Throughout the story collection period, a course of video lectures on how to create a modern-day fairy tale was published. The speakers were Elina Petrova, a playwright and author of documentary plays, Dmitry Kotenko, an analytical psychologist, and Nikita Petrov, an anthropologist and folklorist. You can learn more about them here
The stories, selected by the jury, were put to an open vote in the community VKontakte. Now the choice was passed to the local residents and users of the social network: the voters chose the best story in their opinion, and its plot formed the basis of the new art object in Almetyevsk.
The winner was a thirteen-year-old resident of Almetyevsk Alina Safina and her tale «In 2020 happened ...»
. The fairy tale in verse form tells about a girl's magical dream, in whose house household items come to life: an iron, a washing machine, a refrigerator. Household objects have become a vivid feature of reality for many people during the pandemic and self-isolation of Spring 2020. This story was the starting point for a new ceramic urban sculpture depicting a napping girl and the dreams she has.
Large-scale ceramic works require a special firing technique: the sculpture, molded without bottom or top, is set on brick and fired outdoors. Such works are called fire sculptures, and the process of their creation is spectacular and beautiful.
On October 19, 2020 a performance took place on the bank of Almetyevsk water reservoir – a firing of a fire sculpture created by St. Petersburg ceramics artists Ekaterina Alimova, Artem Maksimov and Anna Dukhanova (the ceramic studio LikeForms Ceramics). The firing lasted the whole day, and in the evening the artists removed the special protection, a kaolin cocoon, and a new art object appeared from the flames before the eyes of the audience, after which the glowing sculpture cooled for some time in front of the public. The performance could be seen online and live, but to a limited number of viewers. The space on the shore was divided into circles, at a safe distance from one another: Each person stood in his circle and did not leave it until the end of the performance. Click here
to watch the recording of the performance.