The Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies (IGUMO) hosted a meeting with the independent architect and artist Daria Zaytseva. The students learned about the [PRO]STRANSTVIE and SHELL projects touching upon the topics of architecture and storytelling.
Daria Zaytseva creates small-sized models of buildings turning them into characters who come to life, transform themselves, travel, and conquer yet uninhabited landscapes. One can hold them in one’s hands, inspect them from different angles, and look into their windows. The artist pays much attention to working with materials. She believes that tactility is one of the main components of communication between the art object and the viewer.
The artist brings her models to the most remote places of Russia and inscribes them into peaceful landscapes. Daria Zaytseva documents objects in different contexts and writes a story, which is accessible and understandable. That story inspires interest of most different audience in architecture.
“I consider my models as living and sensitive architecture that has the right to think, refuse something, take decisions, and be destroyed. My ‘buildings’ can reflect, feel, hesitate, and get broken”, comments the artist and architect.
The students learned about how the form appears, why the facade and the internal structure are autonomous parts combined within one object but not always corresponding to one another.
Daria Zaytseva also told IGUMO students about her workshops where children and adults can create their own small architectural models. Participants of the classes work with different artefacts trying to reconsider them in terms of architecture. Almost all objects, for example, vases, kettles, or wall clock, can be turned into buildings.
During the meeting with Daria Zaytseva, students also discussed modern architecture. They reflected on its ideal image: functional and minimalistic or magnificent and beautiful. They talked about whether it should be a ‘gray background’ for people or a grand autonomous object and expressed different opinions on that matter.
Photos by Anastasia Storchak
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Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov