From the editors
CULTURE IN A "FOREIGN" SPACE: AN INTRODUCTION
TO GENIUS LOCI KALININGRAD AND KOENIGSBERG
KALININGRAD IN THE YEAR 2020 - A NOT QUITE FICTITIOUS CONVERSATION
DESTINATION - KALININGRAD
FROM KALININGRAD DICTIONARY
MAP OF THE CITY
FORMA URBIS. SYMBOLIC PARALLELS
IN OR OUT
THE RAILWAY STATION AND ENTRANCE TO THE CITY OF KALININGRAD
BINARY STATES OF "K" CITY
Eugeny Umansky, Karpenko-Karpenko
IN THE CENTER
Andrei Monastyrsky, Sabina Haensgen
EMPTY CENTER K.
FOLLOWING SILENT WORDS
FA+ (Ingrid Falk & Gustavo Aguerre)
THE MYTHICAL FOUNDATION OF KALININGRAD
PRETERITION: KNEIPHOF ISLAND
THE BRIDGES AND "THE PREGEL'S ODOR"
John Craig Freeman, Greg Ulmer
IMAGING KALININGRAD: THE SEVEN BRIGES OF KOENIGSBERG
FORGOTTEN KANT AND THE KANT-BRAND IN KOENIGSBERG
KANT'S BRIDES: A READYMADE PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONOTOPE
THE CATHEDRAL AND KANT FOR EVERYONE, OR IS GOD FEARSOME WITHOUT MORAL
THE CASTLE OF SOVIETS
THE ROYAL CASTLE
A WHITE SEAGULL ABOVE THE CITY: THE SYMBOLS OF THE OLD NEW CITY
WRITING OF DREAMS
LIGHT UP DOM SOVETOV
THE HOUSE OF SOVIETS
THE MOST PROFOUND SECRET OF ONE KOENIGSBERG LAWYER: HOFFMANN
A LEGEND ABOUT FIVE LITTLE ULRICHEN AND FERRYMAN ANDRE
KOENIGSBERG-KALININGRAD. THE TASTE OF MARZIPAN
THE COUNTRY OF PENSIONERS - OR THE GERMANS
CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF KALININGRAD
THE UNDREAMED OF CITY
TOWN PLANNING MATHEMATICS
MOSKOVSKII PROSPECT & THE SHADOWS AROUND ALTSTADT
OUR TOWER Ivan Chechot
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)
THE AMBER ROOM
BASTIONS IN DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS
THE HOUSE OF MACHINERY: THE RECONSTRACTION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE POPULATION
V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
PLACE OF EXECUTION
TRACES OF A VIRTUAL HISTORY IN A VERY REAL CITY
CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL
LIFE AND EGGS (A sketch about trams)
A STROLL THROUGH THE CENTER
IN THE FLOW: FOUNTAIN SEASON
WILD WEST OF RUSSIA
ANIMALS IN KALININGRAD AND A MOSAIC
KOENIGSBERG'S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE IN TONS, ITEMS AND SACKS. From the history of lost and found cultural heritage
WE ALL ARE GOING TO BE THERE
MONUMENT TO 1200 GUARDSMEN IN KALININGRAD
MATTER AND SPIRIT
FRAGMENT OF A SYMPHONY FOR SLOW READING: IVANOV AND HIS SURROUNDINGS
ATTIC OF RECOGNITION
MAN AND WOMAN
THE SMALL SCULPTURE "GIRL"
ON THE STREET
Igor Isaev, Dmitrii Demidenko
THE FIRE HYDRANT
Kalle Brolin, Kristina Muntzing
THE WATERFALL HERACLES' BOLT
V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
NATASHA POTERYASHINA. Inteview
TO BE IN THE MOOD FOR PACKING
Dmitrii Bulatov, Pavel Savel'ev
ACEPHALUS: OPTICAL MODELS
LIGHT THE CRYSTALS OF KALININGRAD!
THE BRIDGE THAT THE "RUSSIANS COULDN'T PULL DOWN"
THE ROAD TO BERLIN: FROM EPIC TO BANAL. Interview with Valerii Bugrov
HOAR-STONES AND BOUNDARY SYMBOLS
MUSCOVITES ARE HANGING
BEFORE THE CITY
Aleksandr Popadin / Kaliningrad, Russia
The present day condition of foot traffic of Kant's Island is similar to a reservation, where a Cathedral and sculpture park were placed. To reach former Kneiphof Island, which is devoid of its four bridges, one must climb an elevated bridge, which people try to avoid if there is no real necessity: it's noisy, windy, gas-polluted … uncomfortable. Territorially Kant's Island is almost cut off for walks, and this clearly does it no good. Isn't a reason for the fact that there is only a faint glimmer of life on the island on non-holidays? Or is it a territory haunted by Konigsberg's ghosts, who are inclined to walks (we dare not point at them)?
But if we imagine that at least one of the bridges was restored, for example the one behind the House of Sailors, the view will be absolutely different. People living near the "Children's World" shop and the rest of the residents will gain easy access to the island, which will not be a suburb in the city center any more. And the island will have an absolutely different life. What an idealistic picture!
On 2 September 2001 a group of architects, writers and historians (Dmitri Vyshemirskii, Oleg Vasiutin, Olga Dmitrieva, Sergei Ananiin, Alexander Popadin and others) carried out a symbolic art campaign entitled "Erecting Bridges." Its aim was to remind that Kant's Island was once connected to the "main land" (in a strange way it parallels the problematic connection between Kaliningrad and "continental Russia") by several bridges, when it had a hectic life and was not immured in "museum amber."
We used pegs to mark the places where four bridges used to be situated, and the names of vanished bridges were written with chalk on asphalt in an imaginary canvas of bridges: Green, Giblets, Blacksmith and Store bridges - can you hear the physiology of old Konigsberg resounding in these names?
But establishing boundaries is not enough, because a bridge is a passage across a river. While there are still no bridges at this place, which has been trodden over by a million footsteps during previous centuries, it is possible that something symbolic could be ferried across the river. Thorny chestnuts became the symbolic nucleus of this action. Participants of the action wrapped them up in bandages, wrote the name of a bridge and their family name and threw them to the other bank of the river (with the help of a sling shot where the Pregel was too wide). Throws were made from the old quay Altshtadt (presently between Moskovskii Prospect and Kant's Island) to Kneiphof Island (nowadays people call this place Kant's Island, but officially it has no name at all).
Chestnuts were not chosen by chance. First of all, chestnuts are seeds and something can grow from them. It could even be that very chestnut. Second, chestnuts do not grow in most regions of Russia, and when these regions come to Kaliningrad in May, the season when chestnuts are in bloom, one can jam from these regions, weave ropes and join them to the Kaliningrad region - or do whatever one pleases.
So chestnuts are a Kaliningrad strategic argument in the endless comparative rows of "comparison of strength" with our brethren.
Translation by N. Shtock