Collective Dialogue : Revitalizing urban spaces as art practice

September 16th, 7 pm

Tayga creative space, Dvortsovaya, 20

Wastelands, unused spaces, unfavorable districts… In every city one can find a bunch of abandoned spaces, which potentially could drive cultural change and benefit dwellers. However waiting for top-down decisions and investments, for years they spread gloom in surrounding area. St.Petersburg is not an exception.

Among different solutions which could animate such spaces one of the possible ones is art-revitalization – a bottom-up artistic initiative. In different cities and countries this practise acquires unique profile. Collective dialogue of artists, who work in Europe, USA and Russia, allows to observe  possibilities and risks of art-revitalization from different angles.

Trial Version will tell about reactivating of disused architectural spaces in Italy, Flux Factory will share experience of art interventions in USA, Kendal Henry, curator of the Art Prospect 2014 festival, will talk about twists and turns of public art in Russia. Participants will discuss perspectives of art-revitalization in the city periphery and will end the dialogue with a brainstorming while soon they have to bring life into residential areas of the Vyborg side where Art Prospect 2015 is going to take place.

Presenters: Elena Mazzi and Michela Lupieri (Trial Version, Italy), Flux Factory (USA), Kendal Henry (USA).

Participants:  artists of the Art Prospect 2015 festival: “pro_spectus” (Belorussia), Jess Hirsh (USA) and others, residents of the creative spaces of St.Petersburg, sociologists from the Centre for German and European Studies, experts of the Institute of Urban Research “Sreda” and Open Urban Lab. 
Moderator: Alexandra Nenko, Centre for German and European Studies

Multidisciplinary discussion ‘Formula of the 3 Ps: Public art, Periphery, Participation’

September 18, 7.00 pm

Yarky Hostel & Space, Engelsa prosp, 5-7

Participation is a popular method within Western artists and researchers but in Russian reality it often goes in vain. Why does it happen? How are the relationships between public art, public and space organized? What does the public expect from the artist, and what does the artist expect from the public? During the discussion artists from different countries and sociologists will try to answer these questions and share experience of their research and communication with citizens in the area of the Art Prospect 2015 festival.


Researchers: Alexandra Nenko and Alexander Ivanov

Artistic collectives: Trial Version, Elastic City, Gorod Ustinov, Jess Hirsh

Participants: Art Prospect festival artists, sociologists from the Centre for German and European Studies, Daniyar Yusupov (‘Sreda’ Institute for Urban Studies).

Moderator: Oleg Pachenkov