Spillikins №673. Art and communications, on the eve of the New Year

Very soon it will be the New Year, but December for me is not a summing up of the year that will happen in January, but rather the completion of current projects, plans for the future. In a word, vanity of vanities, constant rotation. Having escaped for a couple of days to work in St. Petersburg, it was as if I plunged into another world - live communication, a lot of new acquaintances and everything is very interesting. Not that there were no events from the IT world, but I was more interested in what is happening at the intersection of art, understanding our world and how we are changing thanks to technology. And life has thrown a lot of food for thought, I will share something with you in this issue of "Spikers". If you like about exhibitions and art in this format, then say, I will try to add such information more often. But enough preface. Let's go!

Table of Contents

  • Free mobile is an industry problem, or take our services for free
  • “Tell me differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky
  • Excavations of the Lucca Temple of 2010, exhibition of 3115
  • Western IT corporations and Russian laws about myths of perception
  • The virtual world and the boundaries of the personal

Free mobile communication is an industry problem, or take our services for free

The devaluation of the perception of communications as a service does not occur in a vacuum. Price wars, which are waged by operators from year to year, lead to the fact that sometimes communication is given for a penny. Forgive me for the tautology, but the connection is already worth a penny, and here they also make an additional discount from these meager prices. And people are so accustomed to this order of things that they are sincerely indignant at the possible rise in prices for communication. Although, what kind of growth can we talk about if ARPU has fluctuated at about 350 rubles a month over the past ten years (this is the average for the country, you definitely shouldn’t try it on yourself and immediately be indignant). But the funny thing is that the consumption of mobile Internet has grown, in package tariffs ten years ago they barely chose up to 1 GB on average, today most people choose about 8 GB. And now attention, a riddle - if consumption increased 8 times, and the cost remained the same, then what happened? The answer is obvious - the communication service has become cheaper.

SIM giveaway competition adds fire to the fire of price wars. It is difficult to admit that everyone already has them, they are not needed in such quantities. The same MTS prays for the number of SIM cards, as if it gives something in real life. By burning revenues from other services, the operator launched a price war before the New Year this year. The answer followed instantly, first Tele2 entered, then Beeline. The offer from Beeline with the “Your Solution” tariff and a 60% discount looks insanely attractive - 75 GB of traffic for 248 rubles per month for a year.

Beeline, Your New Year's Resolution - maximum discount

Beeline's answer to New Year's promotional tariffs from MTS and Tele2, up to 60% discount for up to 12 months.

Can it be cheaper? Yes, if you give away the connection for free, that is, free of charge. For example, some users of virtual operators could receive a 100% discount on communications if they used other services of the parent company. But this is more of a familiar cashback, designed as a service. Virtual operators, as a rule, work on the Tele2 network, this is exactly the same task - to inflate the number of SIM cards, to attract as many subscribers as possible. And it works for the same devaluation of the perception of the cost of communication, there is nothing new here.

Do you know that Gazprombank has a mobile operator? Most likely not, he started working a year ago and during this time he gained one hundred thousand subscribers! It seems that this is a drop in the ocean, but there are dozens of such operators, and they dilute the share of the parent companies in the market, and at the same time offer a low cost of services.

An excerpt from the press release will be quoted: “From December 16 to December 18, 2021, everyone who has issued a GPB Mobile SIM card with their own number or has issued a new SIM card, GPB Mobile will give a 100% discount on the monthly fee at the “Convenient” tariff ' for the next 12 months. To receive a discount, new subscribers will need to connect to the Be Together loyalty program, which is valid for Gazprombank cardholders, and top up their account by 400 rubles. The conditions for granting a discount and joining the Be Together loyalty program for the purpose of receiving it are presented on the Gazprombank website. You can apply for a SIM card as part of the campaign at Gazprombank branches.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

In fact, we are talking about the fact that the virtual operator needs something to “fight” in this price war. And here it looks like a distribution of de facto free communications, the tariff is not the worst, it has 20 GB of traffic per month. In fact, you really could get it for a year for free, subject to the simple conditions of the promotion. The time limit is clear, a freebie can't last forever.

Several thousand people with a free connection for a year is a drop in the ocean for a huge country, but only at first glance. More importantly, the cost of communication is perceived as something that does not cost anything at all. That is, this is a junk thing that everyone has and is publicly available.

A lyrical digression, in a press release from GPB Mobile there is a remarkable line: "All year long GPB Mobile has been working on the quality of communication, introducing new services and following the latest technologies." A beautiful turn that can mislead people who are far from communication. The virtual operator is also virtual, so as not to engage in technology, network construction and communication quality, the same Tele2 is responsible for this. There is also a sale of services served with a slightly different sauce.

Let's return to the cost of communication, which is completely killed in Russia. Moscow parking lots in the new year raise the cost of an hour in the center, but there are no high technologies in street marking, control of fines, and the like. There is no need to build base stations, provide them with power around the clock, work with data centers, and maintain equipment fault tolerance. Comparing the operator business and that for parking, you understand that there are not so many technologies in the parking business. Technological content is very different. But without the same phones, it is almost impossible to use parking lots, we pay for them from the phone, as well as we can look for where to stumble, compare rates. It turns out that without operators this business is incomplete, as well as many others. It takes advantage of the cheapness of communication.

The cost of an hour of parking in the center of Moscow is now a modest 450 rubles per hour (of course, not $50 per hour, as in many parking lots in Manhattan, but still an invigorating figure). This is already almost a third more than what operators in Russia receive from a subscriber per month. The gap is breathtaking, but we grumble, swear, nevertheless, we pay for parking. Many people are not ready to pay for communication at all. Why? The answer is given above, it would take a fool to pay for something that is so devalued that they push it around every corner and ask you to just take it. There is no value in this, in any case, ideologically it seems that way.

In our country, it is not enough to create something cool and really outstanding to be appreciated. It is necessary to clothe all this in some kind of idea, PR works with a bang. Every time I come across the fact that rather average things look different due to PR and people die over them, I am amazed at this phenomenon. I know and understand the mechanics, but it still surprises me.

And let's also remember how this whole story about greedy operators penetrates the fabric of being. For example, banks tried to sue operators around penny rates for SMS. Yes, pennies, but on their scale there are decent amounts that they wanted to save. It did not work out, which is correct.

I wrote many times that for the development of the country we need good, no, excellent communication. Now there is a certain problem with this, there is no money for development, conceptually everyone considers operators to be rich and greedy, and communication should cost a penny or even be free. This is how many people think, and it is detrimental to everyone. The problem is that when the connection is destroyed and degraded, there will be no chance to quickly restore it. The domino effect will destroy almost everything that happens around, will affect different businesses.

