with visitors. This article focuses on the ways in which the format of art mediation has moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on the example of the online mediation for the exhibition Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture. 1966-1985, which took place at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the author analyzes whether this format has proved to be popular with the audience and whether working online has made the museum aware of its visitors’ new needs.

To cite this item:

Romanova M (2021) Experiments during the Pandemic: Online Mediation for the Exhibition Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture. 1966-1985 at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums & Culture, 02: 59-88. DOI: 10.35074/GJ.2021.93.95.004

Published: 12.04.2021

Publication type: Article