Highlights of the Malevich Fest:

October 26


Panel discussion
Creative Machines: Should Humankind Fear the Competition

The technology for deep learning via neural networks is developing at a rapid pace. Computers can already copy the individual style of artists, poets and musicians. Do we need to rethink our understanding of «art», «creativity» and «genius»? Does humankind have the monopoly on creativity?

Yet, technology gives us new possibilities that avant grade reformers could only dream of: 21st Century artists, directors and choreographers have an incredible number of deus ex machina at their disposal to fulfil their wildest ideas.

Discussion participants:

  • Alexey Turchin, Member of the Association of Futurists, Curator of art exhibitions, Global Risk Expert, Employee at the Science for Life Extension Foundation.
  • Daria Parkhomenko, Founder and Curator of the Laboratoria science-art centre.
  • Anna Abalikhina, Choreographer and Director, Performer, Winner of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award.
  • Rostan Tavasiev, Russian Artist. A participant in over 60 exhibitions in Russia and abroad, his works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre and others.
  • Moderator — Petr Levich, Head of Science, Technology and Society Department of Moscow Technological Institute and Founder of the Future Foundation.

Public talk
Truth or Action: The Magic of the Words «Based on a True Story

Why do readers and writers love stories based on real events? How does our brain perceive fiction and non-fiction? Do historical facts help writers and how important is it to be honest with readers? These and other issues will be discussed by writer and historian, winner of «Big Book» and «National Bestseller» awards, Leonid Yuzefovich and Tatyana Chernigovskaya, Professor at the St. Petersburg State University, Head of the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies. Meeting Moderator — journalist, presenter and director Fekla Tolstaya.


««Manifest. A Theatre Experiment» »
Start up/Stand up

three-part documentary play. The story of the Skolkovo residents and startuppers that were called upon to change the world and whose discoveries have already been made or are about to be unearthed will be told in the form of a theatrical performance. The audience will hear fragments from the biographies of businessmen and women engaged in innovation in the cyber security and augmented reality sphere in a play brought to you by directors Talgat Batalov and Yury Muravitsky. Playwright Valeriy Pecheykin, winner of the Debut Award and writer at the Gogol Centre adapted in-depth interviews into the stage play. The play tells the life story of five characters, revealing the reasons behind their actions and the secrets of their success.

October 27


Public talk
The future of communication: what is happening to language

The «invention», «attack» and «deconstruction» of language — these are the processes under discussion when talking about the great writers of the previous century. What has changed in the 21st Century? Everything. Just as in other areas, this has taken place and is ongoing thanks to the appearance and prevalence of modern technology. Language is undergoing a renaissance thanks to technology and by analysing it. Language is reduced to pictograms in smileys and likes, becomes non-verbal in labs that are working on neurointerfaces, and is increasingly globalised with the addition of neologisms and anglicisms.

Participants in «The future of communication: what is happening to language» will discuss how and why the language of communication is changing and what consequences these changes have for culture, economics and society.


  • Filipp Grigoryan — Russian director and art director, winner of the Golden Mask state award.
  • Ilya Kukharenko — playwright at the Bolshoi Theatre and Theatre of Nations, expert of the Golden Mask festival, opera critic, presenter and producer.
  • Maxim Krongauz — PhD, Head of the Russian Language Dept. RSUH., author of «Russian Language on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown».

Innovative Theatre

Reform, innovative approach, technology — this is how the announcement of a lecture devoted to the modernisation of a large company could sound but we are talking about theatre.

How theatre finds common ground with the audience thanks to modern technology, how technological discoveries open up opportunities to create new means of expression and new forms where theatre and other art forms meet.

The forecast of the future of theatre in synthesis with technological progress in the lecture given by artistic director of the «Stanislavsky» Electrotheatre and director and drama theorist Boris Yukhananov.

18:00 « «Manifest. A Theatre Experiment»». Never-ending Story Audio Installation

The team of «Brusnikinites» will perform a public reading with elements of video art. The basis of the piece — the article «Becoming a revolutionary. On Kazimir Malevich». The Malevich Fest will be simultaneously transformed into a meditative and hypnotic space and theatrical piece.