Do you know how much money companies lose when the payment gateway fails (authorization failure or poor connectivity)? In Russia, this is tens of billions of rubles, some losses are irrecoverable, when, for example, they leave a tip, but the payment does not go through. Either a person buys something on the spur of the moment, a failed payment is taken as a sign that you simply do not need it. In Europe, online payments are noticeably less developed, but even against this background, the number of failures (both in percentage and in absolute numbers) is noticeably higher. The fall of telecom will make this scenario the main one in Russia, and the chances of this fall are getting higher and higher. We only have 2022 to change the approach to communication services, primarily in how we perceive them, what is their place in the modern world.

“Say it differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky

My friends keep asking me questions about why something is constantly happening around me, how I manage to accidentally get into certain places, meet people. I always answer this way: natural curiosity multiplied by interest in people and what they do. Having got out on business in St. Petersburg, in a few days I received such a charge of vivacity, emotions and acquaintance with art that it’s time to move to St. Petersburg for a longer time.

We walked along the Nevsky in the evening, it gets dark early in the city, slush underfoot, it rains from the sky, which tried to become snow, but could not. It seems that some kind of store will soon be opened in the Stroganov Palace, stylish showcases with sculptures made of rebar, airy, but voluminous. I, like Pavlov's dogs, are always attracted to familiar things, and now my eyes are hooked on the image.

A grandmother sits on a small step of the window, collects alms. Behind the glass, a boy wearing virtual reality glasses, the sculpture froze in motion. The contrast hits the brain, you stop, you look with all your eyes. I am not alone in watching, passers-by slow down, someone takes a picture of a grandmother, someone tries to cut her out and capture only a boy in the frame.

The involuntary performance looks insanely attractive. You freeze and walk along the shop windows, each sculpture speaks about something of its own, everyone will find their own meaning here. What is inside is not clear at all, there are no signs, it seems that something is being built, the stairs to the second floor are in cellophane, people flicker. You have to go inside to understand what it is.

It turns out that Antonina Fatkhulinna's exhibition “Say Different” has just opened. The guys are already closing, it was the first day, people came, and we accidentally jumped into the light when it was all over. But they let us see with one eye, young guys seep in behind us, and the rotation begins again. This is the new museum space of the Museum of Urban Sculpture, you probably know it, this is a courtyard and buildings to the right of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Now they have a new exhibition hall on Nevsky, 19, the place and location are ideal. It is not always possible to get to the Lavra, but everything is fine here.

Antonina with flowers, there is no description of the work, so I immediately ask: what did the artist mean by this? A short explanation of one of the works, I ask Antonina to pose next to her looking person, he peers through the window, but stands in the middle of an empty space. This is also conceptual.

Live, cheerful, Antonina perfectly embodies the fact that an artist can splash herself out in her works. Our man, in a word. And on the Black River there are its lions, they appeared at the end of October, but I never got there, this omission must be urgently corrected.

“Say Different” is a very interesting selection of works about communication and what and who we are becoming in the modern world. This is interesting to me because my or the author's interpretation is not important here, it is secondary, oddly enough. The images are easily recognizable, something archaic, something, on the contrary, looks innovative. And everyone, by virtue of his experience, can explain to himself and his relatives what he sees and how he perceives what he sees. I got great pleasure from the exhibition, subscribed to Antonina's Instagram (it's very easy to search, type in Antonina, and then the whole nickname drops out). I also advise you to subscribe, I don’t like to croak, but in the coming years you will hear her name more than once, she’s done well. The Stieglitz Academy pleases in recent years with the work of those who studied there.

Excavations of the Lukka temple of 2010, exhibition of 3115

One of the most beloved contemporary art museums in the world is Erarta, I say without any discounts or assumptions. For me, an indicator of quality is the amount of thoughts and emotions that you get after visiting an exhibition or museum. For example, GES-2, which has just opened its doors in Moscow, is still somewhere near absolute zero. This is just an example of the contemporary art that is rejected by the majority. Although someone pretends to understand and evaluate everything, and before us is the famous painting by Tishchenko from the movie “What Men Talk About”.

It was summer in Erarta, now the temporary exhibitions have completely changed, and it is a rare case when almost every exhibition has become something like that. Just fine, to say the least. And yes, it's still about technology, although it may seem that I'm trying to try on the mantle of an art critic .

Art and technology are inseparable from each other (and this is not about NFT or something similar). This is a repetition of the old story about physicists and lyricists, the development of the exact sciences without the flourishing of literature and other arts is impossible. Only the synthesis and harmonious development of each direction give results. And I am infinitely glad that today in Russia there are more and more museums, exhibition spaces, large and small, dedicated to art. And it’s also nice that in such places you increasingly meet techies, dry and callous engineers who are gaining impressions.

Tell me that I have blinders on my eyes, but for the past few years there has been a premonition that we are ahead of the flowering of various areas, including technology. The nutrient environment is conducive to this, ahead of the time of high achievements (I apologize to those who practice the religion “everything is lost”).

Erarta tore me apart this time with the exhibition “The Bounty Killart. A look from the future: excavations of the 21st century Lucca temple”. Ironic, fun and simply amazing, and most importantly, with what sense of tact our time is played out. The background is as follows: “We have before us an incredible archaeological find, made in the autumn of 3115 near an abandoned village in the southern part of the European continent, it has become a guide for modern researchers into the daily life of mankind in the second decade of the 21st century. The temple discovered by scientists, which has been preserved almost in its original form, allows you to get a comprehensive picture of the daily worries, aspirations and aspirations of the ancient inhabitants of the region.The duo of Italian artists who worked at that time and created most of the iconic images for the temple, managed to capture the true spirit of the times in their sculptures, telling about love, hatred, politics and the current problems of contemporaries. Artists working under the pseudonym The Bounty Killart sought to reflect - and sometimes even satirize - the typical anxieties of a man of his era: fruitless romantic pursuits ("Tinder Surprise", 2016), loneliness ("Outcast", 2017), political protest ("Hungry people”, 2017; “Force of law”, 2016). However, the mentioned works cannot be compared in expressive power with another amazing find - a giant sculpture of a titan being overcome by Zeus ("Gigantomachy", 2019; apparently, a reference to the image of an omnipotent ancient Greek deity). This colossal eight-meter composition served as the main object of worship in the temple, where the local population found refuge and solace, briefly forgetting about the round-the-clock news flow, the chaos of social networks and cultural confusion.”

Here you need to read the texts, they are amazing. Here, for example, is the description text for the Tinder sculpture.

And here is the accompanying text:

"TINDER SURPRISE

Back in the 2000s, before the government introduced algorithm-based forced sexual selection to create a family, people were able to choose their own partners. The feminist revolution, which took place in six waves, gave women the right to work outside their own homes, earn their own money and make decisions about marriage. The invention of oral contraceptives also contributed to this kind of change. It is unlikely that our ancestors could have predicted that all this would lead to a sharp narrowing of the circle of potential partners. The problem was exacerbated by the beauty standards that prevailed in that era: unlike us in the past, millennials were more focused not on the success of their contemporaries, but on their appearance.

