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Workshop #1.

Ivano-Frankivsk Takes Off

Lead by:

Anna Balazs (Budapest, Manchester)


August 12-20 / 9 days


Ivano-Frankivsk International Airport

A number of participants:


What is the workshop about?

In the time of decommunization and naton-wide social transformation, my workshop invites the citizens of Ivano-Frankivsk to look at a piece of the Soviet urban heritage with new eyes. Exploring the history and the future potential of the local airport, we ask how elements of the Soviet past are reinvented among the radically different conditions of the present.


Ivano-Frankivsk International Airport is one of the Ukrainian regional airports built in the Soviet times with the aim to support the peculiar dynamics of movement within the Soviet republics. Ivano-Frankivsk has a specific history of mobility: as the centre of oil and gas production, it was a strategic city closed to foreigners, but open to professionals from all around the Soviet Union who came here for a training in oil extraction.


Today the specific educational role of the city is still in effect, constituting Ivano-Frankivsk as a destination for international exchange students. Besides incoming movement, the city is also a place of outward migration: as more and more people leave to work in Western Europe, new patterns of family relationships and economic remittances rewrite previous social structures in the place.


The introduction of visa free regime to the countries of the European Union in the summer of 2017 presents a new stage in the European integration of Ukraine and the mobility of Ukrainian citizens. The airport is a symbolic place to talk about how Ivano-Frankivsk enters the global arena, and what is that specific quality the city has to offer to the outside world. Instead of asking the usual question of what can we learn from Europe, the workshop wants to show a segment of the unique spirit of Ivano-Frankivsk by rediscovering a forgotten element of the urban heritage together with the local residents.

An action plan:

Every day we will start with a Research Breakfast in one of cafés in the city centre. We need to find out what can we do at the airport itself, but for team breakfasts the city would be more friendly location that everyone can easily reach. We'll discuss our findings from the previous day, and how to go further. Brainstorming and methodological problems (how to analyse interviews, how to create a visual narrative etc.). Then everyone goes to do their job for the day, equipped with knowledge and strategy.

Day 1

Getting to know each other

Site visit to the airport

Creating a plan together

History Working Group: interviews with people connected to the airport in any way (former workers, tourism officials, pilots), maybe library research

Future Working Group: interviews with people using the airport

Visual Working Group: photographic material and publication design

Scheduling the tasks


Day 2-4

Organizing and scheduling interviews

Collecting interviews

Library research

Transcribing them in Ukrainian and English

Putting together the story of the airport: finding main themes and keywords

Day 5-7

Working on the publication: themes, stories, quotes, visual material, design

Preparation of the guided tour

Day 8-10

Guided tours

Final performance

Distributing the publication


The workshop explores the history of Ivano-Frankivsk Airport with the participation of local students and shares the knowledge with the citizens of Ivano-Frankivsk in the form of guided tours and a printed publication. Outcomes:

  • Producing new knowledge about a specific urban locality

  • Drawing attention to a unique urban object of Ivano-Frankivsk

  • Generating new dialogue in the local community about the Soviet urban heritage, the future of the city and urban space in general

  • By involving local students in the workshop, we are showing new examples of thinking about the city, and new theoretical and methodological approaches of urban activism. Sharing our experience with the young generation will hopefully inspire personal trajectories and local urban development in unexpected and creative ways.

We'll be happy to see:

15 young enthusiastic people with free time from the field of Humanities, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Media, Tourism, Culture, Design, Architecture, Geography, Painting – or anyone who is interested in urban space and local history of Ivano-Frankivsk.

We especially welcome graphic designers to our team.
The main tasks – research and graphic design, without which this project is impossible.
It is necessary to have a good understanding of English, 4 hours of free time on weekdays and the whole day on weekends.
We will work on a shared location, prepare a print edition, develop a tour, take interviews and do other interesting things.

The amount of happiness per day:

4 hours per day



Workshop #2.

