Over the last few years, there has been lively development of projects for cultural centres across the entirety of Russia – creative platforms with a multitude of different tendencies, sizes and work formats. There are small projects launched by activists themselves, as well as large-scale state programmes and cultural centres located within the commercial projects of private developers.
These cultural projects continue to increase their scope and are expanding beyond the framework of standard art forms, with more and more interdisciplinary projects appearing. Each project has its success stories, but many problem areas still remain, which might well be solved if all interested parties were to work on them together.
Within the framework of an open discussion the Strelka Institute has gathered together a diverse group of people with experience in setting up cultural centres and their programmes on all levels – from representatives of the state, business, and curators from various Russian cities, all to consider the vital issues involved in the future development of cultural centres in this country:
How can culture in Russia function beyond the walls of the traditional cultural institutions? How can the roles of the state, of business and of activists be apportioned in the creation of new cultural centres?
Can cultural centres play a significant role in raising the general level of culture in Russia, and what are the models by which they can function?
Yevgeny Avtushenko – deputy director of the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture’s modernisation department
Sergei Kropotov – doctor of philosophical sciences, specialist in urbanistics and contemporary art
Andrew Parshikov - art critic, curator of the exhibition program of the artpark Muzeon
Nickolai Matushevskiy - owner and founder of «Flacon» design-factory
Ekaterina Girshina - curator of public spaces and director of socio-cultural projects at Strelka institute
Alice Prudnikova - director of the Ural National Centre for Contemporary Arts