Artist's residence - a place for exchange
The exchange project is implemented on the basis of three networks of sites - art residences:
  • PAS Fürstenwalde;
  • RIA Keburia;
  • PAS St. Petersburg;
and includes the participation of artists and cultural figures from different countries: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Germany.

The overall goal of the "Artist's Residence" project is to increase the number of self-organized

art spaces in different countries and strengthen the links between them.

  • to design a communication environment for people of art;
  • create a single network of curators, artists and musicians, which will ensure regular contact within art communities and cultural exchange between the regions of Germany, Russia and Georgia;
  • provide an opportunity to implement projects in the concept of "up-cycling" in the common creative space of the residence.
Cooperation between cultural figures makes it possible to develop and see in practice a method for designing creative residences in abandoned and remote areas from the centers, which implies a qualitative change in the infrastructure of selected places.
Art residences are becoming drivers for the development of remote areas, attracting more citizens through the created cultural initiatives, forming the cultural stability of the regions and increasing the availability of resources for creative clusters.
  • During the five months of development of the residences with the support of the "Expanding cooperation with civil society in the Eastern partnership countries and Russia" program, cultural and art workers, together with the local community of curators and artists, created 20 art / design projects.
  • It is valuable that in almost all implemented projects the concept of "up-cycling" used was reflected in serious topics affecting issues of national identity, civil liberties, territorial studies and other topical issues of civil society.
  • A survey of exchange program participants shows that at least 70% of them believe that their knowledge of the planning, development and operation of art residences has increased significantly and they can apply this knowledge independently in their home country.
  • Also, artists and curators plan to stay in touch with other project participants and seek further cooperation.
Despite the changing global situation in the world, which makes it difficult to travel between partner countries and new aspects of cultural policy, we hope that the developed concept will inspire and motivate artists to further develop art residences and international cultural projects.

The developed method in the future should become the basis for the following creative endeavors.

The project is planned to be continued and actively developed in the next two years.

The recruitment of participants was carried out in two approaches: in August and September, artists who were already in Germany participated in the implementation of the project, they actively planned and erected art residences in Fürstenwalde and created an information channel on social networks in order to effectively and easily exchange experience.
Petersburg Art Space (PAS) is an art space and event venue, open to all branches of art and science. Since 2017, there has been a rich series of concerts, performances, workshops, seminars and exhibitions.
PAS also offers a residency programme for artists and researchers to live and work together in the same space.
PAS predominantly hosts works in the fields of contemporary and experimental art and music, with the goal of being a platform for new, innovative ideas and a local hub for international connections.

PAS is also welcome to holding any project which generally enriches the cultural landscape in Berlin and our local community in Alt Moabit. Aside from concerts and theatre performances, we have also hosted events such as video instillations, film evenings, or readings.
by PAS e.V.
In June 2022, the PAS e.v. team began building an art space in Fürstenwalde Spree, a location near Berlin, thereby revitalising industrial areas.
FW Art Space is a new project of the PAS chain, created using up-cycling technology, using standard shipping containers as modules for the mobile art space. The architectural design is by A. Ananyev.
Both architects and artists from various culture fields are involved in the implementation of the project. The aim of FW Art Space is to become a new place of attraction, a platform for the exchange of ideas for people.
We want to create a new cultural centre in Fürstenwaldу, a place for exchanging ideas and realizing interdisciplinary projects, intended for the local community as well as the global. By creating an art-space directly in the industrial zone of the town we aim to bring art into the industrial sphere of human activity, previously seen as irrelevant to art and culture. We want to unite these spheres of human life.
A key feature of the project is that we up-cycling materials, promoting the conservation of resources.
This concept extends to other areas of activity as well.
This is a pilot project that aims to take the concept of up-cycling into the arts. Music, for instance.
Noises from industrial and work processes are usually silenced or isolated as they have a negative impact on health and psyche. We want to turn this negative byproduct into music, for which purpose we are setting up a concert venue in Werkstatt for example.
The Ria Keburia Foundation, founded in 2018 by the Georgian patron of the arts Ria Keburia, aims to support development of contemporary art scene in Georgia and South Caucasus. By raising awareness of various global art processes, the Foundation creates intercultural contexts and brings together a diverse community of arts professionals.
  • supporting artistic production by local, regional, and international artists by inviting them to participate in various events ;
  • creating meaningful educational platform for emerging artists by proving them with residency stay and networking;
  • discovering emerging artists and curators via international Open Call;
  • funding exchange program with various residencies abroad;
  • strengthening the promotion of emerging Georgian and regional artists on the global art scene by participating in regional and international art fair.
The Ria Keburia Gallery focuses on bringing to life post-human characters and stories using the language of performance, video art, design, and photography. The moving force of Ria Keburia gallery is the strength of collaboration with various artists, designers, photographers, curators, writers.
Through the generous support of its sponsors the Foundation is striving to create a multifaceted and enriching model of collaboration between various galleries, institutions, residency programs, and platforms.
The residence of Ria Keburia is located in the village of Kachreti in Kakheti, 70 km from Tbilisi, on the territory of the 5-star Ambassadori Hotel with golf courses, a stable, a hippodrome, a helipad, its own fleet of luxury cars and retro cars.
The golf courses also serve as a place for the installation of sculptures, on which the artists of the residence work, the artists have the opportunity to present their work in a small gallery.
Ria Keburia's residency helps young artists, including collaborating with Artists in Risk.
Artists also have workshops at their disposal, where they can work in a kind of contemplative atmosphere.

