(Re)making a Story

(Re)making a Story

On April 22, 2019, UMA team is inviting toparticipate in the one-day workshop "(Re)making a StoryCreative Communities in Urban Space" on processing oral histories. 

Personal memories are often embodiedin certain locations. Some of these places vanished long time ago and live onlyin the memory, someexperienced radical transformations,while the others are durable regardless of any changes and absorbincreasingly more new stories. At the workshop, you are offered to discover thelinks between the stories and locations based on the example of one collectionfrom Urban media achieve of the Center – "CreativeCommunities of Lviv." Few years agowe recorded interviews with persons who were directly involved in creative work and also actedduring the period of 1980-90s.The project "Creative Communities of Soviet and Post-Soviet Lviv" tried totrace and show the informal space of the city (lived space) arising as analternative to the formal one (andoften within it) (perceivedspace) of culture and its representation (conceivedspace). Weshall work with the selected interviews and use themto recreate the imaginary cultural landscape of Lviv.

The workshop will include twoparts: theoretical and practical. During the first one, participants willlisten to short lectures from the guest experts – Bohdan Shumylovych and Mariana Kuzemska-Danyliuk – on creativecommunities of Lviv of the late Soviet period and the present time. The secondpart will include the work with the interview transcripts and drafting of projectconcepts. The workshop will be concluded by presentations of the developmentsand their further discussion.

The workshop is open for application to students, junior researchers, tour guides, and everyone dealing with oraltestimonies and interested in memory,space, and the city. To register, please, fill in a short form. Thenumber of participants is limited. In case wereceive over 15 applications, the selection will be competitive.

Participation is free of charge.Participants will be provided with coffee-breaks.

Working language: Ukrainian

About the experts:

MarianaKuzemska-Danyliuk – coordinator of strategy making, research, and education at the "Institute of the Strategy of Culture" municipal company, assistant lecturer on the culture studies program at the UCU, culture manager; she obtained a Master’s degree in history from UCU (2011–13). Mariana participated inthe East European Studies program at Warsaw University (2011–13); she was a coordinator of the working group on drafting the "Strategy for Development of Culture of Lviv 2025", municipalcompany "City Institute"(2015–16), worked as managerof media projects at Drabyna Art Workshop and the Festival of ContemporaryDrama "Drama.UA" (2012–14).

BohdanShumylovych – project coordinator ofUrban Media Archive. He received his Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary History at Central European University (2004–5), a diploma in History of Arts at LvivAcademy of Arts (1993–99),and studied at the faculty of project management at George WashingtonUniversity (2001–2). He had been awarded with several grant programs and workedwith the archives of visual arts at George Washington University and thearchives of the Open Society Institute. In 2014, Bohdan received a grant fromthe European University Institute in Florence to do the research entitled "Mediascape of Lviv: late 1950s–80s". The goal of the project is to study theinteractions between the urban space,social practices, andthe media in the period of the late socialism.

For more details, please, contact thecoordinator of "UrbanStories" NataliaOtrishchenko n.otrishchenko@lvivcenter.org.

The workshop is part of the [un]archiving program. It aims to promote collections ofUrban Media Archive. We aspire to develop new approaches to archiving andpresent our collections from an unusual perspective. The activities of theseries include group screenings and listening to visual, audio-visual, or audioworks, andalso offer to explore the materials collected by the Center that would combinepopular formats and archival historical collections in the setting of freereflection and discussion.

Photo: "Vyvykh" Festival, from thecollection of Liubomyr Petrenko // Urban Media Archive of the Centerfor Urban History