Natura-Camp: the act of collective creativity

Lead by:

Seila Fernández Arconada (Bilbao, Bristol)


August 14-18 / 5 days


Island of the German Lake

A number of participants:


What is the workshop about?

Natural-Camp: the act of collective creativity is a hands on collaborative artistic project in the island of the German Lake. During 5 days some working groups with artists together with engineers, biologists, urban developers, scientists, etc. (selected in an open call) will live (camp) and work together in the island in order to imagine and feel themselves and the surrounding nature to revitalize innovative thinking and creative articulations.

During this time, a number of scheduled artistic experiments, workshops, local experts visits, collective exchanges, etc. will be happening. This experience will provide an artistic experience with the familiar in order to enhance sociological and environmental consciousness, and a number of skills and learning. The ""artistic experiments"" will follow a number of methods drawn from different fields of study to observe, experience and analise the limits between the tangible and intangible. This process will guide the participants to generate a number of collaborative public interventions in the area in/around the German Lake which will be presented to the public during the festival.

An action plan:

Creative colaboration during 5 days.

Day 1, arrival of the participants:

Introductory talk/meeting in a central space in Ivano Frankivsk (projection/introduction and getting to know each other)

Walking together to the German Lake

Installation of the Camp

Common supper

Sharing / presentation of each other with objects previously asked for (activity)

Day 2:

Workshops to explore the island at practical (active engagement) and theoretical level

Local expert talk at the camp about the German Lake's history

Forming of the groups

Collaborative methodologies for groups; working group sessions "understanding each other" (multi-trans-inter-disciplinary approaches)

Local expert talk at the camp about biology / geology of the space

Discussion session

Day 3:

Workshops to explore the island

Sharing methods workshop, exchange/collaborative approaches

Screening of historical films, poems about the area in the German Lake

Local expert talk: "Identity or Territory", studying the processes of creation around Ivano-Frankivsk

Working in groups

Discussion session

Day 4:

Working in groups

Collective creation of installations

Discussion session

Day 5:

Working in groups

Installation of the work in the public space

Presentation decisions session

Collaborative map design for the public and documentation of the project

Discussion session

Removing Camp


The tangible outcomes of the workshop will be:

  • The documentation of the process which will be collected with a number of different techniques

  • The “exhibition” for the public which will be presented to the further audience after the camp is finished

The intangible results:

  • The process of camping in the German Lake will enable further discussion with locals therefore awareness of the space and its importance.

  • The collaborative experience between the participants, skills and learning

  • Further consequences with longer term processes developing the German Lake

We'll be happy to see:

Engineers, scientists, artists, architects, urban planners, environmentalists, biologists, sociologists, journalists, active citizens.

The amount of happiness per day:

Full camping with 5-6 hours of work over the project every day.


Workshop #3.



Lead by:

Anna Dobrova and Dima Isaev (Kyiv, Vienna)



August 14-20 / 7 days


The number of participants:



Options are currently being considered: the sleeping area of the city, the park area of ​​the German lake, the historical center of Bastion, the square in front of the regional administration.


What is the workshop about?

People often discuss the weather. It’s a phenomenon that a human being will never be able to control. In addition, this is one of the easiest ways to start a conversation.


The weather affects our everyday behavior, mood, and lifestyle in the city. Even though in modern cities this influence is not so clearly visible unlike in the middle of the field or in the wilderness, we’re still trying to avoid the rain, quickly pass through windy places and hide from the heat.


During our workshop, we will analyze how meteorological phenomena govern our perception and the desire to spend time outdoors. Together with the participants, we will observe and create alternative spaces in the city, which will give people a new glimpse for both well-known and unfamiliar Frankivsk.


An action plan:

Day 1. Introduction, observation of the city, mapping of potential locations, reflection

Day 2. Individual research by participants, discussions, analysis of selected locations, analysis of identified problems and observations

Day 3. Work in groups, discussions, search for possible solutions, reflection, evening discussions, summaries

Day 4. Work on ideas, evening presentations, discussion

Day 5-7. Work on the project, implementation of ideas

Day 8. Pesentation of projects, performance



Visible results: development of mapped reflection of potentials and problems of selected objects in accordance with the weather factor in the city. And also, some physical prototypes for implementing solutions to identified problems.


