Harvard_VES184_Lecture_3 - VES184 Lecture Notes ST PETERSBURG The city of water Attention of National vs Urban memories Urban myths and practices of

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VES184: Lecture Notes (Oct 29, 2009) ST. PETERSBURG The city of water Attention of National vs. Urban memories Urban myths and practices of urban dwellers (wandering & wondering, estrangement, mapping) Relationship between façade and interior Brodsky: God is time, time is water o Water is there to constantly photograph us What distinguishes it, is the "fact that it looks like all of them" - defined by UNORGINALITY History: o City was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great o Renamed to Petrograd o 1924, after Lenin's death, name was Soviet-ized to Leningrad o Multiply renamed city - killed any origin it had o Built on the bones of Russian peasants Pushkin: poem tells about the great flood, as well as the body and nature of the city Has a literary double - sometimes objects in the city are changed after the text is written Dobuzhinsky: member of global art movement, enjoyed carnival-esque objects in the city o Documents the new ruins of a modern city o
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  • GiulianaBruno&SvetlanaBoym
  • Saint Petersburg, St. Petersburg

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