In the context of widespread urbanization and the illusion of freedom of choice that has not yet been lost, a number of digital platforms have appeared to search for sexual partners and objects for emotional contact. By registering in such services, including paid ones, men and women got access to a database of potential candidates. The user looked at their photos, accompanied by basic information (age, location), selected suitable ones and arranged a date with them, the so-called interview conducted over the use of food and fermented alcoholic beverages. According to modern historians, this format of searching for a couple had low efficiency and took up to 4.5% of the total life expectancy of an average person.

Tipdeg, mentioned in the sculpture's title, was the world's largest and most widespread online dating platform at the time. At its peak, it had 57 million users. Considering the percentage of men and women among them (72 and 28% respectively), and also the expected higher intelligibility of the latter, it is not surprising that the distribution of the application in the 2010s created a culture of shallow and short-lived relationships.”

Agree that it's just amazing. A few other works, I think you will like them.

In a word, it's worth going to this exhibition to take a look at yourself and the technologies that you use. That look never hurts. And other exhibitions are great, just trust me.

Spillikins №673. Art and communications, on the eve of the New Year

Very soon it will be the New Year, but December for me is not a summing up of the year that will happen in January, but rather the completion of current projects, plans for the future. In a word, vanity of vanities, constant rotation. Having escaped for a couple of days to work in St. Petersburg, it was as if I plunged into another world - live communication, a lot of new acquaintances and everything is very interesting. Not that there were no events from the IT world, but I was more interested in what is happening at the intersection of art, understanding our world and how we are changing thanks to technology. And life has thrown a lot of food for thought, I will share something with you in this issue of "Spikers". If you like about exhibitions and art in this format, then say, I will try to add such information more often. But enough preface. Let's go!

Table of Contents

  • Free mobile is an industry problem, or take our services for free
  • “Tell me differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky
  • Excavations of the Lucca Temple of 2010, Exhibition of 3115
  • Western IT corporations and Russian laws about myths of perception
  • The virtual world and the boundaries of the personal

Free mobile communication is an industry problem, or take our services for free

The devaluation of the perception of communications as a service does not occur in a vacuum. Price wars, which are waged by operators from year to year, lead to the fact that sometimes communication is given for a penny. Forgive me for the tautology, but the connection is already worth a penny, and here they also make an additional discount from these meager prices. And people are so accustomed to this order of things that they are sincerely indignant at the possible rise in prices for communication. Although, what kind of growth can we talk about if ARPU has fluctuated at about 350 rubles a month over the past ten years (this is the average for the country, you definitely shouldn’t try it on yourself and immediately be indignant). But the funny thing is that the consumption of mobile Internet has grown, in package tariffs ten years ago they barely chose up to 1 GB on average, today most people choose about 8 GB. And now attention, a riddle - if consumption increased 8 times, and the cost remained the same, then what happened? The answer is obvious - the communication service has become cheaper.

SIM giveaway competition adds fire to the fire of price wars. It is difficult to admit that everyone already has them, they are not needed in such quantities. The same MTS prays for the number of SIM cards, as if it gives something in real life. By burning revenues from other services, the operator launched a price war before the New Year this year. The answer followed instantly, first Tele2 entered, then Beeline. The offer from Beeline with the “Your Solution” tariff and a 60% discount looks insanely attractive - 75 GB of traffic for 248 rubles per month for a year.

Beeline, Your New Year's Resolution - maximum discount

Beeline's answer to New Year's promotional tariffs from MTS and Tele2, up to 60% discount for up to 12 months.

Can it be cheaper? Yes, if you give away the connection for free, that is, free of charge. For example, some users of virtual operators could receive a 100% discount on communications if they used other services of the parent company. But this is more of a familiar cashback, designed as a service. Virtual operators, as a rule, work on the Tele2 network, this is exactly the same task - to inflate the number of SIM cards, to attract as many subscribers as possible. And it works for the same devaluation of the perception of the cost of communication, there is nothing new here.

Do you know that Gazprombank has a mobile operator? Most likely not, he started working a year ago and during this time he gained one hundred thousand subscribers! It seems that this is a drop in the ocean, but there are dozens of such operators, and they dilute the share of the parent companies in the market, and at the same time offer a low cost of services.

An excerpt from the press release will be quoted: “From December 16 to December 18, 2021, everyone who has issued a GPB Mobile SIM card with their own number or has issued a new SIM card, GPB Mobile will give a 100% discount on the monthly fee at the “Convenient” tariff ' for the next 12 months. To receive a discount, new subscribers will need to connect to the Be Together loyalty program, which is valid for Gazprombank cardholders, and top up their account by 400 rubles. The conditions for granting a discount and joining the Be Together loyalty program for the purpose of receiving it are presented on the Gazprombank website. You can apply for a SIM card as part of the campaign at Gazprombank branches.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

In fact, we are talking about the fact that the virtual operator needs something to “fight” in this price war. And here it looks like a distribution of de facto free communications, the tariff is not the worst, it has 20 GB of traffic per month. In fact, you really could get it for a year for free, subject to the simple conditions of the promotion. The time limit is clear, a freebie can't last forever.

Several thousand people with a free connection for a year is a drop in the ocean for a huge country, but only at first glance. More importantly, the cost of communication is perceived as something that does not cost anything at all. That is, this is a junk thing that everyone has and is publicly available.

A lyrical digression, in a press release from GPB Mobile there is a remarkable line: "All year long GPB Mobile has been working on the quality of communication, introducing new services and following the latest technologies." A beautiful turn that can mislead people who are far from communication. The virtual operator is also virtual, so as not to engage in technology, network construction and communication quality, the same Tele2 is responsible for this. There is also a sale of services served with a slightly different sauce.

Let's return to the cost of communication, which is completely killed in Russia. Moscow parking lots in the new year raise the cost of an hour in the center, but there are no high technologies in street marking, control of fines, and the like. There is no need to build base stations, provide them with power around the clock, work with data centers, and maintain equipment fault tolerance. Comparing the operator business and that for parking, you understand that there are not so many technologies in the parking business. Technological content is very different. But without the same phones, it is almost impossible to use parking lots, we pay for them from the phone, as well as we can look for where to stumble, compare rates. It turns out that without operators this business is incomplete, as well as many others. It takes advantage of the cheapness of communication.

The cost of an hour of parking in the center of Moscow is now a modest 450 rubles per hour (of course, not $50 per hour, as in many parking lots in Manhattan, but still an invigorating figure). This is already almost a third more than what operators in Russia receive from a subscriber per month. The gap is breathtaking, but we grumble, swear, nevertheless, we pay for parking. Many people are not ready to pay for communication at all. Why? The answer is given above, it would take a fool to pay for something that is so devalued that they push it around every corner and ask you to just take it. There is no value in this, in any case, ideologically it seems that way.