Intangible results: the creation of a working group of students from local and foreign architectural faculties for further work on joint architectural and urban projects.



We’ll be happy to see:

Young practicing architects, students of faculties of architecture, design, city planning, as well as applied manufacturing specialties.


The amount of happiness per day:

Many hours together, mastering and laughing. 7-8 hours per day.


Workshop #4.

Railway Jam


Lead by:

Yanina Shpachynska (Zapaska) and Misha Yakymchuk (La Belle Verte, Memorials like us), Kamyanets-Podilsky



August 16-20 / 5 days



Bystrytsia Railway Station


A number of participants:



What is the workshop about?

Railway Jam is a series of educational musical events. We will hold them at the railway station of Bystrytsia. Together we will see how the acoustics of the room and its primary purpose can affect the creative processes that will take place in it. Then we will try to understand how much the events held in the place can shape the perception of ​​it among the locals. The workshop participants will be able to explore the features of the city's sound landscape through a joint audio experience and its discussion.


An action plan:

The workshop will consist of the following parts (5 days):

Before the beginning of the workshop. Curators and invited artists will visit the location to prepare for sessions (test the sound, etc.).

Workshop "Spatial Audio Effects: How do They Affect Music". The acoustic features of the location allow you to observe a specific sound effect, similar to the so-called 'spring-reverb', which is widely used in guitar music – we will try to understand the physical features and the creative role of this phenomenon. Workshop curators will be announced later.

Workshop "Rhythm. The groove of the Trains". We will get acquainted with the basics of time and rhythm in music and everyday life. Because the workshop will be held at the train station with trains passing by sometimes we’ll have a chance to analyze this audio experience through the frame of rhythm and time. Participants are encouraged to bring a variety of percussions along. The workshop curators will be announced later.

Workshop "Voice Enhanced by Space" is dedicated to how space affects our perception of the human voice that is heard in it. Includes choral singing. Curators of the workshop will be announced later.

After three days of sessions, we will meet for an improvisational jam together with local and visiting artists.


An outcome:

The temporary transformation of the railway station into the cultural event's venue will offer an alternative use of this public space. A distant location of the venue from the city center in the middle of industrial zone will help to expand the geography of the city's cultural life. There are many examples of railway stations being transformed into the cultural spaces and we will try to check whether the Bystrytsia station is potentially suitable for this. The workshop participants will acquire elementary musical knowledge and skills, will become acquainted with the notion of researching the sound landscape of the city. Participants will have the experience of closely monitoring the sound environment and its creative rethinking.


We’ll be happy to see:

…all those who want to join, artists, professionals, beginners, simply interested people, moms with prams, grandfathers with sopilkas.


The amount of happiness per day:

15:00-20:00 every day.


Workshop #5.

Pain Motel


Lead by:

Alex Sushinskyi and Leo Trotsenko (Chernivtsi, Lviv)



August 13-18 / 6 days



An improvised medical clinic in the city center.


A number of participants:


What is the workshop about?

The curatorial project "Pain motels"* – a private clinic-installation reveals the topic of imitation (role models), falsification processes, a mystification of historical everyday life, which are the most relevant and powerful threats to modern mankind (video falsification of attacks, hybrid wars, hacking attacks).

The format of the clinic refers to the etymology "curae / curatio" [from lat. = Care, treatment].


The reason: the fundamental impossibility of rapid response in the conditions of media traffic, internet anonymity, safer-punk, attacks of this kind. Riseness and overdetermination (when the consequence has more than 2-3 causes of the occurrence) verification processes of truth, since the only truth is suspected in the context of criticism, the rejection of metanarratives (great ideas, religions, ideologies), instead there are small narratives, plurality, subculture as the form of existence in parallel chronotypes of various environments – "affinity groups".


