The 5th ART PROSPECT took place in St. Petersburg’s Admiralteysky District in collaboration with the local city administration. Admiralteysky is one of the oldest districts in the city. In addition to being rich in historical monuments, it stands out for its social diversity with a community of elderly people, immigrants, families, wealthy businessmen, and students. Focusing on the theme ‘Dialogue,’ participating artists from Russia, the USA, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, and Finland created interdisciplinary works about the local context, which addressed such questions as: What do these people know of one another and how do their surroundings affect their relations with each other?
The main venues for the 5th ART PROSPECT Festival were the Yusupov Palace Gardens, the Anna Akhmatova Museum, Museum of Communication, Palma creative space, and courtyards in the Admiralteisky District. Thirty-three site-specific projects were created by artists from the U.S., Finland, Switzerland, Norway, and Russia. Visitors were invited to participate in educational and interactive activities, visit courtyards which are normally closed to the public; study the sounds of particular spaces; sketch the flight patterns of birds; get to know local residents and their favorite recipes; read Alexander Blok in Hebrew, Chinese, Bulgarian, and other languages; and listen to lectures on the history of art on the city’s public transport system.