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
CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL
Aleksandr Sologubov / Kaliningrad, Russia
The construction of an Orthodox temple in the centre of the city is very important as a moral and political matter for Russia's advanced western post… anybody crossing the square, even an atheist, would be aware of the presence of the Russian spirit here.
The construction of the Cathedral began in 1996. It was supposed to be completed by 2000 A.D. It is obvious now that it will not be finished any earlier than 2006 (roughly the 60th anniversary of the World War II victory and the 60th anniversary of the city with a "750 year-old history"). It will go down in history as a temple constructed by the entirety of us within a decade.
The construction figures are rather impressive: a cost of 3,6x 1011 rubles (pre-reform rubles?); a height of 68 m; a capacity of 3x103 people; 13 bells (6 to 12x104 kg). The walls are sheathed in 1,8x104 m2 of granite and marble (only the Moscow Cathedral has more).
Such constructions radically alter the structure of city space; they generate tension fields around themselves. You can make money on every linear, square and cubic meter (m1, m2 , m3) - flat and upright, below and above ground - you can build offices, restaurants, shops, clubs, and parking places.
If your real estate should have a view on the Cathedral, its value rises significantly. Here is an example of newspaper advertisement in the year 2017: "Cherniakhovskogo St, 3 room flat, 5/5, 60/40/6 m2 , separate lavatory, balcony, loggia, cellar, telephone, view of the Cathedral, parking in vicinity, for sale $100,000. Tel. XX-XX-XX"
Like the Cathedral on the Island, this Cathedral has also become a trademark. Earth taken from beneath the Moscow Cathedral was used for its foundation. It has already been called a symbol - symbol of Russia, of bonds with Moscow, of the city and the region (purportedly the foremost post of Orthodoxy in Europe).
Actually, we are surrounded by symbols and signs. Moreover, some of us are becoming symbols ourselves.
One evening in late December 2004, I was crossing Victory Square. There was a low full moon over the Cathedral, which was under construction then. Above the Cathedral's arch hung a sign reading "Merry Christmas!" The dark, dumpy figure of Lenin was visible on his pedestal. Sticking out in the centre of the square was a plastic pyramidal New Year's tree, close to which a tilting bearded Santa Claus doll was swinging from right to left. On the other side of this composition above the former German municipal government building, which now houses the City Council and the City Hall, the Russian flag was streaming. On the wall of this building a golden double-headed eagle was perched. This is not "Koenigsberg -13"!
One more thing… We like abbreviations (ROC ("Russian Orthodox Church") instead of "Church"; RSFSR instead of "Russia"; CPSU instead of "Party") and monster-words (Iantargosenergonadzor - "Amber State Energy Inspectorate"), so we can easily coin something like CSC ("Christ the Savior Cathedral"). When one says "cathedral" it isn't always clear which one (there is also a pre-war cathedral building on the Island ). It could be a temple, but there are many of them in the city, and there is also the expression a "temple of science." But I'm not going to mull it over, as people will most certainly invent a name for this Cathedral.
Translation by L. Shevchenko