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(Re)configuring Territories is an interdisciplinary research program for emerging architects, artists, designers, programmers and urban planners. The program takes place at the Narva Art Residency, in Narva, eastern Estonia.

(Re)configuring Territories aims to produce knowledge about interdependent social, political, geographical and technological processes in the context of Narva and reflect on postcolonial questions on the fringes of the European Union. How can Narva be seen as an example of a post-industrial city? Is Narva a post-national borderland?

The (Re)configuring Territories program’s first instalment was a Spring School that took place from May 6 to 12, 2019. The Spring School was structured around three overlapping workshops, each approaching Narva from a different angle and on a different temporal scale.

  • In the Field Study Workshop lead by Polina Medvedeva, participants interacted with the city and its inhabitants documenting small stories and local knowledge about the informal economies and non-conformist communal structures of Narva.
  • In the Theory, History, Poetry Workshop lead by Aiwen Yin, participants walked through history in poetry, ate theory on history, and wrote poetry on theory, by wandering, listening, reading, ruminating, conversing and writing together in the city.


Each of these three workshops lasted for five days and had five participants.