In our country, it is not enough to create something cool and really outstanding to be appreciated. It is necessary to clothe all this in some kind of idea, PR works with a bang. Every time I come across the fact that rather average things look different due to PR and people die over them, I am amazed at this phenomenon. I know and understand the mechanics, but it still surprises me.

And let's also remember how this whole story about greedy operators penetrates the fabric of being. For example, banks tried to sue operators around penny rates for SMS. Yes, pennies, but on their scale there are decent amounts that they wanted to save. It did not work out, which is correct.

I wrote many times that for the development of the country we need good, no, excellent communication. Now there is a certain problem with this, there is no money for development, conceptually everyone considers operators to be rich and greedy, and communication should cost a penny or even be free. This is how many people think, and it is detrimental to everyone. The problem is that when the connection is destroyed and degraded, there will be no chance to quickly restore it. The domino effect will destroy almost everything that happens around, will affect different businesses.

Do you know how much money companies lose when the payment gateway fails (authorization failure or poor connectivity)? In Russia, this is tens of billions of rubles, some losses are irrecoverable, when, for example, they leave a tip, but the payment does not go through. Either a person buys something on the spur of the moment, a failed payment is taken as a sign that you simply do not need it. In Europe, online payments are noticeably less developed, but even against this background, the number of failures (both in percentage and in absolute numbers) is noticeably higher. The fall of telecom will make this scenario the main one in Russia, and the chances of this fall are getting higher and higher. We only have 2022 to change the approach to communication services, primarily in how we perceive them, what is their place in the modern world.

“Say it differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky

My friends keep asking me questions about why something is constantly happening around me, how I manage to accidentally get into certain places, meet people. I always answer this way: natural curiosity multiplied by interest in people and what they do. Having got out on business in St. Petersburg, in a few days I received such a charge of vivacity, emotions and acquaintance with art that it’s time to move to St. Petersburg for a longer time.

We walked along the Nevsky in the evening, it gets dark early in the city, slush underfoot, it rains from the sky, which tried to become snow, but could not. It seems that some kind of store will soon be opened in the Stroganov Palace, stylish showcases with sculptures made of rebar, airy, but voluminous. I, like Pavlov's dogs, are always attracted to familiar things, and now my eyes are hooked on the image.

A grandmother sits on a small step of the window, collects alms. Behind the glass, a boy wearing virtual reality glasses, the sculpture froze in motion. The contrast hits the brain, you stop, you look with all your eyes. I am not alone in watching, passers-by slow down, someone takes a picture of a grandmother, someone tries to cut her out and capture only a boy in the frame.

The involuntary performance looks insanely attractive. You freeze and walk along the shop windows, each sculpture speaks about something of its own, everyone will find their own meaning here. What is inside is not clear at all, there are no signs, it seems that something is being built, the stairs to the second floor are in cellophane, people flicker. You have to go inside to understand what it is.

It turns out that Antonina Fatkhulinna's exhibition “Say Different” has just opened. The guys are already closing, it was the first day, people came, and we accidentally jumped into the light when it was all over. But they let us see with one eye, young guys seep in behind us, and the rotation begins again. This is the new museum space of the Museum of Urban Sculpture, you probably know it, this is a courtyard and buildings to the right of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Now they have a new exhibition hall on Nevsky, 19, the place and location are ideal. It is not always possible to get to the Lavra, but everything is fine here.

Antonina with flowers, there is no description of the work, so I immediately ask: what did the artist mean by this? A short explanation of one of the works, I ask Antonina to pose next to her looking person, he peers through the window, but stands in the middle of an empty space. This is also conceptual.

Live, cheerful, Antonina perfectly embodies the fact that an artist can splash herself out in her works. Our man, in a word. And on the Black River there are its lions, they appeared at the end of October, but I never got there, this omission must be urgently corrected.

“Say Different” is a very interesting selection of works about communication and what and who we are becoming in the modern world. This is interesting to me because my or the author's interpretation is not important here, it is secondary, oddly enough. The images are easily recognizable, something archaic, something, on the contrary, looks innovative. And everyone, by virtue of his experience, can explain to himself and his relatives what he sees and how he perceives what he sees. I got great pleasure from the exhibition, subscribed to Antonina's Instagram (it's very easy to search, type in Antonina, and then the whole nickname drops out). I also advise you to subscribe, I don’t like to croak, but in the coming years you will hear her name more than once, she’s done well. The Stieglitz Academy pleases in recent years with the work of those who studied there.

Excavations of the Lukka temple of 2010, exhibition of 3115

One of the most beloved contemporary art museums in the world is Erarta, I say without any discounts or assumptions. For me, an indicator of quality is the amount of thoughts and emotions that you get after visiting an exhibition or museum. For example, GES-2, which has just opened its doors in Moscow, is still somewhere near absolute zero. This is just an example of the contemporary art that is rejected by the majority. Although someone pretends to understand and evaluate everything, and before us is the famous painting by Tishchenko from the movie “What Men Talk About”.

It was summer in Erarta, now the temporary exhibitions have completely changed, and it is a rare case when almost every exhibition has become something like that. Just fine, to say the least. And yes, it's still about technology, although it may seem that I'm trying to try on the mantle of an art critic .

Art and technology are inseparable from each other (and this is not about NFT or something similar). This is a repetition of the old story about physicists and lyricists, the development of the exact sciences without the flourishing of literature and other arts is impossible. Only the synthesis and harmonious development of each direction give results. And I am infinitely glad that today in Russia there are more and more museums, exhibition spaces, large and small, dedicated to art. And it’s also nice that in such places you increasingly meet techies, dry and callous engineers who are gaining impressions.

Tell me that I have blinders on my eyes, but for the past few years there has been a premonition that we are ahead of the flowering of various areas, including technology. The nutrient environment is conducive to this, ahead of the time of high achievements (I apologize to those who practice the religion “everything is lost”).

Erarta tore me apart this time with the exhibition “The Bounty Killart. A look from the future: excavations of the Lucca Temple of the 21st century”. Ironic, fun and simply amazing, and most importantly, with what sense of tact our time is played out. The background is as follows: “We have before us an incredible archaeological find, made in the autumn of 3115 near an abandoned village in the southern part of the European continent, it has become a guide for modern researchers into the daily life of mankind in the second decade of the 21st century. The temple discovered by scientists, which has been preserved almost in its original form, allows you to get a comprehensive picture of the daily worries, aspirations and aspirations of the ancient inhabitants of the region.The duo of Italian artists who worked at that time and created most of the iconic images for the temple, managed to capture the true spirit of the times in their sculptures, telling about love, hatred, politics and the current problems of contemporaries. Artists working under the pseudonym The Bounty Killart sought to reflect - and sometimes even satirize - the typical anxieties of a man of his era: fruitless romantic pursuits ("Tinder Surprise", 2016), loneliness ("Outcast", 2017), political protest ("Hungry people”, 2017; “Force of law”, 2016). However, the mentioned works cannot be compared in expressive power with another amazing find - a giant sculpture of a titan being overcome by Zeus ("Gigantomachy", 2019; apparently, a reference to the image of an omnipotent ancient Greek deity). This colossal eight-meter composition served as the main object of worship in the temple, where the local population found refuge and solace, briefly forgetting about the round-the-clock news flow, the chaos of social networks and cultural confusion.”

