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Natasha Tamruchi What we hear, when we look.
Music and visual arts are two universal languages which escape any national barriers. If you use them to express yourself you will be understood in any part of the world without a need for interpreter. This capacity to express symbols non-verbally, which is intrinsic to both of them, provokes the temptation to combine them and reach certain coherent articulation
Natasha Tamruchi A Note of Explanation
Using the Russian word “шедевр” (masterpiece, chef d-oeuvre) in earnest has become impossible. The word is reserved for ironic contexts, and has to be substituted with such universally applicable clichés as “great work”, “powerful thing”, and the like for normal discourse.
Valentin Dyakonov Capolavoro Impossibile
Our discussion of what makes a masterpiece will start with two works of fiction and one memoire. A fictional character, the protagonist of Balzac’s short story “The Unknown Masterpiece”, artist Frenhofer aka Mabuse, a pupil of real-life artist Jean Gossaert, unveils a painting that has taken him ten years to two visitors, real-life artist Nicolas Poussin et Frans Pourbus.
Andrei Kuzkin Letter to NN
The event which happened in the gallery on the 15 of March 2011 was preceded by the following letter (published with outtakes)
Natasha Tamruchi Juvenile Soldier
It is common knowledge (at least in Russia) that this country has its special path. It makes not sense arguing with the concept especially when it applied to the past (in the present, however, it’d be nice to take a path less special).
Nikolay Ageev Heavy Air
The air is heavy, the sky is gray; the sun may stay hidden for two months in a row; the views are mostly awful and breed depression. The sidewalks are filthy, the roads beat up. Street signs don’t make navigation easy.
Lev Rubinstein Who Are You
People I hung around in the early seventies liked to play a curious joke (maybe not quite a joke – a bit of a game, a bit of a test). During the evening a newcomer was asked three times who he or she was.
Natasha Tamruchi Pathogenesis
The first Soviet Constitution of 1918 carefully details all categories of civilians who are stripped of voting rights: They are:
(a) Persons who employ hired labor in order to obtain from it an increase in profits;
(b) Persons who have an income without doing any work, such as interest from capital, receipts from property, etc;
Natasha Tamruchi The Secret Life of Bodies
Our relationship with our body remains fairly unclear.
Contrary to all expectations, rapidly growing knowledge of how a human body works makes it all the more difficult to answer the simple question of what we mean when we say “I”.
Dimitry Mikhel Intrusions in the Citadel of the Body
The body no longer offers refuge to an individual. One used to be able to hide in it like one hides in a house or a fortress. Yet it has always been assailed by alien forces. Those forces were legion: a tribe, a despot, an employer.