METASITU

Artists’ Statement:

METASITU is a strategic art collective and urban consultancy founded by Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva. Our expertise is contemporary and future urban challenges, which we address through our research-based practice. Our medium is video, performance and installation. In METASITU the urban fabric is our point of interest: the different fibres that weave it, the social and communal layers, the built matrix and the infinite networks that traverse it. From this departure point, our intention is to dissect the inhabited territory and bring architectural and urban sociological research to a wider audience through art in order to bridge the gap that currently exists separating urbanites from a global understanding of their immediate surroundings.

Biographies:

METASITU was founded in early 2014 by Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva, at the time urban researchers at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. Born with the goal of expanding the discussions surrounding the inhabitation of the territory to different and wider audiences, at METASITU we look for means of storytelling that reveal our urban investigation through different prisms. Our practice is research-based and highly mobile, relying on the transnational networks, virtual and physical, where we draw our inspiration and fascination from, but also where we unfold our nomadic existence.

CV Liva Dudareva:

Liva Dudareva (Jelgava/Latvia, 1984) was trained as a landscape architect in Latvia and Sweden, before moving to London to work as a researcher at CHORA. She then continued her studies in landscape architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art, before joining the award-winning landscape architecture firm Gross.Max in Scotland, where she worked conceptualising, developing and managing projects world-wide. She then moved to Moscow to explore new ways of representation and urban research at the Strelka Institute. She co-founded METASITU, an art collective and urban consultancy devoted to the exploration of future tactics.

Education:

2010 Edinburgh College of Art Msc [Hons] Landscape Architect
2009 Latvian University of Agriculture BA [Hons] Landscape Architect
2006 Swedish University of Agriculture ERASMUS
2004 Jana Rozentala Riga Art College Media Design

CV Eduardo Cassina:

Eduardo Cassina (Móstoles/Spain, 1986) is an architect and urban sociologist trained in the United Kingdom, Portugal, The Netherlands and China. He has worked as a researcher and exhibition designer for the Guggenheim museums in Venice and New York, as well as for the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi). After working as an urban researcher for Goldsmiths, where he developed new methodologies to visualise the sociological phenomenon of Chinese commercial landscapes in Southern Africa, he moved to Moscow to join the Strelka Institute, where he continued his exploration of representation of urban data in new and innovative ways. In 2014 he co-founded METASITU.

Education:

2013 Goldsmiths/ U of London MRes Media & Communications
2012 Goldsmiths/ U of London MA Brand Development and Urban Sociology
2011 Reinwardt Academie/Amsterdam School of the Arts MMus Heritage
2008 Mackintosh School of Architecture/Glasgow School of Art BArch Architect + Urban Studies

Exhibitions:

2015 Welcome to Ecumenopolis/// The Art Foundation -TAF /// Athens, Greece (upcoming – curators)
2014 VIDEOBARDO /// V International Festival of Videopoetry /// Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina
2014 Instants VideoPoesie/// Instants Video Art/// Marseille, France + Milan, Italy.
2014 METASITU:The Urbanography Series /// The Lighthouse /// Glasgow, Scotland
2014 Invisible Places Sounding Cities/// Viseu, Portugal
2014 ARTikulacija///Hermitage Gardens///Moscow, Russia -First Prize Winners of the Goethe Institut and German
Embassy Award.
2014 URBAN ROUTINES///Strelka Institute///Moscow,Russia
2014 FACK MSUV///Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina/// Novi Sad,Serbia
2014 OFFICE NEXT///Gostiny Dvor///Moscow, Russia
2014 DO IT!///Garazh Museum of Contemporary Art///Moscow, Russia
2013 Urban Living Room///smart + Bang Olufsen = Plaça Reial ///Barcelona, Spain
2012 Street Komoda///LitPro///Vilnius, Lithuania
2012 Tempelhofer Feld/// 13th Venice Biennale///Venice, Italy
2012 METROPOLIS/// Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia /// Madrid, Spain
2011 Galería de Guerrilla (curators)///Campo de la Cebada /// Madrid, Spain
2010 This is not the City of Itra///Edinburgh College of Art ///Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2008 6th ASEF Art Camp + ISEA2008/// National Museum of Singapore /// Singapore, Singapore

