IX Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair will be held from 28 October to 1st November 2015
27 October 2015 News
Nowadays we have a unique possibility to travel around the world. We have a chance to experience different cultures, to get new perspectives, to pass through traditions of other cultures. Traveling is a motion, which allows us to see ourselves from other side. Getting further into unknown surrounding, putting it on ourselves, we always come back to our origins. We compare something new with what we already have. We try to see distinctions and common features. That is what we can call a “true journey”. Something that we feel inside without any external trips.
Change in our reality cuts off the environment we used to be. When we meet culture phenomena first, it shocks us. Being aware of such things opens an opportunity of existent cultural code transformation. Transformation destroys actual memes and creates other. That is how modern art works. Modern art does not even try to make an offer for its viewers. It goes straight to people and impose a need for new, at some time, radical experience.
Some kind of cultural code have toponyms, which are geographical names of locations. Legend of a place can be created over the centuries. It also can appear by a consequence of an event or art. Moreover, various legends can be mixed together and belong only to the one city. Writer’s perception of cities exist not only in their stories, but also in the mind of reader. There are parallel worlds coexisting with each other. One novel or an excerpt from author’s biography can be a background for culture of country or its regions. Many big cities have literature and historical connections. However, there are places that could remain unknown, if they have not relation with Russian culture. Boldino and Mikhaylovskoye, Taman, Tarusa and Yasnaya Polyana – all these are geographical names from novels. They are places that cherish the memory of readers for over centuries. These places are already familiar to every schoolkid. “The Kolyma Tales” by Varlam Shalamov or “Farewell to Matryona” by Valentin Rasputin are not only stories, but also a storage of historical and social events. They gives to Russian locations a touch of culture. Combination of cultural and historical experience through several centuries, current post-modernist flow, legend of places and persistent mass media creates the perception of modern audience.
Every year Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair offers people to get to know something new about culture. Musical and theater groups, writers, poets, novelists and artists from all over the world visit Krasnoyarsk to participate in the fair. Many of them experience being in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia and Russia for the very first time. If you are going to Krasnoyarsk, it is not only about changing your location. It is about a journey, started at what we already know to unexpected experience and new talented people. On 9th Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair we will talk about how Russian culture context is complicated. There will be themes such as the way cultural code is created, exploring of some memes, legends and their creators, metamorphose of the perception and finally, about searching new language of literature and art.
Philologist, interpreter, essayist, editor of publish house “Logos”, mentor of fair’s writing laboratory:
“Traveling consist of two parts. They are going to some places and coming back. We travel to come back later with new knowledge, new ideas. That is why in 19th century young people from well-educated families should have trips outside their country. Nowadays more and more people are doing this. We are experiencing travels as tourists, adventurers or as pilgrims. Traveling gives us an opportunity to get unexpected experience, to move from consumption values to learning something new about ourselves. Every place that we visit keeps a unique story we can learn from. All this inspires us to get to know about adventure genre in literature. We can find answers for our questions in books. Among many genres about adventures, only few in Russia know about, a “traveler’s” genre. Maybe you have seen it in travel essays or guidebooks, but actually, it is not so spread yet. Probably, it is happens, because our compatriots are far away from understanding of traveling lifestyle. Even now it is remain hardly known for them.