«RUSSIAN DEUTSCH:CULTURAL TESTS» in the frames of «Days of Germany in Kaliningrad-2009» programme
30 November — 1 December of 2009, Kaliningrad. The «RUSSIAN DEUTSCH“: CULTURAL TESTS» project in the frames of «Days of Germany in Kaliningrad-2009» programme took place. The project was carried out by the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts with financial support from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Moscow. The partners of the project are the German-Russian House, Immanuel Kant State University of Russia, Museum «Friedland Gates». «Days of Germany in Kaliningrad-2009» are several parallel programmes ( «Russian Deutsch: Cultural tests», F. Schiller Festival of student theatres, Film club 69/09), which acquaint a viewer with trends of cultural life in present-day Berlin, features of Russian Germany and international interpretation of German classics by student theatres.
The emphasis of the «Russian Deutsch: Cultural tests» project, presented by the Kaliningrad Branch of the NCCA, is done on the authors, whose oeuvre thematizes their special relations with Russia: living in Germany, they investigate phenomenon of Russian culture, thus demonstrating features of German perception. Hence, invited authors create a diptych: a Russian-German and German-Russian portraits of Germany and Russia.
On the 30th November in the German-Russian House there was the presentation of «Higthway of enthusiasts. A trip across Russian Germany», a new book by journalist Merle Hilbk, in which the author investigates «the country within the country» – a small Russia in the big Germany – and rises a question of «identity» and «personal identity“: what do Germanness» and being a German mean?
Later in the day in the Museum «Friedland Gates» there was an opening of «Pillow Garden — 18 Occult Images», experimental photography exposition by Mona Filz, the artist from Berlin. The project by Mona Filz is a combination of texts, collages, painting, drawing and photography. The author investigates the theme of cultural identity, touches upon borderlands of personal identity and visual perception, acting as intermediary for magic and photography.
1 December, the German-Russian House. Merle Hilbk gave a lecture «History and development of German popular music», in which she presented pop music as means of socio-political trends of the 80s; she also reported about shift of music epochs in Germany in the past decade.
On the evening of that day in the iconic restaurant «Atlantika» there was a party inspired by the International Festival «YesYes – JaJa party!» together with Monika Filz and Merle Hilbk as DJ’s.