Up until November 6th, you can still catch “Impossible Community” at the Gogolevsky branch of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
The show spun out of a two-year attempt of the group Escape to create their retrospective. They eventually recruited distinguished curator Victor Misiano to help them expand the exhibition from a solo show into an investigation of collaborative creativity and the extent to which art can affect society. The show hinges on the idea that the inherent “impossibility” of collaboration – the lack of central motivation and therefore the constant thwarting of goals – is exactly what gives it possibility.
The works range from Escape’s dissection of the collaborative process (a spreadsheet ranking the different members’ contributions to various projects) to direct interventions into the city like Pavel Althamer’s Unseen Hands (which had the artist and his students volunteering for municipal clean-up) and Didier Courbot’s Needs (for which the artist plants flowers in highway dividers or paints pedestrian crossing stripes onto corners, anticipating and answering a city’s “needs.”)
Artists in the project include: Konstantin Adjer, Valeriy Ayzenberg, Pawel Althamer, Johanna Billing, Sonia Boyce, Vaast Colson, Didier Courbot, Honore d’O, Jeremy Deller, Alberto Garutti, Jens Haaning, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Marcel van der Meijs, Ilya Budraitskis, IRWIN, Suchan Kinoshita, Jiri Kovanda, Yuri Leiderman, Andrei Silvestrov, Anton Litvin, Liza Morozova, Roman Ondak, Adrian Paci, Cesare Pietroiusti, ESCAPE Program, R. E. P., Shimabuku, SOSka, TanzLaboratorium, Moniek Toebosch, Jaan Toomik, Luca Vitone, Yevgeniy Fiks, Vadim Fishkin.