Переосмысление территорий

Reconfiguring Territories

Territooriumite ümber mõtestamine

Uudelleenmäärittyvät paikallisuudet

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Francisco Martínez

Black and White portrait photograph of 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. Francisco has published several books – including Peripheral Methodologies (Routledge, 2021); Politics of Recuperation in Post-Crisis Portugal (Bloomsbury, 2020), Repair, Brokenness, Breakthrough (Berghahn, 2019), and Remains of the Soviet Past in Estonia (UCL Press, 2018). He has also curated different exhibitions – including ‘Objects of Attention’ (Estonian Museum of Applied Art & Design, 2019), and ‘Adapting to Decline’ (Estonian Mining Museum, 2021).

Francisco will host a ‘Post-Brokenness’ workshop together with Andra Aaloe in the (Re)configuring Territories Spring School 2021.

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


Andra Aaloe and Francisco Martínez will host the workshop ‘Post-Brokenness’ in the (Re)configuring Territories Spring School taking place in Narva (May–June 2021). Selected participants will study how personal and collective relationships are sustained in relation to the maintenance and repair of the surrounding environment, opening up a wide range of questions about care-taking, sustainability and the fragility of the worlds we inhabit.

Damiano Cerrone

Damiano Cerrone is the director of SPIN Unit, a transnational agency combining art and science to find new approaches to urban research and design. He works on the development of new avenues of research inquiry around urbanity and digital societies to foster change in policy making and urban management. His personal research leverages digital footprints to study new solutions to retrofitting inner cities to contemporary life.

Yin Aiwen

Yin Aiwen by the Narva Hydroelectric Station
( Yin Aiwen by the Narva Hydroelectric Station )

Yin Aiwen is a practicing designer, theorist and project developer, who uses writing, speculative design and time-based art to examine the social impact of planetary communication technologies. She advocates relationship-focused design as a strategy to redesign, re-engineer and reimagine the relationship between technology and society.

She holds a master’s degree in design from Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, and a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She has been a research fellow in The New Normal programme of Strelka Institute (RU, 2017), Art Center South Florida (US, 2017) and ZK/U Berlin (DE, 2019).

Polina Medvedeva

( Polina Medvedeva filming next to the Kreenholm factory area )

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. Medvedeva’s works have been exhibited in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam; WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem; Inversia Festival, Murmansk; Rotterdam City Theatre; Art Brussels; Centre of Fine Arts Groningen; De Nieuwe Vide gallery, Haarlem and screened during IDFA Docs for Sale and on VPRO among others. She was a guest lecturer at the Public School for Architecture Brussels, Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, ArtEZ Zwolle and is a tutor and lecturer at the Utrecht School of the Arts.

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

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. They recently inaugurated the participatory and permanent public space for dance and music Kepsen at Råslätt, Sweden (Public Art Agency Sweden, Mix Dancers Academy, Vätterhem, Jönköping municipality & Boverket, 2016-20). Recent work includes; Kämpaoke – the karaoke bar with songs that care, Stockholm Culture Festival, Public Art Agency Sweden  2019), The Grotto of Naiads, transformation of pedestrian tunnel, Haninge (2018), exhibition design Aiming for democratic architecture, Swedish Institute, Architects Sweden (2017-19), the artistic research project The Club Scene, with 13 acts of extensive theatrical performances, ArkDes, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2014-17). 


Spring School 2021
→ весенняя школа 2021
→ Kevadkool 2021
→ Kevätkoulu 2021

Trollperception in the Heartlands

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.

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. Maria has graduated from the Graphic Design department at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA, Tallinn, 2013–2016) as well as the MA programme Critical Studies at the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, 2017–2019). After moving back to Estonia and working as a pastry chef for half a year, she’s currently building up a multidisciplinary graphic design practice in Tallinn. She has teaching experience in self-initiated (GD Project Space, 2016–2018) as well as art-academic education (EKA, 2019–…), whereas her focus is prevalently on affect theory, writing, love&friendship and feminism, especially in the context of design understood as visual/textual/spatial communication. The dream that keeps her going is moving to the country side to found a communal, mostly self-sustainable farm.


Workshop – Spring School 2021
→ Собрание-воркшоп – весенняя школа 2021
→ Töötuba – kevadkool 2021
→ Työpaja– kevätkoulu 2021

Obshchenie (working title)

The main aim of this workshop at the Reconfiguring Territories Spring School is very simple: to feed ourselves and the whole group. We will use this necessity as an excuse to explore our own as well as local habits and preferences that start with food and dining but tell a lot about class, cultural backgrounds, feelings of home and political inclinations. Let us carefully scavenge our surroundings for matters to bring to the table: radishes and cucumbers from the supermarket and a local dacha; eggs from a nearby farm; sakuski and toasts; lunch offers; Turkish pizza and Chinese takeout; undervalued grandma pastries from around the corner; overpriced puree soups from the university cafeteria; basement shops and banquet halls; strange jars in cyrillic with surprisingly familiar contents. Let us try to trace meanings, feelings and causes within every bite. * The symbolic title of the workshop is borrowed from the Russian language via sociologist Alexei Yurchak’s book “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More” (2005), which highlights modes of (mostly kitchen-related) communality inherent to slavic values and the Soviet socialist order (albeit in problematic manifestations). We will try to create an ongoing, open-ended obshchenie – “both a process and a sociality that emerges in that process, and both an exchange of ideas and information as well as a space of affect and togetherness” – to get a better taste of the legacy of these values and history within the local context, and how we (as an international group of progressively disposed designers residing in Narva for a week) relate to them ourselves. Participants of the workshop will be encouraged to contribute with recipes and ideas for “setting the table” to prompt discussion among the group during dining times.
Image for Maria Muuk's Reconfiguring Territories Spring School 2021 Workshop: Obshchenie. The entrance and menu of a culinary shop slash beer bar in Kreenholm, Narva, 2020
The entrance and menu of a culinary shop slash beer bar in Kreenholm, Narva, 2020
Quotes from Yurchak’s book “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More”
Quotes from Yurchak’s book “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More”