Pre-fabulous: Flower Pots

A study of prefabricated and moulded concrete. Part 2.  A few weeks ago, I started a study of ‘Soviet concrete‘ with a highly unscientific study of the pre-fabricated concrete fence. Inspired by what I discovered, this week I ventured forth into Kyiv’s city jungle to study the fence’s small cousin – the flower pot. Background  In Russian…

Old, cute, kitschy, cool

This week I’ve been exploring the weird and wonderful world that is Kyiv‘s left bank. Like many foreigners here, I have to admit I spend way too much time in the city centre and view the left bank with a certain amount of suspicion and intrigue. So, on Thursday I joined a mini tour of…

Pre-fabulous: Fences

A study of prefabricated concrete. In Russian and Ukrainian the word ‘fabrika’ means factory. In English, we use a similar word ‘fabricated‘ to mean ‘constructed’ or ‘made’. ‘Prefabricated’ or simply ‘pre-fab‘ is “to manufacture in standardised sections, ready for quick assembly” Now, it is well known that the only thing that aroused Europe’s communist leaders more than…

Moving Pictures from the USSR. Part 2

Here it is, part 2 of my brief and uneducated exploration of animation from the USSR. First up, we have Slow Bistro. The name is (I assume intentionally) ironic because the word ‘Bistro’ comes from the Russian word ‘bistra’ which means ‘quick’ …the video is amusingly abstract and it reminds me of so many Bearder…