Something In The Air


On August 6th Strelka hosted the first of the four events dedicated to the future of reading. At 6pm a mobile bookcrossing zone was launched in Strelka’s courtyard. During the event participants had the opportunity to meet fellow book collectors, and trade in their old books on art, architecture and urbanism for new ones over the improvised counters.

Presentation of the ‘Books are in the air’ programme and Strelka Digital Library, elaborated in partnership with Bookmate, took place at 8pm. The presentation was be followed by discussion on perspectives of electronic publishing in Russia and abroad between Anna Krasinskaya, Maxim Balabin, Vladimir Haritonov and Lev Manovich. Lev Manovich gave a video-lecture, in which he spoke about new reality interfaces that dictate the ways in which information is organised and perceived. Data flow, data base and timeline are key forms that information takes today. Theoretician of new media shared his insight on curating information flows and talked about new patterns of information distribution as an instrument in contemporary art practice.

At 10pm sound artists Phalf and MOTOR together with video artist Timur Square presented an hour-long audio-visual performance using abstracts from Strelka Press publications.


Maxim Balabin – head of book club Bookmate, art director at Dream Industries

Vladimir Kharitonov — executive director at Association of online-publishers, associate professor at Liberal Arts University (Yekaterinburg)

Anna Krasinskaya — director of Strelka Press publishing programme

Lev Manovich — theoretician of new media, author of “The Language of New Media”, professor in Computer Science programme at City University of New York, Graduate Center, founder of Software Studies Initiative lab.


Phalf — a project by sound artist Philipp Ilyinskii. In his works Filipp probes behind the interrelation between nature and sound synthesis, and confines of the listener’s perception.

MOTOR – a project by techno-producer, electronic musician and founder of Internet-based label Vadim Ugryumov. Vadim experiments with sound landscapes and field recordings.