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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