W hat has a new generation to offer besides sex, drugs
PTUCH has come with its
1 Olh issue. It definitely means
something in these unstable times. For the past two years of
our existence we heard a lot of criticism. "Adults" say we
are not bringing in any culture but dancing. Celebrating oui
small jubilee we want you to meet our friends. This is a
igallery of portraits of talented professionals and positive
creators of what "adults" fail to see as culture.
It is also a
group portrait of a young generation with evident achieve-
ALIEN PAT HOLIM AN
English DJ Paul Evans called them "Russian
Underworld" after their gig in Tretiy Put'
club. Hans and Ivan started
working together as an indus- ■ ■
trial guitar band in '91
called the project after an
Erich Maria Remark's charac- fej
ter. In '9 4 , when Boutsek
came in, the band changed
their style from hard psyche-
delic industrial guitar music to pure elec-
tronic sound. They played a lot of con-
certs, made tapes for a close circle of
friends. They had a brilliant live set on the
106.8 FM. That is it.
Ironically, there is no commercial demand
here for this kind of serious and intelligent
music. And the band that could be as
popular as "Underworld" now fell apart.
Each of them is now drifting by himself:
Boutsek trips in vibration (he gathered all
their equipment in a studio and keeps
experimenting), Ivan in space (when we
met him he was busy making necessary
papers to leave for America), Hans travels
in time. All three of them are tireless wan-
derers. You can hear it in their music.
Music that must be published.
Idesigner, tor the
first three issues of
PTUCH and this
very shoot. Cheap
Katia M elnikova
Architect and designer. Eugene's wife and since June moth-
er of Mark-Otto Raitses.
Olga Soldatova, G alia Sm irnskaya, A lexey
fQ j es
Probably the most popular three Moscow club-fashion
designers. See PTUCH
Ivan Salm aksov
DJ, promoter. Cover of PTUCH 6 . Since
1994 art manager or,ly t0
in PTUCH club, then in W ater Club.
1996 - started his
|own techno label.
His portrait represented 9 0s music in
"adult" magazine "Matador" (with Vladimir Vysotsky for
170s and Boris Grebenshchikov for 80s).
Yana Soldatenkova, Lena Kadykina
Two Moscow top "alternative" models. Worked with every-
body and everywhere.
A rare human face on Russian TV. Also fronts two bands:
electronic Thaivox and grunge Jazzlobster.
year s I
IWinner of this year's Elite Model Looks competition.
Working in Paris.
First independent Russian techno musician to be published
on famous Defective Records label. A progressive and intel-
ligent professional with many plans and ideas.
Talented, young and lively Moscow artists, always together:
Anton Smirnsky, Dmitry Fain, Denis Salautin and Vassily
Smirnov (was on mission). Fensolights, a cover of PTUCH
3, exhibited in the most prestigious galleries in Moscow,
Holland, Belgium and Germany. And it's only a beginning,
Graduated from Music College. Worked in clubs as a go-
go dancer. Sang backing vocals. After shooting for PTUCH
decided to be a model. Going to be a star, it's for sure.
Lika, M asha Tsigal, Igor Banan
Singer, club fashion designer and her boyfriend-cum-model-
cum-acid jazz DJ.
Bruce Sterling, a famous "pop-science
journalist and science fiction writer who
specialises in the impact of technology on
society" was kind enough to answer a
couple impudent questions via Internet:
P: Doesn't computer depress human's feel-
ings, sexuality? By the w ay,
when was the last time YO U made love to
S: Look kid - if you think you know all
about sex and emotion, wait until
you have children.
I have two children,
and one of them is three months
old. This is a condition like trench warfare.
Sex is like a harmless
form of sports or entertainment compared
to conception, pregnancy and
reproduction. You want some intense
human feelings? Try fatherhood.
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