Laboratory

Partizaning Lab is an experimental platform documenting our artistic urban research practices. Our goal is to examine the idea of 'participation' and use creative methods of engagement to facilitate bottom-up form of urbanism.

The lab is an experimental bureau run by the founders of the website, who are engaged in research of the urban environment, involving citizens in the process of redesigning their districts, advising local authorities and various institutions on how to change the city in a dialogue with local communities, using humor and small budgets guided by the principles of DIY urbanism. We work in collaboration with various experts from Moscow and other cities of the world , and try to actively involve volunteers and ordinary citizens.

 

Igor Ponosov (1980)

Artist, Curator , Writer , Programmer and Hacker

 

Anton Polsky / MAKE (1982)

Graduate of Russia's State Humanitarian University, Department of History of Art
Artist, activist and designer

 

Shriya Malhontra (1983)

Graduate of The New School (NYC), Cities and Social Justice
Artist, Researcher, Interventionist

 
 

Collective Projects

Delai Sam / DIY Festival / 2010-2020

A marathon of urban initiatives taking place in cities across Russia : from Chelyabinsk to Saint Petersburg. In Moscow, events are held twice a year and include a formal summit for urban activists with workshops led by street artists and urban planners , as well as an activist documentary film festival.

 

Invisible Borders / July 2013

A collaborative, week-long workshop to explore the concept of borders and boundaries in Moscow, organized at the Strelka Institute.

 

Cooperative Urbanism / June- September 2012

A series of eight workshops in different districts remote of Moscow, organized jointly with the Strelka Institute and with urbanists and artists from various countries to transform urban space through artistic interventions in order to create a more comfortable living environment.

 

Libraries in Moscow / September 2013 - January 2014

A complex informal study based on a survey of citizens and local communities in identifying five areas for programs of libraries and create a new format media centers.

 

What Should Happen to the Old St. Nicolaas Lyceum? / December 2012

Part of the Kunstvlaai Festival, a participatory survey to engage people about the future of an old school building on the verge of being demolished.

 

The Wall Project / 2010-2013

Playground representation of street artists and debating urban art on the "Winzavod " involving curators, designers, urban planners and artists.

 

Objects / 2005-2009

A series of three books which reflect the situation in the street art in Russia and the post- Soviet space.

 

"100-en-dia" in Kaluga / August - September 2013

A series of urban activism workshops as part of the project "House of a New Culture," and a final festival of grassroots urban initiatives. Together with the  Strelka Institute.

 

Velo Vyksa / June 2013

Public bike rental project within the public art festival "Art Ravine ." Bike Viksa most fully reflects the ideology of functional art and how people can be involved in the rescheduling of the social environment.

 

Container Residence / 2008 - 2014

A mobile space and street artist's hub which remained in various institutional artistic spaces across Moscow.