The impossibility of existence in a unified truth mode is the consequence and simultaneously the cause of the multivector uncertainty of the future, a mission without a Mission, which itself is impossible due to the closed code of the none/created universe, which has only a plastic human explanation, an imagination, an imitation matrix of laws, mechanisms, rules, structures of the language that makes up the protective shield, that prevents from madness. And at the end – a wallet. In particular, because of this, we have processes of narcotization on a global scale and local subcultures. An example of this we can find in a story written by S. Lem's "The Futurological Congress", talking about the "Procrustics Inc." corporation, which sprawls “mascons” over the city and spreads drugs that expose the reality (algebrain, altruisin, zen-oxide buddhina, etc.).


The project takes place in 3 stages of visualization:

Stage / Day 1: medical, cold;

Stage / Day 2: D.Lynch-darClinic, red;

Stage / Day 3: documentary, Neutral Transparent.



* Role-playing → Painful, moDels → MoTels


An action plan:

Along with Ale and Leo, the participants will plunge into the creation of a model clinic addressing the problems of modern society – involuntary resettlement, post-traumatic syndromes, and consumerism. At first, the participants will work on creating the interior of the clinic.

The next three days, the clinic with participants will work in the mode of reception hours for patients, which is part of the performance.

After that, the clinic will be turned into a place for video, audio, and light installations in order to achieve the effect of the cold clinic for another three days. The final result will be the creation of a brochure-catalogue about the project in the forms of essays, interviews, comic books, which will later be available for free download.



A series of events and performances based on an improvised clinic and an on-going medical journal on project activities.


We’ll be happy to see:

…all those interested in taking part


The amount of happiness per day:

5-6 hours per day, a detailed schedule will be available later.


Workshop #6.

Village Idiot


Lead by:

Bohdan Volynskyi and Valeria Ahafonova (Kharkiv)



August 13-19 / 7 days



Cozy courtyard in the city center, central market


A number of participants:


What is the workshop about?

Architects, urbanists, designers are still trying to adapt places for people. But what if it should work on the contrary? What if people would have the skills to reorganize the space in the needed way? For example, you can swim in the water on a float or a boat, but what if you’d just learn how to swim?


Architects are boundlessly busy creating public spaces, but nobody tries to salute a stranger on the street for no reason. A new urban paradigm for is not yet defined. There are still no Flâneur or traveling habits, changing places of residence, parties, good neighbourhoods and people who will find, formulate and disseminate knowledge about comfort in the city.


An action plan:

Through a series of exercises and experiments, we will find a new perception and attitude towards the spaces of Ivano-Frankivsk and try to make them noticeable for the locals. We will start with a small spontaneous market and change its traditional destination to a place for breakfast or party as soon as there is a meal.


We will explore the place and processes to find hidden opportunities for local users. We also intend to document the project through the prism of architectural tools and work on the formation of new theoretical principles based on our experiments. This project is only a small step in the long way of a future change in the perception of an architectural project, as an act of construction. Our participants will formulate the definition of an architect profession and will expand the limits of a daily routine.


Day 1.

Acquaintance. Introduction. Drinking water exercise. A slow walk exercises. Reflections


Day 2.

Visiting the pre-selected location on the market. Search for alternative locations. Photo, sketching. Evening discussion


Day 3.

Sketches, designing. Market interventions. Documentation


Day 4.

Work on individual or group ideas. The first drawings. Layout and postproduction


Day 5.

Work on individual or group ideas. Preparation for "city actions"


Day 6.

Interventions, documentation. Post-production


Day 7.




We will collect some ideas for the new use of the city in a brochure. We will also try to change the perception of things and leave a new experience for participants and the locals.


We’ll be happy to see:

This workshop is not exclusive to architects and urbanists. It is for the locals who want to learn how to look at the space in a different way and change it qualitatively according to the every-day needs.


The amount of happiness per day:

Each day is programmed for eight hours at the workshop.


Workshop #7.



