Переосмысление территорий

Reconfiguring Territories

Territooriumite ümber mõtestamine

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(Re)configuring Territories Talk: Anthropology, Fieldwork, and Design Research

(Re)configuring Territories Talks
→ Доклады на (Пере)осмыслении территорий
→ (Re)configuring Territories vestlusring
→ (Re)configuring Territories -keskustelut

Anthropology, Fieldwork, and Design Research
– With Francisco Martinez and Polina Medvedeva
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 16 (EET)

Interest in anthropology is growing in situated architecture and design research circles, with fieldwork and community-led design processes becoming an increasingly important part of the critical discourse. What should architects, designers, and artists know from anthropology and its methodology? What can these disciplines learn from each other?

(Re)configuring Territories program curator Tommi Vasko talked with professor Francisco Martínez and filmmaker and artist Polina Medvedeva about fieldwork and the relationships between artistic research and anthropology.

A recording of the conversation is available here:
https://www.facebook.com/548218410/videos/10158375099213411/

Practices
Практики
Praktika
Praktiikat

Francisco Martínez

Francisco Martínez
Francisco Martínez is an anthropologist dealing with contemporary issues of material culture through ethnographic experiments. In 2018, he was awarded with the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, and currently he works as Associate Professor at Tallinn University.

Polina Medvedeva

Polina Medvedeva
POLINA MEDVEDEVA is a Russian-Dutch filmmaker and artist based in Amsterdam. Her work researches the notion of informality, focusing on informal economies and non-conformist communal structures, their principles of which influence the aesthetics of her videos.

Tommi Vasko

Tommi Vasko
Tommi Vasko is a Helsinki based graphic designer and -researcher who writes theoretical and fictional texts about design practises of the near future and about visual phenomena rising between emerging information technologies and ecological thinking. Tommi approaches his practice as an interdisciplinary collaborative process in which philosophical reflection and everyday maintenance labour relate to experimental ways of organizing design education, approaching technology as well as making images, videos and texts.

(Re)configuring Territories Talk: Feminist Fairytales, Parties and Eating Together as Spatial Practices

(Re)configuring Territories Talks
→ Доклады на (Пере)осмыслении территорий
→ (Re)configuring Territories vestlusring
→ (Re)configuring Territories -keskustelut

Feminist Fairytales, Parties and Eating Together as Spatial Practices
–– A Conversation with Maria Muuk and MYCKET
Monday, December 14, 2020, at 16 (EET)

Could fiction and eating dinner together be seen as ways to question the conventional methods of spatial and design practices? Can these careful methods create a more resilient and discursive architecture and design culture?

In the talk, the art & architecture group MYCKET (Mariana Alves Silva, Katarina Bonnevier, and Thérèse Kristiansson), graphic designer/writer/baker Maria Muuk and curator Kaisa Karvinen investigated strategies in each of their practices and dreamed about possible roles of architects and designers in the neighborhoods of current society. The talk started with a short reading.

A recording of the conversation is available here:
https://www.facebook.com/548218410/videos/10158372988713411/

Practices
Практики
Praktika
Praktiikat

Maria Muuk

Maria Muuk
Maria Muuk is a graphic designer and writer based in Tallinn, Estonia, whose main research interest is food. By thinking and making through the lens of food, she explores its semiotic, cultural and affective meanings, as well as ways in which food can be used to facilitate change, find commonalities and digest problematics.

MYCKET collaboration

MYCKET collaboration
Stockholm & Östergötland, founded in 2012 by Mariana Alves Silva, Dr.Katarina Bonnevier and Thérèse Kristiansson. The architecture, art and design practice MYCKET develops artistic research from intersectional perspectives such as anti-racist and queer-feminist theories. A practice informed by the theatrical, the carnivalesque and political activism. Together they rummage through the borderlands of the lives we live, and the environment that surrounds us.

Kaisa Karvinen

Kaisa Karvinen
Kaisa Karvinen is a Helsinki-based architect and writer interested in the intersections of performativity, public space and collective unlearning. Kaisa’s practice consists of different forms of constructing and writing, usually in multidisciplinary groups.