Residencies:

2015 Clipperton Project /// Tristán Da Cunha (upcoming)
2014-2015 DAAR /// Decolonising Architecture Artist Residency /// Beit Sahour, Palestine
2014 Temporary Art Platform- T.A.P. /// Meziara, Lebanon
2013-2014 Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design/// Moscow, Russia
2013 Ecologias Thinking group///Campo Adentro + Matadero ///Madrid, Spain.
2012 El Ranchito (residence with La Pandemonio)///Matadero ///Madrid, Spain
2009 Urban Prototypes ///Culture Capital Fond /// Riga, Latvia

Awards:

2015 Culture Capital Fund of Latvia award for Emerging artists /// Kapitals Kultur Fonds /// Riga, Latvia
2014 German-Russia Artist Award /// Goethe Institut Moscow and German Embassy in Moscow /// Moscow, Russia
2014 Step Beyond Mobility Award /// European Cultural Foundation /// Novi Sad, Serbia
2014 Euro-Arab RCF Award /// Roberto Cimmetta Foundation /// Beirut, Lebanon
2014 Ideas Camp /// European Cultural Foundation /// Marseille, France

Teaching:

2014 Emerging Public Spaces /// International Symposium of Electronic Art /// Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2014 Performing the Public Sphere /// Beirut: Bodies in Public + American University in Beirut /// Beirut, Lebanon
2014 Yantra /// EASA 2014 /// Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
2014 Performing Data /// Zarya Centre of Contemporary ARt /// Vladivostok, Russia
2011 Cross River Park Scenario Game /// CHORA + Design for London /// London, United Kingdom

Consultancy:

2014 Urban Conceptualization of heritage site ///COALCO /// Moscow, Russia
2014 Global Urban Strategic investment ///Cushman & Wakefield /// Moscow, Russia
2014 Re-locating Strelka ///Strelka Institute /// Moscow, Russia
2008 Urban Branding for Almagro ///T.A.U./// Madrid, Spain

Press:

2014 December /// Інновації У Відпочинку: Як Змінюється Туризм У Містах? /// Хмарочос /// Kiev, Ukrain
2014 November /// Aqua Urban Routines featured in Beirut: Bodies in Public /// Lebanese TV /// Future TV
2014 November /// These Artists Want To Transform Cape Town’s Streets With A Glowing Ball Of Light /// Collectively by Lindsay Schrupp
2014 October /// The Urabnography Series /// Summerhall TV
2014 October /// Das Stadt-Lexikon/ Городской Лексикон /// Strelka Magazine
2014 August /// Miziara Artist in Residency /// Alakhbar
2014 August /// Artists out of place in Meziara /// The Daily Star Lebanon by Jim Quilty
2014 August /// T.A.P Temporary Art Platform artist in residency program /// MTV Lebanon
2014 August /// Летняя Школа Во Владивостоке: Навык Три /// Strelka Magazine
2014 July /// A Provocative Possible Future for Moscow’s Failing Business District /// ArchDaily by Rory Stott
2014 May /// Do It Exhibition /// Moscow Times

Website:

metasitu.com

METASITU, Stop Over City, 2014

METASITU, Stop Over City, 2014

METASITU, Stop Over City, 2014

METASITU, Stop Over City, 2014

METASITU, Stop Over City, 2014

METASITU, Stop Over City, 2014

METASITU, The Visit, 2014

METASITU, The Visit, 2014

METASITU, The Visit, 2014

METASITU, The Visit, 2014

METASITU, Vocabulary for Ecumenopolis, 2014

METASITU, Vocabulary for Ecumenopolis, 2014

METASITU, Vocabulary for Ecumenopolis, 2014

METASITU, Vocabulary for Ecumenopolis, 2014

METASITU, Weekend Routines, 2014

METASITU, Weekend Routines, 2014

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