From the editors
FOREWORD

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
SKART
LUCKY TICKET

Artem Advokat
GRAFFITI

Anatolii Bakhtin
UGLY KOENIGSBERG

FORGOTTEN KANT AND THE KANT-BRAND IN KOENIGSBERG
Mark Borozna
MOSKOVSKII PROSPECT & THE SHADOWS AROUND ALTSTADT

LIGHT THE CRYSTALS OF KALININGRAD!
Kalle Brolin, Kristina Muntzing
POTENTIAL PLACE

Dmitrii Bulatov, Pavel Savel'ev
ACEPHALUS: OPTICAL MODELS

Ivan Chechot
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
KRONPRINZ
THE AMBER ROOM
THE HOUSE OF MACHINERY: THE RECONSTRACTION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE POPULATION
GAUL'S FOUNTAIN
A STROLL THROUGH THE CENTER
Ilya Dementiev
THE MOST PROFOUND SECRET OF ONE KOENIGSBERG LAWYER: HOFFMANN

Wolfgang Eichwede
KALININGRAD IN THE YEAR 2020 - A NOT QUITE FICTITIOUS CONVERSATION

John Craig Freeman, Greg Ulmer
IMAGING KALININGRAD: THE SEVEN BRIGES OF KOENIGSBERG

Elena Gladkova
FORMA URBIS. SYMBOLIC PARALLELS

Bert Hoppe
TRACES OF A VIRTUAL HISTORY IN A VERY REAL CITY

Martin Huettel
QWERTZ

Igor Isaev, Dmitrii Demidenko
SEWER HATCHES

Evgenii Kazannik
PORT

Irina Kozhevnikova
ZOO

MONUMENT TO 1200 GUARDSMEN IN KALININGRAD
TRADITIONS
Anders Kreuger
BEFORE THE CITY

KudaBegutSobaki
A LEGEND ABOUT FIVE LITTLE ULRICHEN AND FERRYMAN ANDRE

Olga Lopukhova
KANT'S TOMB

Manuela
NATASHA POTERYASHINA. Inteview

Werner Moeller
THE UNDREAMED OF CITY

Andrei Monastyrsky, Sabina Haensgen
EMPTY CENTER K.

Pavel Nastin
COURTYARD-WELL

Valery Orlov
IN OR OUT

Avenir Ovsyanov
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"
Roger Palmer
BRIEF MEMORIALS

Aleksandr Ponomarev
THE GATES

Aleksandr Popadin
BINARY STATES OF "K" CITY

ERECTING BRIDGES
THE BULLS
IN THE FLOW: FOUNTAIN SEASON
NINE
WE ALL ARE GOING TO BE THERE
FRAGMENT OF A SYMPHONY FOR SLOW READING: IVANOV AND HIS SURROUNDINGS
CUBIC PAVEMENT
THE FIRE HYDRANT
THE WATERFALL HERACLES' BOLT
ALL-WEATHER KALININGRADIANS
HOAR-STONES AND BOUNDARY SYMBOLS
MUSCOVITES ARE HANGING
RAKETA
LIGHT UP DOM SOVETOV

Dali Rust
A WHITE SEAGULL ABOVE THE CITY: THE SYMBOLS OF THE OLD NEW CITY

Igor Sacharov-Ross
WINE CELLAR

Joanna Sandell
WRITING OF DREAMS

Olga Sezneva
CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF KALININGRAD

Aleksandr Sologubov
CULTURE IN A "FOREIGN" SPACE: AN INTRODUCTION

DESTINATION - KALININGRAD
FROM KALININGRAD DICTIONARY
MICROTOPONYMY
THE CATHEDRAL
KANT
THE ROYAL CASTLE
THE HOUSE OF SOVIETS
THE COUNTRY OF PENSIONERS - OR THE GERMANS
AMBER
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL
LIFE AND EGGS (A sketch about trams)
KALININ PARK
MONUMENTS
MYSTICISM
STOVES
TO BE IN THE MOOD FOR PACKING
Ingeborg Strobl ANIMALS IN KALININGRAD AND A MOSAIC
Rostan Tavasiev
LITTLE BRICKS