Spring School 2021
→ Весенняя Школа 2021
→ Kevadkool 2021
→ Kevätkoulu 2021

(Re)configuring Territories Spring School 2021
With Francisco Martínez and Andra Aaloe,
Maria Muuk, and MYCKET (Mariana Alves Silva, Katarina Bonnevier and Thérèse Kristiansson)
May 31 – June 6, 2021

(Re)configuring Territories Spring School 2021 consists of three simultaneous workshops mentored by anthropologist Francisco Martínez and urbanist Andra Aaloe, graphic designer, baker and writer Maria Muuk, and architecture, art and design practice MYCKET.

Read more about the spring school here.

The Indeterminate Terrain Between Disciplines

Talks
→ Весенняя Школа 2022
→ Residentuur 2021
→ Keskustelut

Cover image for the event: The Indeterminate Terrain Between Disciplines
Cover image for the event: The Indeterminate Terrain Between Disciplines

The Indeterminate Terrain Between Disciplines
– Introduction to the (Re)configuring Territories pragramme
With Ksenia Kaverina, Karoliina Korpilahti and Ann Mirjam Vaikla
Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 16 (EET)

The first (Re)configuring Territories talk was a discursive introduction to the research program. How can residencies and gatherings create discussions about borders, territories, and design and architecture cultures?

(Re)configuring Territories program curators Kaisa Karvinen and Tommi Vasko talked with curator and archivist Ksenia Kaverina, program director Karoliina Korpilahti and Narva Art Residency’s director Ann Mirjam Vaikla.

Research project TOK curators

Residency 2021
→ Резиденция 2021
→ Residentuur 2021
→ Residenssi 2021

During their residency, TOK curators would like to critically rethink the parameters for historical analysis of the post-industrial areas in cross-border territories between Russia and Estonia as well as to look at their common political, industrial and ecological history. By conducting cross-disciplinary analysis of the legacy of such city-forming entities as the textile factory, the post-nuclear seaside town Sillamäe and The Baltiс Power Plant, TOK curators plan to publicly address the details related to impact of these industries on the regional natural environment and beyond. They also plan to investigate the connection between the ethnic landscape, urgency of technological development for military purposes and secret geological operations in the area of Narva. The curatorial research will include work with archival documents and historical footage, conducting personal interviews with former workers of the industries, witnesses and victims of industrial processes and secret operations, talking to local biologists, geologists, historians and environmental activists and journalists.

The right to the night

Residency 2022
→ Pезиденция 2022
→ Residentuur 2022
→ Residenssi 2022

How could a violent free world look like? Is a violent free society even possible? When does violence begin and what do we perceive as such And how can art contribute to a safer, more social environment?

During our residency in Narva we want to focus on public space, control and women. Many indications point to the existence of a global system which, from the absence of suitable outdoor places for women for certain kind of practices to the narration of news, demands women, and single women in particular, to spends as little time as possible outside home or any closed and controlled place of professional activity. Perhaps more importantly, the use of public space and its apprenticeship, especially at night, remain different for men and for women. How to explain that contemporary space is so little investigated, even though it is perhaps one of the last bastions of a manifest inequality of use between men and women, to the extent of an even inequality of possibilities of use, of which both are active and passive producers?

Karoliina Korpilahti

KAROLIINA KORPILAHTI (1981) is head of Art and Culture Program at the Finnish Institute in Estonia. She holds a master’s degree in Aesthetics from the University of Helsinki. Karoliina has over ten years of experience working with arts and culture in many different roles, such project leading, producing, curating, lecturing, writing, and administrating. Previously, she has worked at Frame Contemporary Art Finland and at the Helsinki City Culture Division.

(Untitled project, Laura Kuusk)

Residency 2021
→ Резиденция 2021
→ Residentuur 2021
→ Residenssi 2021

During the residency in Narva, Laura Kuusk would like to create a chain of actions that would result in performative and audiovisual material.

