Offene Vorlesungsreihe Messing with the Narrative - Denis Maksimov

Messing with the Narrative - Denis Maksimov

Offene Vorlesungsreihe / 30.04.2021

Hochschulweite Vorlesungen im Rahmen des Masterstudios School of Visual Combinations, ID an der HfK.


Anticipatory Mythography: Queering as Artistic Research Method to Re-Think Myths

Mythology is a chaotic mass of stories and characters, like the billions of stars in the sky. They appear randomly as registers of human wondering about the world around us: through artistic inquiries, concealed in a metaphor form of wisdom and vernacular way of explaining the phenomena. Mythography appears when some of those stars are becoming united in constellations by the hand of editors. Each of the stars receives a particular name and a position. Many of them are used for multiple constellations, however, there is always a somewhat “dominant” or “prevailing” view. The characters in mythology represent the archetypal phenomena, observed by humans throughout life. Their relations to one another and the external world form socio-political and cultural imaginary: a world of invisible archetypes, which are fundamental for perception and ordering the life forces.

Ancient Greek culture over the millennia of history played a paramount role in shaping the European imaginary. From Classical Athens, through Alexander the Great and Roman Empire to the Renaissance and the invention of archaeology, ancient Greek mythology permeated art, architecture, education, politics and cultures at large. Its archetypes — of Zeus as a father figure, Athena as a subdued female power, Hera as an embodiment of monogamous marriage and so on — contributed to shaping the European “normal” in ethics and morality. In the 21st century, those “normals” are urgently needed to be revisited. But without addressing the archetypal level of thinking in culture, it is hardly possible to imagine the fundamental change.

Queering (as “weirding” and “othering”) mythology is an act that can produce anticipation of possible alternatives to the current status quo. Using an example of Hesiod’s Theogony and conducted experiments with queering narratives in the archaeological museums, independent curator Denis Maksimov will speak about re-thinking and re-purposing archetypes in myths through artistic research - which is inclusive, shareable and alternative futures seeking.


Freitag, 30.04.2021, 10:00 bis 12:00
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Denis Maksimov is an independent curator. His research focuses on the relationship between politics, aesthetics and queer phenomenology in ancient Greek mythography, classical antiquity, European history and global audiovisual culture. He approaches contemporary art as a vehicle of socio-political imaginary and critical reflection. He earned a BA in Political Science and MA in International Relations and European Studies (both summa cum laude) from the HSE University in Moscow, PGDip in International Security from Stanford University, DipHE in Fine Art from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and MRes in Visual Research (cum laude) from the KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He was born and grew up in Russia, was based in Brussels for over 7 years and currently divides his time between London and Athens.
Denis is a co-founder of Avenir Institute, curator at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery in Tallinn and curatorial advisor at Shtager Gallery in London. He is a co-convenor of PPV, an event platform and nomadic seminar series. His works and projects were presented in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Marres House for Contemporary Culture; in the context of the Venice Biennales of art and architecture, São Paulo Biennale, Off Biennale Cairo, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, Ural Industrial Biennial; at Art Basel Miami, London Art Fair, among other. He was the curator in residence at U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Projeto Fidalga in Sao Paulo, Critical Mass in St Petersburg, Fire Station in Dublin. He was an associate curator at Harlan Levey Projects and a founding curator of the Penthouse Art Residency in Brussels.

Denis teaches and publishes on History, Arts, Politics and their intersections. He was the “Futures of Democracy?” visiting lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and lectured at the Universities of Cologne, Edinburgh, Namur, Leuven, St Andrews, Roskilde, Tallinn; The New School, Jan van Eyck Academie, University College London. He gave talks at dozens of conferences, symposia, fairs, summits and other events globally. His writing was published in books, catalogues and journals such as Law and Politics, Insurance Business, Doppiozero International, Ocula, Obieg, Moscow Art Magazine, Arts of the Working Class, Depesha, Euractiv, Radio Free Europe, as well as in think tanks’ publications; he writes a regular column Poliaesthetica for The Brussels Times Magazine.

Offene Vorlesungsreihe Messing with the Narrative - Denis Maksimov


30. April 2021, 10:00