  • Performed by actors of the Dmitry Brusnikin Workshop
  • Playwright: Andrey Stadnikov
  • Director: Alisa Kretova
  • Sound Design: Evgeny Egorenkov
  • Featuring Dmitry Brusnikin

The Dmitry Brusnikin Workshop is a theatre whose origins lie in the 2015 graduates of the Moscow Art Theater School. The Head of Workshop is Dmitry Brusnikin, an actor of Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, director, Professor, Honored Artist of Russia, Honored Member of the Art Community of Russia.

In the Summer of 2016, the Workshop became the resident at the Moscow Praktika Theatre, which has already held several plays by the «Brusnikinites». The Workshop’s performances can be also seen at Moscow’s leading venues: The Meyerhold Centre, The Boyar Chambers of the Theatre Union of Russia, Chelovek Theatre and others.

October 28


Discussion Panel
Investment in Art: Investment in Eternity or a Profitable Move

The issue of the Russia’s Art Market’s continued existence is a hotly discussed topic which, more often than not, ends in a negative conclusion. However, there are several collectors and gallery owners that succeed in buying and selling Russian art at a profit. What is the best way to invest in art and is it worthwhile?


Public talk
Artist: Image and Reality

A peripheral drunk type, infinitely distant from reality - that is the general idea that many have of modern artists and that is how they are presented to the audience in the film “Yes, and yes” by Valeria Gai Germanicus. In fact, modern artists don’t all conform to this one stereotype and it is these people that can be regarded as successful. Evgeny Mitta, Documentary Film-maker about modern artists, and Andrey Silvestrov, Producer, will discuss why it isn’t interesting to make movies about successful artists and the reality of working in modern art.


Public talk
And They Lived Happily Ever After: Science and Immortality

The pursuit to extend life expectancy and the search for the elixir of immortality and eternal youth have been the focus of humanity for hundreds of years.

However, to what extent are we ready to live forever and what will society look like if we overcome aging or significantly delay it? These issues will be discussed by Co-founder of Genotek, Artem Elmuratov, Organiser and President of the Science for Life Extension Foundation, Mikhail Batin, and commentator for Business FM, Kira Altman.


Play «Fuel»

Pop-up Theatre presents the play «Fuel», based on an in-depth interview with world famous IT-entrepreneur David Yang, founder of ABBYY, developer of Lingvo electronic dictionaries and the FineReader text recognition program, one of the pioneers of flash mobs in Russia and an extraordinary person.

360° Science and Technology Film Festival

360° Science and Technology Film Festival is one of the key educational projects of Polytechnic Museum. Over the years, it established itself as a major event in the field of documentary films. The main objective of the Festival is to introduce the public to urgent and compelling documentary films about science, technology, and new ideas about the world and society. We aim to interest people in science and reach the broadest possible audience. We promote films and discussions, lectures, literature and art that inspire people to expand their knowledge and raise awareness.

Awards: the Great Award of the Jury, Jury Award, Audience Award and Media Jury Award.

The program of the Festival includes more than 20 documentaries.

Competition Program: films that will be premiered in Russia judged by the Jury that consists of experts in the field of cinema and science.

EUNIC — «Forgotten Future»: the program prepared in cooperation with the European Union National Institutes for Culture and dedicated to the future of our world.

People and technology: a few movies about how science and technology are changing our lives, thoughts concerning the nature of transformations our society is undergoing. Are we doing better, or are we losing something forever by going deeper in the digital world?

Children’s program: two films about the beauty and harmony of our world, which will leave unimpressed neither kids nor adults.

Special attention will be paid to the format of public talks.

Keynote speakers — public talks withs science and technology visionaries.

Discussion program covers socially relevant issues, specific aspects of science and technology, current problems discussed by Russian and international experts.

Q&A panels — short meetings with invited film directors to be held after the screenings.

By updating the concept we are hoping to reach a completely new level. We are invigorated by international festivals that unite different areas of knowledge. The Festival 360 ° has to become a territory of inspiration, where anyone can come into contact with new ideas about the world and the future, science and technologies. Not only through films but also through direct communication with people from the world of science and technology.

360° Science and Technology Film Festival is one of the key educational projects of Polytechnic Museum. Over the years, it established itself as a major event in the field of documentary films. The main objective of the Festival is to introduce the public to urgent and compelling documentary films about science, technology, and new ideas about the world and society. We aim to interest people in science and reach the broadest possible audience. We promote films and discussions, lectures, literature and art that inspire people to expand their knowledge and raise awareness.

