From the editors
THE KRONPRINZ TOWER. Projects for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts by Students of the Institute for Theory and Design in Architecture (Braunschweig, Germany)
FA+ (Ingrid Falk & Gustavo Aguerre) THE MYTHICAL FOUNDATION OF KALININGRAD
FORGOTTEN KANT AND THE KANT-BRAND IN KOENIGSBERG
MOSKOVSKII PROSPECT & THE SHADOWS AROUND ALTSTADT
LIGHT THE CRYSTALS OF KALININGRAD!
Kalle Brolin, Kristina Muntzing
Dmitrii Bulatov, Pavel Savel'ev
ACEPHALUS: OPTICAL MODELS
TO GENIUS LOCI KALININGRAD AND KOENIGSBERG
THE RAILWAY STATION AND ENTRANCE TO THE CITY OF KALININGRAD
THE BRIDGES AND "THE PREGEL'S ODOR"
THE CATHEDRAL AND KANT FOR EVERYONE, OR IS GOD FEARSOME WITHOUT MORAL
THE AMBER ROOM
THE HOUSE OF MACHINERY: THE RECONSTRACTION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE POPULATION
A STROLL THROUGH THE CENTER
THE MOST PROFOUND SECRET OF ONE KOENIGSBERG LAWYER: HOFFMANN
KALININGRAD IN THE YEAR 2020 - A NOT QUITE FICTITIOUS CONVERSATION
John Craig Freeman, Greg Ulmer
IMAGING KALININGRAD: THE SEVEN BRIGES OF KOENIGSBERG
FORMA URBIS. SYMBOLIC PARALLELS
TRACES OF A VIRTUAL HISTORY IN A VERY REAL CITY
Igor Isaev, Dmitrii Demidenko
MONUMENT TO 1200 GUARDSMEN IN KALININGRAD
BEFORE THE CITY
A LEGEND ABOUT FIVE LITTLE ULRICHEN AND FERRYMAN ANDRE
NATASHA POTERYASHINA. Inteview
THE UNDREAMED OF CITY
Andrei Monastyrsky, Sabina Haensgen
EMPTY CENTER K.
IN OR OUT
BASTIONS IN DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS
KOENIGSBERG'S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE IN TONS, ITEMS AND SACKS. From the history of lost and found cultural heritage
THE BRIDGE THAT THE "RUSSIANS COULDN'T PULL DOWN"
BINARY STATES OF "K" CITY
IN THE FLOW: FOUNTAIN SEASON
WE ALL ARE GOING TO BE THERE
FRAGMENT OF A SYMPHONY FOR SLOW READING: IVANOV AND HIS SURROUNDINGS
THE FIRE HYDRANT
THE WATERFALL HERACLES' BOLT
HOAR-STONES AND BOUNDARY SYMBOLS
MUSCOVITES ARE HANGING
LIGHT UP DOM SOVETOV
A WHITE SEAGULL ABOVE THE CITY: THE SYMBOLS OF THE OLD NEW CITY
WRITING OF DREAMS
CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF KALININGRAD
CULTURE IN A "FOREIGN" SPACE: AN INTRODUCTION
DESTINATION - KALININGRAD
FROM KALININGRAD DICTIONARY
THE ROYAL CASTLE
THE HOUSE OF SOVIETS
THE COUNTRY OF PENSIONERS - OR THE GERMANS
CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL
LIFE AND EGGS (A sketch about trams)
TO BE IN THE MOOD FOR PACKING
Ingeborg Strobl ANIMALS IN KALININGRAD AND A MOSAIC
THE TOWER-REDAN "KRONPRINZ"
THE ROAD TO BERLIN: FROM EPIC TO BANAL. Interview with Valerii Bugrov
WILD WEST OF RUSSIA
Eugenii Umanskii, Karpenko-Karpenko
ATTIC OF RECOGNITION
TOWN PLANNING MATHEMATICS
THE SMALL SCULPTURE "GIRL"
MAN AND WOMAN
KANT'S BRIDES: A READYMADE PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONOTOPE
FOLLOWING SILENT WORDS
KOENIGSBERG-KALININGRAD. THE TASTE OF MARZIPAN
EMPTY CENTER K.
(A short dialogue)
Andrei Monastyrsky / Moscow, Russia
Sabina Haensgen / Bochum, Germany
S. H.: During my visit to the present-day city of Kaliningrad I was impressed by one thing above all: The effect of an empty center in a broad metaphorical sense.
The architectural topography of Kaliningrad still bears traces of a catastrophe. The hubbub of everyday life in the city center, as documented in old photographs, has been replaced by a vacuum, an absence resulting from historic events. In addition to the various forms of reconstruction of historical monuments, I would like to draw attention to this peculiar monument of emptiness.
What kind of contact with emptiness takes place here? The main thing, to my mind, is an effect of estrangement from all literary notions. When you walk along this emptiness, all interpretations are gone and only the concreteness of experience, which cannot be verbalized, remains. In this context, the tremendous negative emptiness, which absorbs everything into itself, can be opposed to another form of emptiness: to consciously accept the empty center as a place of non-existence. For me, acceptance of this emptiness was a quite positive emotional experience. I think it's interesting to discuss this sense of emptiness at the background of more general aesthetic ideas, which are also very important for conceptual ways of thinking about art.
A.M.: Emptiness in the center is the right feeling and state of affairs, because the law of physics always presupposes emptiness in the center: events are concentrated at the margins. Emptiness provides homogeneous and regular structures, and resists the chaos and anxiety of the periphery. Such central places of emptiness make for a conceptual way of thought, which requires distance in order to make possible acts of discursive consideration and thinking. Taking into account the significant fact that Kant's tomb is located on the territory of Koenigsberg, the city is extremely important for the ideological map-plan of Russia, because it connotes European ideology and even "the discourse of mind." In this context Koenigsberg is not a province, it is one of the few centers of Russia. The stated emptiness, which determines and forms the events at the margins, is natural for it as well as for any other center.