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Teflon Project or A Tour to the  Rudolfinum (howl was showing the Rudolfinum) Alena Boika | grant theft auto | 01.01.2011
TEFLON PROJECT OR A TOUR TO THE RUDOLFINUM (HOWL WAS SHOWING THE RUDOLFINUM)
Once on a Saturday afternoon, when the clock hands were approaching five and, feeling satisfied with what I had managed to do, I was about to leave Karlin Studios, which houses the publishers Divus and the Umelec editorial team, when the doorbell suddenly rang. We have quite a peculiar doorbell, and realizing that in order to open the door I needed to go all the way downstairs, I was ready to…
Lobotomies at every turn Alena Boika | essay | 01.01.2011
LOBOTOMIES AT EVERY TURN
Winter is over; summer’s begun – Thanks, dear Communist Party, for the seasons again. This is a once-popular couplet that any citizen of the former USSR with at least some sense of humor had no trouble understanding. Despite its sad irony, this laconic rhyme could bring a smile to their faces. Summer was over, autumn had begun – and there I was again, face to face with these strange creatures…
In transition or Where the Ruined and Other  Dreams May Lead Alena Boika | in transition | 01.01.2011
IN TRANSITION OR WHERE THE RUINED AND OTHER DREAMS MAY LEAD
It was the second event of In Transition—an international project with an exhibition and a symposium—which brought me to Yekaterinburg. As it is clear from the title, the project addresses the problems of displaced people, i.e. migrants, refugees, repatriates. The participants are selected through an open online contest and approved by Helene Black and Sheila Pinkel (the founders of NeMe, an…
Ivars Gravlejs: Aliens Among Us Alena Boika | in transition | 01.01.2011
IVARS GRAVLEJS: ALIENS AMONG US
If you are walking down the street on an ordinary gray day and suddenly encounter something that looks like the Northern Lights, then you have most likely run into Ivars Gravlejs. Unlike most members of the Czech Republic’s artistic and intellectual circles, Ivars does not find black, gray and other depressing colors particularly elegant (anarchist, reserved, non-staining – insert the right word…
Petra Pětiletá: Catching the Beauty Alena Boika | in transition | 01.01.2011
PETRA PĚTILETÁ: CATCHING THE BEAUTY
Dedicated to the memory of Georgy Ivanov: Subatomic Decomposition. Every morning when I look out of the window, I see Petra Pětiletá running up the hill. Sometimes I think Petra waits just for me to come to the window before starting her impetuous run, which always ends in the same way: a red cap disappearing beyond the horizon, an instantaneous, bright touch of the holidays that flashes for…
Riga: Life is Life Alena Boika | in transition | 01.01.2011
RIGA: LIFE IS LIFE
Even when they were a part of the Soviet Union, the Baltic States were always a special region, a piece of the West in the East, with a strong scent and sheen of capitalism, though quite reserved due to the conditions of Soviet life. What did the Soviet people know about these republics at the time? Both then and now, people were almost pathologically incapable of distinguishing the three –…
Yekaterinburg: in the footsteps of one’s travel Alena Boika | in transition | 01.02.2010
YEKATERINBURG: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ONE’S TRAVEL
Yekaterinburg is a city, which can rightly claim to be the chief, if we talk about In Transition. A city where every visitor is trying to find that very point, the Urals, where, you see, it is possible to have one foot in Europe and the second in Asia. A city which can be proud to have the largest number of royal family per unit area. A city which in the 1980’s, still under the name of Sverdlovsk…
Zlín: Don’t Call it a Utopia -or A Garden City by an Industrialist, Who Turned Dreams into Seconds Alena Boika | in transition | 01.02.2010
ZLÍN: DON’T CALL IT A UTOPIA -OR A GARDEN CITY BY AN INDUSTRIALIST, WHO TURNED DREAMS INTO SECONDS
My acquaintance with Zlín began when I was preparing the material on Yekaterinburg—the city which is known for its spectacular monuments to the constructivist epoch. Both cities can be proud of being the architectural embodiment of their respective conceptual ideals and, despite the fact those ideals are different to one another both cities architecture is determined by this evidence of Utopias.…
Happy House Alena Boika | editorial | 01.02.2010
HAPPY HOUSE
When we dream of changing the world it is commonly supposed to be idealism. The label “romantic idealism” usually implies the utmost disapproval. Particularly refined minds shape their idealistic views into teachings and programmes, provoking revolutions. But when a revolution fails to occur, the concepts, stubbornly focusing on the search for the way to change and improve the lives of the…
About Carrot, War and Anarchy or Carthago est delenda, Extended Editorial in three parts Alena Boika | editorial | 01.01.2009
ABOUT CARROT, WAR AND ANARCHY OR CARTHAGO EST DELENDA, EXTENDED EDITORIAL IN THREE PARTS
1. This text was written on the way to Luxembourg, in the four consecutive trains required to get from Prague to Colophon, the International Magazine Symposium. This event had looked extremely attractive to me till the very last moment. However, on the evening before departure I was amazed to learn that a “flash-pass,” giving the participants the right to be just that, would cost 100 euros. Of…
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