Educational Program 2017

The Street Art Museum has introduced a lecture series about history, society, and art. The program is intended to complement the Brighter Days Are Coming exhibition, which was created in conjunction with the Goethe Institute of Saint Petersburg. Lectures and creative meetings will be held on Thursdays at 19:30 and Saturdays at 14:00.

The program features discussions and lectures about history and politics given by well-known public figures from Saint Petersburg and Moscow. the program is intended to raise different issues and questions about history—not only about the Revolution itself, but the events that preceded and followed it, as well as about society and communications then and now – the issues of privacy and surveillance in the post-revolutionary period and the lack of privacy in today’s digital world. Lecturers will include journalists, artists, photographers, and art critics who will talk about the development of graffiti in the USSR and the creative paths of world famous artists.

This lecture series was made possible thanks to the support of the New Literary Review publishing house.

Lecture Schedule:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Leader of a Revolution as a Popular Brand and Symbol: Kerensky in Popular Culture and Political Censorship

This lecture was presented by Boris Koloninsky, Doctor of Historical Sciences and professor at the European University in Saint Petersburg. He is a leading researcher at the Saint Petersburg Institute of History.

What should we call political leaders from the anti-monarchist Revolution? What feelings should they evoke? Is it acceptable to joke about political leadership? Should the images of leaders be bought and sold? These are the types of questions that Russian citizens asked themselves in 1917. This cultural creativity manifested itself in various ways during the Russian Revolution.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dissidence in Russia Through the Prism of “Black Offices” from the Second Half of the 19th Century to the Beginning of the 20th

This lecture was given by Vladlen Izmozik, a Doctor of Historical Sciences and a professor at the Saint Petersburg State University of Telecommunications.

This lecture focuses on “black offices,” where officers systematically opened and examined citizens’ correspondences, recorded their mental states, as well as revealed conspiracies, state crimes, and incidences of dissidence. Were these practices truly unknown? Was it an open secret? Why could Alexander II immediately arrest the authors of menacing letters addressed to him, but could not do so to the authors of other letters?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Revolution and the Legacy of the Past: Issues of Compatibility

This lecture was read by Pavel Kotlyar, a specialist in the history of imperial residences and a former employee at Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo.

During the time of the Revolution, in the fire of country estates and the destruction of Peter and Paul Fortress, the fate of the Bastille was not repeated. Many monuments to monarchs remained on their pedestals, and the living quarters of “Bloody Nicholas” became a tourist attraction. We will talk about the ideological basis of politics from 1917-1920, how it influenced cultural heritage, and the inevitable conflicts that arose as a result. Other topics include historical landmarks as vehicles for Soviet ideology and the promotion of the idea of national wealth. Where is the line between ideals and material interests?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

“Witte Would Be Hang Cowardly…: Russian Society, Images of Power and the Fate of Reform in the Late Empire.”

Lecture given by Ella Sagindaze, doctoral candidate.

How did society perceive the reforms on the eve of revolution? Why are there no monuments to Sergei Witte, a reformer of the late 19th and early 20th century, in Russia today? Witte influenced the October Manifesto, which led to the end of the Russian Revolution of 1905. What did Russian society think during the late Empire? What political issues concerned the public? Did society have the status or opportunity to intervene in the public sphere? What can images of the disgraced Minister tell us about the fate of Russia in the 20th century?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Photographing Protests: From Trafalgar to Bolotnaya

Lecture given by David Frankel, a photo correspondent for the publication “Mediazone,” which appears in newspapers including Novaya Gazeta, Meduza, Kommersant, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Independent, the BBC and other publications.

Although photojournalism is more commonly associated primarily with armed conflict, photography of civil protest is no less important; neither the sincerity of emotions nor the importance of the subject is inferior to that in military photography. Having originated during the time of British suffragettes, protest photography tells us the story of the last century: the Revolution in the early 20th century, the civil rights movement, protests against the Vietnam War, student protests, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution and August Coup, the Arab Spring, Euromaidan, the protests in Bolotnaya Square. How has protest photography changed? Is this its golden era? Can photojournalism ever tell the truth, or are photographers inherently biased?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stickers in Art and the City: the View of a Sociologist

Lecture given by Yana Krupetz, Assistant Director of the Center for Youth Studies, Margarita Kuleva, researcher at the Center for Youth Studies, and Nadezhda Vasileva, who holds a Master’s Degree in sociology.

Stickers are all around us. They are hidden on the sides of urban facades such as busses, buildings, and cars. Who makes them and why? What meaning do they have to their creators and how do they impact urban space? In what ways do the youth interact with cities, and how do stickers in urban spaces interact with “official” art? This lecture addressed such questions.
Findings from a research project on sticker artists in Saint Petersburg were presented at the lecture. The research was conducted in 2016 within the framework of the international project Youth in the Digital Media City: Urban Ethnography in the Streets and Stations of Helsinki and St Petersburg, supported by the Kone Foundation. The study is based on ethnographic data, including interviews with sticker-artists and observations made during group excursions with researchers and sticker artists.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Slow Living vs. Work-Life Blending: The Art of Living Differently

Lecture given by Oksana Moroz, candidate of culturology, Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Social Communications of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Associate Professor, Faculty of JCP MSSES, Director of Studies of the Office of Digital Humanitarian Research "CultLook."

