Reviving architectural heritage
Kronprinz, a large architectural heritage site, has been the focus of attention for the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art for 15 years. Dozens of public art projects have been implemented, along with concerts and exhibitions. The potential redevelopment of the Kronprinz barracks as a creative and recreational space is on the current agenda. After a thorough sociological, historical study and mapping workshop the cultural planning team created local newspaper and artistisc promenade performance "The Kronprinz Path" - a collective walk in mockumentary style performance is based on the study.
The challenge this project addresses is the insufficient use of the buildings and their deteriorating structural condition. Yet, at the same time, local residents are voicing the need for more public space as well as cultural and educational facilities.
Therefore, the overall goal is to test and propose ways to redevelop Kronprinz as a city-wide, regional, and international cultural platform that can also support local communities and generate social involvement and participation.
Artistic interventions, like the promenade performance, allow to reach out to very diverse audiences, which are open to dialogue concerning art, culture, and local history.
Some local residents are suspicious of such collective walks, especially if a group of people gathers, even for a short time, in a public courtyard or square. Some residents would call the police while taking a passive position. Similar communication issues were resolved on the spot through information, conversation and invitations to join the walks.