Marina Kazakova


Above the Babylon of Europe: ‘No Hate Bootcamp’ Experience

The photo of multicultural Europe of 2018 and the portrait of the pre-world wars Europe both depict the same mood: hate and dissonance. Nationalism was and still is perhaps the main cause. Nationalism transcended WWI and was the main force of WWII. In addition, the Yugoslav war of the 1990s and the conflict in Ukraine today are offshoots of nationalism. We are 70 years away from 1948, when The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. And what do we have now, here, in the Babylon of Europe? That’s theRead More

Tasting the Wines from the Land of Pablo Picasso at BRUT Wine Shop

Late autumn is the wine-y time of year. There is something tender about looking at the whirling leaves in the comfort of your favorite sweater while sitting in front of the fire with a glass of red in your hand. ‘The moon is low in the evening sky, it’s time to taste some wine’, says Bert Vangertruijden who greets his guests at his cosy wineshop “Brut” in the village of Martenslinde in Bilzen (Belgium), nestled between the cities of Maastricht and Hasselt. This wine shop is on an extraordinary missionRead More

The Smell of the Sun

Short film by Marina Kazakova “THE SMELL OF THE SUN” (October, 2017) SYNOPSIS: The action of the film takes place within one human memory. For already many years the protagonist have been living in his memories of failed love, Each time the protagonist inhales the smell of the sun, he moves in time and space, reviving the mornings of happiness and then their disappearance. The surrounding circumstances, abstract thoughts, poems, nature shine through his nostalgie. Some memories merge with lyrical digressions to such extent that the spectator begins to doubtRead More

The True Story of How Bart Dewolf Created a HU-WO-MAN: the Logo of Conscienza Festival

Conscienza team is proud to host the 2nd edition of the festival at Hippodrome Tongeren on September 23, 2017. The event brings together artists and inspiring people from the world of upcycling, creative reuse, local production and artisanship to show us what they do to make this post-capitalist, climate-changed world a better place. We will be gradually publishing all of our 2017 participant profiles, so stay tuned! When graphic designer Bart Dewolf was tasked with creating an image to represent “Conscienza”, he started with a story. That story is aboutRead More

Poem ‘One Cotton March” translated into Dutch by Herman Rohaert

When it comes to translating poetry, I am always haunted by a memorable quote from the “Nostalghia” film by Andrey Tarkovsky that “poetry is untranslatable, like the whole art”. However, I’ve spent most of my adult life reading my favourite authors in translation: Proust, Sagan, Duras, Maxence Fermine, Peter Høeg, Erlend Loe… Dear Herman Rohaert, thank you so much for your remembrance of me, and for your accurate translation of my poem ‘One Cotton March”. *** In een watten maand maart wandelde ik doorheen muren en gangen, achter de geslotenRead More

Besides the pope, who speaks Latin today?

SCHOLA NOVA – A Private Belgian School where children learn spoken Latin In the middle of the fertile lands and broad plains that bear the nickname of ‘the wheat loft of Belgium’ stands a sugar-white house, an 18th century former convent, “Schola Nova”, a private, non-subsidized school for children aged 6 to 18. This unique cloister of wisdom is not only distinguished for teaching Greco-Latin classical humanities, but also for their magical environment and evocative atmosphere. From far and near students come to study here, some families even move fromRead More