This residency was the fourth in a series of four curatorial-practice-oriented programmes: three workshops (publications, data, exhibitions) and one residency organised by the Curatorial Lab of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. They explored innovative approaches to the sharing of knowledge in architecture, design and urban planning.

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The residency programme on exhibiting, publishing and performing explored the staging of architecture sharing and urbanism in contemporary artistic and curatorial practice with an objective to find the most suitable presentation formats for Shared Cities: Creative Momentum (SCCM). The four two-month residencies took place at Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U) in Berlin and were organized by reSITE in collaboration with KUNSTrePUBLIK. These residencies, open to artists, architects, urban activists, curators and visual designers, helped us finalize the SCCM final presentation and final publication (Atlas) concepts, that should be later realized in cooperation with invited international artist(s) and author(s).

Our focus was on how to present this relatively new phenomenon with the maximum use of visual, performative, participative and interactive tools. Another objective was to study similarly innovative publications and visit comparable interactive programs and shows in Berlin, while taking part in on-site encounters with museum curators and cultural managers with an eye on the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum final presentation and publication (Atlas), to be launched in autumn 2019 in Berlin.

Resident #4: Olga Labovkina / BY

Residency#4 Olga Labovkina

Olga Labovkina is a dancer, choreographer and performer working in the fields of contemporary dance, visual art, movement theatre and performance. She is a graduate of the Scientific-creative Laboratory for the Composition of Modern Forms of Dance at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. In 2008, she founded and became artistic director of KARAKULI dance theatre. She has presented her productions at international festivals and participated in various projects in Russia, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Slovakia, Lithuania and Ukraine.


“The BORDERS project was developed and shown to the audience during my residency. BORDERS is a performance-installation, a kind of immersive journey into the space of displacement of borders. The idea of Borders is considered by me at different levels: it is the deconstruction of the generally accepted rituals of behaviour in the public sphere, visible and invisible borders in a human society, the symbolic violence of the city, the ever-changing physical boundaries of the city, and finally, the expanding boundaries of understanding ourselves as co-creators of the continuous transformation of the public sphere. The performance-installation was structured in three narrative lines:

  1. A video sequence projected onto a wall comprising a series of plastic sketches within the urban public space. All sketches focus on interaction with a specific context.
  2. A physical narrative focusing on interaction with a substance which keeps changing its shape and boundaries. The substance represented an abstract opposition to the video sequence, a constant creation and transformation of new contexts and an associative flow.
  3. An audio sequence representing field recordings of an urban space transformed into a certain rhythm with applied filters (no musical instruments used) containing fragments of interviews I recorded with people about my project. I asked the following fundamental question: “What kind of limitations within the public space do you encounter when you find yourselves in a new context (moving to a different country or a city)?” Then I drew on the answers of the respondent.”

Find more about the concept development, methodology and results description in the Research Publication

Research Publication

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