From the editors
FOREWORD

DESTINATION
Aleksandr Sologubov
CULTURE IN A "FOREIGN" SPACE: AN INTRODUCTION
Ivan Chechot
TO GENIUS LOCI KALININGRAD AND KOENIGSBERG
Wolfgang Eichwede
KALININGRAD IN THE YEAR 2020 - A NOT QUITE FICTITIOUS CONVERSATION
Aleksandr Sologubov
DESTINATION - KALININGRAD

PHRASE BOOK
Aleksandr Sologubov
FROM KALININGRAD DICTIONARY

MAP OF THE CITY
Anatolii Bakhtin
UGLY KOENIGSBERG
Elena Gladkova
FORMA URBIS. SYMBOLIC PARALLELS
Valery Orlov
IN OR OUT

SOUTHERN STATION
Ivan Chechot
THE RAILWAY STATION AND ENTRANCE TO THE CITY OF KALININGRAD

CROSSROADS
Aleksandr Popadin
BINARY STATES OF "K" CITY
Eugeny Umansky, Karpenko-Karpenko
KATYANASTYA

IN THE CENTER
Andrei Monastyrsky, Sabina Haensgen
EMPTY CENTER K.
Pavel Nastin
COURTYARD-WELL

COMMUNICATIONS
Artem Advokat
GRAFFITI
Elena Tsvetaeva
FOLK GRAFFITI
Marek Wolodzko
FOLLOWING SILENT WORDS
FA+ (Ingrid Falk & Gustavo Aguerre)
THE MYTHICAL FOUNDATION OF KALININGRAD
Aleksandr Sologubov
MICROTOPONYMY

PRETERITION: KNEIPHOF ISLAND
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE CATHEDRAL
Aleksandr Popadin
ERECTING BRIDGES
Ivan Chechot
THE BRIDGES AND "THE PREGEL'S ODOR"
John Craig Freeman, Greg Ulmer
IMAGING KALININGRAD: THE SEVEN BRIGES OF KOENIGSBERG

STOA KANTIANA
Anatolii Bakhtin
FORGOTTEN KANT AND THE KANT-BRAND IN KOENIGSBERG
Aleksandr Sologubov
KANT
Olga Lopukhova
KANT'S TOMB
Erika Wolf
KANT'S BRIDES: A READYMADE PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONOTOPE
Ivan Chechot
THE CATHEDRAL AND KANT FOR EVERYONE, OR IS GOD FEARSOME WITHOUT MORAL

THE CASTLE OF SOVIETS
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE ROYAL CASTLE
Igor Sacharov-Ross
WINE CELLAR
Dali Rust
A WHITE SEAGULL ABOVE THE CITY: THE SYMBOLS OF THE OLD NEW CITY
Joanna Sandell
WRITING OF DREAMS
RAKETA
LIGHT UP DOM SOVETOV
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE HOUSE OF SOVIETS

GERMANS
Ilya Dementiev
THE MOST PROFOUND SECRET OF ONE KOENIGSBERG LAWYER: HOFFMANN
KudaBegutSobaki
A LEGEND ABOUT FIVE LITTLE ULRICHEN AND FERRYMAN ANDRE

Peter Wunsch
KOENIGSBERG-KALININGRAD. THE TASTE OF MARZIPAN
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE COUNTRY OF PENSIONERS - OR THE GERMANS
Martin Huettel
QWERTZ

MOSCOW PERSPECTIVE
Olga Sezneva
CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF KALININGRAD
Agnieszka Wolodzko
HABITATION UNITS
Werner Moeller
THE UNDREAMED OF CITY
Oleg Vasiutin
TOWN PLANNING MATHEMATICS
Mark Borozna
MOSKOVSKII PROSPECT & THE SHADOWS AROUND ALTSTADT

OUR TOWER Ivan Chechot
KRONPRINZ
Elena Tsvetaeva
THE TOWER-REDAN "KRONPRINZ"
THE KRONPRINZ TOWER. Projects for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts by Students of the Institute for Theory and Design in Architecture (Braunschweig, Germany)
OUR PRIDE
Aleksandr Sologubov
AMBER
Aleksandr Sologubov
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Ivan Chechot
THE AMBER ROOM

BASTIONS
Avenir Ovsyanov
BASTIONS IN DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS
Rostan Tavasiev
LITTLE BRICKS

THE MARKET
Ivan Chechot
THE HOUSE OF MACHINERY: THE RECONSTRACTION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE POPULATION

V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
Elena Tsvetaeva
SERGEI TIMOFEEVICH

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

CSC ROC
Aleksandr Sologubov
CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL

TRAM
Aleksandr Sologubov
LIFE AND EGGS (A sketch about trams)
SKART
LUCKY TICKET

MEETING POINT
Aleksandr Popadin
THE BULLS
Ivan Chechot
GAUL'S FOUNTAIN
Ivan Chechot
A STROLL THROUGH THE CENTER
Aleksandr Popadin
IN THE FLOW: FOUNTAIN SEASON
Aleksandr Popadin
NINE
Elena Tsygankova
WILD WEST OF RUSSIA

THE ZOO
Irina Kozhevnikova
ZOO
Ingeborg Strobl
ANIMALS IN KALININGRAD AND A MOSAIC
Elena Tsvetaeva
KOENIGSBERG CATS

MEMENTO MORE
Avenir Ovsianov
KOENIGSBERG'S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE IN TONS, ITEMS AND SACKS. From the history of lost and found cultural heritage
Aleksandr Sologubov
KALININ PARK
Aleksandr Popadin
WE ALL ARE GOING TO BE THERE
Aleksandr Sologubov
MONUMENTS
Irina Kozhevnikova
MONUMENT TO 1200 GUARDSMEN IN KALININGRAD
Roger Palmer
BRIEF MEMORIALS

