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1597 Seconds
by Arseny Zhilyaev and Asya Volodina
Friday, April 26, 2019

5:30 pm–8:30 pm
38 West 8th Street, Lecture Hall
Refreshments will be provided

1597 Seconds is a role play game about time and the aliveness of objects as well as how things become witnesses, and people become things.

Game Description:
The Institute of Mastering Time is running a training session for prospective employees. Employment at The Institute is dependent on advanced skills in optimal time management i.e. learning how to move time backwards, speed it up, and slow it down. Participants in this training session will be put through a series of exercises that will help them master time in order to get closer to eternal life. Eternal life is dependent on a crucial transformation – the ability to realize oneself as a thing, as material in a vast cycle of interconnectedness. Ultimately, this training session helps participants construct a material process to realize the future museum of life. Participants will concentrate on working in 26 Minutes time intervals, or 1597 seconds, the approximate amount of time it takes the human brain to maintain highly intense activity without additional stimulation or interruption.

Through exhibitions and participatory projects, Arseny Zhilyaev considers the relationship between art and social production/lived environments. The artist uses artistic, political, scientific, and museological histories to uncover and propose potential futures, exploring a productive space between fiction and non-fiction. Within his recent projects, Zhilyaev casts a revisionist lens on the heritage of Soviet museology. This particular role play game is inspired by the book Mastering Time as the Main Task of Organization of Labor by the Russian philosopher of the first third of the twentieth century, Valerian Muravyov.

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Asya Volodina (b. 1983, Moscow) is a game designer, artist, and playwright. She co-authored the promenade-theatre show Normansk at Meyerhold Centre in Moscow, 2014. She has been a member of art collectives, Ladder to the Sky, Room 18, and Live Action Theatre among other groups. Since 2017, she has collaborated with artist Arseny Zhilyaev on role-play games. She lives and works in Moscow.

Arseny Zhilyaev (b. 1984, Voronezh) is an installation and video artist, whose main medium is exhibition itself. His projects explore the potential scenarios of contemporary art’s future history. He has had solo exhibitions at The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2012), Kadist, Paris and San Francisco (2014),  Winzavod CCC, Moscow (2017). He has been included in many group shows, including the 13th Lyon Biennial (2015), 9th Liverpool Biennial (2016), 11th Gwangju Biennial (South Korea, 2016), and 6th Thessaloniki Biennial (Greece, 2017). He has been awarded an Innovation Prize (Russia, New Generation category, 2010) and the Soratnik Prize (Russia, 2011, 2012). He is based between Moscow and Venice.

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