Curators

Irina Sedykh
Chairman, Board of trustees Charity Fund 'OMK-Uchastiye'
Yulia Bychkova
Producer Art Ovrag
Anton Kochurkin
Chief curator Art Ovrag
Alisa Bagdonayte
Сurator Art-residence
Alexander Zavolozhin
Curator Sport program
Vladimir Seleznev
Curator Parallel program
Maria Mkrtycheva
Public program curator
Yuriy Kviatkovskiy
Curator of theatrical program
Andrei Morozov
Curator of musical program
Mikhail Oger
Curator of hip-hop program
Olga Pogasova
Curator of the park of industrial street art

STREET ART IN RUSSIA

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF STREET ART IN RUSSIA

In 2018 the Art Ovrag project together with the creative association Artmossphere and the publishing house Ad Marginem Press will release the first Encyclopedia of Russian street art.

The encyclopedia of Russian street art will be a high-quality, full color album of art, with the use of the latest trends in book design.

There will be an online encyclopedia as a logical continuation and addition to the printed version. This will be the main and the most complete source of information about the Russian street art

STREET ART IN RUSSIA

Street art is a modern art movement related with urban art. Russian street art has been actively developing for the last 15 years.

The status of street art began to change in 2010 when the first festivals and exhibitions were held. In 2012 the Museum of Street Art was founded in St. Petersburg, the I Moscow Biennale of Street Art 'Artmossphere' took part in 2014. The same year, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art organized the first personal exhibition of street artist Pavel Pukhov (1983-2013), who worked under the pseudonym Pasha 183.

FEATURES OF RUSSIAN STREET ART

Today street artists get official orders, collaborate with galleries, thereby making street art legal.The list of contemporary street artists is updating with new names. Along with such famous artists as Pasha 183, Cyril Who, Tim Rada, Constantine, Zmogk, there are new talents.

Despite the active development of Russian street art in the last 15 years, there is no any Russian-language publication that describes the history and features of Russian street art

VYKSA AND ART OVRAG

The city of Vyksa, Nizhny Novgorod region, plays an important role in Russian street art. It has been a place for Art Ovrag festival for several years. Here, the best Russian street artists, selected by Artmossphere experts, create their projects.

The artist Misha Most has painted the wall of the Vyksa Metallurgical Plant – the largest monumental painting in the world.

While in Moscow and St. Petersburg street art usually is not preserved, the colorful facades in Vyksa can become the main leitmotif in the Encyclopaedia.
Street artist Misha Most created a 10.800 sq. m. monumental wall painting. This is the largest mural in the world, which belongs to one artist. The project was curated by Sabina Chagina and the Creative association Artmossphere. The mural was presented to the public as part of the urban art festival Art Ovrag in Vyksa, Russia.

A painter, street artist and a graffiti-writer. Misha Most started painting in 1997 at the dawn of the Russian street art. He is a member of the first graffiti team in Moscow. He is an organiser of large festivals, including "Graffiti Winzavod", a curator of exhibitions and projects dedicated to different aspects of street art.

The name of the painting is Evolution-2. It covers the facade of the "Stan-5000" industrial complex, one of the industrial complex buildings in the oldest Russian manufacturer Vyksa Steel Works, which is part of the United Metallurgical Company in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The mural was created by the artist and five assistants in thirty-five days, with short interruptions, caused by bad weather.

Mural painting project is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) and the 260th anniversary of the metallurgical plant in Vyksa.

According to the Artmossphere's expertise, this artwork is the largest monumental wall painting in the world, which authorship belongs to one artist. The world knows other major murals – but in terms of the complexity, volume and speed of work, scale and number of participants involved, they are not comparable to the wall created in Vyksa.

So, for example, the work of the duo Ella & Pitr (21,000 m²) in Norway, depicting a sleeping girl, is performed on the roof, and not on the facade of the building, which implies a different level of complexity, and in co-authorship, which also classifies the work in a different category.

The huge Hall of Fame in Colorado (16,554 m²), fixed at the moment in the Guinness World Records Book as the largest street mural in the world, has existed for several decades – it was created by hundreds of artists, and every year it is supplemented by the works of new authors.

The mural project was chosen in the course of the "Vyksa 10000" open competition, juried by well-known artists, designers and architects. Organisers of the competition received two hundred and sixty applications: sketches came from thirty-four countries, including Japan and Australia, as well as Latin and Central America. Representatives of the "Guinness World Records" expressed interest in the "Vyksa 10000" contest. They are considering the inclusion of the winning project in the collection of world records.

The artist develops issues of progress, evolution and overcoming one's own abilities. He rethinks the ideas of Russian cosmism and aggrandizes a working man.

"The project was greatly influenced by science fiction from the 60-70s about the development of the world in the nearest 50 years. Actually, it's already about nowadays.

The future is traditionally associated with certain changes: in society, in individual person changes, in personal psychology and physiology, in relationships, environment and nature.

The essential graphic element of the project is a scientist, a robotized man, a human-like android, as well as the elements of Chemistry, Physics and other sciences.