MATTER AND SPIRIT
Aleksandr Sologubov
MYSTICISM
Aleksandr Popadin
FRAGMENT OF A SYMPHONY FOR SLOW READING: IVANOV AND HIS SURROUNDINGS
Evgenii Umanskii
ATTIC OF RECOGNITION
Aleksandr Sologubov
STOVES
Dmitrii Vyshemirskii
MAN AND WOMAN
Lana Vyshemirskaya
THE SMALL SCULPTURE "GIRL"

ON THE STREET
Evgenii Umanskii
CHANUKAH
Aleksandr Popadin
CUBIC PAVEMENT
Igor Isaev, Dmitrii Demidenko
SEWER HATCHES
Aleksandr Popadin
THE FIRE HYDRANT
Irina Kozhevnikova
TRADITIONS
Kalle Brolin, Kristina Muntzing
POTENTIAL PLACE

Aleksandr Popadin
THE WATERFALL HERACLES' BOLT

V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
Manuela
NATASHA POTERYASHINA. Inteview

ATMOSPHERE
Aleksandr Sologubov
TO BE IN THE MOOD FOR PACKING
Aleksandr Popadin
ALL-WEATHER KALININGRADIANS
Dmitrii Bulatov, Pavel Savel'ev
ACEPHALUS: OPTICAL MODELS
Mark Borozna
LIGHT THE CRYSTALS OF KALININGRAD!

THE HARBOR
Evgenii Kazannik
PORT
Aleksandr Ponomarev
THE GATES

SUBURBS
Avenir Ovsyanov
THE BRIDGE THAT THE "RUSSIANS COULDN'T PULL DOWN"
Elena Tsvetaeva
THE ROAD TO BERLIN: FROM EPIC TO BANAL. Interview with Valerii Bugrov
Aleksandr Popadin
HOAR-STONES AND BOUNDARY SYMBOLS
Aleksandr Popadin
MUSCOVITES ARE HANGING
Anders Kreuger
BEFORE THE CITY



FOREWORD


From the editors


Art-Guide: Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad Today is the first attempt to create an aesthetic and artistic guide of a new kind. We are not proceeding from the past but from the present, hence a special place in it is given to the work of contemporary artists, photographers, publicists, writers, architects, musicians, historians, leaders of different sub-cultures, and experts on heritage. A number of Kaliningraders and non-Kaliningraders, including foreign authors, have been inspired by modern Kaliningrad and have created work of a special type. The city has a profound impact on many. While it is sometimes negative, this impact stimulates arguments, makes people think, dream, and search. It excites reflection about politics, history, existence, personal matters, and so forth.

At the same time, we would like to give due attention to monuments of the past. By the latter we mean not only architecture and sculpture, but the city environment itself. It is hard to determine where history ends and contemporaneity begins in Kaliningrad. In the same way it is almost impossible to divide between what should be deemed aesthetic and artistic, and what lies beyond it. Prefabricated sectional buildings and the House of Soviets are also the art, architecture and design of a certain period. This is obviously a matter of aesthetics, even though it may be "the aesthetics of the ugly" (the title of a work by the famous 19th century Koenigsberg philosopher K. Rosenkrantz). This book begins with several introductory texts. Like the entire guide, they are manifold and contradictory, reflecting the multi-layered and disharmonious character of the "Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad" phenomenon. These texts include reflections, a diary, a treatise full of humor, some interesting extracts from research materials, and so on. Next, we attempt to trace a very simple route. It begins at the Kalinin Monument at the Railway Station and sets off down Leninsky Prospect, as if we are walking with a guest towards the ancient center of Koenigsberg. We pass the Island, the Cathedral, and Kant. We climb Castle Hill, where the city was founded in 1255, near the House of Soviets. From here we have a clear view of the empty center of Kaliningrad, of imaginary Koenigsberg. Some prefabricated sectional buildings on Moskovsky Prospect catch our eye, and we go there. Having reached the city exit road at the Zakheim Gates, we turn along Litovsky Val to the left and soon, after passing the Royal Gates, we are finding ourselves in the inner yard of the Kronprinz Barracks. The new residence of the National Center for Contemporary Art will be located here soon. The Art-Guide is the result of work of the Center and a large international creative team of authors from Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Serbia, the USA, France, and Sweden. From here we head towards Vasilevsky Square and the Amber Museum, then to the Victory Square in the city center. Past the House of Technology and the new Orthodox Cathedral, we walk down Prospect Mira, going as far as Kalinin Park. The route conventionally finishes at the port, at city's sea gates.

Various texts have been written for the guide. Among the authors are artists, architects, photographers, writers and researchers. Some essays were written by people whose jobs are not related to writing literary works. There are street interviews and even children's compositions.

The editors considered it possible and necessary to retain the specific style of each author. As a result, readers will sometimes have to exert themselves while reading, but sometimes they will also be likely to smile. Such is the varied and bright language of the Kaliningraders and of those who write about the city. This language is also the appearance and soul of the city, it will say much to those who have thought about the cultural processes that taking place in Kaliningrad.

The Art-Guide is not only intended exclusively for internal use and is likely to be read by potential guests of the city, who will no doubt have some difficulty in orienting themselves in both the Kaliningrad wastelands and in the Koenigsberg wilderness. Hence, we decided to provide both historical directions and general information, while retaining the general tendency towards the revelation of both the amazing beauty and startling peculiarities of this city and its striking deformities.


Translation by N.Andreeva


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