Tbilisi, GE



This project is part of an ongoing series of works. This series explores the connection between private and public spaces, and studies the informal urban phenomena of the urban void, i.e., non-functionalal, abandoned, and unused spaces, which due to their non-functionality, cannot be classified as either public or private spaces. Artistic interventions turn the spaces into alternative, social, and cultural condensers, through self-organized actions.

The word Besedka comes from Russian беседа, which means conversing. As such, within space, it stands for a place for spontaneous meetups, sharing information, and having discussions. Architecturally, it consists of simple architectural elements that were found in numerous Soviet cities, villages, micro-districts, parks, and courtyards. Besedka is a place for gathering, communicating, playing, social interaction and represents one of many types of Birzha, places for self-organized gatherings.

This installation does not rebuild the classic besedka, but creates new typology. It uses well known materials, common in Georgia, such as garage armaturas, polycarbonate, or wood. The construction will be built near a heavily crowded neighborhood in an existing urban void (a place is still yet to be found).

Over the course of the three editions, the work will unfold in threes after Joseph Kosuth’s "One and Three Chairs," where the artist depicts a chair through text, in drawing, as well as displaying a chair in three dimensions.

The pandemic made me think about barriers in the offices, shops, almost any social spaces where people interact. Glass or plastic banners warn us to stay distanced and respect hygiene to avoid transmissions. I was reflecting on social "divisions" in the face of "danger" to serve the greater good, and how the security measurements were translated in the architecture.

"Besetka" (Pandemic Pavilion) is divided in the middle with plexiglass, an opaque small barrier is placed on the table, symbolically splits the space into two parts of the space. My intention is to keep the barrier smaller to avoid domination or split while leaving the space open. Placing the protective wall inside of the Besedka is a reminder of our current trauma and loss as well as vulnerable aspects of human interactions, iIn this case Besdka should still retain its original values of gathering and leisure in the aspect of “Besedka” post-pandemic state.


-David Brodsky

Desktop Archives is an online publishing initiative and event series that showcases webworks from 10 different artists. The project is DIY and works outside of institutional networks. Together, the platform documents and archives unrests from the pandemic and the asynchronous, unequivalent emergences.

The platform is a growing archive and will have two editions in
June and November 2021. It will be accompanied by a series of artist talks.

Dates: June 30th 2021-February 28th, 2022
Online | Warsaw | Berlin 

contact: Desktop.archives.platform@gmail.com
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