“Inner School of Open Studies is a hermetic, multidisciplinary on-going art project dedicated to the phenomena of artistic knowledge. I have started it in 2016, to sum up 10 years of an artistic practice. The School began to take shape with a cycle of lectures in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Later in September 2016, I enrolled in the imaginary bachelor class of my own school to finish my own program in May 2020. This website is my thesis.”

Protey Temen is a mixed media artist working with drawings, videos, books and installations. Protey creates abstract visuals to explore and visualize the intersections between science and various visual data utilizing the poetry of everyday life processes.


Total Timeline • Corraini Gallery, Artverona Fair, Verona, Italy, 2019 
Everything is Gonna Be Fine • Social Club Creative Space, Los Angeles, California, 2018
Having coffee making calculations • First Person exhibition / Magazijn, Amsterdam Art Weekend, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017
“Knowledge Of” (with Lucas Gutierrez) • Aperto Raum, Berlin, Germany, 2017
One Ant Climbed Into Astronaut’s Ear, Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, Russia, 2016
The Cave of Generosity • Komnata Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia, 2014
Passion • Rojo Nova, Sao–Paolo, Brasil, 2011
Mechanics Logotype • LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2011
Oil Project • Gallery Annexe, Bordeaux, France, 2010
Breakfast Heroes • Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2009


Knowledge Of, Chapter B • The Quickest Via pavilion, The Wrong biennale, World Wide Web, 2017
Processes and Interactions • Art4 Museum, Moscow, Russia, 2016–2017
Various Works Selection • META – The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, 180 Creative Camp, Abrantes, Portugal, 2014
Newspaper • L’École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne, Rennes, France, 2013
Passion the Movie. New Cut • Nova Festival, Auditório MIS, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2012
Videomix, Gogbot Festival • Planetart, Enschede, Netherlands, 2011
Videosculptures • La Biennale di Venezia, Internet Pavilion, BYOB, Venice, Italy, 2011


“The essential topic that Protey Temen works with is researching the symbolical environment and analyzing it with the plastic language of abstract art. From pagan myths to the method of “sur-ritualism” discovered by him, Protey approaches step-by-step a quasi-scientific way of interpreting the world. What is the information and how can it be processed, what physical material is used in the composition of a particular object, why do we see a spot and perceive a symbol in a definite way, how do we influence our surroundings in order to execute various processes? All of these questions may be conventionally laid into the sphere of the sensitive, reflexive personal experience – facts that cannot be checked are codified and converted into common popular knowledge by Protey. To prove his hypotheses, he explains his own intuitive discoveries about the world’s structure by using the approach and verbal/visual glossary of a quantitative scientist. The artist packs these pieces of knowledge into text, illustrative materials, schemes, and visual aids as he returns the aesthetic focus to a theory’s dry language. The scientific process usually implies the abandonment of aesthetics in favor of a didactic understanding of the meaning. Protey combines the emotional experience and he manifests to us as spectators and students of his “Inner School of Open Studies” the similarity of fundamental strategies of the scientific approach and art practices aimed at the revelation of the only true and faithful version of reality.”

by Yulia Yousma


Inner School of Open Studies • Flaneur Festival – 20.5 hours, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2019
The Spring Cycle • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia, 2017
Emptiness Between Us • Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, Yerevan, Armenia, 2017
When Will Shepherd Return? • National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2013
Constructivism meets Characters • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2009


Visual director and co-founder

Art and Design School
Teacher and co-founder
Higher School of Economics University (Moscow, Russia). Bachelor programs (2014—2018): Design and contemporary art, Animation and illustration, Communication design. Special class “Agents of Memory” (2020—2021).

Jewelry artist
Collections: Space Atlas (2018), Mercury/PTVTЬ (2019), Koral (2020) 


Andrey Bartenev, Dasha Birukova, Ekaterina Bochavar, Oxana Bondarenko & Olesya Bondarenko, Edizioni Corraini 
& Marina Barbieri, Alice Hinrichs, Masha Isserlis, David Quiles Guillo, Daria Kamyshnikova, Kara Brooks, Daria Kravchuk, LES/Pobegi, Alexey Maslyaev, Victor Melamed, Kirill Preobrazhenskiy, Susana Romanos, Alexander Sharov, Arseniy Sergeev, George Shorgin, Sofya Simakova, Anna Titovets, Trafo Haus, Arseny Vesnin, Yulia Yousma, Christy Woody, Martha Zeich, Irina Zvereva, Alexander Zhuravlev & Alina Glazoun


Dmitry Jakovlev, Ivan Skorikov


Natalia Bryantseva, Lucas Gutierrez, Vadim Gershman, Dima Kavka, Alexey Rumin, Fabian Saul, Violetta Shabash, Ivan Taranin, Gabriel Shalom, Dmitry Ustinov


Marina Gluhova (Laboratory ABC), Ricarda Alexandra Messner & Grashina Felicitas (Flaneur), Alexander Elsakov, Andrey Sosedov (Cuttercut), Dmitry Fesenko (Stereotactic), TSUM Department Store, Maxim Harin

Artistic Assistance

Galya Dautova, Yvelise Fronteau, Ekaterina Krasilnikova, Maria Lyakh,
 Elisaveta Perebatova, Kate Pravda, Lesya Voronina, Alina Zolotykh

Ira Ivanova


Ara Aslanyan, Grigor Atanesian, Dmirty Bezugly, Oleg Borodin, Ilya Bryabrin, Kirill Bulatsev, Gruppa DNO, Vladimir Dudchenko, Dmitry Evgrafov, Alexey Fedorov, Ika Gagua, Vlada & Anton Glotov, Anna Goncharova, Igor Gurovich, Alexander & Ekaterina Gurzhiy, Anna Karaseva, Alexandra Kuznetsova, Christina Krutilina, Marina Levashova, Igor Markin, Roman Mazurenko, Arseniy Mesheryakov, Philipp Petrenko, Claudia Rafael, Tatyana Rivchun, Marta Rukazenkova, Oleg Stavitsky, Danila Stratovich, Valentin Tkach, Alexey Tregubov, Vasili Tsereteli, Sebastian Zimmerhackl

Ira Ivanova