Chyzhouka local field research cross

Chyzhouka local field research cross was a participatory artwork conducted on Friday July 22 2016 in Chyzhouka neighborhood of Minsk known for it’s former criminality record. During the cross it was proposed to combine sports activities and informal local field research. The main goal was to explore the area, search for any sign of criminality and check it for the accordance to the city’s myth. Also it could be interesting to change the place of training from the sports ground to the yards and reflect on it.


Chyzhouka cross was started around 21 30 on Friday night. Participants could choose one of three routs – 9, 7 and 3.5 km, but also they were good to modify it together or individually. The whole run took nearly 60 min., but some of the runners finished early with lighter distances for her or his fitness. Walking group was also created. The main rout passed through the all key sights of the district, and from the beginning had an intention to introduce participants to the everyday life of this marvelous corner of the city. Special attention was paid to the main public places like public transport stops, most popular shops and silent boulevards hidden in the heart of the area.