PAS in St. Petersburg is a multidisciplinary and mobile network of art spaces for various branches of art and social practices. Since 2020, a rich range of different locations and a network of curators have been created, distributed throughout the city of St. Petersburg and its environs.

Many events are held in these places: concerts, master classes, seminars, discussions and exhibitions. The list of PAS locations in St. Petersburg includes:

  • conspiratorial self-organized art space F5;
  • gallery "Dich";
  • project “Art-ferma 36”
F5 is a project for self-organized counter-public space questioning the border between the public and the private. From one hand, there’s a place for exhibitions, performances, lectures and quiet concerts, as well as a communication space reminding both of Soviet underground flats and decadent salons. From another hand, there are living and working spaces for residents.

F5 is intended to give place for experimental music, dance, theater, performance, various cross-media and participatory art. Different curatorial, educational and community-building initiatives are also welcomed.
The DICH Gallery is an exhibition project founded in 2021. DICH is a white cube for young authors, a space open for interaction, the main focus of which is the creation of personal exhibitions.

The gallery collaborates with both Russian and foreign authors. The artists, whose exhibitions were presented in the gallery, work in various media, including painting, graphics, objects, installations, video art, performance.
The project supposes development of an abandoned farm situated close to St. Petersburg into a place where artists and animals meet each other. There should be communication between the animals and the city dwellers. The project is also intended to provide space for various artistic initiatives, such as residencies, film and theater experiments, improvised music, and art. It is also a place for various small concerts and festivals.

People and animals are considered the most important elements of this space that is, in fact, a very special little world, a piece of nature just an hour by train from the dusty and busy metropolis.
To create the object of the project, the participants collected used and obsolete textile items from the inhabitants of Fürstenwalde, which not only have the qualities of the material itself, but also bear a trace of the memory that their owners endowed them with. From these materials, they created a three-dimensional map, and also documented the process. People's stories were recorded in interview format and became the research part of the project.
Every area of a city isn’t only architecture and infrastructure, but also a combination of human lives lived in it. To gather those live stories and to create their combined image is one of the ways to make a place visible.
When we started working with the city, collecting the stories of the integration of residents was transformed into a map of our own integration. Working on collecting other people's experiences turned into practicing our own immersion in a new place.
We think that the experience we have encountered in the process of our communication with the city is to some degree universal. And it can reflect the process of "entering" into the place of any person forced to adapt to the environment and to adapt the environment to himself.
For the creation of the object we used both old clothes given to us by the residents themselves along with their stories related to life in this city, and found discarded items. All of these things, through their use, bear the imprint of the memory of the people of Fürstenwalde.
At this stage of our project, the map sewn from the old clothes of the inhabitants of Fürstenwalde is a map of our intrusions and interactions with the city, reflecting our emotional residue from this process.
We are also continuing to collect residents' personal histories to create a second map layout that will show the cumulative memory of Fürstenwalde residents about their lives in the city.

Suminagashi - is a Japanese art. Abstract paintings made with paints dissolved on the surface of a liquid. In this project, momentary abstract images were fixed with nitro enamel on the lacquered surfaces of dismantled furniture thrown out into the street.
The project symbolizes that short-lived abstractions that dissolve in the past and once loved and useful things thrown away as useless can acquire new meanings and even cultural value. The exhibition was held at three events in the art residence Fürstenwalde. For the project, components of cabinets found on the street and a bank of black nitro enamel and lacquer were used.

The project created a universal mobile space from a container that can be used as a living space, exhibition hall, mini-bar, cinema hall or lounge area. The authors created several pieces of furniture using up-cycling technology, practiced the method of reusing resources, which prompted the creation of new forms and construction technologies that were described and can now be used in any residence.
"You can make everything out of everything!" - With this motto we go through life and came to the art residence Fürstenwalde to create a multifunctional space for life and creativity from recycled materials.
For our project we used a shipping container. All over the world they are used to transport goods, they travel everywhere. And now one of them will get a second life and go on new journeys in a reborn form. The container will now enclose a cozy, unique space for life, movement and art. Equipped with tools kindly provided by the residence Fürstenwalde, we began our work.
We made holes in the container for doors and windows, insulated the floor, ceiling and walls to make the stay in the mobile room comfortable. We decided to make the walls and trim from wooden boards and cabinet sashes. For decoration we plan to use foam plastic, kraft paper and PVA glue. To create the atmosphere, introduce elements of shards of glass and mirrors, launching them into a new life full of light and sparkle.
By creating this project we believe that in today's world overconsumption of resources can lead to a global crisis and up-cycling can provide an opportunity to reuse resources, reduce construction costs and encourage the creation of new forms and technologies of construction and creation of interior and domestic objects.

