24 December 2010

Weekend School 2010

Though the name is not very breathtaking as nobody wants to study at weekends our Weekend School combined fun and studies

Though the name is not very breathtaking  as nobody wants to study at weekends our Weekend School combined fun and studies.

On 18th and 19th December, 2010, our Weekend School took place in Moscow. It was called “Creative industries and Humanities” and welcomed  “Oxford-Russia” fund fellows from Saratov State University. During the School opportunities that creative economy and creative industries offer to students specializing in Humanities were discussed.

Within two days participants managed to visit major creative clusters of Moscow city and were guided through by specialists working there. The schedule looked the following way:

The first day of the School. A visit to ARTPLAY Center of design where its creative director, Alina Saprykina, told students a history of ARTPLAY and explained how the cluster works.  We all got an opportunity to see Student art Fair, the event that was announced in our website and that became one of major art events in December.

After lunch the group visited another cluster nearby, Winzavod, and there was a Christmas Art fair! Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time to enjoy it too long as we had to rush to Garage, the Center for contemporary culture. A specialist of the Centre, gave a lecture on contemporary art market history in Russia specially for us and guided through exhibitions of the Center.

The second dayof the School.  It started with PROEKT_FABRIKA space, another creative cluster, where participants had some lectures on creative economy a business game. The lecture given by Elea Melvil, the financial director of Creative industries Agency, was mainly focusing on creative economy and practices. The game held by Elena Zelentsova, the director of Creative Industries agency, was aiming at teaching students project creating. The visit to PROEKT_FABRIKA finished by an excursion to Tsekh – a dance theatres agency located there. Then we all moved to Polytechnic Museum where we visited a new exhibition dedicated to peat. Curators of the exhibitions managed to make it really exciting and definitely worth visiting.

Then Laboratory “Art&Science” followed. We saw Nicola Tesla transformer in action. It was thrilling! The lecture on cross-disciplinary projects by Nikolay Pryanishnikov, one of experts of Creative industries Agency, closed the session and we left the Lab.

We hope that The School has been really useful for students and we really look forward to seeing some of them at our Summer School 2011