V–A–C Foundation and M HKA engage in a longer-term collaboration by supporting the work of contemporary Russian artists in a variety of way. V–A–C wants to enhance the presence of leading Russian artists, of different generations, in selected European museum collections. M HKA exhibits and collects works by artists from Russia and other countries of the former USSR. The museum focuses on ‘Eurasia’, thereby contributing to the geographic diversity of collecting and programming.

Where Dogs Run

Where dogs run 2009 portrait
°2000
Works in Yekaterinburg, RU

Where Dogs Run is the name of an enthusiastic Russian artists’ collective from Yekaterinburg in the Urals, they use multimedia techniques for creating intellectual and slightly subversive, artistic statements, in the form of installations, videos and DIY packages.

This group, which could be called media artists, combines innovative visual techniques with scientific research instruments and low tech for creating hybrid installations that produce a form of artificial intelligence, which is also questioned at the same time. This intelligence is, however, consciously controlled and influenced, which immediately exposes their political and scientific suspicion. The creative collective, which was established in the year 2000, uses a broad scale of techniques (sound, video, installations, performances), with which they let their personal, idealistic ideas interact with empirical research and their bodily experiences, but also doctrines or mythological stories.

With an advanced imagination, they create pseudo-scientific installations, which are designed to expose the psychological and social mechanisms that, unnoticed, determine daily reality. This makes it possible for them to create an artificial world that wants to be futuristic and free, but which nevertheless remains inseparably connected to the demonic background of historic reality. The group consists of Vladislav Bulatov (°1975), Natalia Grekhova (°1976), Olga Inozemtseva (°1977) and Aleksey Korzukhin (°1973).