Organizers: http://360.polymus.ru/en/about/organisers/

Film Screenings from the Program of  360° Science and Technology Film Festival:

October 26, 19:10 — Dishonesty

What if you installed a vending machine in a university that sold sweets but gave you the money back along with what you ordered? No one would call Customer Support to report the fault. But equally so, no one would take advantage and steal every last sweet from the vending machine: on average, people take three or four free chocolate bars and stop at that. Dan Ariely, a behavioural economics specialist has spent many years studying dishonesty in all its forms by setting up fun experiments like this and his conclusion is that everyone lies but usually just a little.
(Dis)Honesty — The Truth about Lies gives the full story about deception, with personal stories ranging from doping to adultery, from smear campaigns to insider trading, which help the viewer break down dishonesty into its component parts. Each subsequent lie comes a little easier. We find it easier to lie if we see others around us doing it too. We don’t consider white lies to be real lies. No one would move a golf ball to a better place by hand, but nudging it by foot — not a problem. When watching the participants in Ariely’s experiments and others in the movie, it’s tempting to say to yourself — I’d never act like that. But let’s not kid ourselves.

October 27, 18:10 — Lo and Behold

In his latest documentary film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, first shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Werner Herzog dives into the past, present and future of the virtual world. With German exactitude and romanticism, he recounts the history of the Internet, from its pioneers at the University of California to modern visionaries like Elon Musk. However, Herzog is not only interested in scientific and technical achievements or the flip side: apocalyptic forecasts linked with the development of the world wide web, but primarily, how and why the Internet has radically changed and continues to change our lives to such an extent that when Herzog visited Buddhist monks, he observed that as soon as they had finished meditating, they immediately jumped onto twitter. Herzog explores the digital landscape with the same passion and dedication he had when crossing the wild landscapes of the Amazon, the Sahara and Antarctica, and talks about the mutual influence of two worlds: online and real life, which, now we have the Internet, will never be the same again.

October 28, 18:50 — Steve Jobs

It’s 2016 and people all around the world dutifully sit down and open their MacBooks to watch the presentation of Apple’s latest products — they praise, criticize, and discuss them in such detail, it’s as if the entire world population were hooked on an addictive tv show. And in a way they are: Apple has become part of the mythology of the modern world. Everyone has an opinion about it, and its history has become modern legend with its own canonical versions, apocrypha and prophets. Steve Jobs passed away five years ago but books and movies about him continue to be released. It’s natural — each new interpretation adds something to the portrait of one of the main modern-day prophets.
Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is another controversial chapter in this story. It is critical, which is, in fact, something that had been lacking. Gibney is a meticulous expounder of the myths of our century and doesn’t cut his subjects any slack. The Church of Scientology, big league sport, US foreign policy, WikiLeaks — he often grapples with topics that are impossible to neatly sum up and calls both the subjects themselves and the deeply-rooted, comfortable conventional attitudes towards them into question. The Man in the Machine centres around the stories of colleagues and associates about their personal relationship with Jobs, and attempts to paint a picture of the human side of the tech-icon with all his rough edges, shortcomings, debatable actions and decisions that the most famous man in a black turtleneck took throughout his career.


Lecture, October 28, 18:15-19:15, at the Amphitheatre
Can Search Engines Influence the Outcome of Elections?
Speaker: Robert Epstein

Recently, the media has widely discussed Robert Epstein’s study on the influence of search engines like Google on our decision-making process, actions, feelings, and in particular on the way we vote in elections — is it possible that this effect occurs without our knowledge? For the majority of computer and smart phone users, search engines are the main method of getting information. But how does a search engine decide which of the billions of web pages it will include in its “search results”, how does it rank them and what links make it onto the most-read top search results list? How are search algorithms written and can the top search results influence something more than consumer preference?

In his lecture, Robert Epstein will talk about the experiments conducted and two behavioural effects — preference shifting mechanisms that were identified as a result of research: The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) and the Search Suggestion Effect (SSE).

Does the Internet possess such subtle forms of influence? And if Google supports one of the candidates, will it decide the outcome of the election?

Robert Epstein, Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (California), author of 15 books, former Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today.