Residency Kronstadt, Russia

2013

Residency in Kronshtadt in collaboration with NCCA

Artistic research project on post-Soviet transformations in the architecture and landscape
Site-specific interventions
Videos

Collection State Museum of the History of St Petersburg

With many thanks to Pelmini Collective

Kronshtadt (Кронштадт) is situated on Kotlin, an island in the Gulf of Finland, which is connected with St. Petersburg by a dam. Because of this strategic location, Peter the Great decided around 1704 to surround this island, which he took from Sweden, with forts and to build a naval base to protect St. Petersburg against invasions of Sweden and England. At the same time he built the city, where sailors and dockworkers would live and where docks and factories would be built. Until the 90s of the 20th century, the island as a military object was not accessible by foreigners and not even for Russian civilians without an official invitation. After the Soviet era, post-Soviet transformations began to slowly change the urban and landscape environments on the island. Many buildings fall into decay, except for the biggest building on the island: the naval cathedral, which was a ruin during the Soviet years.

 

1. Artistic research project on post-Soviet transformations in the architecture and landscape

I created an archive of sites in Kronshtadt with an inventory of the objects and structures that constituted the site on that day. The complete archive can be found on https://kronshtadtarchive.wordpress.com/

 

2. In situ interventions

Spiritual Unity #1 – 
2013 – 
White latex on debris – 1st Northern Fort, Kotlin Island, Russia

 


Spiritual Unity 2 – 
2013
 – White chalk powder in a room in an abandoned former military hospital in Kronshtadt, Russia.

 

Spiritual Unity 3
 – 2013
 – Aluminium foil on litter underneath floor – 
Former theater in Kronshtadt, Russia

 

3. Video observations

The emotional state of an individual – 2013 – recorded in Razliv – (Lenin sculpture by an anonymous artist) – HD, DVD – 1min2sec – B&W, no audio

Monuments – 2013 – recorded in Kronstadt – (Heroes sculpture by an anonymous artist) – HD, DVD, 1min0sec, B&W, no audio

 

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