Tatjana Gorbachewskaja (RU) is an architect and urbanist, who grew up in Nikel, Russia. Before starting her own praxis in 2014, Gorbachewskaja worked as architect and leading designer at UNStudio in Amsterdam, under Van Berkel & Bos. Tatjana is currently a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Design School in Offenbach, Germany. Her research hones in on the phenomenon of a ‘New Materiality’, as a multi-scale field for application design. Gorbachewskaja has been awarded multiple fellowships and prizes: the National Organisation of the Education Promotion for Architects, Russia; Goethe Institute, Russia; German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, Germany; Centre of Contemporary Art and Sustainability CACiS, Spain and Creative Centre Arteles, Finland. www.architizer.com/firms/golab2015
For the Friday evening programme in Murmansk, Dark Ecology hooks up with Friday Milk. The attractive and varied talkshow will combine interviews, talks, and presentations in which curators of Dark Ecology and featured artists of the Dark Ecology project get a chance to present and discuss their ideas and work.
Nikel and Nikel Materiality
Nikel is a small Russian mining city near the border with Norway. It was founded in the 1930s after enormous quantities of nickel were found nearby. At the time the area was Finnish. An infrastructure for mining the nickel was built in the 1930s with help from Canadian companies. Mining operations began in 1940. In 1944 Nikel became part of the Soviet Union after the Red Army defeated Finland.
Tatjana Gorbachewskaja - Nikel Materiality
The story of Nikel is that of a place that transformed the natural environment, seemingly no longer dependent on its geographical, geological or atmospheric attachments to the Earth. Nikel Materiality by Tatjana Gorbachewskaja, in collaboration with Katya Larina, seeks to explore Nikel through the prism of the unique material substances that this city has created. Commissioned for the 2015 Dark Ecology Journey.
Sunday 29 November 2015
On Sunday 29 November the programme starts off with an exploration of the couleur locale of Murmansk. In the afternoon and evening, the journey heads back to the Russian border zone, and HC Gilje will present a video installation at the stadium in Nikel and a light intervention in public space close to Zapolyarny.
Monday 30 November 2015
On the final day the programme will take place in the Russian factory town of Nikel. Here Tatjana Gorbachewskaja, in collaboration with Katya Larina, presents a conceptual tour and an interactive map to explore the materiality of her former hometown and the journey will conclude with a closing panel.
Friday 27 November 2015
On Friday, 27 November, the programme crosses the border to Murmansk, the largest Russian city above the polar circle. Dark Ecology partner Fridaymilk hosts a talk show with amongst others presentations by Margrethe Pettersen, HC Gilje, Joris Strijbos, and Tatjana Gorbachewskaja.