Here you need to read the texts, they are amazing. Here, for example, is the description text for the Tinder sculpture.

And here is the accompanying text:

"TINDER SURPRISE

Back in the 2000s, before the government introduced algorithm-based forced sexual selection to create a family, people were able to choose their own partners. The feminist revolution, which took place in six waves, gave women the right to work outside their own homes, earn their own money and make decisions about marriage. The invention of oral contraceptives also contributed to this kind of change. It is unlikely that our ancestors could have predicted that all this would lead to a sharp narrowing of the circle of potential partners. The problem was exacerbated by the beauty standards that prevailed in that era: unlike us in the past, millennials were more focused not on the success of their contemporaries, but on their appearance.

In the context of widespread urbanization and the illusion of freedom of choice that has not yet been lost, a number of digital platforms have appeared to search for sexual partners and objects for emotional contact. By registering in such services, including paid ones, men and women got access to a database of potential candidates. The user looked at their photos, accompanied by basic information (age, location), selected suitable ones and arranged a date with them, the so-called interview conducted over the use of food and fermented alcoholic beverages. According to modern historians, this format of searching for a couple had low efficiency and took up to 4.5% of the total life expectancy of an average person.

Tipdeg, mentioned in the sculpture's title, was the world's largest and most widespread online dating platform at the time. At its peak, it had 57 million users. Considering the percentage of men and women among them (72 and 28% respectively), and also the expected higher intelligibility of the latter, it is not surprising that the distribution of the application in the 2010s created a culture of shallow and short-lived relationships.”

Agree that it's just amazing. A few other works, I think you will like them.

In a word, it is worth going to this exhibition to take a look at yourself and the technologies that you use. That look never hurts. And other exhibitions are great, just trust me.

Spillikins №673. Art and communications, on the eve of the New Year

Very soon it will be the New Year, but December for me is not a summing up of the year that will happen in January, but rather the completion of current projects, plans for the future. In a word, vanity of vanities, constant rotation. Having escaped for a couple of days to work in St. Petersburg, it was as if I plunged into another world - live communication, a lot of new acquaintances and everything is very interesting. Not that there were no events from the IT world, but I was more interested in what is happening at the intersection of art, understanding our world and how we are changing thanks to technology. And life has thrown a lot of food for thought, I will share something with you in this issue of "Spikins". If you like about exhibitions and art in this format, then say, I will try to add such information more often. But enough preamble. Let's go!

Table of Contents

  • Free mobile is an industry problem, or take our services for free
  • “Tell me differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky
  • Excavations of the Lucca Temple of 2010, Exhibition of 3115
  • Western IT corporations and Russian laws about myths of perception
  • The virtual world and the boundaries of the personal

Free mobile communication is an industry problem, or take our services for free

The devaluation of the perception of communications as a service does not occur in a vacuum. Price wars, which are waged by operators from year to year, lead to the fact that sometimes communication is given for a penny. Forgive me for the tautology, but the connection is already worth a penny, and here they also make an additional discount from these meager prices. And people are so accustomed to this order of things that they are sincerely indignant at the possible rise in prices for communication. Although, what kind of growth can we talk about if ARPU has fluctuated at about 350 rubles a month over the past ten years (this is the average for the country, you definitely shouldn’t try it on yourself and immediately be indignant). But the funny thing is that the consumption of mobile Internet has grown, in package tariffs ten years ago they barely chose up to 1 GB on average, today most people choose about 8 GB. And now attention, a riddle - if consumption increased 8 times, and the cost remained the same, then what happened? The answer is obvious - the communication service has become cheaper.

SIM giveaway competition adds fire to the fire of price wars. It is difficult to admit that everyone already has them, in such quantities they are not needed. The same MTS prays for the number of SIM cards, as if it gives something in real life. By burning revenues from other services, the operator launched a price war before the New Year this year. The answer followed instantly, first Tele2 entered, then Beeline. The offer from Beeline with the “Your Solution” tariff and a 60% discount looks insanely attractive - 75 GB of traffic for 248 rubles per month for a year.

Beeline, Your New Year's Resolution - maximum discount

Beeline's answer to New Year's promotional tariffs from MTS and Tele2, up to 60% discount for up to 12 months.

Can it be cheaper? Yes, if you give away the connection for free, that is, free of charge. For example, some users of virtual operators could receive a 100% discount on communications if they used other services of the parent company. But this is more of a familiar cashback, designed as a service. Virtual operators, as a rule, work on the Tele2 network, this is exactly the same task - to inflate the number of SIM cards, to attract as many subscribers as possible. And it works for the same devaluation of the perception of the cost of communication, there is nothing new here.

Do you know that Gazprombank has a mobile operator? Most likely not, he started working a year ago and during this time he gained one hundred thousand subscribers! It seems that this is a drop in the ocean, but there are dozens of such operators, and they dilute the share of the parent companies in the market, and at the same time offer a low cost of services.

An excerpt from the press release will be quoted: “From December 16 to December 18, 2021, everyone who has issued a GPB Mobile SIM card with their own number or has issued a new SIM card, GPB Mobile will give a 100% discount on the monthly fee at the “Convenient” tariff ' for the next 12 months. To receive a discount, new subscribers will need to connect to the Be Together loyalty program, which is valid for Gazprombank cardholders, and top up their account by 400 rubles. The conditions for granting a discount and joining the Be Together loyalty program for the purpose of receiving it are presented on the Gazprombank website. You can apply for a SIM card as part of the campaign at Gazprombank branches.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

In fact, we are talking about the fact that the virtual operator needs something to “fight” in this price war. And here it looks like a distribution of de facto free communications, the tariff is not the worst, it has 20 GB of traffic per month. In fact, you really could get it for a year for free, subject to the simple conditions of the promotion. The time limit is clear, a freebie can't last forever.

Several thousand people with a free connection for a year is a drop in the ocean for a huge country, but only at first glance. More importantly, the cost of communication is perceived as something that does not cost anything at all. That is, this is a junk thing that everyone has and is publicly available.

A lyrical digression, in a press release from GPB Mobile there is a remarkable line: "All year long GPB Mobile has been working on the quality of communication, introducing new services and following the latest technologies." A beautiful turn that can mislead people who are far from communication. The virtual operator is also virtual, so as not to engage in technology, network construction and communication quality, the same Tele2 is responsible for this. There is also a sale of services served with a slightly different sauce.

