6 July 15:00 – 16:00
Mythology and ritual behavior in the city
Besides our daily dealings and routines within the home-work-café-theatre-cinema-shopping mall-countryside confines, we often tend to engage in activities that are of no less interest. Indeed, we stroke monuments, take pictures against the buildings, share urban legends or sit down for a while before embarking on a journey. Why do we rub the dog's nose and other protruding sculptural elements at Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station, avoid shaking hands across the doorway or walking under the ladder? Why do tourists toss coins at Kilometre Zero, and which monuments are the most Instagrammable ones? What do Lavrentiy Beria, the Embassy of Tunisia and blonde girls have in common? Level One will help us uncover the origin of such tales, find out about the popular urban nicknames, vernacular areas, the interactions of Moscow residents with urban objects and — not least of all — trace the Russian mythology back to history and literature.
Recognize the boundaries of unpopular dualism