NEFU and partner universities ASICA and LISAA (France) launched the international workshop "In Search of Cold"

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  • 18 February 2021
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NEFU and partner universities ASICA and LISAA (France) launched the international workshop "In Search of Cold"

French and Yakut students, including North-Eastern Federal University, will study pedagogical artistic methods practiced at NEFU, Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts (ASICA) and the Higher Institute of Applied Arts in Rennes (LISAA). The multidisciplinary artistic creative project will take place simultaneously in Yakutsk and Rennes.

NEFU Vice Rector for International Cooperation Vladlen Kugunurov welcomed the participants. “The theme of cold is close to us like no other. This year we have a very cold winter. International experts worry about climate change, and our scientists work on this topic, working on various projects. In particular, a research laboratory for studying the climate and ecosystems of the northern regions has been established at the Institute of Natural Sciences of NEFU. I would like to thank all the participants for their interest in the workshop and wish everyone successful and fruitful work,” said Vladlen Kugunurov. The Vice Rector also invited foreign students to take part in the Arctic Winter School, which will be held from February 22 to March 5.

“Our institute is the only university of culture and art in the Arctic zone that deals with fundamental issues: the beauty and power of cold, its preservation. This issue worries everyone and is an important topic in terms of preserving the ecosystem in the North, said Sargylana Ignatieva, Rector of ASICA.The permafrost is melting, the landscape we are used to is changing, our way of life and everyday culture are changing. Climate and environmental change is our new reality, which poses much more complex challenges."

The topic of the workshop “In Search of Cold” was chosen from the perspective and desire to discover and popularize the Yakut culture in its extreme ecological context. “The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about the phenomena and mechanisms that influence the aesthetics of the Arctic and the North. There are certain similarities between the Yakut and Breton territories. These are the northern regions of multicultural states - Russia and France. Both regions have their own regional identity, features of regional culture and identity. These mutual resonances can be the subject of experiments and research during the workshop,” said Izabella Borisova, director of NEFU Center for Cooperation with French-speaking Countries.

“We prepared a concept for students of NEFU and ASICA to establish a tourist and recreation zone in the territory of the Kuruluur Falls. We plan to organize an observation deck there, taking into account all the necessary requirements, - said Kyunney Timofeeva, specialist in projects of NEFU OREH student business incubator. - French students will develop a project in Tiksi. They want to create a public space there that will be a place of attraction for the public."

The workshop is organized in a research format. Each group of students will work on: a vocabulary about cold, stories about cold, clothes against cold, colors and patterns of cold, architecture of cold and others. Based on the results of the work, each group of students plans to create a book-object.


The project “In search of cold / En Quête du Froid” is carried out within the framework of the Winter School “Crossroads of Cultures” of the educational and cultural scientific project “Warmth of Cold / Chaleur du Froid” and will last until February 19. The educational and cultural scientific project "Warmth of Cold / Chaleur du froid" has been functioning since 2014 and unites NEFU, ASICA, partner universities of France, with which a triple cooperation agreement has been signed.

Author: Anna BAISAKOVA, NEFU Newsroom

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