21 january – 20 february

On August 30, 1963, Washington sent the first text message to Moscow, which read: «The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back 1234567890». What is it about, and is there a hidden meaning in it? No, this was the phrase used to test all letters of the alphabet. It is the most famous pangram in English, the most short sentence in which all the 26 letters of the alphabet as well as Arabic numerals are used. It was commonly used for touch-typing practice, testing typewriters and computer keyboards, displaying examples of fonts, and any other applications involving text where the use of all letters in the alphabet is needed. It was also common for testing the teletype services, a procedure known as “foxing”. This phrase is used to test all the keys on the device. To avoid mistakes and misunderstandings in message texts.

This was the first direct contact between the USA and the USSR, which was supposed to prevent the possibility of a nuclear conflict. Then a military clash was avoided.

Since January 23, 2020, the hands of the Doomsday Clock show 23:58:20, leaving us only 100 seconds.

On January 20, 2022, another decision on the location of the clock hands is expected. Based on the analysis of the atmosphere of relations between the great powers on the planet Earth, the arrows are unlikely to remain in place. The art project is bringing together 30 projects by American and Russian artists practicing different media including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, video, new media and interactive installations who are interested in the above proposed topic; evoking a wide range of responses to the contemporary political, cultural and historical context and social environment.

List of American Projects:  

1. Ellen Levy, Conversation at a Nuclear Plant, 2021

2. Yevgeniy Fiks, Washington-Moscow (Security Risk Diptychs)

3. Anne Spalter, The Josh Craig, Control. 

4. Anna Frants in collaboration with CYLAND MediaArtLab, Peck of Salt

5. Danielle Siembieda, Raphael Arar, DM MEME / Лс Мем. -.. -- / -- . -- . 

6. Vitaly Komar, Color Code (from Thomas Jefferson's letter to Alexander I).

7. Carla Gannis, Another Day Another Doom.

8. Olga Lamm, SoULcial Connection: Impulse of Time. 

9. Irina Danilova, Вe 59. Stay Сool

10. Julian Montague, 1983 

11. Patricia Olynyk, Dark Skies

12. Adam Hogan, Laura Stayton, Before, After, (400’)

13. Clea T. Waite, Helga Pogatschar,  Moonwalk  - Variation V

14. Asya Reznikov, Migration #2

15. Yuliya Lanina, Jose Martinez, Misread Signs

List of Russian Projects:  

1. Vladimir Chaika. Motya+Mickey

2. Ivan Kolesnikov, Sergey Denisov. Meta-Transit

3. Viktor Loukin, Valeriy Korchagin, Mikhail Pogarsky. Pipe of Peace 

4. Sergei Dorokhov. Last Dance

5. Viktor Ponomarenko. The Theory of Golden Arches

6. Serge Golovach. Bolshoi Theater. The Iron Curtain

7. Khudyakov & Art Multi-Touch. The Chess. Apocalypse

8. Alexander Lishnevsky. The Red Square

9. Julia Winter. The Flag

10. Annouchka Brochet. The Brains in Networks

11. Andrey Karpov. Looking to the Future 

12. Konstantin Batynkov. Untitled

13. Alexander Zakharov, Vladimir Kotov. Transformation

14. Natalie Lamanova. Sputnik

15. Yevgeny Semenov. Ice Age

Curators: Kolesnikov/Denisov (Russia), Natalia Kolodzei (USA)

It's about time to launch the quick brown fox again... isn't it?