Greetings, dear readers! Happy Easter to those who believe, happy Labour Day for those who belabour, happy Solidarity Day to the Kazakhstan citizens, and for all the rest we hope that you, guys, had a nice weekend! We are sorry that we had to leave you floating among ignorance, memes and cats on the Internet, but we promise to behave ourselves in future. And we’ve got plenty of news, as usual.
First one is, of course, that Olga Inguz has come back to Moscow at last! *Here you should say “hip-hip-hurrah!”* She brought many souvenirs, photos, impressions and different creations! Those were wonderful 6 months. In the Arctic lands spring is coming – snow is melting and the sun never sets down; and in Moscow and in the Urals all the friends and relatives are waiting for the Arctic telltales. But everything is good in its season.
P №1: From time to time we get mail and messages from different people through social networks. By the way, check up our new “Contacts” page. You can contact us through it. Sometimes such message exchanges result into creative cooperation, interesting heart-to-heart talks and some other projects. We decided that it’s time to make such a page. Meet the “Projects” page!
P №2: A dormant Russian settlement, a former miners’ town Pyramiden is situated under the mountain of the same name. When AnVe was leaving Barentsburg he flew through the northernmost ghost-town in the world. The stop was about an hour long and he managed to record some post apocalyptic vistas of Arctic, to have a little walk around and to write a poem. It was written by the way and seems a bit clumsy. Athough...
So, another video from Barentsburg has been finally cut! This is a nostalgic hello from Arctic, where the sky and the earth join together in our world. The video is longer than the previous ones and it sums up our video-tour around the Russian settlement on Spitsbergen.
AnVe has recently performed as a poet which is actually his first performance in such a role. It was on the World Poetry Day in the oldest Moscow museum - The Vernadsky State Geological Museum (approx. 15 minutes from the Kremlin). There was a public reading of Cult-and-Art portal. You can see those unexpected texts below. Many thanks to Maria Yachmenyova for her art (our creative union has begun since “Barcodes of Happiness” - that is about 3 years ago).
Barentsburg includes not only industrial and dwelling buildings, but also roads and paths ascending to the sky. And under the thick snow you may find whatever: metal fittings, for instance, or special ditches. When you get in those you slump nearly knee-deep. But they are made for the water to go away from the mountains straight to the sea.
When there is no sun for nearly four months you start treating it differently. Its first beams hurt your eyes anyway, but you cannot help looking at the Sun. You are standing at the top of the globe, near the sky, and looking the Universe in the eyes. The sun is much colder here than on the mainland in winter. But we’ve been waiting for it so desperately! They promised the sun to rise on Fen the 22nd, but the thick clouds didn’t let it out until the 27th or 28th, so the sun was very welcome. It also decided to celebrate its birthday with the first rainbow this year.
In 1920, following the Paris Peace Conference, the Svalbard Treaty was signed. Actually Norway aquired the whole archipelago, but all the countries innumerated in this treaty had the right to fullfill their commercial and scientific activities on the islands. We shall not go deep in the history and study how Russian settlements arose in that territory and aquired a special status. You can read it here and here.
By the way, Spitsbergen is a Russian name of the whole archipelago. In Norwegian it is called Svalbard and if you happen to fly there you will hear Svalbard only. Spitsbergen is actually the biggest island of the that group. So, it adds some mess.