Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Guest Book

Stephan Kuepper

Ilya Kabakov is one of the founders of Moscow Conceptualist art, and now one of international art's most visible figures. Together with his wife Emilia, he has realized scores of installations, public projects, as well as published several volumes of writings on his art.

Stephan Kuepper has written extensively on Moscow Conceptualism, as well as translated a host of texts by Ilya Kabakov, Dmitrii Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, and others. He is now working as content manager for one of the few surviving dotcoms in Berlin.

FOR AN ARTIST WHO FREQUENTLY INCORPORATES THE ANTICIPATED viewers' reactions and their feedback into his works, it is most unfortunate that Ilya Kabakov's web site www.ilya-emilia-kabakov.com should have no guest book for visitors to leave their comment. Dedicated to give a forum to Eastern European art, ArtMargins has kindly agreed to provide a guest book for the Kabakov's stunning web presence. Everyone who has viewed and enjoyed their site is encouraged to add their message.

... I’m glad Mike directed me to this site, I wouldn’t have found it myself ..

… This is a site you want to get lost in, there’s so much to explore …

… I can’t seem to load this. Why couldn’t you use plain old HTML, at least as an option? …

… the URL says “ilya-emilia-kabakov”. I can’t see too much of Emilia, though …

… This is surely the most relevant Kabakov site around. Why, then, does my Google bar rank it a meager 3/10? …

… Great art work, man! Keep up the good work! …

… This is great: I move my mouse here, and a text comes up …

… 11 installations – but surely you’ve done more than that? …

 … The essay on Public Projects is really interesting. There seems to be something missing, though …

… This, if you wish, is a “Total Website”. It opens all over your screen so you can’t open, or see, any other window beside it. I think this concept ties in nicely with Kabakov’s concept of “Total Installation” which brings the viewer into a completely different world …

… Wow, this guy can sure use Flash to maximum impact! …

… I hate pop-up windows! …

… This installation, “The Great Archive” – I thought I’d find more material on it. This site isn’t an archive at all, there are hardly any texts on it …

… Dmitri of the Sergiev Posad Linux User Group says hello! …

… I wanted to copy the Exhibition History for my paper, but I can’t seem to do it. Surely there is a text version somewhere …

… Of all the search results for “ilya kabakov”, this is surely the most rewarding. The rest is mostly outdated exhibition announcements, or badly informed articles by provincial hacks …

… Dear Ilya and Emilia, I’m not sure if you read this at all (I hope so), but let me just tell you how deep your installation, “Whose Wings are these?”, has moved me. It is really lyrical, how these blue wings move all over the place like a angel – I sometimes just sit down in fromt of it and let myself carried away. Sorry for my English, Love, Rijke …

… That biography, http://www.ilya-emilia-kabakov.com/biography.pdf - it’s real comprehensive, but surely they could’ve gotten someone who could at least spell the names properly …

… “A porch without a house behind it” – wasn’t that how Nabokov described Jorge Luis Borges’ writings? …

… Hi Andy, greetz to all! …

… I could listen all night to the sound track of the “Red Wagon”. Do you think you could send me the songs as mp3 files? …

… Emilia Kabakov comes off a bit like Linda McCartney, doesn’t she (sorry, no offence meant) …

… I like the way all these little text fragments come up when you load the site …

… I can’t read the text on the drawings, it’s too small …

… I like the idea of Public Projects not reacting to the space around them – you'd think it’s the other way round …

… Zdravstvui, Ilia! Pozdravliaiu s tvoim prekrasnym saitom, my s Iroi ves’ vecher smotreli. Privet, Leva  

… Flash sucks …

… Flash is the greatest thing that's ever happened to the internet! Could you imagine this site in boring HTML? …

… Flash wasn’t even invented by Macromedia, they just bought it off someone …

… DON’T feed the troll! …

… Some installations are better documented than others. I find “The Red Wagon” very informative, but “Ten Characters” is a bit sparse, and the “Public Projects” only get one or two photos each …

… you click on the little red dot and the picture opens to display the entire room. Good idea, but the pop-ups could’ve been bigger  

… I find this very confusing. You never know where you are …

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