Vangjush Vëllahu

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With former employees of Impuls Factory Dilijan,

August-September 2016

 

This series of interviews with former employees of the Impuls factory evokes the spontaneous character of encounters that can take place when people from different generations, cultures, and economic systems speak face to face. When we are confronted with something which is not ours, we can only understand it by living out of sync with our own personal time. At this intersection, a dialogue emerges that transmits the wisdom and memories of the past. In an unfamiliar location, face to face conversation offers the possibility of catching the missing details of official narratives. These interviews are the beginnings of an oral archive – a living archive – in which the past is transmitted through personal experience.

 

This is the secret factory of Impuls which by the time hosted some four thousand mainly female workers and which till before the 90s produced telecommunication devices in Dilijan, Armenia. Impuls is one of many factories constructed during the USSR time. The interviews with the former employees give us specifically information about the factory and its social substance reaching far beyond the production site, by showing us how the factory was connected to the city, how it generated urban culture and the social life and activities of Dilijan during USSR time.  After the fall of Soviet Union and the declaration of independence of Armenia, Dilijan was disconnected from this larger family and that disconnection brought this city an extreme social change. This changes brought generations of the Soviet Union system into extreme difficulties to configure with the new political systems.

 

 

Credits:

 

9 Channel Video Installation

 

Interviewees:

Shushanik Babayan, Adrine Tutoyan, Serge Yeghikyan, Tsaghik Simonyan, Arevshat Matinyan,

Albert Melkonyan, Hratch Khachatryan, Valentin Ghevondyan, Arkadi Davtyan

 

Interviewers:

Joanna Sokolowska, Vangjush Vellahu, Vigen Galstyan, Natasha Gasparian, Christoph Keller, Ioana Mitrea

 

Language:

Armenian, Russian

 

Translators:

Hrach Sargsyan, Inna Tevikyan, Simon Beugekian

 

Dilijan Arts Observatory

 

Curator:

Clémentine Deliss

 

Assistant Curators:

Asya Yaghmurian, Nairi Khatchadourian

 

Production:

Dilijan Arts Observatory 2016 was supported by philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend,

founders of the United World College Dilijan, RVVZ Family Foundation, and IDeA charitable foundation,

and co-founders of Dilijan Development Fund.

 

Further support was generously provided by Gagik Adibekyan, co-founder of DDF and founder of Adibekyan Family Foundation for Advancement.

 

Additional financial support:

National Galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart

Kulturstiftung des Bundes

German Federal Foreign Office

 

With thanks to all the citizens of Dilijan and former employees of Impuls factoy, Dilijan, Armenia

 

Produced for “Hello World. Revising a Collection”, an exhibition at the Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin 2018, at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, National Gallery, Berlin 2018.