Reside / Sustain: Finnish & Russian experiences/initiatives/practices

Reside / Sustain aims at examining and developing sustainability and environmental agency in regards to art and residencies while enabling ecological activity. As residency organizations function mainly by offering (temporal) time and a space for working – mainly to artists, art field practitioners and researchers – they can be utilized as binging points of local aspects to wider perspectives, as they activate connectivity, also within international scope, as well multiple actual formulations of sustainability connected to the ways we travel, work, live and interact. Project centers on working during the years 2021-2024 on the thematic of the versatility of sustainable development that is examined further, consisting of building collegial connections between the field practitioners from Finland and Russia.

Project focuses on artistic and residency activity and their ecological possibilities with a strong emphasis on connectivity and correspondence, shared thematic and collegial transparency. Moreover, it takes into consideration a broad understanding of sustainability, including also organizational and personal aspects. The pursuit is to look at how a residency organization can function as a platform to join interests together and activate practical solutions alongside the thematic thinking on environmental, ecological and further sustainability related aspects that always connect with wider political and social aspects. In addition, the project touches on how an organization can support its own operations and existence in the long run and residency workers could take care of themselves, sustaining their personal mental states.

In the current climate of hindered and difficult connectivity between Finnish and Russian art and environmental field practitioners, the project aims at mapping as well as activating and keeping up the exchange and discourse. The project includes voices of Russian art professionals to highlight common points, provide their perspectives and make mutual understanding and further cultural dialogue possible.