Let's return to the cost of communication, which is completely killed in Russia. Moscow parking lots in the new year raise the cost of an hour in the center, but there are no high technologies in street marking, control of fines, and the like. There is no need to build base stations, provide them with power around the clock, work with data centers, and maintain equipment fault tolerance. Comparing the operator business and that for parking, you understand that there are not so many technologies in the parking business. Technological content is very different. But without the same phones, it is almost impossible to use parking lots, we pay for them from the phone, as well as we can look for where to stumble, compare rates. It turns out that without operators this business is incomplete, as well as many others. It takes advantage of the cheapness of communication.

The cost of an hour of parking in the center of Moscow is now a modest 450 rubles per hour (of course, not $50 per hour, as in many parking lots in Manhattan, but still an invigorating figure). This is already almost a third more than what operators in Russia receive from a subscriber per month. The gap is breathtaking, but we grumble, swear, nevertheless, we pay for parking. Many people are not ready to pay for communication at all. Why? The answer is given above, it would take a fool to pay for something that is so devalued that they push it around every corner and ask you to just take it. There is no value in this, in any case, ideologically it seems that way.

In our country, it is not enough to create something cool and really outstanding to be appreciated. It is necessary to clothe all this in some kind of idea, PR works with a bang. Every time I come across the fact that rather average things look different due to PR and people die over them, I am amazed at this phenomenon. I know and understand the mechanics, but it still surprises me.

And let's also remember how this whole story about greedy operators penetrates the fabric of being. For example, banks tried to sue operators around penny rates for SMS. Yes, pennies, but on their scale there are decent amounts that they wanted to save. It did not work out, which is correct.

I wrote many times that for the development of the country we need good, no, excellent communication. Now there is a certain problem with this, there is no money for development, conceptually everyone considers operators to be rich and greedy, and communication should cost a penny or even be free. This is how many people think, and it is detrimental to everyone. The problem is that when the connection is destroyed and degraded, there will be no chance to quickly restore it. The domino effect will destroy almost everything that happens around, will affect different businesses.

Do you know how much money companies lose when the payment gateway fails (authorization failure or poor connectivity)? In Russia, this is tens of billions of rubles, some losses are irrecoverable, when, for example, they leave a tip, but the payment does not go through. Either a person buys something on the spur of the moment, a failed payment is taken as a sign that you simply do not need it. In Europe, online payments are noticeably less developed, but even against this background, the number of failures (both in percentage and in absolute numbers) is noticeably higher. The fall of telecom will make this scenario the main one in Russia, and the chances of this fall are getting higher and higher. We only have 2022 to change the approach to communication services, primarily in how we perceive them, what is their place in the modern world.

“Say it differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky

My friends keep asking me questions about why something is constantly happening around me, how I manage to accidentally get into certain places, meet people. I always answer this way: natural curiosity multiplied by interest in people and what they do. Having got out on business in St. Petersburg, in a few days I received such a charge of vivacity, emotions and acquaintance with art that it’s time to move to St. Petersburg for a longer time.

We walked along the Nevsky in the evening, it gets dark early in the city, slush underfoot, it rains from the sky, which tried to become snow, but could not. It seems that some kind of store will soon be opened in the Stroganov Palace, stylish showcases with sculptures made of rebar, airy, but voluminous. I, like Pavlov's dogs, are always attracted to familiar things, and now my eyes are hooked on the image.

A grandmother sits on a small step of the window, collects alms. Behind the glass, a boy wearing virtual reality glasses, the sculpture froze in motion. The contrast hits the brain, you stop, you look with all your eyes. I am not alone in watching, passers-by slow down, someone takes a picture of a grandmother, someone tries to cut her out and capture only a boy in the frame.

The involuntary performance looks insanely attractive. You freeze and walk along the shop windows, each sculpture speaks about something of its own, everyone will find their own meaning here. What is inside is not clear at all, there are no signs, it seems that something is being built, the stairs to the second floor are in cellophane, people flicker. You have to go inside to understand what it is.

It turns out that Antonina Fatkhulinna's exhibition “Say Different” has just opened. The guys are already closing, it was the first day, people came, and we accidentally jumped into the light when it was all over. But they let us see with one eye, young guys seep in behind us, and the rotation begins again. This is the new museum space of the Museum of Urban Sculpture, you probably know it, this is a courtyard and buildings to the right of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Now they have a new exhibition hall on Nevsky, 19, the place and location are ideal. It is not always possible to get to the Lavra, but everything is fine here.

Antonina with flowers, there is no description of the work, so I immediately ask: what did the artist mean by this? A short explanation of one of the works, I ask Antonina to pose next to her looking person, he peers through the window, but stands in the middle of an empty space. This is also conceptual.

Live, cheerful, Antonina perfectly embodies the fact that an artist can splash herself out in her works. Our man, in a word. And on the Black River there are its lions, they appeared at the end of October, but I never got there, this omission must be urgently corrected.

“Say Different” is a very interesting selection of works about communication and what and who we are becoming in the modern world. This is interesting to me because my or the author's interpretation is not important here, it is secondary, oddly enough. The images are easily recognizable, something archaic, something, on the contrary, looks innovative. And everyone, by virtue of his experience, can explain to himself and his relatives what he sees and how he perceives what he sees. I got great pleasure from the exhibition, subscribed to Antonina's Instagram (it's very easy to search, type in Antonina, and then the whole nickname drops out). I also advise you to subscribe, I don’t like to croak, but in the coming years you will hear her name more than once, she’s done well. The Stieglitz Academy pleases in recent years with the work of those who studied there.

Art and technology are inseparable from each other (and this is not about NFT or something similar). This is a repetition of the old story about physicists and lyricists, the development of the exact sciences without the flourishing of literature and other arts is impossible. Only the synthesis and harmonious development of each direction give results. And I am infinitely glad that today in Russia there are more and more museums, exhibition spaces, large and small, dedicated to art. And it’s also nice that in such places you increasingly meet techies, dry and callous engineers who are gaining impressions.

Tell me that I have blinders on my eyes, but for the past few years there has been a premonition that we are ahead of the flowering of various areas, including technology. The nutrient environment is conducive to this, ahead of the time of high achievements (I apologize to those who practice the religion “everything is lost”).

Erarta tore me apart this time with the exhibition “The Bounty Killart. A look from the future: excavations of the 21st century Lucca temple”. Ironic, fun and simply amazing, and most importantly, with what sense of tact our time is played out. The background is as follows: “We have before us an incredible archaeological find, made in the autumn of 3115 near an abandoned village in the southern part of the European continent, it has become a guide for modern researchers into the daily life of mankind in the second decade of the 21st century. The temple discovered by scientists, which has been preserved almost in its original form, allows you to get a comprehensive picture of the daily worries, aspirations and aspirations of the ancient inhabitants of the region.The duo of Italian artists who worked at that time and created most of the iconic images for the temple, managed to capture the true spirit of the times in their sculptures, telling about love, hatred, politics and the current problems of contemporaries. Artists working under the pseudonym The Bounty Killart sought to reflect - and sometimes even satirize - the typical anxieties of a man of his era: fruitless romantic pursuits ("Tinder Surprise", 2016), loneliness ("Outcast", 2017), political protest ("Hungry people”, 2017; “Force of law”, 2016). However, the mentioned works cannot be compared in expressive power with another amazing find - a giant sculpture of a titan being overcome by Zeus ("Gigantomachy", 2019; apparently, a reference to the image of an omnipotent ancient Greek deity). This colossal eight-meter composition served as the main object of worship in the temple, where the local population found refuge and solace, briefly forgetting about the round-the-clock news flow, the chaos of social networks and cultural confusion.”