I tend to visualize the thoughts in the investigator's head.

I included into the scheme six stories taken from the past and present of the Vyksa smelter. I think the workers can easily recognize them. If you look at the wall from left to right, you can grasp the development of the plot: from small – to greater, from research – to creation, from idea to result". MISHA MOST

DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC SPACES

Last year, urbanists, architects and sociologists of the Workshop of Applied Urban Studies conducted a series of lectures and walking expeditions in Vyksa. They explored the urban environment – its anomalies, features, cultural code and daily life of locals. As a result, experts published the guidelines with a technical task how to improve the urban environment. The instructions are intended for Vyksa inhabitants who can put ideas into practice on their own.

This year, the organizers and architects together with locals will focus on creating new urban projects and designing modern objects. The festival program is based on three levels: identify potential of local resources, involve inhabitants and realize the usefulness of creative action. As a result of participatory design, 9 courtyards will be renovated in Vyksa.

Two public transport stops will be built in Vyksa like stops in Hannover (Germany) and Krumbach (Austria). The author of the architectural project 'Art-Ovrag' stop was chosen according to the results of the All-Russian competition with international participation. Moreover, Russian street artist, Timothy Radya, will create a unique work for Vyksa.

Also, two art courtyards will be built in Vyksa and the city authorities will receive the guidelines how to build such courtyards. Starting next year, the city will implement art courtyards independently. Another important feature of collaboration with the city is a new concept of the Park of Culture and Leisure.

All urban changes will be based on the results of urban research which is underway since 2017. Together with famous urbanists the festival team will release guidelines which can be used in other Russian cities.

DIY-CITY PROJECT, VYKSA

DIY-City is a a long-term project being implemented in Vyksa, Nizhny Novgorod region. It is aimed at developing the urban community and cultural environment, involving inhabitants and improving the quality of life in the monotown.

The project affects the public life: from working with the city administration to creation and implementation of the project..
Organizer: The OMK-Uchastie Charity Fund
Curators: 'Wowhouse' 2014-2016, '8 lines' 2017-2018
Partner: Vyksa City Administration, Vyksa Youth Information Center

WHY WAS THE PROJECT BORN?


Vyksa is a monotown with a rich history. Despite the development of Vyksa infrastructure (transport, roads, public spaces, retailers) and its cultural environment, young people still leave the town. Housebuilding is slowing down, while the population of Vyksa is ageing. Since 2011 'Art Ovrag' is aimed at urban space development and creation of a new cultural environment. The project 'Art Courtyards' was launched to fulfill these needs. This project transforms and improves city spaces with a help of locals.
WHICH PROBLEMS DO WE SOLVE?

  • lack of communication skills in order to negotiate with the authorities
  • misunderstanding between neighbors: inability to solve common yard problems constructively and creatively
  • fundraising for improving the urban environment and yards
  • low level of responsibility in relation to urban spaces
  • ignorance of the planning bases, new urban competencies and examples of successfully implemented methods within the city

HOW DO WE DO IT?

To solve these problems, we invited a team of urbanists, supervised by Svyat Murunov. During the year we conducted a series of practical master classes and did a field research together with Vyksa locals. As a results, technical tasks were written to create 11 new yards.

NEW OBJECTS

Five yards will be ready by June 2018 for the 'Art Ovrag' festival. At the same time, there will be 'children's square' (Pirogova st., 6) created by bureau Druzhba, together with the artist Roman Ermakov and city activists. Vyksa inhabitants, Art Ovrag experts and City Administration will present the first yard (Pervogo Maya st.) in September, created by joint efforts. Yard design was developed by Manipulazione Internazionale, Moscow. It will become an example of joint work of specialists and local residents.
INSPIRING OTHER CITIES

Residents of small towns like Vyksa do not have the skills to work with urban space like courtyards or city squares. Often inhabitants can not agree with the city authorities and find a solution to improve the urban environment.

Despite the fact that 'participatory design' is used all over the world, in Russia it is still not widespread. Moreover, there is almost no experience in successful implementation of this method. That is why it is extremely important for us to become an example for other cities, so that they can use our experience.

FILM AND BOOK

As a result of five-year work on the project, we are releasing a book and a film about using 'participatory design' in small towns. You will learn how to create a new urban environment with the help of residents and local business.

11 yards in Vyksa will be created, using different methods and involving different target groups.

The following methods are used in yards implementation:

  1. Create a community and build a yard based on its needs

  2. Create a square based on the needs of parents and children

  3. Create urban spaces based on the initiatives of citizens and minimal financial support

WHAT NEXT?

In September 2018 we present a film and a book to the City Administration of Vyksa and its inhabitants. At the presentation, we have a session, where the city authorities together with the architects and project managers will discuss the concept of a new yard.

For professionals, we are preparing a conference 'Revitalization of small towns through education in cultural practices', where we will talk about our experience. The film and book will be presented to the city administrations of other monotowns. We will be happy to share our experience in details to start creating new spaces and new opportunities for other cities.
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