Proun Space Station

Memorial to the Victims of the Russian Mafia, Proun Space Station, 2015–16, mixed media

This commemorative station (memorial) should serve as an eternal monument honoring the victims of the Soviet regime, especially the Russian state mafia. It should be a reminder of the sufferings of nameless victims, persecuted fighters for freedom and democracy, who had been removed, killed, disappeared or were forced to emigrate.

The memorial should be installed in the orbit of the Earth. It would serve as an international space station visible at night from the surface of our planet by conventional binoculars. Its purpose should be purely aesthetic and commemorative.

Heat-resistant bonnets of Prouns should be covered by names of the victims.

The object is designed in such a way so that in the likely case of the increasing number of new victims new Prouns can be added. An example is the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine. Thus the object can be indefinitely extended without compromising the aesthetic quality of the work.

Each Proun should be functionally equipped with the same technological device as a regular Russian rocket transporting cargo to build orbital stations, satellites and other similar objects in orbit.

The station should be funded from the sources of the Russian government, i.e., including the mafia sources.

Start of the Proun – 2014

The author of the idea of Proun was El Lissitzky. He tried to rework conventional forms of painting, sculpture and architecture. “Prouns” are stations where one changes from painting to architecture. As an abstract and dynamic unit they can be used by any anonymous artist. They can go from painting to painting, but also anywhere else. This can generate a new multidimensional space. Prouns are a new form capable of creating a new universal organic space – the reality.

I propose that Prouns be launched into orbit from the city of Baikonur formerly known as Leninsk. The city is located in Kazakhstan and its part consists of the cosmodrome (spaceport) where tests of ballistic missiles have been conducted.

Each Proun should be functionally equipped with the same technological devices as a regular Russian spaceship transporting a cargo for building orbital stations, satellites and other similar object in orbit.

I propose that the first Proun be dedicated to the victims of Maidan in Kiev. Both its production and launch should be funded from the sources of the Russian government, i.e., including the Russian mafia sources. Heat-resistant bonnets of Prouns should be covered by names of the victims.