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Russian exhibition

Russian exhibition. Photo: Jane Remm

Today, semiotics is actively broadening its area of research to cultural concepts that reflect the most important values of a culture. These concepts include such notions as law, justice, love, faith, family, company, and so on. More particular notions include, for example, civilized society, truth, and justice, to name just a few, and even their antipodes – iniquity, hatred, chaos, terror, and so on. In addition to its rational meaning, a concept also has a strong emotional component. By means of this emotional component, the concept is capable of activating the mechanism of socio-cultural adaptation. This socio-cultural adaptation is extremely important in terms of expansion of social space and the multiculturalism of modern cities. The study of existing symbolic systems helps us not only to learn the norms and values of the environment, but also to better understand and develop personal values and priorities.

The interpretation of a sign (that is, the relationship between the sign and its meaning within the society) is of extreme importance. Contemporary art actively investigates such connections – relationships within the perspective of the present / the past.

The main modules of the Russian exposition “The Art and the Semiotics” reflect the three major parts of semiotics: the syntax, the semantics, and the pragmatics.

The choice of individual themes by each participant is determined by their personal position. This study of themselves and of the society, of the internal and external mechanisms, is carried out by means of signs. As a result, all the works, when brought together within the framework of the exposition, provide a general picture of the world and the society as seen by teenagers.

Curator: Marianna Atroshenko
Exposition: Olga Mikhailova