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Cardboardia Laboratory’s 2017
2017-04-18 | design internship, events

Prime Bureaucrat of Cardboardia calling!

Open call for participation in Cardboardia Laboratory’s 2017 

During the Summer and Autumn of 2017 we are planning some exciting projects and are happy to share the experience! We will materialize different stupid ideas – you can expect a lot of work with cardboard, planning games and events, you can carry stuff, perform and communicate!  If you want to become a Personage of Cardboardia (citizen) – please join our internship!


25 October - 9 November 2017 - International Mardin Children and Youth Theatre Festival, Turkey (registration is open)

26-30 September - Coventry (UK) - Moat House community center, Festival of Imagineers

20-24 September - Redcar (UK) - Festival od Thrift (registration closed)

12-16 September - Dagenham (London, UK) ThamesFest featuring Silk River (registration closed)

8-16 August – Budapesht (Hungary) – Sziget Festival (registration closed)

18-30 July – Ramsgate  (UK) – Ramsgate festival (registration closed)

13-18 June – Birmingham (UK) – Summer in Southside festival (registration closed)


Carboardia Laboratory workshop is opening enrollment for unique internship that includes two modules:

Module 1 - "Designing costumes and objects for interactive performances" -  design of performance, creation of big and small objects, creation of cardboard and paper costumes - under the leadership of the Minister of Education of Cardboardia, Olesya Kandalintseva.

Module 2 - "Street performance, communication and interaction with the public" - interaction, performance, management of big scale events - under the leadership of Tyran of Cardboardia, Sergey Korsakov.  

Who may be interested?

Module 1 - "Designing costumes and objects for interactive performances"

We invite to participate: beginning artists, designers, architects, photographers, students and everyone who is interested in making art. Take part in our intensive practical course - which will teach you the basics of cardboard-modelling and making performances with people. The course is ideal as a practice internship for students.

Module 2 - "Street performance, organization and communication with public for beginners"

Suitable for actors, performers, directors, clowns as well as event managers/producers who would like both get a new interesting  experience of  creating performance from the very beginning and improvisation and take part in the organization of the process. Organizers who would like to develop skills interacting with the public in the process of street and spectacle performance are welcome to apply. Your training in performance and management is considered but not critical in our selection. 

This is an opportunity to take part in creating real projects where you will deliver unexpected tasks with delightful consequences.  The way you are involved in participation depends on your desires, talents and diligence. For the experienced specialists the internship can become a base for experiments, public realization of art plans, research for new directions. For the students and beginners the internship can become an opportunity to make first steps and a place where you will be evaluated by your results, not your diploma and portfolio.

What we are doing

During our internship program participants will learn and improve their skills: 

-      creating a visual concept of objects/costumes

-      sketching 

-      making objects

-      working with cardboard

-      working up some plans of realisation an actions

-      making a script of an action based on offering conception

-      realisation of an action according to script

-      public performance, improvisation and communication with the audience


If you want to join you need:

-      fill out the application form online -

-      accomplish a task, that you will receive within 10 days after sending the form

-      go through online interview (time and date will be confirmed individually) - optional

-      arrive to place of internship according confirmed schedule.

Participation is free. 

Participants are responsible for their own food and travel costs to place of internship. The project schedule will be specified during the online interview.

Participants travelling from overseas are responsible for any necessary travel visas. 

According to the results of internship our participants get a chance to become part or full-time members of "Made in Cardboardia team"- in UK, Europe or Russia.

It limited numbers of participants we accept, please fill out this online form:

Curators and Cardboardia team members summer 2017 (curators can be different from project to project):

Tyran of Cardboardia

Sergey Korsakov, Russia (Tyran of Cardboardia, elected leader of the country) 1977 year of my arrival. Based mostly in Moscow, traveling a lot to promote Cardboardia country and setup Embassy’s around the globe. Before being elected as post of Tyran of Cardboardia – was head of «Bad Taste» (Russia) music label and agency (The Tiger Lillies, The Real Tuesday Weld, Jason Webley, The Flea-Pit Orchestra, Psoy Korolenko, Korabl, Tudosok and others), before it publisher of «Kinoizm» and «Igrok» online magazines and director of advertisement department at «Polit.Ru» magazine. Create and organize a lot of small and big events around the world, include gigs, shows, city festivals and Cardboardia materialisations.


Minister of Education of Cardboardia

Olesya Kandalintseva, Russia (artist, designer, curator of internship program at «Made in Cardboardia») Born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from High School of Landscape Architecture and Design in Moscow. In 2011 – 2012 she attended two summer study cycles at the Strelka Institute. Starting from January 2013 Olesya Kandalintseva is Minister of Education of Cardboardia and a curator of Made in Cardboardia internship . Up to now Olesya Kandalintseva implemented more than 30 projects as curator and artist.

Lottie Smith

Lottie Smith, UK (artist).  Graduated with a degree in Illustration with Animation from Manchester School or Art, UK  in 2008. She continues to cut and stick in both 2d and 3d forms. You'll find her producing work for a broad variety of clients and uses, including shop window displays, props for stage, music video sets, festival installations, wedding decor or workshop facilitation. First working with Cardboardia at Hebdon Bridge's Handmade Parade in 2016 she felt she'd found her real nation.

Jonny Quick UK (Artist, Maker, Puppeteer, Performer)

Jonny Quick, UK (Artist, Maker, Puppeteer, Performer). Jonny studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art (UK). He works in theatre and street theatre, on community parades and festivals and site-specific projects. He has worked for many companies, including Oily Cart Theatre , Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Handmade Parade, Whalley Range All Stars, Walk The Plank, and In the Heart of the Beast (USA)


 The internship program of Made in Cardboardia workshop was established in January, 2013. During this period the program participants and workshop curators have implemented more 30 projects, including those within a framework of festivals: Museums at Night (Moscow, 2013), Bright people (Moscow, 2013 and 2014), LowLands (the Netherlands, 2013 and 2014 ), International Lohas Festival (Taiwan), together with volunteers designed I'm in the House exhibition for The Gift of Life Foundation (Zurab Tsereteli Gallery of Arts, 2014), organized the Parade of Tyran's Dreams (Voronezh, 2014), International Street Performance Lab, Cardboardia Space Odyssey, the workshop with participation of Spyros Andreopoulos (Greece). You can watch the works of our cardboard design school graduates here.



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Imagine you could step out of your ordinary life and become a character in your own story. How would you create it? Whether you would like to be an artist, a performer or an entrepreneur, fully immersed or just to visit for a while, Cardboardia will provide you with the tools to help build your creative community and to participate in a totally unique creative experiment.

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