Homestay is a public arts initiative that seeks to build a dynamic exchange across and with the Murmansk region of Russia through the sharing, making, and discussion of active art practices amongst local and international participants.
From 5 to 26 April 2015, ARC.A.I. invited members of the public to join us for Homestay in various sites and locations throughout the city of Murmansk for conversations, workshops, and artistic interventions in alternative spaces. Artists from England, Germany, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States, and St. Petersburg with artists and citizens from Murmansk communicated on a daily basis and together developed projects transposing borders and building intercultural and interpersonal relationships. Since April, these relationships and a number of collaborative projects continue to be developed and nurtured.
Homestay is the first project developed through the Arctic Art Institute. It has been co-organized by Kiong Kim, Ekaterina Golubina, Waiwai Chan, and Alexandra Nenko.
We invite you to visit the Homestay Facebook page and VK page for more information and images.
7 APRIL 2015, ANTI-CAFE “TEPLO”, MURMANSK
Homestay participants–including artists, translators, community activists, curators, designers, musicians, engineers, and students–from Murmansk and abroad gathered at Anti-Cafe “Teplo” for the evening to meet and break bread. We shared our reasons for venturing into this project, art and stories, and contact details with the hopes to meet and maybe collaborate over the next three weeks.
Anastasia Repina, Murmansk
We took on the spirit of the idea that art and education is an open experience accessible for a day at the Icebreaker Lenin Museum, Information Centre. International and local participants from Homestay came together with students from Murmansk Art School, Kola Art School, Murmansk State University for Humanities, CRANE Orphanage Centre, and citizens of Murmansk and Kola, and through hands-on activities and workshops, explored a variety of ways and possibilities in which one may be an artist.
Min Kyoung, South Korea,workshop, Icebreaker “Lenin”
Andy King, Russian-German, workshop, Icebreaker “Lenin”
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke, workshop, Icebreaker “Lenin”
Sara & Natachas, workshop outside of Icebreaker “Lenin”
24-25 APRIL 2015, HOUSEBUILDING FACTORY AT DOMOMOSTROITELNAYA STR. 7, MURMANSK
“Open House” was a two-day event consisting of an exhibition and discussions dedicated to contemporary art practices and their possibilities in the Arctic region, primarily in relation to how they had and continue to emerge through our experiences during Homestay. “Open House” took place in an unusual space: an industrial site in which we shared the space with on-going manufacturing processes. In the past, this factory at Domostroitelnaya str. 7, was the main production site of houses for the Murmansk area.
Through art that employed a diverse range of processes and materials, and dialogue, Homestay participants shared and considered their experiences and the spaces in which they inhabited and worked over the previous three weeks. We reflected, celebrate, and question these artistic exchanges from where we started, where we were at this particular moment in time, and where we might go.
Minkyung Kim, South Korea.
“Ж БИС МОРКОВЬ 2, US”, 2015
Hyeisoo Kim with Arsene Konnov, Lera Sherra, South Korea, Russia.
“MISCELLANEOUS FOUND OBJECTS WITH VARIATIONS OF CIRCLES”, 2015
(Photo Credit: Anastasia Anarel)
Gabriel Kleber, Slava Redov, Anton Smirnov, Germany, Russia
Ruby Know with Vova and Liza Rozaeva, USA, Russia
“UNTITLED (MURMANSK FACTORY BALLOONS)”, 2015
Arseny Konnov & Alexandra Nenko, Russia
“FORMS OF LIFE”, 2015
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke, Norway
“SPASIBO”, Margrethe Kolstad Brekke, 2015 (Photo Credit: Anastasia Anarel)
Andy King, Russian-German
“ERRORS IN TRANSMISSION”, 2015 (Photo Credit: Anastasia Anarel)Sara&Natascha, Switzerland
“TRIANGLE”, Sara&Natascha, 2015 (Photo Credit: Anastasia Anarel)
Kiong Kim, USA “CRUMBS FOR THE BIRDS”, sounds installation in the dark room. Vladimir Belyaev, Nikolay Golubin, Ekaterina Golubina, Kiong Kim, Arsene Konnov, Yana Oleynik, Yulia Zyuneva, Pasha Loskutov, Pasha’s friend with great punk style, 2015
- Tatiana Aschutova of Murmansk Humanities State University, Murmansk;
- Owner Nikolay Palchenko, Director Dmitry Karchaev & all of the workers who helped us at the Housebuilding Factory;
- Director Svetlana Blumental, General administrator Valentina Soloveva, & System administrator Andrey Borodin of Icebreaker Lenin Information Center Administration, Murmansk;
- Yaroslav Lukomsky, Icebreaker Lenin, MHSU, Murmansk;
- Elizoveta Molodcova & Alexandre Molodcov of the Nikel Administration, Nikel;
- Tatiana Bazanova of Pechenga Region Administration, Zapolyarniy;
- Irina Neganova & Natalia Afonchenkova of Barents Travel Agency, Nikel;
- Glafira Severiyanova, Maria Michailenko & Veronika Vologjaninova of The Children’s Art School, Murmansk;
- Tatiyana Kostileva of The Children’s Art School, Kola;
- Baeva Viktoria of “CRANE: Centre of Family Placement of Orphans and Children Left Without Parental Care,” Murmashi;
- Antonina Sсherbina of Anti-Cafe “Teplo”, Murmansk;
- Vyacheslav Burtcev of “Mesto” Nightclub, Murmansk;
- Ivan Galuzin, artist connections, Oslo;
- Natasha Ku, activist, Murmansk;
- Elena Nedoseka, MSHU, Murmansk;
- Ekaterina Sidyachkina, Consulting group, Murmansk