We announced an open call on social networks and spread it through personal contacts. As a result, we have found three participants. We left one free room to provide the opportunity to anyone willing to join
Major selection criteria for the participants were that they must not be artists, must
be from different cities, have different professions and social statuses, different backgrounds, and be willing to visit
St. Petersburg, though possibly lacking
funds for the journey.
The project utilizes TV show aesthetics
but goes no further than that. There were
no cameras at the site, and the format of their stay allowed each participant to have their own tent as their secluded private space.
The participants were given access to the Instagram account
of the project; they made their own publications and shared their feelings about ongoing events, their new acquaintances, the city, etc.
We arranged joint activities, and we really wanted our participants to be proactive; this
is when we pitched in. We walked around
the city, visited museums, cooked dinners,
and watched movies in the evenings.
We visited an acting workshop, because
one of our participants believed that she
was lacking public performance skills.
This project focuses on the interactions between the participants during its creation. The emphasis shifted from the presentation
of the final result, to the process of creating
it. Thus, the result is not important per se. “Hostel” is a living organism which we participate in as workers of the Hostel,
only able to perceive what happened after
the conclusion of the project.