“I want to spot a local social group that is willing to participate in an experiment and compose together with them an event, a ritual of sharing. The event would be filmed and the video edited from the material. During this common ritual that we would create together, we would reflect on the specific space and time that we are living now. I think we need to create common moments after this global performance of self-isolation that we are going through. We need to reflect upon its’ effects on our bodies, everyday life and future. I think that we can create a social event and at the same time, reflect upon the future through the vision of people going through intensive transformation processes. It might also give us a reflection of the past. The idea of this action is to reflect on the things that we teach the future generation to dream about, the way we design the space in and around us. By changing our dreams, we can start re-shaping the future. Of course it will be based on the very local and specific community, but I think the “locality” and “community” are the key words for the future, too.”

The Creative Association of Curators TOK

( Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits at TOK’s retrospective exhibition “How to Work Together”, New Holland, St Petersburg, 2019. Photo: Aleksandra Getmanskaya )

The Creative Association of Curators TOK is a curatorial duo founded in St. Petersburg by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits in 2010 as a platform for research projects at the intersection of contemporary art, social sciences and socially oriented design.

As a nomadic collective working between Russia and Europe, the Middle East and the United States, TOK curators place their practice between historical analysis and political imagination. Their multilayered, durational and cross-disciplinary projects generate new knowledge about the causes and consequences of changing political realities.

Often working outside of traditional art spaces, TOK infiltrates into social structures, bringing their strains and corrupt functions into the public discourse in order to revisit the roles and powers of social institutions and redraft their potential future. TOK investigates mechanisms of post-Soviet public space and modern cities, collective memory and amnesia, the transformation of social institutions, including education and local governance, media and strategies for managing public opinion. TOK’s activities include exhibitions, performances, educational events (conferences, seminars, summer schools, round tables and discussions), and publications.

TOK curators will join the (Re)configuring Territories residency in the spring 2021.

Residency 2021
→ Pезиденция 2021
→ Residentuur 2021
→ Residenssi 2021

Research project TOK curators

During their residency, TOK curators would like to critically rethink the parameters for historical analysis of the post-industrial areas in cross-border territories between Russia and Estonia as well as to look at their common political, industrial and ecological history. By conducting cross-disciplinary analysis of the legacy of such city-forming entities as the textile factory, the post-nuclear seaside town Sillamäe and The Baltiс Power Plant, TOK curators plan to publicly address the details related to impact of these industries on the regional natural environment and beyond. They also plan to investigate the connection between the ethnic landscape, urgency of technological development for military purposes and secret geological operations in the area of Narva. The curatorial research will include work with archival documents and historical footage, conducting personal interviews with former workers of the industries, witnesses and victims of industrial processes and secret operations, talking to local biologists, geologists, historians and environmental activists and journalists.

Theory, History, Poetry

Spring School 2019
→ Весенняя Школа 2019
→ Kevadkool 2019
→ Kevätkoulu 2019

In the Theory, History, Poetry Workshop led by Aiwen Yin, spring school 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.

Trollperception in the Heartlands

Spring School 2021
→ Весенняя Школа 2021
→ Kevadkool 2021
→ Kevätkoulu 2021

In 2021, MYCKET will embark on a new three year artistic research project called Trollperception in the Heartlands. In Trollperception in the Heartlands, we turn to folktales and legends to reconnect to that time when people in our regions lived closer to, and were more subordinated to nature. Trollperception in the Heartlands is a transdisciplinary design project emerging out of our own heartlands in southern rural Sweden, expanding the formal field used to generate sustainable future scenarios through site-specific crafting and crafting video animations informed by folktales and mythology. During our workshop with the Narva Spring School we wish to invite you to delve into trolls, spirits, and animism together with us, joining the pack, and craft together, while simultaneously mediating and sharing these artworks through filmed animations – investigating what new and unforeseen knowledge can be derived from the process itself. The aim is to explore troll perception through artistic research, and to create and share viable ways of designing and living for the future. Returning people to a dialogue with Earth and its fellow creatures.