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About the program
April 2–27
A Procedural World. From Random Wanderings to a Collective Intelligence: A workshop in Creative Programming
Posthuman Glossary, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova
August 3–August 10
Overcoming Reading: A Series of Digital Literature Workshops by Ivan Netkachev
Anna Soz Practical Independence
Garage Archive Commissions
Afrah Shafiq
August 27 – September 17
Game of Life. Cellular Automata in Art, Science, Architecture, and Games: A Creative Programming Course
Computer Class: World Gone By
Sessions in the computer class World Gone By
The computer class will reflect on contemporary digital practices and environments considering a specific historical moment and the various stories that have shaped them.
June 4, 13:00–15:30
A Workshop by Maxim Anpilogov and Vera Barkalova on Assembling a Dirty Video Mixer
April 30, 13:00–16:00
“Concluding Statements” from Participants of the Second Season of Alek Petuk’s Seminar The Door Opens from the Other Side
Sessions in the computer class World Gone By
April 4, 20:00–21:00
A Paper by Max Naimark
March 24 — April 7
A Seminar by Ellina Gennadievna
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Alek Petuk’s seminars on the game Dark Souls
In the interdisciplinary seminar devoted to the game Dark Souls, participants will discuss the gameplay, read texts related to the game’s themes, and rethink the collective gaming process through autofiction, graphic art, and performance.
The main goal of the seminar is to transform gaming practice, which is casually believed to be a nonimportant recreational activity, into a training ground for the production of knowledge and social and cultural studies.

This event is part of the public program of the World Gone By computer class.
April 15, 17:00–18:00
On Stumbling: A Lecture by Lera Kononchuk
April 9, 15:00–17:00
An Extended Lecture by Anatoly Osmolovsky and Alek Petuk
April 2, 15:00–17:00
Coincidental Institute Stream of the Game Dark Souls: Remastered
December 17, 14:00–17:00
“Concluding Statements” from participants of Alek Petuk’s Seminar on playing Dark Souls
November 8 — December 3
Alek Petuk’s seminar on the game Dark Souls
Station Radio. Season 2
Harun Farocki Operational Images
Garage Digital presents a program of video essays by the German director and artist Harun Farocki. The program will be accompanied by a series of seminars and practical sessions during which we will explore themes raised in the films.
December 7–20
Harun Farocki Operational Images
December 7–21
Harun Farocki Operational Images
A series of seminars and practical sessions
Fragile Archive
Outside All Dimensions. Contemporary Art Practices and Journalism in Russia
The program aims to support research projects by Russian and international authors writing in Russian and to develop the press as artistic media.

Garage Digital stopped working on this project.
Outside All Dimensions
A program in support of hybrid research projects
The new season of the Garage Digital grant program invites artists and researchers to explore the idea of multiple coexisting worlds and ways of creating them, drawing on Donna Haraway’s theory of “situated knowledges.”
Grant program
Situated Worlds
Artists and projects
The Martian Word for World is Mother
Alice Bucknell
Fire Almanac, issue 2: Pangaea Ultima
Dmitry Gerchikov, Ekaterina Zakharkiv, Maksim Ilyukhin, Ivan Kurbakov
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World on a wire
This joint project by the online platform Rhizome (New York) and Garage Digital comprises a series of discussions and a performance that explore simulation practices in digital art production.

Performance Hydrogen City is the new site-specific performance by Digital Object Alliance invites visitors to experience the materiality of a speculative world of the future through the possible embodiment of videogame logics. The performance took place at Hyundai Motorstudio Moscow as part of the joint program by Garage Digital and the online platform Rhizome for the international exhibition World on a Wire.
About the project Trickle Down: A New Vertical Sovereignty by Helen Knowles
October 19, 19:00–20:30
Science Fiction Reading Group
August 12
Discussion of Lu Yang’s performance
DOKU Giant – LuYang the Destroyer
July 11
Stream of the survival game Still Alive
Sunday, 23, 30, May
Performance by Lu Yang
Machinic Infrastructures of Truth, 2020
Anna Engelhardt
All Dungeons Will Fall. 2020
Aleksei Taruts
Outsourcing Paradise, 2020
Never Agency, 2020
Sara Culmann
The Ultimate Science, 2020
Valentin Golev
March 19–21, 18:00–20:00
Digital Workers’ Conference
The Tool
Mikhail Maksimov
Catastrophe, an episode from the video game Yuha’s Nightmares
Yulia Kozhemyako (supr)
Speedrun. Video Games in Contemporary Art
A selection of materials on the intersection between video games and game development using contemporary art practices.
Speedrun. Video Games in Contemporary Art
Video games and contemporary art
Dasha Nasonova
Handmade Pixels Reader
Dima Vesnin
In-Game Photography
Konstantin Remizov
(a very brief) GAME STUDIES READER
Daria Kalugina
Until October 15
Open call to select participants for a performance by the multimedia artist Lu Yang
Reborn. 2020
German Lavrovsky
Animating the Archive
Afrah Shafiq
June 30
Science Fiction Reading Group
Eco Jam hackathon
In November 2019, The Coming World Game Club at Garage hosted the Eco Jam Hackathon, an event focused on independent game development and the creation of new works.

The hackathon brought together over twenty participants and included talks by artists and developers and a practical session where participants were split into two teams to create new video games. Three projects were selected by the jury as the hackathon winners: Roots, Family Tree, and Waste Problem.




Maria Sviridova, Ellina Gennadievna

A wood is a network that connects trees, allowing them to exchange important messages with each other. The complex system of roots is similar to the World Wide Web and even has a similar nickname, the Wood Wide Web. Anthropogenic impact means that communication between trees is breaking down and they are dying. Surprisingly, recent experiments have revealed that such eco systems are capable of rapid renewal where “key trees” have survived.

