Results of the competition "Tower Kronprinz: Second Advent" 2006

In 2005 45 artists and teams from Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden took part in the first competition.
The results were presented on the night of May 19-20 and this was a part of the city action "Museum Night, or Art instead of Sleeping". 4 museums of the city took part in this action. The Museum Night lasted for 6 hours and during this time more than 800 guests saw the "Second Advent" of Kronprinz.
The jury included: Yury Avvakumov - artist, architect, curator (Moscow); Leonid Bazhanov - curator, art director of NCCA (Moscow); Valery Bugrov - artist, director of the international construction company "ROSSBAHN" (Kaliningrad); Alexander Popadin - culturologist, literary man (Kaliningrad); Elena Tsvetaeva - artist, curator, director of the Kaliningrad Branch of NCCA (Kaliningrad) and Irina Tchesnokova - curator of the Kaliningrad Branch of NCCA (Kaliningrad).


Winners' projects:
- "Reflections" - installation by Andrej Syailev (Samara, Russia);
- "Freedom" - installation and performance of ZPT group / Sergey Zuev, Maria Patrusheva, Yury Tokarev (Moscow, Russia);
- "Kronprinz" - a film by Marcel Dinahet (Rene, France).

Andrej Syailev. "Reflections", installation, 2006
Though being devastated, the tower still looks monumental. The tower suggests playing on contradictions with its mightiness, and interpreting its architectural properties. Created by means of an ordinary chalk, light, airy subjects will recreate illusory stories of the tower, will bring back to life the ruined spaces and will fill the emptiness with a new content.

"ZPT" group. "Freedom", installation, performance, 2006
Bundled-up white bed-sheets are dropped down as long "ropes" from the windows of the tower. A stereotype picture of an escape from a prison comes to one's mind immediately. The fortification sets its historical past free and turns into a place of new ideas and freedom.

The Kaliningrad Branch of NCCA and the artists from ZPT group express gratitude to volunteers, who took part in creation of the "FREEDOM" installation and performance: Ovchinnikov Pavel, Shershun Zina, Chaly Vadim, Ivanov Ilya, Dorushin Mikhail, Popovskaya Anna, Martynov Alexej, Piryatinsky Nokolaj, Polyakov Pavel, Polischuk Artem, Hannes Gieseler

Marcel Dinahet. "Kronprinz", video, 2006, 33'54"
The video work is created as a reportage; it represents a number of encounters in the streets of Kaliningrad. The artist is looking for the tower Kronprinz - he is wandering with a camera around the city, trying to find a way to it and asking ordinary passers-by in English how to get there. Kaliningraders valiantly cope with difficulties in translation (Kronprinz is Kronprinz in English), and show themselves as hearty and hospitable hosts. First, they slowly describe the location in Russian, but then, having realized that they are not understood, show the direction by gestures.

An edition which included a series of postcards devoted to the project was published according to the results of the first competition "Tower Kronprinz: Second Advent". It consisted of the projects-winners 2006, the projects which were specially chosen by the jury for publishing postcards and works which were presented on the 5th of July 2005 within the pilot project "Tower Kronprinz: Second Advent".

Danil Akimov, Dmitry Demidov, Evgeny Palamarchuk / Kaliningrad, Russia
"Tower Kronprinz: Second Advent", light and sound performance, 2005
During the performance the tower-redan Kronprinz is transformed into a light and sounds object. Perhaps, this is the last time we can hear the "native sounds" of a militant tower and to see it the way it was probably conceived more than 150 year ago.

Philip Meersman, Sergey Birjukov, Peter Ian Waugh
Halle, Germany / Brussels, Belgium
"Echo in the tower", installation drafts, 2005

The members of the DAstrugistenDA group, who work in the field of experimental poetry, proposed to create an enlightened soundscape around the tower. The mighty object in Kaliningrad will be a symbol for all the towers in the world, which are (were) built to be defended. In front of the tower and on its walls a sound performance takes place: three poets as statues interpret the history of the tower Kronprinz, also gossiping about the world around them. Images of other towers and texts are projected onto the tower's wall. The group's performance is based on the works of I. Kant and H. Arendt.

Karpenko-Karpenko, Danil Akimov / Kaliningrad, Russia
"Karaoke-serenade", sound installation, 2005

The project was implemented in cooperation with the Podium Studio fashion agency (Kaliningrad) - organizer of the Face of the Year contest.

Very high in the Tower bewitched many-sided media-princess languishes. And only the one, able to really sincerely perform a song of Love for her, will dispel the magic and will see a real Beauty. Kaliningrad top-models' portraits were projected onto the 2nd floor window of the tower. The audience could find all the auxiliary tools for singing serenades in a designated place - under a window of a high, very high, Tower, where the princess is waiting for her Saviour.

