Day 2: Research in Otradnoe

Author: Jona Piehl

We saw some excellent deriving presentations today — especially impressed by the human chessboard strategy… And of course the graphic novel telling the tale of the industrial area!

The next phase of the workshop is to test the insights of the initial site research and some of the questions it threw up with a constructed situation — each team will go back into Otradnoe and stage a small intervention or action of some sort, to provoke responses, to engage people in conversations or to simply test a few assumptions.

Day 1: Storytelling in Otradnoe

Author: Jona Piehl

Yesterday was the first day of our workshop at Strelka Institute — part of the summer school ‘Agents of Change’. We wanted the workshop participants to approach ‘our district’ Otradnoe with as few preconceptions and assumptions as possible, with as little purpose and aim as possible, and to simply soak up the city and see what happen — so we didn’t really brief them about what was going to happen on Monday and the rest of the week.

We simply sent them out in small groups, each allocated a rough area of the district, and asked them to explore the environment through a derive, borrowing from the situationists…

We did our own bit of exploring today, in brilliant sunshine, and found beautiful green spaces, lots of apple trees, garages and wide roads with few crossings — and we envied the families that were barbecuing in the parks… Now, we are excited to see what the teams come back with tomorrow morning!

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