Lead by:

Serg Pohrebyskyi (Kyiv)



August 12-19 / 8 days




A number of participants:



What is the workshop about?

During six days of the art residency which will be held in Bukvica workroom, three artists from different Ukrainian cities will be researching the topic of movement using different graphic arts techniques.


The workshop will be opened for public on the first and the last day of the festival. All those interested will have a chance to explore and experiment with new graphic techniques.


As a result of the residency, there will be a final exhibition held on the topic of the movement, analyzed through the series of work from three artists. The works will be presented in the public space in Ivano-Frankivsk.


Residency is an experiment which will give an opportunity for locals and artists, in particular, to see the works from a different angle. The main task of the curator will be to film the flow of the research itself. The format of such capturing will correspond to the name of the workshop – Motion-DNA.


An action plan:

Day 1. Open lecture and a workshop on printmaking from the location leader, Serg. Open for everyone who'd like to join. The visitors and participants will be able to go deeper into the topic after the festival.

Getting to know each other.


Days 2/3/4/5/6. Work on the topic in the residency.


Day 7. Results, discussions, and installation of the exhibition


Day 8. Opening



The festival participants will get acquainted with different printing techniques, linocut, in particular.

The exhibition of works done during 5 days of residency by 3 artists.


We'll be happy to see:

Artists working in various artistic techniques.


Amount of happiness per day

As it is a residency, happiness will be happening whole day long.


Workshop #8.



Lead by:

Natalka Dovha (Kyiv, Warsaw)



August 12-18 / 7 days



The old market on the Trinitarian square


A number of participants:


What is this workshop about?

There is a term in the Ukrainian language "pustka" that refers to different types of places and spaces with different natural characteristics. Dictionaries ​​point to the fact that the area is already intensively used and has no economic value. The word itself has negative connotations, while these spaces have enormous potential and can be of great benefit not perceived as empty territories only, or potentially interesting for the developers.


The project aims to determine the true definition and interpretation of such spaces as well as to establish possible ways of using these territories, to show the image of the responsible local who cares about the resources available in the city.


RE: VISION is a general checklist, an attempt to critically assess the functionality of the urban space of the central part of Ivano-Frankivsk (urban planning, design, green areas, etc.). This evaluation will identify and arrange those empty spots that have lost their function or have never been used for a purpose. The aim of this activity is also to attract the attention of the community and government to such spots and to think about concepts for the their development, encourage further discussion and advocacy on local levels.


An action plan:

Day 1. Getting to know each other, presenting ideas and methods of work, working with a common definition of the term "pustka";

Day 2. Working in the field, studying the city, mapping empty spaces, photographing

Day 3. Sharing impressions and experiences from the previous days, creating a map, discussing the potential of selected places

Day 4. Choosing the work locations, working in the field, brainstorming ideas and ways to include empty spaces into an efficient urban space

Day 5. Presenting a map with identified locations and proposals/prototypes for selected projects

Day 6. Creating the base – developing a common action plan for the use of empty spaces

Day 7. Creative presentation of the work, performing in the city, micro-intervention



Established base for work with empty spaces in Ivano-Frankivsk which are now identified and mapped; experiment with the creation of spatial prototypes. Formed group of local residents who are interested in continuing the transformation of the city, development and advocacy initiatives. Prototypes that appeared during the workshops of the festival.


We'll be happy to see:

teenagers and children older than 9 years who are interested in their city.


The workshop involves collaboration between active citizens, artists, architects, urbanists and all those interested from all age groups.


Amount of happiness per day:

3-4 hours every day.


Workshop #9.

Galician Communal’s Garden / Ukrainian Archipelago

Lead by:

Marta Ferretti and Francesco Campagniari (collective Interzona, Verona, Italy)


August 13-17 / 5 days


Opryshivtsi district, Ivano-Frankivsk


What is the workshop about?

