Fast Forward to the Future

  • TOK curators will speak about their experience of integrating creative practices into the work of youth-targeted public institutions in Russia. During the 4th season of Critical Mass TOK collaborated with a network of youth clubs that appeared during the Soviet era and was reinvented during the post-Soviet era as community centers and extracurricular educational spaces for young people.
    1/6 | TOK curators will speak about their experience of integrating creative practices into the work of youth-targeted public institutions in Russia. During the 4th season of Critical Mass TOK collaborated with a network of youth clubs that appeared during the Soviet era and was reinvented during the post-Soviet era as community centers and extracurricular educational spaces for young people.
  • Ruth Noack will look at the development of A Museum In A School from more than 20 years of thinking about and experimenting with the connection between artwork and its viewership. She will particularly focus on aspects of her practice as curator and educator with young people and children.
    2/6 | Ruth Noack will look at the development of A Museum In A School from more than 20 years of thinking about and experimenting with the connection between artwork and its viewership. She will particularly focus on aspects of her practice as curator and educator with young people and children.
  • The youth initiative Stockholmsskolan is a place where public art institutions serve as a backdrop for a vibrant discussion on culture, identity and art’s role in contemporary Sweden. Its network consists of hundreds of young adults, most of them with a history of migration. The pedagogical framework employs postcolonial and feminist theories that become increasingly relevant in a globalized society where liberation and authoritarianism is growing side by side.
    3/6 | The youth initiative Stockholmsskolan is a place where public art institutions serve as a backdrop for a vibrant discussion on culture, identity and art’s role in contemporary Sweden. Its network consists of hundreds of young adults, most of them with a history of migration. The pedagogical framework employs postcolonial and feminist theories that become increasingly relevant in a globalized society where liberation and authoritarianism is growing side by side.
  • Helene Heger Voldner and Sahra Jaber from Oslo: youth club at Fubiak creates bonds with the local community, which work is largely targeted at youth. Seeing potential in everyone, and to be a place that allows for exploring and a base for creativity is one of the most important roles for Fubiak. With a wide target group, our main focus is kids and youth, and we work interdisciplinary on many different levels. This allows youth to take part in a variety of different cultural expressions.
    4/6 | Helene Heger Voldner and Sahra Jaber from Oslo: youth club at Fubiak creates bonds with the local community, which work is largely targeted at youth. Seeing potential in everyone, and to be a place that allows for exploring and a base for creativity is one of the most important roles for Fubiak. With a wide target group, our main focus is kids and youth, and we work interdisciplinary on many different levels. This allows youth to take part in a variety of different cultural expressions.
  • Vadim Bass will discuss some examples of the Soviet architecture for the youth audience from the 1920s to the late 20th century. In the USSR educational structures and the buildings for the leisure activities served as the testbed for the architectural experiments. The schools, clubs, and other kinds of buildings ‘for the cultural purposes’ reflected the topical architectural trends and changing vision of modernity as well as the peculiarities of the social, educational, and cultural policy.
    5/6 | Vadim Bass will discuss some examples of the Soviet architecture for the youth audience from the 1920s to the late 20th century. In the USSR educational structures and the buildings for the leisure activities served as the testbed for the architectural experiments. The schools, clubs, and other kinds of buildings ‘for the cultural purposes’ reflected the topical architectural trends and changing vision of modernity as well as the peculiarities of the social, educational, and cultural policy.
  • Laura Arala, who works at the children´s and youth culture in Arts Promotion Centre Finland, will speak about the national project “100 secrets”. It uses live art and performance with young people in youth centers, mostly in countryside. The goal is to get young people voices and wishes to be heard in their own environment. In that project Laura also tests remote access as a part of artistic activities.
    6/6 | Laura Arala, who works at the children´s and youth culture in Arts Promotion Centre Finland, will speak about the national project “100 secrets”. It uses live art and performance with young people in youth centers, mostly in countryside. The goal is to get young people voices and wishes to be heard in their own environment. In that project Laura also tests remote access as a part of artistic activities.
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What: 
Конференция
Where: 
Rosa House of Culture, Bolshaya Raznochinnaya, 24, St Petersburg
When:
08.12.2017 - 12:00
Related project: 
FAST FORWARD TO THE FUTURE
Final conference in the framework of the 4th season of the project ‘Critical Mass’ 
December 8-9, 2017
Rosa House of Culture, St Petersburg