Roots is a video game that allows you to renews the root system through your own breathing. A controller in the form of a player’s mask is equipped with a carbon dioxide sensor (which feeds the plants). When the player achieves a particular breathing rate, the roots of the trees begin to grow and the “wood music”—the rustling of branches and the sound of water—becomes louder. The game is a meditative process which leads the player to an understanding of natural communication and the correlation between the biological and the technological.


Family Tree

Yan Basharin (developer)

With this game, I wanted to say that we cannot help if we do not love each other. Small creatures living in a tree communicate by transmitting love to each other and filling themselves with sunlight which, in turn, helps the little tree to grow.



Waste Problem

Denis Kazantsev (developer), Maksim Veisgeim (QA)

The game demonstrates the problem of waste recycling from the perspective of a recycling company managed by the player. Unfortunately, existing recycling methods do not allow us to dispose of all the waste produced by humans, unless we reconsider our philosophy of production and consumption. In order not to lose, it is enough to prevent cities from becoming critically polluted. The player scores points for taking garbage out of the cities, and these can be spent on building structures that facilitate waste recycling: “polygons” (where more collected waste can be accumulated in a smaller space), “burners” (which destroy waste faster), and “recyclers” (where the process is slower but an extra “truck” means more waste can be collected). As the game progresses, the number of cities increases, as does the production of waste, making waste collection an increasingly complicated task. While attempting to recycle waste, the player also needs to bear in mind its distribution and a strategy for acquiring new structures.




Other participants’ projects


Happy Doggo Studio, Sofi Naidenova

The main mechanics in Ecoman is the collection of various types of waste. By taking on the role of waste collector and moving from one location to another, the player learns about available utilization and recycling methods, from organic materials to waste products.




Random team: Vladislava Berezina (writer), Emma Beyer (sound artist), Alyona Langolf (artist), Ilya Izotov (artist), Yulia Kozhemyako (developer)

A fable-based game where a human protagonist encounters unknown objects and has to interact with them. How will this affect the Earth? Will it? The path to ecological coexistence with the world is neither simple nor transparent. The game does not include direct instructions on how to save the planet, meaning its preservation turns into a sequence of situations, each of which requires the player to make a decision.



Human Connect

Daniela Golovushkina (author of idea, developer), Fedor Balashov (assistant developer)

Human Connect is an art simulator for creating your own nature. During the process of spatial exploration random objects appear chaotically, metaphorically reflecting the player’s footprint in this world. The more the player moves across it, the larger the number of objects that appear. The accumulation of objects is unlimited and the player is immortal, so the entire gameplay is a unique sandbox in a state of constant flux.



PECO (Personal Ecology)

Wilki: Valentin Belik, Vladimir Matsal, Polina Dobrotsvetov, Anastasia Reinfeld, Ekaterina Ryzhova, Tima  Rasulev, Anna Shunevich, Appolinaria Golovkina, Varvara Obukhova

PECO (Personal Ecology) raises questions regarding the interaction of local communities and their impact on the environment. By responding in many different ways to global events (which appear in a social network feed), the player affects three key parameters (Public Opinion, Biosphere, Industry), thereby changing the game’s world: actions combine to influence the development of the city.


Vague Reconstruction of a Memory of an Exhibition

Paloma Dawkins (art and animation), Dima Vesnin (programming and soundtrack)

This game is a collaborative effort to remember happened at the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 at Garage. In this flatgame, you play as a giraffe and relive the highlights of the exhibition: the salt room, the weird stairs, and lots of beautiful pigeons.



Dima Vesnin
A game designer, a lecturer on the master’s program The Art of Literature at the Higher School of Economics, and the author of the Telegram channel Backtracking on game design and procedural generation.
Alexander Vetushinsky
A philosopher and expert in the history and theory of video games. He is a junior research associate in the Department of Ontology and Cognition Theory of the Philosophy Faculty at Moscow State University. Vetushinsky works at the Moscow Game Center and lectures on game design at the Higher School of Economics.
Paloma Dawkins
A cartoonist and self-taught animator turned virtual-reality and video-game artist.
Maria Kuptsova
An artist, designer, architect, and curator of the master's program Digital Art at Vladivostok's Far Eastern Federal University.
Dasha Nasonova
An architect, indie video game developer, and owner of, a blog about the interconnection between architecture and gaming.
Vadim Smakhtin
An artist, programmer, and curator of the master's program Digital Art at Vladivostok's Far Eastern Federal University.
Xerces Blau, 2019
James Ferraro and Ezra Miller
Those Who, 2019
Sascha Pohflepp
Russian Ferations, 2019
Posthuman Studies Lab
FOOOD 2050, 2014–2019
Gints Gabrāns
Materialism, a sculpture on reverse engineering
Studio Drift
April 16
A Performative Lecture by Kirill Savchenkov
IAM, 2018
Exhibition project
Those Who
Matthew Lutz and Alessia Nigretti
The Coming World Game Club
An extensive public program includes a series of Let's Play events run by artists, art and culture critics, and game studies experts, which will also be live-streamed.
Lu Yang
Artist talk and Let's Play
December 1
Sasha Puchkova’s Speculative Concilium
November 30
Performance by Sofa Skidan
November 29
A lecture by Daria Kalugina
November 23–24
Eco Jam Hackathon
Garage Game Club: Post-Apocalypse and dystopia
Games list
Garage Game Club: Other life forms
Games list
Garage Game Club: Ecologies
Games list
Garage x Elena Nikonole
Episode II. Conference
Artists and projects
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