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
Igor Sacharov-Ross / Cologne, Germany
In the center of Kaliningrad, at the site once occupied by the palace, the Soviets erected a council building that was never completed and which today stands as a ruin. At the base of this council building is a WINE CELLAR, which visitors can access only by crossing a construction fence. Here, on the threshold of the past, the visitor dips into the history of the city. Everybody is invited to follow the tour.
A collaborative artistic ACTION of several days is planned which, like a network structure, will develop an open system of dialogue. The entire concept is devised for communication that represents a summary of historical events and operates within actual social and political contexts, while also providing a view to further developments. A collage is created of existential markings, like a tissue showing the connections between the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The boundaries between interior and exterior pictures become blurred. In an intensified present it is a matter of making visual the process that shows the interaction of "human being, community, locale and history."
In the summer of 2004 the first European student camp took place in Kaliningrad. Alexander, who founded this camp, befriended three fellow students: Alexander from Vilnius, Saskia from Cologne and Janosz from Danzig. On Janosz`s birthday the four met at Alexander's apartment and had a drink together. Alexander then served as their guide on a tour of the center, to the former Old Town. We too are invited to accompany them as they walk along the shabby flat buildings around the Pregel isle. Here, in the former Old Town, the four friends walked under trees that had grown on the ruins of the once densely built center of Kaliningrad.
They went down to the excavations of the King's Castle and found themselves in the former WINE CELLAR of the thirteenth century knights. In that place, the four students engaged in a conversation of a magical character: while debating their present-day life situations, they were haunted by flashing lights of different epochs: Ottokar II, the knights, Friedrich II, Kasimir IV, Peter the Great, Immanuel Kant, Napoleon - and even the spirit of the Soviet secret police. A mixture of voices, sounds and noises that symbolically reflects the dense atmosphere of these surroundings.
Summer 1945, Konigsberg, photographs of two young people: "Look, here are my grandparents," says Saskia.
Kaliningrad reclaims the European idea: the city belongs to the history of Europe. It is our challenge to move to that position. In fact, it is our own European history. Kaliningrad/Konigsberg is a part of our identity.
A cell phone rings: Birthday greetings from Danzig…
Comments of I. Chechot on I Zaharov-Ross's article
The author of the project mentioned the wine cellar of the famous restaurant Blutgericht ("Bloody Justice"). It is unknown if the cellars were used for wine storage already in the time of the knights. Before the war, there was a wine restaurant and cellar in the place which is now being excavated by archeologists. Its name goes back to the courtly tribunal (Hof- or Hals-gericht) which was established in 1512 and in the 17th century was situated in approximately the same place, above the torture chambers and castle casemates.
The existence of the cellars themselves was first documented in 1498. In 1732 the Salzburg Protestants or, to be more precise, the Schindelmaisser, having fled from persecution to East Prussia, established a wine trade in Koenigsberg and sold wine from Austria, the Rhine and the Moselle. In 1827 these merchants rented the restaurant and cellars of Blutgericht, which had existed since 1799. The premises were decorated with magnificent wood engraving. There were five huge barrels and models of sailing ships suspended in the big hall. The barrels were decorated with images of castle yards and other sights of the city. Other rooms were called the Torture Chamber, Remter (Refectory), Military Office, and Civil Office. Remter was decorated with sculptures of owls.
Blutgericht was a typical up-to-the-minute bourgeois restaurant, the decoration of which combined in self-mocking manner echoes of Romanticism and the grotesque of the Neo-Baroque, symbols of local patriotism and bright features of the Wilhelminian style that were not devoid of aggressiveness. The restaurant was popular all over Germany, and echoes of its glory have reached our days. Hence, there is something like a reconstruction of Blutgerich in Schleissheim, not far from Munich, where one of the museums of East Prussia is situated. Students of local lore and historians wine and dine there.
Translation by N.Shtock