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
IN THE FLOW: FOUNTAIN SEASON
Aleksandr Popadin / Kaliningrad, Russia
Actually, fountains are obviously unnecessary in both Koenigsberg and in Kaliningrad, and they can only be regarded as fashion mistakes. Tell me, why does a city with SUCH WEATHER need fountains? There is something masochistic in it, really.
Nevertheless, the fountains are adored, cherished and regularly visited by our citizens. Even in bad weather. And while the fountain fashion for other cities was set by St Petersburg, this was not the case in Kaliningrad. However, the fountains that are presently being built on Victory Square are influenced by St Petersburg; this is as inevitable as rubella in childhood. But those that were constructed earlier and have established roots in the city's image, they are of a different kind.
The most famous fountain - as well as most neglected and least visited - is the centenary fountain Putti, located in the yard of the hospital for water transportation workers. From a pretentious point of view, there is nothing special about it. From the historical point of view: Well, well! It seems that once upon a time there were nice figures by a famous local sculptor and that water spurted in the bowl. It is a lost and abandoned piece of an alien history, which brings to mind the once popular word "private." A similar kind of private fountain is the "Bulls"- an almost invisible, exclusively local fountain. It is Baltic. It is not pompous. It is simple yet with dignity. And it functions.
The fountain opposite the Drama Theater, despite widespread opinion that it dates from Soviet times, will soon celebrate its centenary. And, despite another widespread opinion, it is not round but oval. It was a discovery for me that so many people were deluded about its form, even though it is absolutely obvious that it is an oval! Soviet fountains were and are still made on a large scale. The most outstanding project was the multi-staged fountain cascade along Dom Sovetov, which was supposed to be a local Petergof. The Dom has been partially built, but the cascade has not. Instead, several temporary fountains were built on the territory adjacent to Dom Sovetov (Central Square is now its official name), and they have become permanent. They even function nowadays, having been called into action by an open-air cafe. Such open-air cafes play an important role in the revival of old, often decorative or just neglected fountains. United into a symbiotic couple, a fountain and a cafe strengthen mutual recourses, producing great synergetic effect.
What would happen to the open-air cafe in front of the cinema "Russia" if it were not for the fountain (incidentally, of Soviet origin)? And now this is the main public place for gathering together of all the citizens, and it bears many popular names ( "Titanic", "The Fountain", "Drum Square" and others). It is democratic and non-Soviet.
On May 1st all of the fountains start functioning. The fountain keepers stop drinking hard (What is it that these bachelors do during the other half of the year? I have always been curious about this and also wonder what the guy operates the draw-bridge does during the non-navigation time? So, what do they all do?). So, at eight in the morning on May 1st even in bad weather water spurts into the skies… and fountain season begins. Chestnuts are all in blossom along the streets. The beer is still cold, although there is plenty of it on the streets already. Gardens are in bloom. Fountain season has opened, and a hive of activities at the fountains begins to blossom as well, so that by autumn it will wither, fade, and fall silent along with its water spring.
Translation by O.Zayachkovskaya