Welcome to the Critical Mass

02.03.2011 08:21


Hello!
Before I start I would like to warn the reader that my introductory note might be way too long. But that is kind of necessary in order to introduce myself and explain my connection to the Nordic region as well as outline some activities with Nordic focus that  we are developing on our site.

My name is Anna Bitkina. I am a curator and art manager based in St. Petersburg, Russia. I am having an NGO called Creative Association of Curators TOK (www.tok-spb.org http://www.tok-spb.org). We are quite new as an organization but have lots of professional experiences individually. Until recently, the curators of TOK had been working independently indifferent fields such as contemporary art, research and education, design, etc. Subsequently, they decided to create an interactive platform for conducting interdisciplinary projects, which resulted in the founding of their own association. TOK is an interactive intellectual space for collaborations of curators, artists, researchers, designers, sociologists, anthropologists and other professionals in the sphere of art and culture from Russia and other countries. The main goal of TOK is to elaborate and realize projects that are based on the research of cultural processes in contemporary society. One of our main principles is the combination of theory and practice and a cross-disciplinary approach.


"Nordic Art Today" is a multifaceted long-term collaborative project of art professionals from Nordic countries and Northwest Russia. By organising collaborative events we intend to create a professional network of curators, artists and art operators from the Northwest Russia and Nordic countries. Nordic Art Today will last for several years (2010-2015) and include seminars and presentations, international exhibitions of contemporary art, researches and a publishing component. www.nordicarttoday.ru <http://www.nordicarttoday.ru>


"Сritical Mass" is an international public art project that aims to develop and produce knowledge about public space as a platform for an open critical discussion. St Petersburg is taken as an example of an international megalopolis. Invited artists are asked to discover the most important problems of the city and respond to them through artistic practices.

"Critical Mass" is the project I would like to focus on in my blog and update the readers with its development. I'll start from giving a retrospective overview on how the project has started and will continue with day to day update on its development. Thus my future posts in this blog will cover the period from winter 2009 until fall 2011 - the time when the first issue of "Critical Mass" project will end.


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My name is Anna Bitkina. I am a curator and art manager based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"Сritical Mass" is an international public art project that aims to develop and produce knowledge about public space as a platform for an open critical discussion. St Petersburg is taken as an example of an international megalopolis. Invited artists are asked to discover the most important problems of the city and respond to them through artistic practices.

The Critical Mass project has received funding through the module Production-based activities.

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