Artout Project, a.k.a. Artout Escort Agency - an experimental art project created in 2006 by an international group of artists, including the Russian-born artist Anton Koslov Mayr, theater critic and director of Black Box Theater in Oslo Jon Refsdal Moe, artists Per Platou, Kate Pendry, Ira Waldron, Georgy Ostretsov, Mike Rimbaud, Alexander Kosolapov , Eric Poujeau , Dana Wise, Elena Kovylina, Sena Yoon, Leban and Kleindienst , opera singer Evgeny Nikitin , and others. The project is a part of the Institutional Critique mouvement, but also relies on relational art practices. The ideas behind the project were formulated by Anton Koslov Mayr in his essay "On Art and Domination", Jon Refsdal Moe's "Staging Cultural Prosperity" and Sueli Rolni's "The Geopolitics of Pimping".
Artout Project was set up as a service company offering artists' time, rather than any material work, as a product. Any interested party can hire an artist to spend time with and this in itself constitutes a creative act. The project was conceived as a meditation on the relationship between art collectors and art producers, exploring new territories of intersubjectivity and institutional control.
2007 Parsons Paris Scandal
In 2007 Parsons Paris School of Design (AFAD) accused Artout of being a "potentially illicit" enterprise and dismissed one of its participants. In the ensuing legal case, French Labour Tribunal found Parsons Paris guilty of illegal firing and condemned the school to pay interest damage.
2009 Bridge Art Fair
In 2009 the Artout Project was invited as a special feature of Bridge Art Fair in New York. New York Post art critic Dan Avery hailed Artout as "the most inventive in adapting to new economic realities".