analysis of the visual language of mariupol
izolyatsia. platform for cultural initiatives inititiator
alesya bolot, krists ernston, rick bowbothamorganisation
concept, design, exhibition and urban installation in collaboration with robin coenen
who uses and/ or produces urban imagery? how can design enable a transformation of awareness for urban processes? is the analysis of the visual language of the city able to significantly change the perception and thus the discourse about and in the city? our research approach focused on the authorship of visual representation in mariupol, ukraine. we published our documentation on a digital platform in order to navigate through data and to create an archive of our research. In physical space, we were able to crystallize overlapping stories and communicate with the citizens through various interventions, even in and about the city and to initiate a physical platform for public discourse and (inter)cultural exchange.
architecture ukraine – beyond the front expands on this material by applying investigations developed during the residency to IZOLYATSIA’s home city, donetsk. the exhibition seeks to hold up a mirror from ‘beyond the front,' juxtaposing the twin stories of mariupol and donetsk as they diverge from sister cities of donbas to outposts on either side of a volatile de facto border. new methods of understanding and describing cities promote and inform radical approaches to re-envisaging our built environments. the exhibition hopes to confront anthropological, economical, social and cultural history while analysing social and geographical boundaries that limit or expand the cities’ dynamics.