The New Normal Showcase is a two-evening presentation of the first year of research of our joint design think-tank. The event will feature new presentations of our core faculty and guest speakers and premiere seven projects by the programme researchers.
How an alternative history of ‘Neocosmism’ could have affected the technological and social development of Russian cities? Can a mixed-reality game incentivise new forms of social and economic cultures of exchange? How can a cryptocurrency set in motion the colonisation of the Arctic?
Cites are not just about form but also process and platforms. In the age of artificial intelligence, ecological precarity, and financial transformation and so many more uncertain developments, we ask once more how metropolitanism is connected to cosmopolitanism.
Even as we take emerging technologies as our urban tool-kit, the attitude with which we plot our research is both technical and exploratory (and one because the other). For this, the speculative is not supplemental to serious work; it is essential to our research responsibilities in a moment of change and uncertainty.
With our 2050 brief in mind, the urban is taken more as a format for design than a genre of design. Cities are media for the circulation of potentials and to search that potential this means getting out of our own skins.
Rem Koolhaas, world famous architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and thinker, founding partner of OMA and winner of the Pritzker Prize and Strelka’s first programme director will open a showcase with a keynote on July 3th. The presentation will be followed by a public discussion with Benjamin Bratton, education director of the New Normal programme, design-theorist and author, Professor at UCSD and Sci-Arc.
Among the presenters of Day 1 will be Keller Easterling, architect, writer and Professor at Yale University, Amsterdam-based studio working across art, filmmaking, and design Metahaven. Strelka design projects of the New Normal programme will be presented by its researchers.
Showcase schedule. Day 1:
17:30 — Opening
18:00 — Strelka Institute Opening
18:15 — Benjamin Bratton
18:30 — Rem Koolhaas
19:00 — Benjamin Bratton, Rem Koolhaas
Discussion ‘Scale and System’
19:45 — Dmitry Alferov, Elizaveta Dorrer, Christian Lavista, Arthur Röing Baer
Project presentation ‘SHIFT’
20:10 — Calum Bowden, Cory Levinson, Aliaksandra Smirnova, Artem Stepanov, Aiwen Yin
Project presentation ‘PHI’
20:35 — Karina Golubenko, Egor Kraft, Alina Kvirkveliya, Pekka Tynkkynen
Project presentation ‘AIR KISS’
21:00 — Keller Easterling
Talk ‘Medium Design’
21:30 — Metahaven
Talk ‘Digital Tarkovsky’
In the course of the two evenings visitors will see the results of our creative research in the form of public talks and live presentations, cinematic outcomes and discussion.
The work you will see is the culmination of five months of research, investigation and creative exploration. As you will see, the program redefines urban design to include not only architecture and infrastructure, but also experience, interaction and economics. You will see proposals ranging from software platforms to housing models, from labor networks to augmented reality games.
All presentations are held in English and with simultaneous translation into Russian. Online live broadcasting of the event will be available on the Institute’s website and facebook pages.
Participants of the event will be the first to see a showreel presenting visual aesthetics and atmosphere of this year created by SILA SVETA - interactive media, production and conceptual design studio and our friends.
Strelka Bar will offer drinks and grill in the courtyard during the event.
Accreditation – firstname.lastname@example.org.