In Moscow: Or my Farewell to the South

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The brush gave way to new instruments with which it was convenient and easy and more expedient to work the surface. The brush which had been so indispensable in painting, which transmitted the object and its subtleties became an inadequate and imprecise instrument in the new non-objective painting, and the press, the roller, the drawing pen, the compass replaced it. Faktura also meant at this point, and not for Rodchenko alone, incorporating the technical means of construction into the work itself and linking them with existing standards of the development of the means of production in society at large.

But I was a baby of the cold war, and the revolutionary period had been publicly repressed almost completely during my childhood and young adulthood. Fields that do not register the hand indexically. Godard uses up-to-date digital mediums indications are that the 3D effects in his latest are mostly developed in post-production, by which is meant in the realm of the digital but the digital also affords him a kind of aesthetic decision-making that is extremely close to the painterly, especially when compared with the breaks with that approach realized by Duchamp in his reliance on chance, or with the Russian Constructivists who moved toward factography.

But in this historical moment of Capitalism when the global means of production are all over the place in scale and modality — from sweatshops and cottage industry workers to massive assembly lines to the absence of workers altogether in robotic industries — why would facture be easily renounced…we might as well be living in pre-revolutionary Russia…. Foxconn Apple Factory, China.

Also there is the sense of loss of the tactile and olfactory absence of the moving of the oils around the canvas. Like Like. Already the images and many stories within one image of Film Socialisme have been very inspiring to me, but Goodbye to language is — by other standards — an amazing film too. It is not about clear images in opposition to vague ideas. Ideas can never enact or unfold what images can tell in all their complexity clarity, but in the confrontation of ideas and images — in their togetherness, the true potential lies I think, both vague and clear, never as an either-or constellation.

Just a note to say hello from Sweden, hope you are doing very well, warmest regards, Roemer van Toorn. More than , soldiers and dependents are already gone. So are 3, of the 4, tanks that were here three years ago, 7, of the 8, armored personnel carriers, 3, of the 3, artillery pieces and 1, of the 1, planes and helicopters.

Officers have pledged not to leave even a single cartridge behind. Much of the cost is being borne by Germany, which is also helping to pay the salaries of departing officers, build homes for them in various parts of the former Soviet Union and teach them skills that will be marketable at home. Nearly all Germans consider this money well spent, a remarkably low sum to assure the speedy withdrawal of an occupying army that some feared would remain for decades.

It's their last assignment in Germany, and as a matter of military pride, they want to do it well. The last Russian soldier to leave German soil will probably be Gen. Matvei Burlakov, 58, who came here after overseeing the much smaller task of withdrawing Russian troops from Hungary. General Burlakov is the 16th Russian commander in a line that stretches back to the legendary Marshal Georgi Zhukov, who accepted the surrender of Berlin on May 2, , and whose men, on the same day, took , German soldiers prisoner.

As a career officer whose father was killed in World War II and whose son is also an officer, General Burlakov is imbued with traditional Soviet military and political doctrine. But he has proven far more open and accessible than any predecessor and has evidently changed with the times. I came here still holding this cold-war mentality.

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I think I made a great mistake, and that all Soviet citizens were wrong as far as Germany is concerned. Our relations are really quite cordial.

General Burlakov became agitated only when talking about the failure of Soviet negotiators and German contractors to guarantee living quarters for returning officers. That is not a civilized withdrawal. But our leadership at that time, Gorbachev and Foreign Minister Shevardnadze and the others, should have thought more carefully about what lies behind the withdrawal: people lie behind it. Because these people were not considered, we are forced to make them live in open fields. Soviet bases covered 1, square miles in eastern Germany, all of which will be vacant by the end of August. Governments of the five eastern states and Berlin plan to convert the land to civilian use.

One of the most valuable installations is the base at Wunsdorf, 25 miles south of Berlin, where the Russian command is based. It covers 20 square miles and was once home to 30, people. Among the hundreds of buildings are barracks, schools, sports stadiums, gymnasiums, cafes, restaurants and an officers' club. This base has been a military center for more than years, and was the headquarters of Nazi officers who planned the invasion of the Soviet Union.

The Nazis built a vast complex of underground bunkers, a long-secret maze of 3, rooms with self-contained communications, water supply and power generating systems. Planners have suggested that the Wunsdorf base could become a center for East-West trade fairs or a new town for bureaucrats who will move to Berlin when the capital is transferred from Bonn later in the decade.

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