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A piece to remember

Home Conversations, 2018

With former employees of Impuls Factory Dilijan, Armenia

 

 

34 min 10 sec

9 channel video installation

Video HD, color, sound

 

 

These interviews with former employees of Impuls factory evoke the spontaneous character of encounters that can emerge when people from different generations, cultures, and economic systems talk 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 that emerges 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 only 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 changes and difficulties in order to adapt to the new political system.

Hello World. Revising a Collection. at Hamburger Bahnhof-

Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, 2018

Co-curated by: Clementine Deliss

Other Installation views:

IMPULS

 

 

Texts:

Portable Homelands. From Field to Factory.

by Clémentine Deliss

 

Brochure from the exhibition:

Hello World. Revising a Collection

 

Exhibited at:

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, GR

Hestia Art Residency & Exhibitions Bureau, Belgrade, SR

Alert Studio, Bucharest, RO

Impuls Kondensator, Dilijan, AM

 

 

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, RVVZ Family Foundation, 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 support:

National Gallery im Hamburger Bahnhof –

Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin,

Kulturstiftung des Bundes and

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, (Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art) Berlin 2018.

Credits:

 

Interviewees:

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]

 

Interviewers:

Vangjush Vellahu

Joanna Sokolowska

Vigen Galstyan

Natasha Gasparian

Christoph Keller

Ioana Mitrea

 

Translators:

Inna Tevikyan

Hrach Sargsyan

Simon Beugekian

 

Video editing support:

Jasmina Metwaly

Ioana Mitrea

 

Subtitle editing support:

Silvina Der Meguerditchian

Clementine Deliss

Jasmina Metwaly

 

Language:

Armenian, Russian, English