The exhibition New Nature provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the negative changes to the natural environment that may occur as a result of technological progress. On July 29, Manege hosted a public talk dedicated to analysing practices in the art world that contribute to the goal of sustainable development. During the talk, our speakers and audience members discussed how contemporary artists participate in the “green” movement and which environmental initiatives they promote. Among the speakers was representatives from the HIAP and Waterfront projects.
"Reside / Sustain: Art Residencies and sustainable development in Finland and Russia" is a Russo-Finnish project focused on developing the environmental potential of art residencies, transforming them into platforms aimed at solving problems in the sphere of ecology. The programme also does research on various environmental activities in Russia and Finland.
Waterfront (Vodnaya liniya) is an international interdisciplinary project put into action by a team of independent experts in partnership with the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg. Waterfront’s main focus is on urban embankments and waterfront territories, specifically how they can be developed as public spaces.
The discussion was moderated by Angelina Davydova, an environmental journalist, editor of the journal Ekologiya i pravo (Ecology and the Law), observer of UN talks on climate change, and partner in the project Reside/Sustain: Art Residency and Sustainable Development in Finland and Russia.
– Adel Kim – curator, co-organizer of the Association of Art Residences in Russia, participant in the project Reside/Sustain: Art Residency and Sustainable Development in Finland and Russia;
– Albina Motor – initiator and designer of art and educational projects, co-founder of the Institute for the Study of Street Art;
– Andrey Anisimov – deputy director of the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg and researcher of the culture of everyday urban life.
You can watch this public talk on our YouTube-channel.