Commons and Communities puts the question of resource availability, of the ways that artists and architects, more broadly speaking, creators, can participate in the life of local communities today, in their systematic structure. In forming the Russian section of the project, we discovered that people often only need to recognize the hypothetical possibility of losing some available resource to activate the process of creating a community aimed at preserving that resource.
Speaking of resources and the common good, we almost always deal with such themes as home and land. Preservation activism; environmental activism, which can take a number of different forms; initiatives to improve and transform the existing urban environment; art projects aimed at introducing special emphasis on the meaning and aesthetics of the surrounding space… All of these are the actions of particular individuals who form a sort of force field that returns to the world its unique feature we can shortly call “peacefulness”. In today’s postglobal world, people are still disconnected from each other and exist in a regime of “capsule civilization” ( to quote De Cauter’s apt phrase), which means that we are not in a position to speak of any kind of co-being (to use Heidegger’s words here).
This co-being as jointness, which our project focuses on, implies not only attention to a particular place, but also claims that only vita activa (as Hannah Arendt wrote about), that is, the action of an individual capable of gathering others around a particular idea, animates these spaces, gives them a face or, so to speak, a genius loci. After all, the Earth’s main “resource” is people themselves, not as so-called “human capital,” but as co-partners and co-creators in self-managing organization, in re-creating society itself and its culture, existing and evolving in the present day.
Curatorial team: Vladimir Frolov, Ekaterina Lipgart, Anastasia Shokhina (Project Baltia Magazine)
Vladimir Frolov was born in Leningrad, Russia in 1980. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (department of history and theory of art) in St Petersburg. Currently he is continuing his academic career at the St Petersburg Academy of arts (department of history and theory of art).
He was contributed to architecture, art and design media including Project Russia, Project International, Project Baltia, Interni, Wallpaper, Bauwelt, Art-Khronika, Latvijas Architektūra, Ehituskunst, Maja etc. Columnist at Peterburgsky Dnevnik newspaper.
Vladimir Frolov is founder (2007) and Editor-in-Chief of Project Baltia review of architecture and design from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland and North-West Russia.
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