Theatrical life in Ukraine today, and its culture in general,
are largely isolated from global tendencies. One of the main
reasons for this is the economic state of the country, which
not only arrests the development of the arts, but also limits
the level of familiarity with and understanding of global artistic
processes. An obvious lack of opportunity for familiarization
with the achievements of global culture not only in a “live”
sense, but also through the mass media, prevails. The VISUAL
LABORATORY project exists to at least partly alleviate this
The VISUAL LABORATORY project’s goal is to disseminate knowledge
about theatre, film, and the fine arts among specialists and
creative young people by regularly familiarizing them with unavailable
(rare) material via its large screen showings.
Regular, weekly large-screen showings of video material reflecting
the tendencies and processes in world culture are part of the
Centre’s project. Screenings of the best, most noteworthy and
innovative material from the worlds of theatre, cinema, music,
and the fine arts are presented and accompanied by commentary.
The VISUAL LABORATORY is synonymous not only with screenings
and filling the informational void, but also with discussions,
analysis, collective reflection, contact, and the generation
of ideas. Work in practice can continue through the creation
of individual theatrical and video projects, utilizing the Centre’s
Lectures featuring the participation of leading specialists
in culture and the arts, first showings, presentations, and
meetings with noteworthy creative people are held along with
screenings. An important aspect of the project consists of collaboration
with cultural representatives of other countries.
The visual laboratory has no clearly defined limitations in
time, and takes place sequentially, on a cyclical basis. Cycles
of screenings are formed according to their informational base.
The implementation of the project provides students, scholars,
and all interested parties with the opportunity of considerably
expanding their artistic horizons, and fosters productive communication
in the creative milieu.
Showings (on a 3m x 4m screen) take place on Thursdays at the
Kurbas Centre theatre laboratory (seating capacity – 60 persons)
Project Conception and Host – Stanislav Suknenko
Administration – Natalia Taran, Yurko
Technical Staff: Danylevs’kyi/Kopiov