Period of stay: March – April 2021
Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows
- What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?
A wonderful possibility to work. So, I used it fully by writing of my new long essay which probably will be published as a separate book. I didn’t finish it here but I completed more than a half of it.
The contacts to other fellows and IWM stuff. Despite of the very special conditions it was very nice and useful.
The place and its very creative atmosphere.
- Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?
Absolutely yes. Even in online format. I can just imagine how great it could be live.
- Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
Please include any suggestions for improvement.
I really try to find something but I can’t. In my opinion, everything functions just perfectly.
- Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?
Just one thing: thank you very much, dear friends and colleagues!
I hope we’ll meet each other again.
Final Report sheet for departing Fellows
As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!
In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.
We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.
The time of my stay at IWM was of course very special. So, intensity of activities and first of all – of the direct contacts has been essentially restricted.
What I have accomplished here during my stay:
- I started writing my new book, a long essay devoted to the “Festival Age” in Ukrainian culture (1987 – 94). The title “Our Festival Age” should be considered as a working one.
- I have written Prologue and two first chapters entirely. I will continue this work by writing of one more chapter and an Epilogue.
More about my essay: it is an attempt at a consistent recollection and a fairly objective reconstruction of several significant cultural events that fundamentally influenced the Ukrainian society nearly three decades ago. The final years of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the first years of independent Ukraine came together into essentially an uninterrupted festival of artistic events that were new for their time, or at the very least clearly alternative to the ossified official culture. A radical renewal of cultural discourses and values through poetry, rock music, visual and performance art became an ineluctable part of sociopolitical changes at that break of eras. How did it begin in Ukraine, and why did it end? What has been preserved in memory? What has been swallowed by oblivion? Was the “festival age” a continuation of, or a supplement to, the East European velvet alternatives? I pose these and other questions and delve into the stream of testimonies about that “age of genius”—which is still not fully described, narrativized, or lived through.
- I have carried out the IWM online colloquium with the title In Memory of The “Festival Age”: Was It Indeed A Phenomenon?
- I have had one more event which has been opened for the external audience and organized by IWM and Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur: the presentation of my most recently published in German translation novel Die Lieblinge der Justiz (Suhrkamp, 2020).
- In March, I have managed to visit as many museums in Vienna and surrounding areas as I just could (e. g. the very impressful Art Center in Maria Gugging or Museum of Criminal History in Vienna).
- Despite of the very hard lockdown conditions I could enjoy the beauty of this city with all its architecture and natural topography.
- I was very glad to see in catalogue of IWM library the copy of my novel Die Lieblinge der Justiz. With my big pleasure I leave for IWM library the copy of Recreations – my first novel published in English translation.