April 20-22, 2018
‘Port Sevkabel’ creative space
International Workshop ‘Genius Loci’ was organized by the CGES spinoff ARTS4CITY studio and partners in frames of the 2018 German Week.
First day of the Workshop featured lectures by Aleksandra Nenko, CGES and ITMO University, Grace Euna Kim, a Berlin artist, and Michaela Busenkell, a theorist of architecture from Munich. Speakers discussed what ‘genius loci’ is and what is needed to make urban places alive and authentic.
On April 21-22, the practical part of the Workshop took place. Four interdisciplinary teams designed and created wooden installations for the ‘Port Sevkabel’ space. ARTS4CITY, P.SMOL and Dvor project groups were coordinating the workshops. Tutors familiarized students with the full cycle of space animation, from the study of the territory to the generation of ideas, design, and creation of installations. In the end, the jury including Ilya Spiridonov, architect, bureau ‘Hvoya’, Ilya Filimonov, architect, bureau ‘2xif’, Denis Gutov, designer, artisan, ‘Class of Labour’ studio, Alexey Onatsko, ‘Port Sevkabel’ creative space, and Aleksandra Nenko, CGES and ITMO University, awarded the first place to the project ‘Crane 2.40’, an interactive installation in a form of a draw-well which one can use to reach the water which is 2.40 m below the edge of the embankment.