The project was intended to explore and delve into the technology of using the laser in audio-visual performances and events. A group performance using this technology was presented to a wide audience and documented. The action is based on the idea of understanding labor regimes, freedom and lack of freedom, human attitude to external global processes. It is interesting that this topic was previously developed by Sergey in photography. Working in the context of the performer's plasticity and taking into account the scenery and space features, Sergey created volumes of light with the help of a laser and a smoke machine.

by Anastasiia Kapustina и Vladimir Ivanov (Perforated Cerebral Party) with participation of the local community of the residence.
In the process of working on the project, sound recordings of the work of old agricultural machines with manual control for processing grain and feed, which were found on abandoned farms, and the sounds of tools during upcycling work were used on the territory of the art residence.
During live performances, the authors combined the sampled sounds of these machines with their live sound and the sounds of homemade instruments. The idea was to create hand-operated industrial "music boxes". The general rhythm has a mechanical coloration, but the rhythm itself “floats” vividly.
by Perforated Cerebral Party. In the format of concerts and meetings with the community, a wide audience was immersed in the context of the residence, the authors of the projects demonstrated their results to a wide audience. Three events have passed - December 3, 22 and 27, 2022. At three live performances, which took place in the Fürstenwalde residence, the goal of the project was achieved - the listeners heard live - that techno and industrial have deep roots in the era of industrialism, when manual labor was replaced by mechanisms.
This is the moment when artists reimagine the soundtrack of production in the entourage of abandoned industrial premises, turning the sounds of once-working machines and instruments into musical content.
These sounds have long accompanied a large number of people working with them.
We believe that this is why in the post-industrial era these cyclic mechanical sounds were registered at the genetic level in the minds of people and became an integral part of modern European mass dance culture.

The project took the form of a dance performance using recycled materials as decorations and became a collaboration with other artists in an art residence in Fürstenwalde. At the residence, Elena found a lighting specialist, musician, artist and cameraman, with whom she began to collaborate.

The performance was presented to the public on 12/22/2022 and 12/27/2022. The author created a palette of images and meanings that appealed to the memory of the viewer.
In my performances I try to avoid imposing meanings on the viewer.
I try to give images and symbols that should appeal to the viewer's memory - so the viewers decides for themselves what the work was about.
The star symbol can have several meanings.

The idea of the project is reflected in Greek mythology, where love-eros and death-thanatos have always been closely linked. The search for a new mythological symbolic language in the author's work is very important for him, and the themes that he chooses in his work will never lose their relevance as long as people remain humanoid creatures. The contrast between Eros and Thanatos makes the work, on the one hand, very erotic, and on the other, very dangerous, because it shows the moments when a person reaches the highest mental and physical orgasmic points, which at the same time can be deadly.
Are people willing to sacrifice their lives for this moment?
Does our passion give rise to Dionysian impulses that can end in disaster?

The aim of the project was to get acquainted with the inhabitants of the art residence, to see the situation in the Fürstenwalde art space and the mood of the participants. In the course of the study, several points-locations were selected on the territory of the residence, which unite the team and play an important role in the life of the community.
These points turned out to be containers, which, with the help of upcycling technology, are now being transformed into residential capsules and a courtyard with a canopy, where everyone gathers to smoke, drink coffee and discuss important issues. The result was several wooden panels with landscapes depicted on them, which were subsequently mounted into the inner lining of the walls of the containers. All wall decoration is made from recycled materials, and the painted panels themselves are made from the same materials.

Ria Keburia
The group of residents included 10 people - artists and sound artists from Georgia, Russia, Germany and France. They were at the residence of Ria Keburia from December 4 to 20 and developed the concepts of art projects, some of which were realized at an exhibition in the self-organized gallery "Hermitage", as well as in a series of individual and collective performances.
A collective performance in the gallery, "Simultaneous Laboratory" was held by the curator and philosopher German Preobrazhensky, who was present at the residence as a volunteer. According to the scheme developed by Herman several years ago, a laboratory session is an interaction of several parallel and relatively independent aesthetic flows: sound, movement, image, semantic flow (voice / speech).
The laboratory, being a kind of happening, captures the moment of the present in its ephemerality, eludes the finished form of the work, but at the same time relies on a strict formal "canon" of simultaneous flows. Georgy Elaev and Stepan Kachalin (sound) took part in the laboratory from our group.
Video by Gosha Elaev