Pop-up think tank: “Research Institute of the Message

For two days in June Strelka will be transformed into the "Research Institute of the Message" (НИИ “Сообщения”) in which 30 outstanding innovators – linguists, writers, philosophers, media experts, technologists and publishers will address set challenges and work – together – towards solutions and ideas for the future of the Word.

The “Research Institute of the Message” will be the nineteenth “НИИ” (or pop-up think tank, in English) and the second time in collaboration with the British Council. Previous outcomes have included texts, manifestos, software prototypes, code, websites, companies, events and ideas. 

In workshop groups, the participants will be challenged to define the meaning of a “message”, before pooling their skills and build projects based on their new, collaborative understanding. Play, discussion and co-creation will be interspersed with intense periods of thinking, writing and making. Each day will follow a cycle from ideation, through research, making and writing to sharing. 

The projects will be guided by the interests and experience of each group and it is expected that the projects will be experimental, critical and speculative in nature.

James Bridle, curator of the Future of the Word and Andrey Manirko, the current curator of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design's experimental post graduate programme will moderate the think tank.

Andrey Manirko

When not at Strelka, Andrey Manirko is a technology strategist at Playtronica: an educational playground for children and grownups and is well known as the Founder of НИИ (NII), a series of applied philosophy sessions mixing critical enquiry with design, including hosting 18-event series on topics ranging from “Freedom” to “Waiting”. Educated in the UK, Andrey studied Informational Experience Design (MA) at Royal College of Art, London and before that Mathematics and Philosophy (BSc) at University of Bristol.

James Bridle

James Bridle is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Observer and many others, in print and online. He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines. His work can be found at http://booktwo.org.

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