Preferred dates of stay: August-September
Languages you speak: Russian, English, French, Swedish.
Since March I had an opportunity to establish good connection with locals helping with Italian as well as contacts.
A brief description of why you want to be a part of unMonastery.
I wanted to come to the unMonastery since the idea came about at LOTE1 in June 2012. I’m interested in the unMonastery-in-a-Box and replicability of the project. Specially since working with Lars Novang, and looking at possibilities to get support from local authorities in Skane for the potential Swedish prototype.
The reason for me to be interested in this particular iteration of unMonastery is spending 3 month in Matera, which, I think, is a minimum to start getting a very basic understanding of the dynamics of the place and to put together a collaborative project.
A brief description of what you will do at unMonastery.
I will coordinate an transnational cooking event and document social connections established during the event.
This project is part of as Open Culture Festival in September. I will be working in collaboration with existing projects related to food, such as Franceso Marano’s visual ethnography project which is focusing on local recipes.
While there is a number of projects in Matera related to the local cuisine, I would like to focus on bringing in migrant communities in Matera, as it is an integral part of urban culture.
Based on what I learned for the past couple of month from migrants currently living in Matera, food festival is engaging and comprehensible for wider community local migrant communities and natives, so it also provides a platform for ethnography and network analysis.
I would like to focus on international community in Matera starting with people I have met since March. City of Matera will benefit from emphasising positive sides of it’s cultural diversity.
The ethnographic aspect of this project can also built on network analysis done by Gaia and has has overlaps with Christiano’s Siri project.
I am planning to use ethnographic research element of this project to write a paper for Migration and Ethhic Relations course Malmo University I’m currently attending.
An overview of your skillset and experience in realising successful projects.
“Don’t ask me where I’m from ask me where I’m heading” project working with people with transnational background in Malmo.
Organising workshops with Social Scientists Without Borders (SSWB) in Malmo University.
Photo exhibitions at Sexodrome, Paris.
More importantly, I was also a part of unsuccessful projects for a number of times.
What attracts you collective living and working.
Teamwork and possibility to increase capacity of parallel projects by clustering them. I’m also interested in different ways of organising collective living and co-working and avoiding common problems associated with it.