This master class is devoted to the practical aspects of producing common spaces in a big city.
Big Russian cities are often vast alienated territories with occasional islands of community or family spaces. Noncommercial public spaces created by unconventional communal regimes and critical solidarity are especially rare and precious. Creation of public spaces, platforms, and squats requires a finding a delicate balance between the space and community needs. During this master class, Dom kultury Delai sam/a, Anton Polsky, and Alexander Bidin will share their experience of creating community spaces, discuss the problems their organizers might face and how to overcome them. They will talk about the life of communities that appropriate city spaces through creative and critical initiatives, as well as those communities’ relations with authorities, the capital and between themselves.