Elena Tsvetaeva
FOLK GRAFFITI

THE TOWER-REDAN "KRONPRINZ"
SERGEI TIMOFEEVICH
KOENIGSBERG CATS
THE ROAD TO BERLIN: FROM EPIC TO BANAL. Interview with Valerii Bugrov
Elena Tsygankova
WILD WEST OF RUSSIA

Eugenii Umanskii, Karpenko-Karpenko
KATYANASTYA

Evgenii Umanskii
ATTIC OF RECOGNITION

CHANUKAH
Oleg Vasiutin
TOWN PLANNING MATHEMATICS

Lana Vyshemirskaya
THE SMALL SCULPTURE "GIRL"

Dmitrii Vyshemirskii
MAN AND WOMAN

Erika Wolf
KANT'S BRIDES: A READYMADE PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONOTOPE

Agnieszka Wolodzko
HABITATION UNITS

Marek Wolodzko
FOLLOWING SILENT WORDS

Peter Wunsch
KOENIGSBERG-KALININGRAD. THE TASTE OF MARZIPAN





Photo of the author, 2000-2005

CHANUKAH


Evgenii Umanskii / Kaliningrad, Russia


Chanukah (sanctification) - an annual Jewish holiday


The Holiday: Jerusalem, Judea, 138 BCE

After a long struggle against the Greek-Syrian armies Jerusalem again became a free Jewish city. The temple was standing desolate, dirty and filthy, and it was sanctified anew. Priests had to light the menorah, but there were no sealed vessels containing either the pure oil for anointing rituals or olive oil. After a long search they found a small jug with the untouched seal of a high priest. The oil was hardly enough for a day, but it would have taken eight days to make new oil. In the end, they decided to light the menorah without any new supplement of oil. And a miracle occurred: the menorah continued to burn for the necessary eight days.

The Action: Kaliningrad, Russia, 2000 CE

On the eve of Chanukah a lot of graffiti appeared on the walls of buildings situated along the main roads of Kaliningrad. They were executed in various artistic ways, varying from traditional graffiti spray paint to flat brush painting. The city was flooded with multicolor, multi-format and multi-style inscriptions consisting of only the single word "Chanukah" and a drawn Star of David. It turns out that this was a hooligan action, carried out either by young members of RNE (Russkoe Natsional'noe Edinstvo - Russian National Unity, an ultra-nationalist organization) or by Orthodox Jews (Where do they come from? While Kaliningrad's population is 500,000, the Jewish community numbers less than 2000). At any rate, this action was provocative. Many defaced building fronts had to be repaired, an expensive task for a city that was short on funds. Who is to blame? From a common point of view, it was certainly the Jews' fault. Even if they didn't write the graffiti, it is still about them. From bad to worse, there is no money for repairs -but members of the above-mentioned nationality have plenty of funds, et cetera. As is well known, they beat people up not according to their passports but according to how their mugs look. By the way, for anybody visiting Kaliningrad these "Chanukahs" function as a calling card, a document, an identity card that provides the city with a definite nationality.

(English editor's note: Until recently both Soviet and Russian passports identified the ethnic nationality of the citizen; Jews were identified as such in their passports.)

The Project: In development.

The idea of this project is to explore the responses of the population to the above-described history of Kaliningrad and the problems associated with it. Among the socially and politically active sector of Kaliningrad, it has long been observed that the city's dwellers express their emotions in response to various events in the form of graffiti texts on walls. In connection with this, the author became interested in the future artistic destiny of the Chanukah inscriptions. Over the course of several years the author has documented the changes happening to these inscriptions, how they are painted to be of the same color spectrum as the wall, just daubed over or experience more radical transformations.


Translation by E.Gladkova


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