Bookstore resident Masha Ru has just returned from a two-week trip to Ukraine and Russia.
Masha was there on the invitation of the Kiev-based creative agency Crea-Pro and its director Tanya Stakhovskaya. The mission of the agency is to supply new ideas in the fields of trends, art and design in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
The goal of the trip was to carry out lectures, workshops and pop-up expositions to initiate intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange of thoughts and ideas. Two major workshops “Photography & Mathematics” and “The clothes of the Future” took place in the art centre M17 (Kiev). Some more photos and features from M17: Crea-Pro Facebook, d-journal, Beintrend, Kuruza, TopClub, Architector,Fata.
A workshop accompanying by the exposition took place as part of Ukrainian Fashion Week. There is a feature on the news on Ukrainian television is to see here.
Another lecture took place in Kiev within the project Design. New World (initiated by Salon magazine and the exposition KIFF) at the Greter Art Centre, located in the building of the old communist factory “Bolshevik”.
Masha talked about the give-away swap shop THE NOVEL during the workshop “Clothes of the Future”. The audience reacted enthusiastically to the concept of the free shop. However, it would be difficult to organise such a shop in Ukraine at the moment due to lack of funds and the lack of availability of affordable spaces.
The workshop in Moscow was organised by BLANK (Design Management magazine) and hosted by the Moscow-based International Designer Society. One of the topics discussed at the workshop, as well as in M17, was Computational Aesthetics – the measurement of the beauty of an image with the help of mathematics. The corresponding article in English on this topic is available here. The Russian version of the paper has just been published in BLANK. More photos and follow-ups can been seen at BLANK Facebook.