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




Photo by Iu. Avvakumov, 2002

MYSTICISM


Aleksandr Sologubov / Kaliningrad, Russia


Mysticism (lat., mysticus, mysterious ceremony, sacrament): 1) Supernaturalism, belief in divinity, mystery and people's ability to appeal to the beyond. Mysticism is an essential part of any religious belief. 2) Something mysterious, unknown, and inexplicable.

The prewar history of this land was a complex subject to the first immigrants and their descendants. There was a saying that "from Adam to Potsdam" no significant events had happened here (I am not sure who coined this phrase and when it was first used).


The educated world knew the history of this city better than we, its present citizens. But we began to live in this city and study its ruins, extracting mysteriously charming and almost legendary objects from them - plates, sconces, tin rummers, coins and rusty weapon. This is, so to speak, the first cultural layer of our views on the historical past of this land and its inhabitants


It was only in 1996 that the first substantial historical work was published, an anthology written by academics from the university on "events from the history of the whole Prussia since ancient times." Certainly, works on the prewar history of this region had already been published, but they were written by amateur local historians and only a few selected historical events were mentioned. These historians had also attempted to make photographic copies of German books on Prussian history (there were no other way of duplicating this material). But there were no official studies of prewar history.

This lack of knowledge of history and natural human foibles created a demand for mystery (the same phenomenon may be seen in the case of the Polish "reclaimed lands," which were joined to the territory of Poland after the WWII: there were discoveries of secret tunnels, bunkers, giant underground hospitals, factories, concealed valuables and thousands of stories about hidden treasures). Incidentally, this passion for mystery, which gives Kaliningrad its local color, is shared by both residents and tourists alike.


Every nation has its own epos, legends and sagas, anecdotes and bywords. We "Kaliningradian-Prussian" people do not have a lot of them, yet the ground and stones of the old city - lost among the modern blocks - are imbued with the mysteries of ancient and recent history.


As for mysteries, there are plenty of them in Kaliningrad. You can find underground tunnels leading to Berlin, treasures buried under every building and underground factories there. These are X-Files, of course, and there are plenty of traps for the uninitiated.


this find, discovered by teenagers, is being discussed by the entire city. It has been suggested that they have located "Zimmerman's flying object."


Prisoners built extensively in Konigsberg (Kaliningrad) and Pilau (Baltiisk). But the main part of a massive secret passage and construction network was destroyed and flooded Below ground Baltiisk and Kaliningrad are a in fact a single whole .it was possible to reach Svetlogorsk, where the local fascist elite spent their holidays archeological digs are not an easy task, but they are worthwhile.


There is some rational and tangible "replenishment" of these ideas, which still feed many amateur archeologists.

It is possible to use mysticism as a rhetorical device:


Writing "Kaliningrad" in Latin letters mysteriously clears this name from Satan's smile


But true mysticism appears in the enraged statements of those who are unable to avoid spouting drivel in their passionate speeches:


Since its foundation, Konigsberg has been considered a city of unique mysteries and paradoxes. It owes much to divine intent in regards to its location


there is proof that in 1941 the Prime Minister of Great Britain was given a report which stated that Konigsberg's black magicians were working with his wax figurine. This explains the vehement hatred of the British towards this city and the deployment of napalm bombs against it in August 1944


There is one more almost mystical thing. To build a house on the former site of a cemetery, one has to be brave. Even if the ghosts have been frightened away the energy of the place remains. They say that in the nine-storey apartment house standing at the intersection of Sommer Street and Ivannikova Street, where the Traghime Church was located until its destruction in the 1970s, the death rate is far higher than in the neighboring buildings. The poor fellows whose flats are located near the former site of the altar very often fall sick and die suddenly. Does the past take revenge? You may not believe this yourself, but you couldn't pay me to take a flat in such a "bad place." I wouldn't dare.


Translation by L. Shevchenko


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