Garage Museum of Contemporary Art - Moscow
22 / 12 / 2014 – 11 / 01 / 2015

“Every day is a good day.” John Cage, 1958

Garage‘s annual Аrt Experiment is an interactive project that puts the viewer at the forefront of the creative process. Designed for visitors of all ages, the unique and action-packed laboratory will expand your understanding of contemporary art as you create your own works and share the joys of creativity with friends, family, and complete strangers. The project is in a constant state of development, covering ever-new ground and incorporating a variety of new media. Since the program’s launch in 2010, over 25,000 children, young people, and adults have participated in this legendary annual event.

In 2015, Garage invites you to spend the two-week Christmas Holidays immersed in a world of unbounded music and sound, featuring light and sound-based installations and artworks by prominent artists from both Russia and abroad.

32 simple but provocative questions from John Cage, one of the most famous and influential composers of the 20th century, will guide you through this world of musical sensations.


Discover and conduct one of the first experiments in musical history 

Recreating John Cage’s famous experiment will require a total of 34 objects, including a clockwork fish, a grand piano, a pressure cooker, several ice cubes, an empty glass, a rubber duck, 12 red roses, and a filled bathtub.

Use a Hydraulic Press to transform an object into music

The Hydraulic Press will turn any inserted object to dust. In return, visitors will receive a CD disk with the resulting musical track.

Direct a virtual orchestra

Conduct a multichannel virtual orchestra consisting of 13 manipulator robots, trying yourself as a composer, performer, and operator all at the same time.

Leave a message with the musical sphere

Moving along a set path within the exhibition space, the musical sphere will simultaneously record and reproduce snatches of conversations, background noises, as well as any messages spoken into it directly.

Learn to play a unique instrument

The Baschet is a unique musical instrument consisting of a metal resonator and glass tubes, played by stroking the tubes with wet fingers.


Craft your own Christmas present

Inspired by Art Experiment activities, Creative Workshops participants will invent and create Christmas presents with their own hand.

Featuring: John Cage, The Institution of Unstable Thoughts, Alexander Hnilitsky, Playtronica, SlackLabs studio, ::vtol::, Dmitry Vlasik, interaction design studio Hello Computer, Baschet Soundsculpture Workshop from the University of Barcelona coordinated by Marti Ruids, The Moscow Chamber Orchestra MUSICA VIVA directed by Alexander Rudin, as well as children’s orchestras and music schools under the Moscow Department of Culture’s Office of Educational Programs.