Research Simulator: Slavyanski Mir

A vibrant market on the edge of Moscow (and a gateway between the old and new city), preceded by a history of markets as contested ethnic enclaves and informal economy networks. Slavyanskiy Mir represents a bordered yet borderless world on the edge of Moscow.

Typology of Borders in Slavyanskiy Mir

Slavyanskiy Mir is filled with a variety of visible and invisible borders between spaces, people, and goods. many of these boundaries are quite visible at the human scale, such as this permeable boundary of informally placed stones. Others are less visible. Here are a list of borders identified form our site visit.

Day 5: Understanding Slavyanskiy Mir

Our field visit to Slavyanskiy Mir revealed a place quite different from what we experience within the center or even the MKAD borders of Moscow. It exists in stark contrast to nearby global shopping markets which are also like mini cities, like Ashaan, IKEA, and Stockmann.

Shadow Empire

Evgeniya Nedosekina’s comprehensive research of the former Cherkizovsky market, which opened after the fall of the Soviet Union and operated as one of the largest informal markets – perhaps in the world.  

Day 3: The Networked Trace of Urban Border Crossers

In identifying the sets of invisible urban borders, we came to see the important role of personal experiences crossing borders, thresholds, divides in the city. Urban borders are not self-evident in the built environment as they are on maps. The boundaries become visible through personal experience, border stories reveal the hidden lines.

Invisible Borders Lab @ Strelka :: July 11-15

Invisible Borders Lab is a 5-day co-design, performance and learning experience hosted at the Strelka Institute, examining unseen borders (urban, social and mythical) in Moscow. Participants will investigate people’s perceptions of borders in the city through techniques such as urban mapping, social research, game design, location-based digital narratives, social network analysis, visualization, dance and performance.

The Wrong Move

Artist: Dima Fillipov, Moscow Based on personal experience of almost every human process, overcoming the distance from home to school, is almost the only time spent alone with him, and out of the zone of influence. Of course, as a rule, children are attending groups, but sometimes there are moments of loneliness.

The Border Line Effect

20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union several young directors come to the borders of previously united countries. Their personal stories dedicated to people, who find a way to remain united, despite the new borders.

Day 1: The Borders We Cross

Great start to the workshop, with discussions about concepts and perceptions surrounding borders. We found a lot of interesting contrasts rooted in language and in culture, leading us to conclude that visible and invisible borders are highly socially constructed which need to be tactically addressed in context specific ways.

Personal Boundaries

Imponderabilia (1977) was a collaborative performance by  artist Marina Abramovic and Ulay, in which they flanked the entrance to the Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy—completely nude.