Recycling in the Name of UNIQLO and HSE
HSE School of Art and Design, in conjunction with UNIQLO, has unveiled a new exhibition entitled, 'New Life for Old Things'. The exhibition showcases a vast array of ingenious ways to give new life to old things - the most important aspect of sustainable fashion.
This unique exhibition, put together by HSE students, is intended to increase awareness of UNIQLO’s global initiative to use donations of old clothes to help those in need. The project’s best pieces will be on display throughout December at Moscow’s Atrium. As exhibition pieces, they are not available for sale.
Students studying Fashion at the School of Art and Design have been working under the guidance of exhibition curators, Ekaterina Pavelko, Maria Smirnova and Ekaterina Sycheva. Together, they have been experimenting with form and various techniques of stylization using processing and deconstruction techniques and have turned old into new using a technique known as ‘upcycling’. The collaborative works embody ways to breathe life into old things, by recreating them in new forms.
Three years ago, the brand announced the Russian launch of UNIQLO RECYCLE. This involved placing cardboard boxes in UNIQLO stores for the collection of customers’ old UNIQLO clothing. The clothing was then redistributed throughout Russia to those in need - to families and individuals who had fallen on hard times. This is a global initiative and it has continued – customers can still donate using the boxes in UNIQLO stores. Since its launch in 2006, the initiative has enabled the collection and redistribution of more than 20 million items to 62 countries and regions around the world.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the lecture ‘Deconstruction, Recycling, and Respect for Things’ will be held on December 5 at 7pm in the mobile lecture theatre located on Level 3 of UNIQLO’s Atrium store. Ekaterina Pavelko and Maria Smirnova will talk about new strategies in the field of sustainable fashion – that is, fashion created with a view to saving the environment and encouraging conscious consumption. They will also talk about fashion concepts in what is currently a saturated market.
On November 30, a new exhibition opened at Belyayevo Gallery called Collective Belyayevo, featuring works by sophomores from the Photography in Fashion and Advertising bachelor’s programme of the HSE School of Art and Design.
A new exposition in the assembly hall of the HSE building on Staraya Basmannaya is dedicated to the events of August 1968: the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Soviet troops. Here, you can see declassified documents from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union archives; leaflets and posters; amateur photos by railroad worker Josef Kut illustrating what was happening on the streets of Prague; and a ‘graphic diary’ by Czech artist Jiří Jirásek.
The Moscow metro has launched a big educational project ‘Hello, Moscow!’ (Priviet, Moskva!). This will turn the Moscow transport system into a ‘guide’, telling the passengers about the city in various contexts, and making the everyday commute a more useful and interesting journey. The project creators include HSE staff and alumna.
A project by Zlata Sapko and Marina Aleksashina, third-year students of the programme in Fashion, won a competition organized by Hermès and the HSE School of Art and Design. The presentation of the project took place in GUM.
The HSE Art Gallery is the first of its kind among Russian universities. The gallery is expected to become a space for established contemporary artists and students to work together and share their experiences with one another. They will be able to not only present their works at the gallery, but also participate in the creation of exhibitions.
White walls with stickers and residue from coloured tape, smoothies and vegetarian dishes at the cafeteria, and students whom it’s difficult to send home even at 11:00 p.m. – this is how third-year Fashion student Zhenya Sychev and third-year Communication Design student Inna Zozulya described the HSE School of Design in the latest edition of Open House.
The Design School is launching HSE Film School, bringing together all educational levels: the BA in Film and Video-Art, Modern Art programmes, further education, post-graduate and MA studies. HSE Film School is led by renowned film director and screenwriter Alexander Zeldovich, who talks here about why contemporary film needs a new approach, what will be taught in the Film School, and why.
When a classroom is well-organized, children not only feel comfortable, but also learn more effectively. Ways to create such a space were discussed at the research seminar ‘Design of educational spaces’, which was held at the Center of Leadership Development in Education at HSE’s Institute of Education on July 12-13.
The exhibition Design NEXT opened last Wednesday at the Central House of Artists in Moscow’s Krimsky Val area. This is the continuation of the first Moscow Biennale of Design, which took place in 2017. During the event, group exhibitions by Moscow design universities were all brought together at a single location. The exhibition also featured personal expositions by Russian graphic, industrial, and fashion designers, including Anna Kulachek and School of Design Curators Alexandra Lartseva, Stephan Lashko, Philipp Tretyakov, and Tim Yarzhombek.