Educational and debating program for Karelian creative youth is a project devoted to contemporary trends, strategies and technologies of contemporary art and culture. Its initiator is the Creative Industries and Cultural Tourism Development Fund under the auspices of the Open Society Institute.
The project goal is assistance to creative youth’s self-realization and contemporary art development in Petrozavodsk as an important feature of modern urban life.
The program is aimed at young workers of culture, artists, designers, musicians, photographers and all creative people of Petrozavodsk and the Republic of Karelia.
In February – May 2010 the program participants will take 2 courses – «Language and Technologies of Contemporary Art» and «Approaches and Strategies in Contemporary Art». Classes will be held by the leading Russian experts in contemporary art as lectures, seminars and master’s classes. Two open discussions devoted to modern processes in the field of art and culture, new media theories and the roles of today’s artists will take place in the framework of the project.
A group exhibition of the best art-projects by program participants who are Karelian young creative people is going to be a logical end to the project.
The final project exhibition presents the material created by the project-participants in the course of the educational program. They are various assignments beginning with collages and script camera reports by camera-men and directors and finishing with individual creative works. The program participants are interested in a great number of activities, which are photography, video-art, animated comic strips, animated and fiction films. Actually, the exhibition itself shows that the abilities of the creative community have greatly developed due to digital technologies particularly thanks to unlimited expanse of the media scene. Such professional activities as making films and audio-dicks and design modeling are getting a total field of activity and co-exist in the virtual reality side by side. The exhibited works made not only by novice artists but by creative people working in other fields of activities illustrate another time a changed situation in the cultural environment and its extended field. New reality, which provides both professional artists and amateurs with endless possibilities for self-realization, still has not done away with its eternal questions like «What is art at nowadays?», «Who is considered to be an artist-creator?», «What part does a creative person play in today’s world», and «What is exactly contemporary in contemporary culture and art?»
Dmitry Bulatov – artist, curator of the Kaliningrad branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts
Elena Melvil – financial director of the Creative Industries Agency, teacher of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Moscow)
Georgiy Nikich – curator, art historian, board member of the Art Historians Association (Moscow)
Marina Perchikhina – media artist, curator, founder of the Spider&Mouse Gallery (Moscow)
Andrey Savin – photographer, video operator, art director of NIKA + television channel (Petrozavodsk)
Andrei Suzdalev – artist, curator, Children studios supervisor of the National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow)
Sergey Treshkin – media artist, designer (Petrozavodsk)
Elena Zelentsova – candidate of culturology/cultural studies, director of the Creative Industries Agency, head of the specialty “Creative Industries” at the faculty of socio-cultural projects management of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, deputy head of the department of territorial development of the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation (Moscow)
ACTION PLAN / February – May 2010
COURSE 1: The Language and Technologies of Contemporary Art
February 3 Program presentation
February 3, 10, 17, 24 Original course «The basics of Camera Work and Editing» / Andrey Savin
February 7, 14, 21, 28 Original course «Computer technologies in graphic design» / Sergey Treshkin
March – April
March 3, 17, 24, 31 Original course «The basics of Camera Work and Editing» / Andrey Savin
March 7, 21, 28 Original course «Computer technologies in graphic design» / Sergey Treshkin
March 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Master’s classes «Animation technologies in art projects» / Andrey Suzdalev
March 20 Lecture «Cultural markets and cultural entrepreneurship» / Elena Zelentsova
March 21 Lecture «Intellectual property» / Elena Melvil
April 3 Original course «Computer technologies in graphic design» / Sergey Treshkin
April 10 – 12 Original course «The language of contemporary art: a reconstruction action» / Marina Perchikhina
April 13 Open discussion «The role of creative community in media environment» / Moderated by Sergey Terentyev
COURSE 2: Approaches and Strategies in Contemporary Art
April 18, 25 Original course «Computer technologies in graphic design» / Sergey Treshkin
April 26 – 29 Original course «Catalysis of creation. Art & Science» / Dmitry Bulatov
May 2, 6, 12, 13, 16 Original course «Computer technologies in graphic design» / Sergey Treshkin
May 18 – 19 Lectures «Art on the market and the art market. The dialog: artist, curator, gallerist» / Georgiy Nikich
May 20 Final discussion «Everyone will be taken to the future. Approaches and strategies in contemporary art and culture» / Moderated by Georgiy Nikich
May 21 Lecture «New space for art: creative industries and public art» / Georgiy Nikich
May 29 Finnisage of the group exhibition
Venue for project events: Vyhod Media Center, Karl Marx Ave., 14, Petrozavodsk
Contacts: (814 2) 76-14-41 (814 2) 76-14-41