Matthieu Martin

REFRESH THE REVOLUTION

HD color video with sound, 10.51 min
FRAC Basse-Normandie collection

Constructivist architecture repainted in its original colors (1929). Architect: Mosei Reicher.

matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

Exhibition’s view Second Ural Biennale of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Photo : Alex Kiryutin

matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

Refresh the revolution (still shot) 

« The Uralmash district of Yekaterinburg is one of the gigantic inheritances of the heavy industrial Planning of the Stalinist era. More than a mechanical engineering factory, it is a whole little city that emerges ex nihilo in the thirties, with its spacious avenues, its smart accommodations, its working-class club, its cinema, its schools … The global urban tracery converges on the factory, and just before it, there is a gently sloping path towards a hill, which is crowned by a water tower called by the inhabitants the White Tower. Not only is it working as a signal marking a summit, this tower is also used as a ultimate place to link the Donbas streets to the Commissars of Baku – that way, the tram network of these axis seemed watched over by a lookout. All in all, its position was thoroughly studied in order to build an urban harmony connecting each element of Uralmash ». Fabien Bellat

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matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

Refresh the revolution (still shot) 

matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

Refresh the revolution (still shot) 

« Le District Ouralmash d’Ekaterinbourg est l’un des héritages dantesques de la Planification industrielle lourde de l’ère stalinienne. Plus qu’une usine de constructions mécaniques, c’est un morceau entier de ville qui surgit ex nihilo dans les années 1930, avec ses avenues spacieuses, ses logements élégants, son club ouvrier, son cinéma, ses écoles … Le tracé urbain global converge vers l’usine, précédée d’une allée en pente douce vers une colline, couronnée par un château d’eau, que les habitants ont surnommé la Tour blanche. Non contente de fonctionner comme signal marquant un sommet, cette tour sert aussi de point d’orgue à la liaison des rues Donbass et des Commissaires de Bakou – ainsi les tramways de ces axes semblent surveillés par une vigie. En somme sa position fut étudiée avec soin pour construire une harmonie urbaine liant chaque élément d’Ouralmash ». Fabien Bellat

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matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

Refresh the revolution (still shot) 

matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

the tower before and action in progress

matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

matthieu martin, uralmash district of Yekaterinburg white tower, urban, frac basse-normandie

Refreshing the revolution

leaflet
edition of 500 copies
Design: Sven Stuckensmidt