How do states shape the future by raising, educating and loving young people? Social concepts of childhood appeared in the 17th century, which, along with sociopolitical transformations of the 20s century and development of youth policy, have significantly broadened the rights and possibilities of the youths.  In the beginning of the 20th century the idea of the global renewal of the world was massively supported by the utopian pedagogic doctrine of the ‘century of the child’, presupposing that every child was a genius who can easily understand all the new developments of the global knowledge. For the artists of the Russian avant-garde, children were an ideal audience, with which all their dreams and hopes for a better future were connected. In the centenary of the Russian October revolution revisiting the role of young people in the society can bring some new perspectives on how they can influence and change our shared future as well as question some of the social institutions. Represented by schools, armies, universities, they seem to be more interested in maintaining order rather than stimulating development, critical thinking and political awareness. Сan contemporary art practices and new trajectories of experimental art education be an instrument for reinventing existing forms of dialogue with young people and create safe and responsive environments for their self-expression? 

The international conference ‘Fast Forward to the Future’ organized by TOK, a concluding event of the 4th season of the project ‘Critical Mass’, will analyze how various artistic and social practices might be involved in creating new ways of interacting and exchange with young people. Artists, curators, designers, architects, historians, policymakers and educators from Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands  will present the results of their theoretical and practical research and experiences gained during work with the youths. The presentations will touch upon the history and current context of youth movements in Russia and Europe, principles of shaping youth policies in the situations of sociopolitical, economic and cultural challenges and the role of art in building up perspectives for young people. Invited experts will discuss different governmental strategies and grassroot creative, social and educational practices that shape civil positions of young people in a number of countries.

The conference will be conducted in Rosa House of Culture, an experimental educational space initiated by the Russian art collective ‘Chto Delat?’ as a platform for testing, learning and discussing art and social practices.
During the conference designers Ruben Pater and Roman Gornitskiy will make a spatial intervention that will address the questions of young people’s rights in different societies. Their project ‘Too young to know, too old to understand’ will embrace the entire conference space and will challenge the speakers and visitors to review the consistency of social norms based on age limitations.
TOK Curators will present a pop-up show comprising the results of the 4th season of ‘Critical Mass’ and exhibit projects created by artists-in-residence who worked  with a network of youth clubs in St Petersburg throughout 2016-2017. Performance documentation, chronicles of building public spaces, design proposals, and a board game offering potential scenarios of the future will serve as a starting point for a discussion about how artists and creators can integrate creative practices into youth-targeted public institutions.
List of speakers:
Laura Arala, artist, Finland
Vadim Bass, historian of architecture, Russia
Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits/ TOK, curators, Russia
Ilya Budraitskis, historian, researcher, writer, Russia
Ulrika Flink and Erik Annerborn, curators,  Sweden
Sahra Jaber and Helene Voldner, youth organizations leaders, Norway
Ruth Noack, curator, researcher, Germany
Anna Sanina, sociologist, researcher, Russia
Dmitry Vilensky, artist, Russia
Conference design and spatial intervention:
Ruben Pater and Roman Gornitsky

Conference program
Day 1, December 8

12.00 - Introduction by TOK curators
12.15 - 12.45 Ruth Noack
On A Museum In A School and why it is a logical step from some earlier models of art education
12. 45 - 13.15 Tok Curators
13. 15 - 13.45 Ruben Pater & Roman Gornitskiy
Too young to know / too old to understand
13.45 - 14.30 Coffee Break
14.30 - 15. 00 Dmitry Vilensky

Children as a weapon of censorship
15.00 - 15.30 Anna Sanina
How to make a Citizen: Contemporary practice of patriotic education in Russia (and other countries)
15.30 - 16.30 Discussion and drinks

Day 2, December 9
12.00 - 12.30 Ulrika Flink and Erik Annerborn

Art For All?
12.30 - 13.00 Laura Arala
13.00 - 13. 30 Sahra Jaber and Helene Voldner
 Fubiak – a meeting place for youth and culture
13.30 - 14.00 Coffee break
14.00 - 14.30  Vadim Bass
Soviet Architecture for Learning and Leisure: School, Club, Community Centre
14.30 - 15.00 Ilya Budraitskis
Postponed Revolution. Left movements of the West and East in the 1960s
15.00 - 16. 00 Discussion and drinks

 

Conference working languages are English and Russian (translation will be provided)

The conference is organized and curated by The Creative Association of Curators TOK and supported by Nordic Council of Ministers, the Centre for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg - Bielefeld (Germany) and the Consulate General of The Netherlands in St Petersburg.