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Mobilizing Dissent: The Possible Architecture of the Governed

A gigantic ship loaded with Russian monasteries, church spires, and Kremlin-like fortresses is ‘beached’ at the edge of a generic block-city. The oarsmen who propel the ship are unaware that their vessel is no longer mobile. The ship of fools was a common trope in the Soviet art of the Glasnost years.

Figure 5.1 (Below) Iskander Galimov in collaboration with Michail Fadeyev, Russian Centre in Bologna, Italy, 1989.

It also acquired several architectural articulations. In 1989, Iskander Galimov and his collaborator Michael Fadeyev submitted a red-toned gouache painting on this theme together with a set of detailed architectural plans, sections and structural calculations as their entry to an ideas competition for a Russian Centre in Bologna (Figure 5.1). The ...

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