Аврора Тэнг, руководитель программы Центра интерпретации землепользования (The Center for Land Use Interpretation), рассказывает участникам социологической резиденции о своих проектах

Аврора Тэнг, руководитель программы Центра интерпретации землепользования (The Center for Land Use Interpretation), рассказывает участникам социологической резиденции о своих проектах

In the end of 2011 the notion of an ‘artist-in-residence’ started to form its shape around the village Nikola Lenivets.

It was the third key notion. The first two were: artist Polissky and Festival ‘Archstoyanie’. Now the question arises: how we are to understand what contents and scale artist-in-residences in such culturally intensive context should have? The solution was simple and grand: an absolutely new and unprecedented concept, an image of University 3.0, emerged in a long-term prospect (5-7 years).  To put it in a nutshell: professionals from various fields, including scientists, artists, architects, composers, businessmen and even state officials, who wish to grasp the essence of life can come here and feel inspiration. And after they get inspired with the place and communication with others, each of them creates something of his own (a video or a novel, a document or an opera). At the same time each of these people teaches something, as all of them have been selected according to very high criteria of professional records. The list of educational opportunities is wide and varied but filled with the reality of life and prospects. So those who want to be educated or to acquire new skills can design their own path. Thus, one can attend a three-day workshop on cooking and design; his or her friend can attend a complete program on the development of a territory, while others can start converting their humanitarian knowledge and artistic skills into start-ups in artistic industries.

To approach this concept two steps had to be made. The first was rather evident: the area between the villages Zvizzchi, Nikola Lenivets and Koltsovo had to be explored. That meant that the residents had to be invited for a short time and then questioned about their impressions. They were to say if they wanted to come again and, if yes, what they could offer for the next 1-3 years. That resulted in the research program for 2012. Against all wishes, and it was expected that houses and workshops for residents would be built by the summer 2012, the residents had to stay in a small but cozy Volodya’s house. It is important to note that despite the house was acquired accidentally and rented for a certain time it was built on the basis of a special project, with great love and totally independently, paying no attention to any architectural, functional or subjective trends. The house is warm, and it was not in vain that its verandas, common rooms with a fireplace and bedrooms are not built but arranged around a banya with a small pool.  Without Internet but in friendly environment full of initiative our residents found themselves in a village where the school has only 16 pupils (and nearly as many teachers) and where a club is pretty cold and unfriendly, rather than in some cultural context concentrated around the words ‘Polissky’ and ‘Festival’. The residents got involved in ‘the story of intersection of the parallel worlds’. On the one hand, they faced the development of the cultural cluster (,, on the other hand they experienced the alert, inertial, datcha-like lifestyle of the locals. The population of Zvizzchi is more than 150 people… by the end of 2012 artists and sociologists, theatre directors, architects and others (see Page 2012) presented their projects. It turned out that 12-15 of them can be arranged in a large unit and as early as in 2013 a prototype of a university residence can be launched. But our big idea turned out to be a modest project next to the greater one. The whole territory of Nikola Lenivets turned into the place where initiatives were starting, in which the desire to see many visitors, a rich flow of money and the high level of the media success was seen.

…. Thus, by the beginning of 2013 big intentions around the artist-in-residence and the concept ‘Nikola Lenivets – AiR – University’ got narrowed down to the plan of implementing several projects in 2013. We focused on the authors who are interested in cooperation with the local population (Wapke Feenstra, William Speakman, Theo Tegelaers), and at the same time, next to Polissky’s new big as it was anticipated. Our plan is now rather ‘close’ and definite. We stick to the idea that the residents of Zvizzchi will be oriented at cooperation with the local people in the first place. And there will be artists from Holland nearby, who, as we know, are eager to continue their work there. Moreover, in the autumn 2013 the first projects will be presented in Moscow during the parallel program of the Second Moscow Biannual Exhibition.

Friday 10-17

Sunday 9 – 18

Monday 8.30 – 22.00

Tuesday 9.00 – 22.00