Open lectures in the frame of “Mediation as a Means of Cultural Integration” programme

Based on the successful two-year cooperation with Helsinki region museums, the Cultura Foundation organizes a socio-cultural programme “Mediation as a Means of Cultural Integration”. The programme includes series of open lectures, a ‘School of art-mediation’ educational programme for bilingual freelancers, as well as a final seminar to summarize the programme’s outcomes and the experience of various innovative intercultural projects of Finnish museums.

The open lectures are held by experts in art mediation, community building, and participatory culture during March-May 2019 at different venues in Helsinki. English-Russian/Russian-English translation is provided.

Art Mediation: why, how, who and what for? How a new method of “horizontal” communication helps in changing the audiences’ attitude toward contemporary art and heritage. From experience of Ural Industrial Contemporary Art Biennale in Yekaterinburg.

Why mediation practices are becoming increasingly popular? What are the similarities and differences between attitudes and actions of a mediator and a guide? Are traditional excursions going to be replaced by art mediation? Here come theoretical foundations of the art mediation and changes in the social context where museums and art centers act: the changing educational paradigm, the participatory culture, the marketization of culture. As well as more practical aspects: the role of mediators, their goals, operational principles, and challenges. Daria Malikova will consider all this relying on her years’ experience in educating mediators and organizing their work at the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Daria Malikova – Head of Educational Department in the Ural branch of National Museum Exhibition Centre “ROSIZO”, Ph.D., curator of the mediation programme of Ural Industrial Contemporary Art Biennale, member of the research team and co-author of “Something new and unusual: investigation of the contemporary art audience in present-day Russia” monograph. Daria Malikova was nominated in State Prize of the Russian Federation in contemporary art “Innovation 2018” for 4th Ural industrial biennale mediation program.


To, for, by, with – defining the relationships in art and institutions.

Audience orientation within art institutions has increased and gained urgency during the past decades. At the same time, artists have started to include audience members in their productions. Participation in art and art institutions can take many forms and respond to various needs. This lecture looks at the different infrastructures that are being built and at the kinds of interaction they promote.

Kaija Kaitavuori – Ph.D., researcher and lecturer at Helsinki University, art historian and museum educator. Kaija Kaitavuori has worked as Head of Education at Kiasma contemporary art museum for many years. Her doctoral thesis was devoted to practices in contemporary art and audience participation.


Community building as an elixir for arts organizations. Experience of MANIFESTA European Nomadic Biennale and Contemporary art institute De Appel.

  • 5th of April 17:00–18:30, Annantalo (Annankatu 30)

Artists introduced socially-engaged and community practices into museums and cultural institutions some time ago. Certain organizations have adopted these practices and even started to identify social change as part of their mission and responsibility, sometimes to justify their activities. Do artists and art organizations have the expertise to take on this responsibility? Why do art institutions concern about community building? What is the role of the social field? Who benefits from these practices?

Yana Klichuk and David Smeulders will talk about the experience of short-term and long-term community programmes at the Manifesta Biennial and De Appel, questioning the stereotypes of a community, creative independence within communities and redefining the role of artists, social workers, and art educators.

Yana Klichuk – head of Education & Learning of MANIFESTA Contemporary Art Biennale, Master of Arts and Humanities, specializing at art critics. 2010–2013 – visual art curator in Saint Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation, 2012–2013 researcher of art programs in North-Western Branch of National Contemporary Art Centre, 2013–2014 – Education Department coordinator of MANIFESTA’10 European Contemporary Art Biennale in Saint Petersburg.

David Smeulders – curator of Education at De Appel Contemporary Arts Centre in Amsterdam. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences with a specialization in contemporary art and art education from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Previously, David devised education programmes for a number of art institutions, including documenta 14 and M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp). From 2011 until 2017 David developed different education programmes for MANIFESTA in Belgium, Russia, and Switzerland.


Be Like a Bumblebee! Methods of cross-pollination in theatre.

  • 12th of April 17:00–18:30, Lintulahdenkatu 10, ground floor, auditorium

Ada Mukhina will talk about socially engaged theatre in Russia and other countries: theatre projects with communities, museums, schools, and NGOs. She will also share the experience of the Theatre project Vmeste (Russian for “Together”) which she founded in St. Petersburg in 2012. Their interdisciplinary projects included the School of Documentary Theatre for Teens, Forum-theatre with activists, peace-builders and human rights organizations, as well as performative projects in collaboration with the Hermitage Museum, Museum of Communication and Garage Museum.

Ada Mukhina – a nomadic artist, theatre-maker, curator, director, pedagogue, and journalist; visiting lecturer in the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts. Founder and director of Theatre project VMESTE, Russian collaborative theatre group that has been creating socially engaged, participatory and interdisciplinary performances for over six years. Curated the New British Drama Festival at Bolshoi Drama Theatre. Directed several documentary theatre pieces with teenagers. Conducted a two-year research-based project about theatre for social change in Berlin&Amsterdam. Presented her theatre work in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Russia. Awarded International Theatre Institute and Goethe-Institute guest programme’s grant to practice at Rimini Protokoll’s production, the Chevening Scholarship, German Chancellor Fellowship for prospective leaders. Currently, she is working at the Moscow Meyerhold Theatre Centre as a director of the documentary play “Locker Room Talk” about male sexist language.


St Petersburg – Helsinki and the round trip. Finnish artistic worlds from a perspective of St Petersburg art historian.

  • 13th of May 17:00–19:00, Lintulahdenkatu 10, ground floor, auditorium

St Petersburg culture has been building and rethinking its identity in a dialogue with nature and neighbors. Finnish art and Finnish artists, who settled on the banks of Neva river, served as a mirror for St Petersburg art for a long time. And vice versa, Russian culture provided a resource for similar processes in Finland. How has it happened and how is it still happening? Alexei Boyko suggests reflecting on this together by referring to the works and images of cultural heroes of the XIX–XXI centuries: Yevgeny Boratynsky, Albert Edelfelt, Konstantin Korovin, Nikolai Roerich, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Ilya Repin, Sergei Diaghilev, Sami Hyrskylähti, and others.

Aleksei Boyko – museum educator, Ph.D. in art history, leading methodologist of Education in Russian museum; associate professor of Design Faculty in St. Petersburg University; Laureate of the State prize of the Russian Federation in literature and arts, developer and leading mentor of methodological seminars in MANIFESTA’10 mediators training (St Petersburg, 2014) and Ural Industrial Contemporary Art Biennale (Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, 2015, 2017). Aleksei Boyko is a lecturer at Summer Session, Brown University (USA) in St. Petersburg, the author of publications about domestic art of XX–XXI centuries, museum education and socio-cultural role of the museum.


The lectures are organized in partnership with Adelfa Agency.