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The Möbius Band’s Mysterious Capers / A One-sided Chronicle of Leningrad, Moscow, St. Petersburg: V. Sterligov, V. Koleichuk, I. Govorkov and E. Gubanova

St. Petersburg: Borey Art Center, 2021.
Cherkaev X., Tipikina E. N.

This is a two-sided book about one-sided surfaces. It has two beginnings and no end – and it’s bilingual, in English and Russian, comprised of two parallel texts, neither of which is a translation of the other.

Opened one way, this book is a non-serious manual about how to shake the foundations of reason by cutting up single-sided surfaces (from möbius bands and flexagons to multi-möbius banded figures). Turned over, flipped 180 degrees and opened the other way, it’s a book about how single-sided surfaces appear in the work of four Russian artists: Vladimir Sterligov, Viacheslav Koleichuk, Ivan Govorkov and Elena Gubanova. These two sides are tied together with a möbius-like narrative twist that matches content to form: about how we’re grateful to the parents who once managed to startle us into seeing that reality is less stable than it first appears.

The Möbius Band’s Mysterious Capers / A One-sided Chronicle of Leningrad, Moscow, St. Petersburg: V. Sterligov, V. Koleichuk, I. Govorkov and E. Gubanova