Jarek Lustych / Poland, Warsaw
"Defenders", installation drafts, 2005

The work is composed of about 20 woodcuts made with historical Koenigsberg grenadier regiment colours. Resin covered prints will be exposed horizontally on the tops of 2.5 m iron rods. Thus, it will be impossible to see any of the colours without maintaining some distance from the installation. This work, like a real defender, will keep viewers away.

Masha Sha / St. Petersburg, Russia
"Where are you, my Prinz?", installation drafts, 2005

All of us inwardly believe in wonders and fairytales. We believe that by a wave of a magic wand we will become happy, free, rich and will start speaking foreign languages… Suddenly, a prince riding a white horse will appear on the scene. We will be saved and taken to the bright future! The image of the fairy tower is the strongest one among archetypical representations of the tower. The idea of the project consists in transforming the military monument into a magic object, where a beautiful Princess is sitting and waiting for her Prince. Big plaits twisted with red satin ribbons hang down from the windows; and a tender woman's voice is calling: "Where are you, my Prince?", "I am here…", "I am waiting for you…". And sighs of waiting…
One can seat under the hatches in the tower and wait for salvation for ages.
The project not only creates the image of a fairy tale, but also demonstrates the futility of passive waiting. "Prince" appears rather when you do deeds than wait for manna from heaven.

Thomas Neumann, Johannes Doering, Juergen Staack
Dusseldorf, Germany
"Paradise at the tower Kronprinz", installation drafts, 2005

In the long, cold and dark months of winter in Kaliningrad we would like to create a real "Paradise" in front of the tower Kronprinz. For that we will bring small paddling pools for children, sand from the beach of the Baltic Sea, colourful lamps, comfortable chairs, some radiators. The visitors can enjoy their lives there. On the one hand, the installation works with the changing of contexts and possibility of reconstructing the world. On the other hand, the idea of fun, amusement and communication is an essential part of the work.

Evgeny Umansky / Kaliningrad, Russia
"Kronprinz Reanimation", installation, 2005

In order to read the text ZNIRPNORK, one should use a mirror. This trick is used by ambulances, so that drivers can read AMBULANCE in a mirror of their car and to make way for it. "KRONPRINZ reanimation" symbolized enlivening of the old tower, salvation and resurrection to life in a new quality of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Rostan Tavasiev / Moscow, Russia
"Little bricks", installation, 2005

"Little bricks" is a manifest of an artist, who feels it's his duty to take part in fighting against German militarism. The inner ring of the city's fortifications is chosen for striking a blow. The work destroys the image of ominous, mysterious, and unassailable by appearance constructions - the towers Kronprinz and Dona. Plush toy bricks, stuck into the walls, are able to transform the dark atmosphere of fortifications into light and pure energy of joy.

Sakalauskaite Elena / Lithuania, Vilnius
"Crown", installation drafts, 2005

I propose to put a resplendent crown (Crwon-prince), made of a shining aluminum foil used for packing chocolates, on the tower Kronprinz. In order to collect enough material, we will organize an event for children, during which they will be able to exchange aluminum foil for sweets. Then, together with children-volunteers we will decorate the frame of the crown with glossy silver. The material was chosen due to its lightness; it does not damage the monument, and produces an impressive image by intensive reflection.

Vladimir Scherbakov / Kaliningrad, Russia
"Farewell, Arms...", installation, 2005

Flags are the combination of elegance, power and simplicity. They are placed in the most beautiful and majestic sites, so that as many people can see them as possible. There is also a historical tradition of using flags: since long a white flag has been internationally symbolizing the end of enmity. White flag as a piece of peace, pure canvass on which future can be painted, is erected on the tower Kronprinz.

Evgeny Umansky, Alexey Tchebykin / Kaliningrad, Russia
"Overstatement", web-installation, 2005-2006
"Kronprinz Peter I". After the works of Zurab Tsereteli, 3d-composing

"Overstatement" represents a number of simulation projects aiming to promote the tower Kronprinz in the field of contemporary culture. Authors involved famous contemporary artists, namely their names and works, as pseudo participants of the artistic process in the tower. This will make the status of the exhibition space of the tower Kronprinz higher, and cultural events of a national and European scope, rather than of the regional one, will be produced.

Marina Razheva / Ekaterinburg, Russia
"Well", installation drafts, 2005

A well is not moved from one place to another, but water can rise or become lower in it. Grenadier regiments, police units, military treasury, living quarters, warehouses, colleges and shops were located at the tower at different times. Since the beginning of its existence the tower has changed its contents for more than 15 times.
I propose to set up a system of floodlights at the bottom of the tower's "well", that is located in the centre and goes up. Once electricity is on, a strong beam breaks away from the "well" to the skies. In future one can use the light equipment as a tower's marker - a lighthouse of the Kaliningrad Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts.