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
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