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The new rural Peter Märkli in Nikola-Lenivets
Nikola-Lenivets Classroom is pleased to announce that Swiss architect Peter Märkli will visit Nikola- Lenivets Art Park this October in order to develop a large-scale landscape project for the park which will transform visitor experience.
Peter Märkli is admired worldwide for the otherworldly and poetic quality of his architecture. He has built extensively in the private and public sectors, but has not yet completed a project in Russia. He has collaborated with artists extensively and has a deep professional interest in the relationship between landscape and architecture.

This is Peter Märkli's second visit to the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, during which he will develop a more detailed landscape project, which is set to significantly transform the spacial organisation of the largest open air museum of site-specific art in Europe.

Peter Märkli's visit is part of the Nikola-Lenivets Classroom 'New Rural' season of education and ideas- exchange events. Peter will be assisted by a select group of young Russian architects, who will help produce drawings, site maps and prototypes needed to complete the project in 2019-2020.

Nikola-Lenivets Classroom is also collaborating with Moscow Architecture School to host a public lecture by Peter Märkli in Moscow on the 22 October.

With the generous support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

contact: Xenia Adjoubei +7 916 079 4077

The Nikola-Lenivets Classroom is the research and education arm of Nikola-Lenivets Art Park. Its remit is to establish how the artistic and social innovations of the Nikola-Lenivets project can inform a sustainable rural future in Russia and beyond.
11:00 Welcome reception, light breakfast

12:00 - 13:30
Art or Labour in a Post-work Future?
Panel discussion

The discussion explores the role of art and making in today's economy and ecology of means. What is the relationship between art and labour in tomorrow's world? How can art generate and support communities following mass automation in the post-work future? How can we build a sustainable future for the rural landscape in Russia and beyond? The catalyst for this conversation will be recent directions in Russian art aimed at restoring lost identity and cohesion of society through the revival of craft or the invention of a new technological and new-media artforms.

14:00 - 15:30 Exhibition tour

16:00 - 17:30
Art as Labour of the Future
Panel discussion

Ana Betancour, expert in social projects in contexts or rapid change, Head of Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden
Ivan Polissky, curator, Co-founder of Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, Russia
Robert Mull, innovator in education and socio-cultural projects, Head of the Global Practice Unit and Head of the School of Architecture and Design at Brighton University, UK
Dorota Kozaczuk, expert in political economy of violence conflict and development, PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Speakers will touch upon the topic of self-organization and community support through art, education and socio-cultural projects in rapidly changing contexts, such as Moscow, and in underdeveloped rural areas. The discussion will turn to international experience and highlight the emergence of unique cultural rituals in contemporary Russian reality, in relation to the global context.
Discussion will take place in English*

18:00 - 19:00
Evening Lecture by Ana Betancour

Ana Betancour is an architect and rector at UMA School of Architecture, Umeå, Sweden. She is also a Professor in Architecture and Urban Design and was previously Director of the Masters programme in Architecture and Urban Design at Chalmers University of Technology.
Ana's work includes numerous projects that range from architectural and urban design, academic research, cultural and new media activism projects. Her work investigates alternative strategies and ways of catalysing change within global transformations affecting cities today.
Ana is the founder of the Urban Research Laboratory, and runs Urban + Architecture Agency.
Lecture in English*

19:00 - 20:00 Evening reception, informal networking with speakers and exhibition viewing

When: 11:00, 1 September 2018
: Peresvetov Lane Gallery, Peresvetov per. 4k1

Participation is free of charge, by prior registration.

Organised as part of the exhibition:
Art as Labour in Nikola-Lenivets
20 July - 10 September 2018, Peresvetov Lane Gallery
Curators: Xenia Adjoubei and Daria Kravchuk
Please register to take part
Public Events
Public Presentation of Peter Märkli Work for Nikola-Lenivets Art Park Sunday 21 October, 7pm, Nikola-Lenivets Art Park

Followed by a round-table discussion with Peter Märkli, Nikolay Polissky, artist and founder of Nikola-Lenivets, Ivan Polissky, curator New Media Night Festival and Xenia Adjoubei, head of education at Nikola-Lenivets Art Park. Free admission.

Evening Lecture "Der Landschaftsraum" by Peter Märkli

Monday 22 October, 7pm, in conjunction with MARCH

Peter Märkli will give a public lecture in Moscow with refernce to his work in Nikola-Lenivets and recently completed projects in Switzerland. This will be a unique opportunity to hear a revered Swiss master present his projects in person.
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