The results of the open international grant competition

Results of the Open International Grant Competition “Artkommunalka 2019”

In the category "visual art":

Vladimir Bekmemetjev (Perm), Alexandra Komadej (Ekaterinburg)
Project “Randat: radipoetic fairy show”

Our project is called “Randat: radipoetic fairy show”. On the one hand "Randat" is an imitation of a radio performance, enveloping the listener (viewer) with an imperative acoustic (secret) and ephemeral voice. G. Bashlyar wrote in the first half of the twentieth century that "the matter of radio is a matter of totally cosmic nature: after all, the whole planet is busy talking". Radio is a “vsegolos”(full voice) and “samoglas”( independent vox) utopia especially for futurists, as they claim: "it floods the whole country with an unearthly singing" (V. Khlebnikov). But it is also established and committed government apparatus. We believe that radio broadcast now is in the medial balance between the oppressive authority that do not presuppose the communication participants equality. It is also technically oppressed by other mediums. It produces phase shifts, fluctuations, interference or radio-effect that destabilize and emancipating a word. So M. McLuhan compares radio to “the forced out nervous system ", that reveals something hidden, unconscious and traumatic. Alain S. Weiss considers the radio as "the environment where one loses face and body". Radio allows one to feel the dissociation and unexpected for the actor and the viewer gap between body and voice. Therefore, on the other hand, our project is an attempt to implement the speech theater. Circulation of deceptive radio signal is confusing but all-encompassing. It interacts the circulation of private and intimate speech of the main characters, embedded in the social field. The threads cross each other, overlap each other, form a soundscape built up from oneiroid, dream-thought notes and digressions; located sounds and noises; conversations in the train; interrupted music; "somatic interference" (cough, sneeze, stutter, repeatings, pauses); dementalised and sometimes idioglossiac and angelic inner dialogues of the main characters. The plot of the play is journey from the capital city to a hometown N of the girl Anna experiencing series of traumatic recent events. She meets a mysterious young man (friend, lover, inner voice, angel?) First of all it is a   mental trip. According to M. Lipovetsky this brings together "Randat" with Venichka who infinitely expands the sphere of intimate during his trip in the poem "Moscow to the end of the line"). Thus, the purpose of the play is to draw the attention of the viewer (listener) to the spatial gap between the collective, universal speech and individual speech. The implementation of the project requires the minimum of visual props. It is intended to visualize all the happenings together with the audience and participants of master classes in the form of art-book, collage books. Minimum of stage action is intended. Work in public places of Kolomna is meant to be used. There will be work with real acoustical environments in such locations as school, railway station, etc., recording of noises, sounds, conversations and their further use in the performance.

Marina Blinova (Saint-Petersburg)
Project “Revealing of the future”


A new narrative appeared with the development of technology. The human is trying to aknowledge such a thing as artificial intelligence. They usually turn to scary stories about the man conquest. It is necessary to develop a new philosophy, new teaching methods that help one to take the modern world for what it is, but almost no one is engaged in this. When does magic become technology or does one still need mythic description of strange phenomena? Is it possible to find in a small town (Kolomna) prerequisites for the origination/creation of a new positive myth/legend on the subject? How and what can affect the development of the town and its ground organization in future? The author will delve into the life of Kolomna and try to find answers to these questions. A photo book and an augmented reality application to work with this book are going to be the result of this project.

Egor Egorychev (Moscow), Eugenie Stakhanova (Moscow), Nathaly Melikova (Moscow/USA)
Project “Kolomna constructionism”

Kolomna is the town where people love and appreciate historical architecture. There is a short and bright period in the history of the city hardly noticed by Kolomna dwellers. More than a dozen constructivist buildings were built in Kolomna in the 1930s. In a short period in a provincial town with population of 50 thousand people appeared the state Bank, the Central hospital, bath-and-Laundry, canteen, training school, workmen’s club, holiday facility, cultural center, two schools, a fire station and workmen’s settlement. Constructivism is not only the new kind of aesthetics, but also the new types of buildings and new leisure activity. The way of life of city dwellers has changed. Our goal is to show these changes. We are going to take photos of each object in the course of our project. Then we are going to create a collage styled after avant-garde book graphics and write an annotation, which will contain information about the object and matter of its significance in city life. The aim of the project is to popularize the architecture of Soviet avant-garde, to draw attention to the problem of preservation of historical heritage. We are going to display collages with texts in crowded places of the town. This way citizen will get to know about the historical and artistic value of these buildings.