The starting point of this workshop was the desire to use an experience of Italian collective Interzona and their project Archipelago, collective garden in Verona. This garden works from 2014. Planned workshop in Frankinvsk will direct participants on the research of abandoned space in Opryshivtsi, one of Ivano-Frankivsk's districts, for further creation new 'botanic garden' and active community around the project.


Through participant methodology, the team will be directed to communal botanic garden creating where every element will be reproduced, redefined, imagined through the prism of own potential.


Botanic gardens traditionally were a gathering of plants are combined by a scientifical/botanical principal. Gardens express the idea of the clearly classified world by kinds, families and other taxons. In opposite of this, our workshop will found first steps with other principals - delight and desire will be the main motors for creating live space for the community.

An action plan:

Day 1. Workshop introduction, picked location visit , brief introduction of participants

Day 2. Discussion and analysis of potential of location

Day 3. Pick and gathering of plants for botanic garden – everyone will justife and explaine to the team, why he picked this plant. In other words, plan may summon personal memory, emotions, resonate with local traditions, historical events.

Day 4. Workshop team meeting with local community – creation communal garden

Day 5. Practical work and creating communal garden.


In the end of the workshop there will be public and open presentation of garden, where city inhabitants will be able to add their own plants and to stomp the future development of the garden.

We’ll be happy to see:

This workshop is available for any age and any professional group of participants. If work with plants, city space and rethinking fixed categories of “Botanica” then you are in the right place!

The amount of happiness per day:

5 hours everyday


Workshop #10.

Three Courtyards


Lead by:

Marta Hladka (Ivano-Frankivsk)



August 12-13, 15-16, 18-19 / 6 days



Three courtyards in the central part of the city

What is the workshop about?

It's about involving residents from three central courtyards of the city to jointly solve the problems of the area around their homes: garbage, lack of paving, irrational use of improvement space, illegal occupation of the territory. The idea of the workshop is to show the opportunities for alternative use of the courtyards as spaces for common and comfortable gatherings for all the locals around. Every courtyard will have to make it through a way from dreaming to action. The first phase - meeting and discussion with the follow-up planning. This phase will provide space for passive participation of the residents in the process of improving their common space, but will also encourage the first steps towards "good neighborliness". The second phase is joint work, which involves the selection of one tool for improving the courtyard ("vertical gardening", "summer cinema", etc.), that will be implemented by inhabitants, artists (artists, carpenters, architects) and everyone interested.


Action plan:

Before the festival, there will be meetings with active locals in the courtyards in order to discuss potential tools to use during the workshop.


At the festival:

Day 1. Getting to know neighbors, discussion in the yard # 1

Day 2. Workshop on painting the wall under the “summer cinema” in the courtyard # 1, a joint film viewing

Day 3. Getting to know neighbors, discussion in the yard # 2

Day 4. Workshop in the yard # 2 - “sandbox bench”

Day 5. Getting to know neighbors, discussion in the yard # 3

Day 6. Workshop in the yard # 3 - “vertical gardening”



"Intangible" results - the principles of good neighborliness will be established, problems defined, solutions for improvement offered.

"Tangible" results - real examples of the improvement will be left in every courtyard, like the vertical garden, summer cinema, sandbox bench.


​Who we'll be happy to see:

Despite the location and the frames of this workshop, we'll be happy to see participants from different cities as well. If you are an architect, craftsman, working with public spaces...we will be very happy to have the interdisciplinary and geographically diverse team.

You will have the opportunity to work with three different cases, three different communities and three interventions aimed at improving the living around courtyards.


The amount of happiness per day:

4-5 hours every day


Workshop #11.

Scan if you can

Lead by:

Roman Sakh and Kostia Kuchabskiy (Formographia, Kyiv)


August 13-20 / 9 days


The working location will be determined during the workshop

A number of participants:


What is the workshop about?
What can be considered as history preservation site in the city? What does a plate on the fasade with such status tell us? Who gives it and who should take care of such buildings?


