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I am a postroctoral researcher at Aarhus University, where I moved after spending 8 years in Budapest.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
CS meetings in Petersburg and Budapest, but curious to explore more opportunities.
History of art and design, cultural history of Eastern and Central Europe, politically conscious art and all kind of debates on kitsch as opposed to "true art" (and how can we define it in the 21st century "taste", "rationality" as related to suppression, or, on the contrary, emancipation; ethical dimensions of modernism and post-modernism; and, immortally, human rights movement, historical and contemporary.
- human rights
Music, Movies, and Books
I read a lot on design theory, and cultural history - this is related to my doctoral research. But also try to read good fiction - this is very important, no matter how busy one is. My latest read was Nabokov's "Luzhin's Defense" - very masterful, even though, I am ashamed to admit, I do not play chess (and the plot of this novel is all based on the art of chess play). The main protagonist of another Nabokov's novel, "Pnin," a middle-aged Russian emigre professor in the U. S. imagined Wainddell college in the early 1950s, "a man of great moral courage, a pure man, a scholar and a staunch friend, serenely wise," but somewhat clumsy and misunderstood by his colleagues, is the literary figure I can identify myself. However, my two favorite literary works are the unfinished novel by Robert Musil "The Main without Qualities" and the "poem in prose" "Moscow-Petushki" by Venedict Errofeev" (about the tragedy of an intellectual suffering in a stifling hypocritical climate of late Soviet regime." As for movies - I like, obviously, the ones which make you think; my fsvorite filmmaker is probably the Hungarian Istvan Szabo. Music totally depends on my mood and period of life, as long as it is good ("good" being very subjective criterion, of course). At least, The Doors is always relevant. I wish I could better understand sophisticated contemporary jazz, but, alas, I have no music education. And definitely, I try to educate myself in perception of classic music, as much as possible.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Being a visiting student at Princeton University in Autumn 2011 and then Participating in a very high-level academic conference at Princeton University (about the afterlives of Russian/Soviet Constructivism) this May. And flying across the ocean overcoming my fear of air travel, so making a small victory over myself.
Hiking in the forests, along rivers and lakes of Karelian Isthmus - but this is already a childhood/adolescence memory.
Meeting some wonderful people.
Teach, Learn, Share
I have not gained so much special knowledge yet, I think - but will be glad to share when I do.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Italy, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Hungary, Russian Federation, United States