With former employees of Impuls Factory Dilijan, Armenia.
(2016 - 2018)
9 Channel Video Installation
Total length: 34 min 10 sec
These interviews with former employees of Impuls factory evoke the spontaneous character of encounters that can take emerge 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 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.
Impuls is one of many telecommunication factories constructed in the USSR. These interviews provide specific information about the factory and its social substance that reached far beyond the production site. It generated urban culture and the social life of Dilijan. After the fall of Soviet Union and the declaration of independence of Armenia in 1991, Dilijan was disconnected and the city experienced extreme social change and difficulties to conform with the new political system.
Shushanik Babayan [3 min 44 sec], Adrine Tutoyan [4 min 02 sec], Serge Yeghikyan [3 min 32 sec],
Tsaghik Simonyan [3 min 51 sec], Arevshat Matinyan [2 min 12 sec], Albert Melkonyan [5 min 06 sec],
Hratch Khachatryan [4 min 42 sec], Valentin Ghevondyan [3 min 51 sec], Arkadi Davtyan [3 min 09 sec]
Inna Tevikyan (translator), Vangjush Vellahu, Joanna Sokolowska, Vigen Galstyan,
Natasha Gasparian, Christoph Keller, Ioana Mitrea
Armenian, Russian, English
Inna Tevikyan, Hrach Sargsyan, Simon Beugekian
Video and Subtitle editing support:
Ioana Mitrea, Jasmina Metwaly, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Clementine Deliss
Dilijan Arts Observatory
Asya Yaghmurian, Nairi Khatchadourian
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.
National Gallery im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Kulturstiftung des Bundes
German Federal Foreign Office
With thanks to all the citizens of Dilijan and the former employees of Impuls factory, Dilijan, Armenia
Produced for “Hello World. Revising a Collection”, an exhibition at the Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, National Gallery, Berlin. 2018