We are used that these questions are solved for us by someone. this is one of the behavioral models left to us from the Soviet past. In the process of work, we will together look for answers to the voiced questions, we will scan Ivano-Frankivsk in search of not discovered heritage. Our findings will be the first step in creation of virtual exposition - "Alternative Virtual Museum of Architectural Heritage".


With the support of our friends from "Pixelated Realities", the participants of the workshop will scan one or several monuments, create a 3D model and develop an interface for citizens - an installation that will be presented in the public space of Frankivsk.

An action plan:

Day 1. We get together, get acquainted, communicate, walk around the city
Day 2. We discuss issues of heritage, the value of urban objects, the possibility of preservation, the procedure of granting the status of a monument
Day 3. We carry out mapping of important objects for the cities, especially those that do not have official status. Add a short description.
This map will have potential locations for scanning.

Day 4. We do a little shooting: we take pictures, take off the drone, unite the material
Day 5. We count data, get a 3D model (in parallel we will be able to pick up the material, make additional photos)
Days 6-7. We edit the 3D model, optimize it for Android mobile app (+iOS if it's possible)
Day 8. Installation of a stele (made in advance) in one of the city's spaces (selected in the process, requires free Wi-Fi). Presentation of the team's achievements and prototype



Expected fast results include:

  • Implemented prototype, which will remain in the city and will be able to be used by the citizens in the future

  • Formed team that can extend the idea of scanning of important objects and their updating in Frankivsk

  • The map-story with alternative (or additional) buildings that need to be preserved

Expected long-term results include:

  • Rethinking the issue of preserving the heritage

  • Awareness of the need of the active position or Ivano-Frankivsk citizens in this matter

  • The creation of the "Alternative Virtual Museum of Architectural Heritage" in Ivano-Frankivsk , which will complement the state register and signal the value of certain buildings to the general public

  • Cooperation between the initiative and the Architectural Department regarding the granting of the status of a monument or in matters of restoration​

​Who we'll be happy to see:

We would like to work with different "technogeeks", restorers, designers, active citizens, engineers, IT specialists, parents with children.

The amount of happiness per day:

6-8 hours per  day


Workshop #12.

take industrial, think cultural / Promprylad. How does it work?


Lead by:

Marichka Semenenko (Moscow, Russia), Miodrag Kuc (Berlin, Germany), Matthias Einhoff (Berlin, Germany)



August 12-20, October 11-18



Ivano-Frankivsk and Berlin


How many participants?

10 from Germany, 10 from Ivano-Frankivsk

What is the workshop about?

Promprylad is a factory in the center of Ivano-Frankivsk, where the gasmeters are still produced, which until recently were still exported to Russia. As a result of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict this export stopped, production became unprofitable due to the weak economic model. Part of the premises is rented to representatives of the creative industries. Nevertheless, there is always a threat that the development direction of this territory will change: old buildings will be demolished and new highrise housing will appear instead.

How to combine the experience of the factory's past with the ideas of the future development and determine how to act now and today?


The purpose of the workshop

To define and explain the significance of Promrylad for the urban culture and the potential for its development. In the framework of the workshop there will be held a practical artistic research based on the hypothesis that the more local history is, the more logical it will fit into the global context (as opposed to the idea of creating a globalized space without unique characteristics on the basis of the plant – the hypothesis can be refuted or a hybrid solution will be found) . Due to the formation of local identity, we will determine the significance of the plant for both the city and for society as a whole.


Action plan:

August 12-20 – implementation of the cultural intervention in Ivano-Frankivsk during the Urban Festival "City Scanning Session"

October 11-18 – study visit to Berlin:

•    Research

•    Field visits

•    Theoretical and methodological support by German and Ukrainian curators



At the end of the workshop, there will be a presentation-performance based on the results of the visit to Germany and teamwork in Ivano-Frankivsk on the Promprylad territory.


We’ll be happy to see:

This workshop is open for different age and professional groups. If you are interested in the topic and work with postindustrial spaces such as Promrylad. You’re from Berlin or Ivano-Frankivsk, then you are with us!


The amount of happiness per day:

6-7 hours per day

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