HSE Design Students Shortlisted for Rijksmuseum Award
Students of the HSE School of Design have been shortlisted for the 2017 Rijkstudio Award, which is organised by Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Works by third-year students Victoria Kasatova and Ekaterina Drugachenok were among the 75 works hand-selected by an expert jury out of 2,600 participants from around the world. According to the contest’s rules, anyone can submit an entry by downloading an art piece of their choosing from the museum’s website and creating their own work of art based on this image.
Victoria Kasatova (Supervisor: Alexander Lartsev, Communication Design Programme)
Project: Battery Indicator
Inspiration: Portrait of Gerard Andriesz Bicker, Bartholomeus van der Helst
‘The image of Gerard Bicker, Lord of Engelenburg, thinning down will help you determine which percentage your smartphone’s battery is at visually. The less charged the phone is, the thinner Gergard appears. When you plug your smartphone in, Gerard begins happily chewing on a piece of cheese. The less cheese you see, the fatter Bicker becomes and the more charged your phone is. When your phone is fully charged, you will see Gerard as depicted in Bartholomeus van der Helst’s portrait.’
Project: Monopoly, a new version of the game Monopoly
Inspiration: Syndics of the Drapers' Guild, Rembrandt
‘While looking at Rembrandt’s masterpiece, I thought, ‘What if the syndics were playing Monopoly and not resolving important matters?’ This is how work began on the project. The idea behind the game’s design came from a piece of broadcloth sitting on the table. In the painting, it’s hard to make out a clear image of the material, which is why I looked up research on 17th century cloth and discovered that during that time period, the colour red was prominent and floral decorations were popular. Paper money is the traditional currency in Monopoly, but I developed coins for my project that have portraits of the syndics on them, which is why the currency is called the syndic. For the Community Chest and Chance cards, a special list of actions was developed with things like, “Your broadcloth has won the Broadcloth of the Year Award,” “A new shop floor has opened,” “You get a discount,” “You were robbed,” “A moth ate your broadcloth,” “You need to buy thread for the broadcloth,” etc.’
Ekaterina Drugachenok(Supervisor: Natalia Nemova, Environmental Design Programme)
Project: Sky Tile
Inspiration: Two Horses in a Meadow near a Gate, Paulus Potter; Windmill of Wijk bij Duurstede, Jacob van Ruisdael; Landscape with Two Oaks, Jan van Goyen; and others
‘I looked at the museum’s entire collection and noticed that it includes a large number of wonderful landscapes. Many of them have a drab subject, but a one-of-a-kind sky. I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to see this sky every day at home, so I decided to make wall tiles. Among the paintings, I tried to find the most breath-taking and beautiful images of the sky and clouds at different time of day. I ultimately ended up with 20 different tiles. By bringing them together and combining them with white tiles, you can create a large number of different patterns and bring together whichever kind of sky you want.’
The competition is taking place under the slogan, ‘Our art belongs to the world.’ The Rijksmuseum’s collection includes the works of Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and many other famous artists. The gallery has made it possible for anyone to view its 250,000 masterpieces online in high resolution, and anyone can use the artwork at their own discretion.
The gallery is celebrating its return from working from home to regular offline life with the recently opened exhibition ‘NOW’. This exhibition displays graduation projects by nine graduates of the programme in Design and Contemporary Art.
Cult Film Characters and a Bicycle Projector: How HSE Art and Design School Alumnae Created Video Clips for Moskino
Animation artists Katya Mikheeva, Yulia Kulikova, and Ekaterina Zhuzhleva (Design, ‘20) created animated video clips outlining cinema patron rules for Moskino, an organization that manages 14 cinemas in Moscow. Yulia Kulikova and Katya Mikheeva spoke with the HSE News Service spoke about their artistic choices and what drew them to animation.
The Blazar Fair, a satellite event of Cosmoscow, is designed to help young talents develop and promote themselves. Fresh ideas, trends, Russian and international practices of contemporary art - all of this can be found at the Museum of Moscow from September 9 to 13, 2020.
The HSE Art and Design School is participating in the Ars Electronica Festival, one of the main international events in art, science, and technology. Catch the School’s programme on the festival’s online platform from September 9 to 13.
On August 14, the ‘Thirty Three Characters’ project, which was created by the HSE University School of Art and Design in St. Petersburg in partnerships with the ARKI Creative Workshop, will open at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg. The project combines a series of outdoor installations dedicated to the Cyrillic alphabet.
‘Call Me Back on My Home Phone’: Master’s Students of the HSE Art and Design School Present Their Work Online
The HSE Art and Design School has launched a digital gallery, the HSE ONLINE GALLERY, for displaying the work of its students and instructors. One of the first projects completed by first-year students of the master's track in ‘Contemporary Art’ is entitled ‘Call Me Back on My Home Phone’. The online exhibition is curated by Russian artist Vladimir Dubosarsky. HSE News Service takes a look at the students’ creative process in self-isolation and the future of art online.
Why was there always a shortage of fashionable clothing in the USSR? What was the typical career path for a Soviet fashion designer? Who had power and influence in the socialist fashion industry? HSE Associate Professor Yulia Papushina examined these questions by reconstructing the everyday life of the Perm Fashion House during the late socialism era. Her study is the first to look into the recent history of clothing design and manufacturing in Russian provinces.
Fabrika Centre for Creative Industries will exhibit the project ‘The more we contemplate, the less we live’ by Alexandra Kuznetsova, Curator at HSE School of Art and Design and laureate of the sixth session of ‘Fabrika workshops’.
In December 2019, the awards ceremony for the Taiwan International Student Design Competition, one of the world’s biggest student design contests, took place in Taiwan. Anna Degoeva, fourth-year student of Communication Design at HSE University who participated in the competition, took third place.
Daniil Kostyshin, a fourth-year student of the ‘Fashion Design’ track in the HSE Art and Design School at HSE University, presented a collection of his own design at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. His collection, ‘21’, was inspired by old family photos of his childhood during the early 2000s.