Here you need to read the texts, they are amazing. Here, for example, is the description text for the Tinder sculpture.

And here is the accompanying text:

"TINDER SURPRISE

Back in the 2000s, before the government introduced algorithm-based forced sexual selection to create a family, people were able to choose their own partners. The feminist revolution, which took place in six waves, gave women the right to work outside their own homes, earn their own money and make decisions about marriage. The invention of oral contraceptives also contributed to this kind of change. It is unlikely that our ancestors could have predicted that all this would lead to a sharp narrowing of the circle of potential partners. The problem was exacerbated by the beauty standards that prevailed in that era: unlike us in the past, millennials were more focused not on the success of their contemporaries, but on their appearance.

In the context of widespread urbanization and the illusion of freedom of choice that has not yet been lost, a number of digital platforms have appeared to search for sexual partners and objects for emotional contact. By registering in such services, including paid ones, men and women got access to a database of potential candidates. The user looked at their photos, accompanied by basic information (age, location), selected suitable ones and arranged a date with them, the so-called interview conducted over the use of food and fermented alcoholic beverages. According to modern historians, this format of searching for a couple had low efficiency and took up to 4.5% of the total life expectancy of an average person.

Tipdeg, mentioned in the sculpture's title, was the world's largest and most widespread online dating platform at the time. At its peak, it had 57 million users. Considering the percentage of men and women among them (72 and 28% respectively), and also the expected higher intelligibility of the latter, it is not surprising that the distribution of the application in the 2010s created a culture of shallow and short-lived relationships.”

Agree that it's just amazing. A few other works, I think you will like them.

In a word, it is worth going to this exhibition to take a look at yourself and the technologies that you use. That look never hurts. And other exhibitions are great, just trust me.

Spillikins №673. Art and communications, on the eve of the New Year

Very soon it will be the New Year, but December for me is not a summing up of the year that will happen in January, but rather the completion of current projects, plans for the future. In a word, vanity of vanities, constant rotation. Having escaped for a couple of days to work in St. Petersburg, it was as if I plunged into another world - live communication, a lot of new acquaintances and everything is very interesting. Not that there were no events from the IT world, but I was more interested in what is happening at the intersection of art, understanding our world and how we are changing thanks to technology. And life has thrown a lot of food for thought, I will share something with you in this issue of "Spikins". If you like about exhibitions and art in this format, then say, I will try to add such information more often. But enough preamble. Let's go!

Table of Contents

  • Free mobile is an industry problem, or take our services for free
  • “Tell me differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky
  • Excavations of the Lucca Temple of 2010, Exhibition of 3115
  • Western IT corporations and Russian laws about myths of perception
  • The virtual world and the boundaries of the personal

Free mobile communication is an industry problem, or take our services for free

The devaluation of the perception of communications as a service does not occur in a vacuum. Price wars, which are waged by operators from year to year, lead to the fact that sometimes communication is given for a penny. Forgive me for the tautology, but the connection is already worth a penny, and here they also make an additional discount from these meager prices. And people are so accustomed to this order of things that they are sincerely indignant at the possible rise in prices for communication. Although, what kind of growth can we talk about if ARPU has fluctuated at about 350 rubles a month over the past ten years (this is the average for the country, you definitely shouldn’t try it on yourself and immediately be indignant). But the funny thing is that the consumption of mobile Internet has grown, in package tariffs ten years ago they barely chose up to 1 GB on average, today most people choose about 8 GB. And now attention, a riddle - if consumption increased 8 times, and the cost remained the same, then what happened? The answer is obvious - the communication service has become cheaper.

SIM giveaway competition adds fire to the fire of price wars. It is difficult to admit that everyone already has them, they are not needed in such quantities. The same MTS prays for the number of SIM cards, as if it gives something in real life. By burning revenues from other services, the operator launched a price war before the New Year this year. The answer followed instantly, first Tele2 entered, then Beeline. The offer from Beeline with the “Your Solution” tariff and a 60% discount looks insanely attractive - 75 GB of traffic for 248 rubles per month for a year.

Beeline, Your New Year's Resolution - maximum discount

Beeline's answer to New Year's promotional tariffs from MTS and Tele2, up to 60% discount for up to 12 months.

Can it be cheaper? Yes, if you give away the connection for free, that is, free of charge. For example, some users of virtual operators could receive a 100% discount on communications if they used other services of the parent company. But this is more of a familiar cashback, designed as a service. Virtual operators, as a rule, work on the Tele2 network, this is exactly the same task - to inflate the number of SIM cards, to attract as many subscribers as possible. And it works for the same devaluation of the perception of the cost of communication, there is nothing new here.

Do you know that Gazprombank has a mobile operator? Most likely not, he started working a year ago and during this time he gained one hundred thousand subscribers! It seems that this is a drop in the ocean, but there are dozens of such operators, and they dilute the share of the parent companies in the market, and at the same time offer a low cost of services.

An excerpt from the press release will be quoted: “From December 16 to December 18, 2021, everyone who has issued a GPB Mobile SIM card with their own number or has issued a new SIM card, GPB Mobile will give a 100% discount on the monthly fee at the “Convenient” tariff ' for the next 12 months. To receive a discount, new subscribers will need to connect to the Be Together loyalty program, which is valid for Gazprombank cardholders, and top up their account by 400 rubles. The conditions for granting a discount and joining the Be Together loyalty program for the purpose of receiving it are presented on the Gazprombank website. You can apply for a SIM card as part of the campaign at Gazprombank branches.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left in our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

In fact, we are talking about the fact that the virtual operator needs something to “fight” in this price war. And here it looks like a distribution of de facto free communications, the tariff is not the worst, it has 20 GB of traffic per month. In fact, you really could get it for a year for free, subject to the simple conditions of the promotion. The time limit is clear, a freebie can't last forever.

Several thousand people with a free connection for a year is a drop in the ocean for a huge country, but only at first glance. More importantly, the cost of communication is perceived as something that does not cost anything at all. That is, this is a junk thing that everyone has and is publicly available.

