NEW YORK DESIGN CAMP
CAMP REPORT
Curator is Alexey Ivanovski
DAY 1
The focus of the day: meeting each other
TASK
To film a video diptych about your partner. Monologue + video illustration to the monologue.
Topics:
Swing. Hearing. Hoping for a miracle. Rage. Skill of patience. Naïveté. Animal instinct. Catness. Pendulum. Trusting yourself. Multifacetedness. Bulldog’s grip. Tenderness. Heat. Will to live. Madness. Being able not to be a nuisance. Being crucified by the world. Effortless. Luck. Guile. Grief. Gift.


The answer of Alexander Rastorguev, documentary filmmaker to the question "Name if you can the main quality of the director". 31 of July, 2018

CONTEXT AND REFERENCES

The Outcome
Monologue is a personal statement on any four topics from the specified list. Video is an illustration of the partner’s words, 60 seconds long.
Brought up all the videos into one short film.
Interview with Alexander Rastorguev
Katya Shcheglova project
in the camp "Kamchatka"
DAY 2
The focus of the day: a museum piece
TASK
To spend some time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) with your partner. To choose a showpiece, to copy it using other media and to retell it in a modern language.
CONTEXT AND REFERENCES
Paraphrase + presenting the project.
The copy is an exact reproduction using any means available. Retelling in a modern language, preserving the meaning while changing artistic method.
Rineke Dijkstra «The birth of Venus»
Bill Viola
The Outcome in one Example
DAY 3
The focus of the day: stories of NY citizens
TASK
To make a 3-min long movie with a city resident you met in a coffee place.
Process
We take an envelope with the address of a coffee place. We choose a person and record their story (that has to do with the city) on a voice recorder. We go to the place they talked about and film a video to accompany their monologue. In the evening, we watch and discuss the films at the Karlssonwilker studio.
Project Magnum in motion
CONTEXT AND REFERENCES
The Outcome
DAY 4
The focus of the day: the city’s soul in a photo
TASK
To take 5−15 photos imitating the style of the pioneer of colour street photography Saul Leiter
Process
Individual work. Creating a photo story on Readymag. Presentation and discussion in the evening.
The Outcome
CONTEXT AND REFERENCES
DAY 5
The focus of the day: typography
TASK
Exploring Brooklin’s typography together with Sasha Tochilovsky who teaches at Cooper Union. Analyzing and creating your own street sign.
CONTEXT AND REFERENCES
Process
Individual work. Random shop choice. Tour on Brooklyn’s typography and creating your own sign. Discussing the works in the evening.
The Outcome
A series of street signs for non-existent shops
DAY 6
The focus of the day: saying goodbye to the city
TASK
To make a video about yourself and the city the way we saw it, in a stories format. Black-and-whote, 8 parts, 7 ‘splices’.

Process
Returning to the favourite places in the city, making videos applying to each part of it any word-hashtag and bringing it all together into one story.

The outcome
Graduation.
Fun, tears of joy, hugs
Feedback from students
First of all, I liked meeting wonderful people! All the guys in the course — just awesome! An absolutely new perspective on the city, total immersion in creativity and ‘eyes opened’ to usual things. Reconsidering your attitude towards the profession and your life in general. Tasks, greatly organized, Brooklyn tour.
Art Director
I am so glad that I accidentally learned about the camp, that I was able to go and ended up among such fancy guys. First, they are interesting, creative people, the vibe. Secondly, it was very opposite of what I normally do at work every day, kind of a shakeup in a good way. I believe I looked at myself slightly from a different perspective, noticed something new and good — as well as something I would like to change. Thank you!
Product Designer
I looked at the world of the city in a different way. And finally got back to taking photographs. We stepped back from our routine life and focused on tasks. It was interesting to see design leads do something with their hands 😀
Head of Design
Great tasks, great vibe, great people! Nice stepping outside of my comfort zone.
Senior Designer at MegaFon