Slow living is a movement that opposes the furious pace of modernity and promotes the idea of living responsibly and happily. Consider that perhaps the best way to organize your life is to follow the principles of work-life balance, to clearly separate the time and energy given to work and personal matters. Is it effective to think constantly about work and to be committed to professional tasks 24/7, or to with only brief periods devoted to personal needs such as walking the dog or meeting with friends? The ideology of slow motion says that both approaches are direct paths to corporate slavery and precariousness.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Poetry of Revolution

Lecture given by philologist, culture historian, and critic Ilya Kalinin, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, chief editor of the magazine "(Untouchable Reserve)."

In the early 20th century, Victor Shklovsky wrote, “Eisenbaum said that the main difference between normal life and life during a revolution is that during a revolution, you feel everything. Life became art.” Can the Revolution be described using methods of dismissal put forward by the Russian formalists as a central principle of artistic language? What is the relationship between social shift, political crisis, emotional shock and outrage that permeates post-revolutionary life and creative perceptions of the world?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Street Art in The Context Of Contemporary Art: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Banksy

Lecture given by Irina Kulik, art critic, Doctor of Philology, and lecturer at the Institute of Problems of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

Since the second half of the 20th century, the contemporary art world watched the subculture of graffiti with interest as it challenged the establishment and became an embodiment of the myth of the primitive freedom of creativity. Aesthetics and the practice of graffiti have become fundamental for two key artists of the American New Wave—Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. For Basquiat, the spontaneity of graffiti became an opportunity to return to the heroic gesture of modernism, which seemed impossible after pop art and conceptualism. For Haring, the universal language of the mass media turned out to be hieroglyphs. Banksy, one of the most enigmatic artists of our time, creates art that has both street art and contemporary art influences. Although unlike Basquiat and Haring, Banksy does not transfer the romance of graffiti to “high” art, by utilizing contemporary art methods in his work with street art, he is able to validate the effectiveness and viability of street art.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Emergence of Street Art in the Soviet Union and the World

Lecture by Vadim “Chris” Meikchance, one of the first graffiti artists in the USSR.

An artist from the first wave of Soviet graffiti artists and the creator of the first documented graffiti in the USSR, Vadim will give a lecture about the birth of street culture on a global scale, from paintings on buildings in 1917 to the beginning of the hip-hop movement in the USSR in the 1980s. The talk will also cover various elements of subculture, such as breakdancing and DJing.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Synthesis of the New Body: The Contribution of the Author

Lecture given by Aleksandr Sekatsy, philosopher, publicist, writer, doctoral candidate, Associate Professor at SPSU.

This lecture was postponed in July.

The lecture will focus on how the body becomes an application of art—from tattoos and jewelry to profound transformation and choices of design. Do artists have the right to alter the body using plastic surgery, as suggested by cyberpunk and modern engineering? How can aesthetics, metaphysics, and rights be brought together?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Love and Hate: Russian Society in the Face of Terrorism in the 1870s-1880s

Lecture read by Yulia Safronov, doctoral candidate and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the European University of St. Petersburg.

A new type of politics was born in the 1860s and 70s—terrorism, the essence of which lies in communication through violence rather than violence for its own sake. Awareness of what is happening around us is a relatively new concept, as is the vocabulary used to describe it. In the Russian Empire during the 1870s, those who committed terrorism and those who suffered were in the same position—nobody could explain what was happening, nor could they define its nature. Under these circumstances, members of Russian society were merely spectators, who gave into the dialogue of the terrorists and the authorities and produced dozens of contradictory interpretations, which in the end turned out to be useless. What is the reason for powerlessness in the face of terrorism in the first years of its appearance?

Saturday, September 2, 2017-08-11

What Makes History? The Body. Revolutionary Physicality in Soviet Monumental Propaganda

Lecture given by Natalia Lebina, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, and specialist in Soviet everyday life.

This lecture is devoted to one of the Bolsheviks’ first cultural projects—the plan of monumental propaganda, which marked the beginning of the folding of Communist principles of visual representation. Based on several unique archival finds, namely some documents related to the installation of the Lenin statue on the Alexander column, historian Natalia Lebina will talk about the Bolsheviks’ intentions to create the “Pantheon of International Culture” or “Pantheon of Immortality,” in a short period of time. She will also talk about the tragic fate of sculptors fascinated by the ideas of socialism, who were deceived in their expectations, about the formative techniques of the "revolutionary physicality," and modifications from romance to the sacralization of everyday life.

The New Literary Review is a publishing house for intellectual literature founded by Irina Prokhorova in 1992. Today, NLR publishes a 30-book series, as well as 3 magazines that covers different fields in the humanities such as literature, history, anthropology, as well as social sciences and art history (special areas include urban studies, gender studies, film studies and theater studies).

Entrance to the lectures are included in the price of an entrance ticket (350 rubles/250 rubles for students).

The educational program was curated by Varvara Omelchenko.