Douglas Paulson is an artist, arts worker, and teacher who sees each of these as pillars of his practice. He chooses to work collaboratively, intervening in public, social, and cultural spaces. Sometimes he asks: What kind of art are you for?
TOK is curatorial collective based in St Petersburg and founded by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits in 2010 as a platform for conducting interdisciplinary projects in the fields of contemporary art and design and social sciences. TOK’s projects have a strong social component and deal with current issues that are widely discussed both in Russia and internationally such as migration, public space and citizens, development of education, deprivation of social resources, neoliberal values, welfare state, forming collective memory, use of natural resources and many others. For the last 5 years curators of TOK have been largely interested in exploring the concept of public space and state institutions in post-Soviet Russia and in the territory of the former Soviet Union, as well as perception, understanding and mechanisms of use of public spaces and open areas by residents of post-Soviet cities. One of the current interests of TOK is the repositioning of Russia at the global geopolitical arena and analysis of the processes that are related to it.
During its residency at Flux Factory TOK will be conducting a research on the role of the media in forming and broadcasting ideologically charged discourse in reference to the era of the Cold War and today’s global political agenda. TOK will conduct several public events and curate an archive-based exhibition at the Flux gallery in the end of February 2016.