Igor Kamyanov (Moscow)
Project “Navigation”

Kolomna is a town of two rivers. Go to the spit to see how they form the third one by mingling. Navigation is the time when river accomodate barges, boats and other tiny things (if you look from the high bank). Barges skirt the river during a day. Freight trains steam across over the bridge. There are waves from bank to bank. The lights come on in the evening and the yellow shades of the lights stretch from bank to bank. Navigation is the travel direction, the path to the goal. Who does not know about the Navigator now? It is not necessarily short but the right way. The way the river flows. Barges, boats and boats move with it. Navigation is the project about chosen course… You make certain of it when you stand on the high bank of the river. The project does not answer the question "where do we go". It can help to tower little bit and get the height where you can see more from another angle.

Alexandra Mitlyanskaya (Moscow)
Project “On the same page. We”

I propose to gather a group of children from six to ten years old and invite them to make a cycle of drawings, collages, sculptural objects to my children's poems and riddles. I'm also going to be done with two cycles of texts – “Caprichos” and “Regret” 2014 – 2017. The exhibition of children's works, perhaps video documentation of the working process and the presentation of the book of poems and riddles with children's drawings will be the pinnacle of creation .


In the category “Literature”:

Nathaly Leontjeva (Royal Leamington Spa, UK)
Project “Family’s bookshelf”

Work with the Artkommunalka’s library is planned at the project. The library will be catalogued, systematized and organized as a library "construction set". Hypothetical literary tastes, intellectual interests, ideological attitudes, professional needs and financial capabilities of families lived in this communal apartment in the 60s will be taken into account during the work. One can create a "family bookshelf" for each of these families, using the catalogue and marks in  the books.

The library is planned to be logically replenished due to the participation of city dwellers in the project and acquaintance with their personal libraries. The library of the Museum "Artkommunalka" will get an alphabetical catalogue of authors, an alphabetical catalogue of names and a Systematic catalog of families/shelves, books will be marked (inside) in accordance to belonging one or more family bookshelves at the end of the project.

It will be possible to use this library "construction set" in further studies, dedicating Museum visitors to the particular literary preferences of the inhabitants of the communal apartment. "Reading Diary" will be kept during the execution of the project, as author’s run-time reflection of remarkably outstanding books from the Artkommunalka’s library or in communication with the Kolomna dwellers. This diary will be the literary product of the project.

Andrey Muchnik (Moscow)
Project “Kolomna: urban legends”

This will be the travelogue with elements of magical realism. It will be a text at the junction of non-fiction and fiction. Plot: an aspiring writer from Moscow gets grant for residency in Artkommunalka and comes there to do urban legends ethnographic research. The life of the literary character in Artkommunalka, exploration of the city, conversations with city dwellers, recording urban legends are going to be the documentary part of the text. One can use variety of media photos, video and audio recordings. The main character dives into the study of legends with each day so the reality begins to mix up with phantasy at some point. The text turns from documentary to mockumentary.

Eugenie Nekrasova (Moscow)
Project “Unusual tales”

There is grandiose and beautiful Russian folklore. It was created by our ancestors lived in villages for many centuries. What if we try to create a modern urban mythology (because we all live in cities for a long time), using the existing characters and the laws of Russian folklore, or even invent new ones?

The concept of the project "Unusual tales" aims to create a fairy tale about modern Kolomna using an important social event for the city. I am going to do small study on the first stage of my residency in Kolomna, as a result I can get new, previously unknown fact. This fact (not necessarily negative) will become the basis of the fairy tale. It will be a small chamber or major event revolving the whole city.


декабря 2015

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