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Museum collections are changing: curators have started collecting born-digital objects and shifted their research to focus on memes, social media collections, emojis, video games, etc. The nature of the museum object is transforming. In this essay, a digital curator of the Museum of London and a member of The Garage Journal's Advisory Board Foteini Aravani outlines the redefinition of curatorial research in the museum’s digital collections. 

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The 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, A Beautiful Night for All the People (GARAGE Museum, September 11, 2020 – February 28, 2021) was represented with works by artists recommended by the participants of the 1st Triennial (2017). Having delegated the ‘curatorial choice’ to the artists of the previous edition of the Triennial, the curators of A Beautiful Night for All the People Valentin Diaconov and Anastasia Mityushina rejected the expertise-based approach in favor of social action. 

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What makes the ecological crisis of today a ‘crisis’? Is it the human activities that impact nature or the sociality wherein the crisis is articulated? This visual essay analyzes this form of sociality by looking at articulations of the crisis in contemporary art, with the 16th Istanbul Biennial (2019) as a case study. The biennial exhibited a 'continent' made of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean. While this continent emerged as a result of human-oriented production and consumption processes, it exists outside of human sociality because it is no longer controllable by humans. 

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In the new episode of The Garage Journal podcast Anna Kuleshova, the chairwoman of the Scientific Publications Ethics Board, a member of the Russian Academy of Science Commission for Counteracting the Falsification of Scientific Research, and Katya Suverina, an editor of The Garage Journal and a guest lecturer at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, are going to discuss how the system of academic journals and the production of scientific knowledge in Russia exist.

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This podcast is about the first issue of the journal focusing on the topic ‘Transitory Parerga: Access and Inclusion in Contemporary Art’. We are talking mainly about the texts of the Russian authors and presenting the ‘map’ of the issue. 

Dmitry Bezuglov is discussing the conceptual framework of the issue with the authors, three interpretations of ‘inclusion’, the competing notions of ‘diversity’ and ‘care’, the non-obvious arrogance of institutions and the difficult mission of the museum – to speak in an accessible way.

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The essay focuses on the critical re-examination of the concept of ‘inclusion’. By drawing upon the works of Nicolas Bourriaud, Claire Bishop, Bruno Latour, and Jacques Rancière, the author challenges both the dichotomy of an involved/uninvolved audience and the classical for the post-colonial discourse focus on the maximum involvement of different groups in creating and consuming art. The main message of this work is that attempts to make art more inclusive or to find the ‘right’ inclusion are highly controversial. 

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The collection of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art consists of archive materials, rather than artworks. Sasha Obukhova, the curator of Garage Archive Collection, talks to Taisia Veremyova about the creation at Garage of an archive on contemporary Russian art, its role in the Museum, the difference between the price and value of archives, and their future in the digital age.

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Academic Life Hacks is a series of monthly podcasts from The Garage Journal, in which the journal’s editors discuss current issues in the humanities with leading scholars from a variety of fields. In the pilot episode of the podcast, The Garage Journal’s editor-in-chief Vlad Strukov discusses with Serguei Alex Oushakine, a professor at Princeton University and a member of the journal’s Advisory Board, what originality means in the humanities today and how research standards differ in various academic cultures.