In one black-black city, there is a black-black house… The places we are raised in do not define us, but they set the scenes for our identities to unfold. Referencing the Russian children's horror folklore, Black-Black House is an investigation into the concept of place. How does space become a place? How does a nine-story building on the outskirts of St. Petersburg turn into a ‘haunted’ house? Using analytical drawing and associative collaging as a method, this project draws upon media theory, geography, mnemonic systems, and recollections.
Artefacts play a major role in formation of social behaviour. They tell a story about human activities of the past, contribute to construction of history and teach archaic techniques and methods. However ‘artefacts-objects’, the dusty relics of the past, are not the only kind of artefacts contributing to the social structure of the world and the way it functions. This thesis focuses on formation and influence of behavioural artefacts, which are less obvious in their development, harder to identify, but produce a very much tangible influence on group behaviour, as well as on actions of an individual. Since they don’t have a physical casting, in comparison to a regular artefact, behavioural artefacts can often be considered as an elusive idea or a vague concept. However, despite the ‘hidden’ character of its formation, eventually behavioural artefact can always be observed: it manifests itself visually in its final stage through the movements of individuals within a certain social situation.