Strelka Institute launches its summer program on May 16

12.05.2014, 12:05
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Strelka presents a guide to the highlights of its summer program

About 400 000 people visited last summer program

The students of Strelka have focused this entire academic year on the research topic “Urban Routines.” Our emerging specialists have studied the world of the everyday, analyzing their findings and gradually working to create their own projects. The results of these individual academic pursuits will be revealed to the public in an exhibition of student work that will open in June in the courtyard of the Institute.

Strelka’s summer program is designed as a kind of extension of what the students covered during the school year, adding and enriching the list of topics. What materials and motivations shape the space of today’s Russian city? How does one maintain their practice as a researcher, an artist or philosopher once immersed in urban routine? How do leading designers, architects and artists work with the everyday? These are but a few of the questions that our experts will tackles over the next three months at the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design.



The summer program launches with Polytech on Strelka, a collaborative educational project created with the Polytechnic Museum, that will bring media artists, scientists and engineers together to speak about new forms of art at the intersection of science and information technologies, as well as about how they use these practices within their own projects.

Mid-summer, Strelka will host a series of events on the role of innovation in architecture and city planning. Berlin, Barcelona, London and Amsterdam will be considered as examples for the finalists of the MIES VAN DER ROHE Award for Contemporary Architecture.

Additionally, as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture, Strelka will host British Design Days and The Hitchcock 9, a festival of the little known silent films of Alfred Hitchcock, now rescored and remastered.



Over the course of the summer, Strelka will facilitate a number of conferences, which will feature experts from all other the world.

Books Are In the Air explores our relationship to information, asking what will happen tomorrow with book publishers, and the preservation and consumption of information. The uses of contemporary technology in the museum space will be the main topic of the conference, The New Energy of Museums. Advanced methods in the fields of educational institutions and preschools will be discussed and debated during the New School conference, while the program for Migrants will take on the problems of coexistence with communities of ethnic or cultural minorities within the city. The foremost of all these conferences – The Everyday – will take a detailed look at this year’s theme, Urban Routines.

In August, the international conference Urban Food will look not so much at how to eat well, as at how food culture can shape a city’s brand.

The Strelka Institute has been commissioned to develop the concept the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, so it follows that one of this summer’s conferences would be dedicated to this event. As part of the project, Biennale+, the pavilion’s curators will let the audience in on their experience, debating with other experts as to how they arrived at the theme of 2014 biennale – “Fundamentals.”



All lectures are held under the open sky in the courtyard of Strelka. Invited architects, designers, artists and urbanists will share their own personal experiences, discoveries and achievements. Lectures are open to the public, and, like the majority of the institute’s events, absolutely free.

Our invited experts will also organize a series of small workshops, giving participants an opportunity to put in practice the ideas discussed in the lectures. Sample activities include creating one’s own project or collaborating on a concept for a documentary film. Participation in these workshops is available through previous registration.

To name but a few of this season’s must-see lectures: Theo Jansen and his magnificent Strandbeests, mechanisms made from hundreds of PVC pipes; Australian media artist Jeffrey Shaw, one of the founders of media art and an author of the famous flying pigs used by Pink Floyd; Sou Fujimoto, the youngest architect ever to design a pavilion for London’s Serpentine Gallery; Mexican New Wave architect, Michel Rojkind, who is renovatingMexico’s National Film Archives; and Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who is celebrated for his ability to combine new technologies and environmental surroundings into his architectural practice.


This is far from all of the offerings for this summer. To find out more about what special guests will be giving lectures, how many workshops there will be and how to register for them, when film screenings will start, and many others, keep updated on our social media sites or click here for our Calendar.