A lyrical digression, in a press release from GPB Mobile there is a remarkable line: "All year long GPB Mobile has been working on the quality of communication, introducing new services and following the latest technologies." A beautiful turn that can mislead people who are far from communication. The virtual operator is also virtual, so as not to engage in technology, network construction and communication quality, the same Tele2 is responsible for this. There is also a sale of services served with a slightly different sauce.

Let's return to the cost of communication, which is completely killed in Russia. Moscow parking lots in the new year raise the cost of an hour in the center, but there are no high technologies in street marking, control of fines, and the like. There is no need to build base stations, provide them with power around the clock, work with data centers, and maintain equipment fault tolerance. Comparing the operator business and that for parking, you understand that there are not so many technologies in the parking business. Technological content is very different. But without the same phones, it is almost impossible to use parking lots, we pay for them from the phone, as well as we can look for where to stumble, compare rates. It turns out that without operators this business is incomplete, as well as many others. It takes advantage of the cheapness of communication.

The cost of an hour of parking in the center of Moscow is now a modest 450 rubles per hour (of course, not $50 per hour, as in many parking lots in Manhattan, but still an invigorating figure). This is already almost a third more than what operators in Russia receive from a subscriber per month. The gap is breathtaking, but we grumble, swear, nevertheless, we pay for parking. Many people are not ready to pay for communication at all. Why? The answer is given above, it would take a fool to pay for something that is so devalued that they push it around every corner and ask you to just take it. There is no value in this, in any case, ideologically it seems that way.

In our country, it is not enough to create something cool and really outstanding to be appreciated. It is necessary to clothe all this in some kind of idea, PR works with a bang. Every time I come across the fact that rather average things look different due to PR and people die over them, I am amazed at this phenomenon. I know and understand the mechanics, but it still surprises me.

And let's also remember how this whole story about greedy operators penetrates the fabric of being. For example, banks tried to sue operators around penny rates for SMS. Yes, pennies, but on their scale there are decent amounts that they wanted to save. It did not work out, which is correct.

I wrote many times that for the development of the country we need good, no, excellent communication. Now there is a certain problem with this, there is no money for development, conceptually everyone considers operators to be rich and greedy, and communication should cost a penny or even be free. This is how many people think, and it is detrimental to everyone. The problem is that when the connection is destroyed and degraded, there will be no chance to quickly restore it. The domino effect will destroy almost everything that happens around, will affect different businesses.

Do you know how much money companies lose when the payment gateway fails (authorization failure or poor connectivity)? In Russia, this is tens of billions of rubles, some losses are irrecoverable, when, for example, they leave a tip, but the payment does not go through. Either a person buys something on the spur of the moment, a failed payment is taken as a sign that you simply do not need it. In Europe, online payments are noticeably less developed, but even against this background, the number of failures (both in percentage and in absolute numbers) is noticeably higher. The fall of telecom will make this scenario the main one in Russia, and the chances of this fall are getting higher and higher. We only have 2022 to change the approach to communication services, primarily in how we perceive them, what is their place in the modern world.

“Say it differently”, sculpture and communications on Nevsky

My friends keep asking me questions about why something is constantly happening around me, how I manage to accidentally get into certain places, meet people. I always answer this way: natural curiosity multiplied by interest in people and what they do. Having got out on business in St. Petersburg, in a few days I received such a charge of vivacity, emotions and acquaintance with art that it’s time to move to St. Petersburg for a longer time.

We walked along the Nevsky in the evening, it gets dark early in the city, slush underfoot, it rains from the sky, which tried to become snow, but could not. It seems that some kind of store will soon be opened in the Stroganov Palace, stylish showcases with sculptures made of rebar, airy, but voluminous. I, like Pavlov's dogs, are always attracted to familiar things, and now my eyes are hooked on the image.

A grandmother sits on a small step of the window, collects alms. Behind the glass, a boy wearing virtual reality glasses, the sculpture froze in motion. The contrast hits the brain, you stop, you look with all your eyes. I am not alone in watching, passers-by slow down, someone takes a picture of a grandmother, someone tries to cut her out and capture only a boy in the frame.

The involuntary performance looks insanely attractive. You freeze and walk along the shop windows, each sculpture speaks about something of its own, everyone will find their own meaning here. What is inside is not clear at all, there are no signs, it seems that something is being built, the stairs to the second floor are in cellophane, people flicker. You have to go inside to understand what it is.

It turns out that Antonina Fatkhulinna's exhibition “Say Different” has just opened. The guys are already closing, it was the first day, people came, and we accidentally jumped into the light when it was all over. But they let us see with one eye, young guys seep in behind us, and the rotation begins again. This is the new museum space of the Museum of Urban Sculpture, you probably know it, this is a courtyard and buildings to the right of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Now they have a new exhibition hall on Nevsky, 19, the place and location are ideal. It is not always possible to get to the Lavra, but everything is fine here.

Antonina with flowers, there is no description of the work, so I immediately ask: what did the artist mean by this? A short explanation of one of the works, I ask Antonina to pose next to her looking person, he peers through the window, but stands in the middle of an empty space. This is also conceptual.

Live, cheerful, Antonina perfectly embodies the fact that an artist can splash herself out in her works. Our man, in a word. And on the Black River there are its lions, they appeared at the end of October, but I never got there, this omission must be urgently corrected.

“Say Different” is a very curious selection of works about communication and what and who we are becoming in the modern world. This is interesting to me because my or the author's interpretation is not important here, it is secondary, oddly enough. The images are easily recognizable, something archaic, something, on the contrary, looks innovative. And everyone, by virtue of his experience, can explain to himself and his relatives what he sees and how he perceives what he sees. I got great pleasure from the exhibition, subscribed to Antonina's Instagram (it's very easy to search, type in Antonina, and then the whole nickname drops out). I also advise you to subscribe, I don’t like to croak, but in the coming years you will hear her name more than once, she’s done well. The Stieglitz Academy pleases in recent years with the work of those who studied there.

Excavations of the Lukka temple of 2010, exhibition of 3115

One of the most beloved contemporary art museums in the world is Erarta, I say without any discounts or assumptions. For me, an indicator of quality is the amount of thoughts and emotions that you get after visiting an exhibition or museum. For example, GES-2, which has just opened its doors in Moscow, is still somewhere around absolute zero. This is just an example of the contemporary art that is rejected by the majority. Although someone pretends to understand and evaluate everything, and before us is the famous painting by Tishchenko from the movie “What Men Talk About”.

It was summer in Erarta, now the temporary exhibitions have completely changed, and it is a rare case when almost every exhibition has become something like that. Just fine, to say the least. And yes, it's still about technology, although it may seem that I'm trying to try on the mantle of an art critic .

Art and technology are inseparable from each other (and this is not about NFT or something similar). This is a repetition of the old story about physicists and lyricists, the development of the exact sciences without the flourishing of literature and other arts is impossible. Only the synthesis and harmonious development of each direction give results. And I am infinitely glad that today in Russia there are more and more museums, exhibition spaces, large and small, dedicated to art. And it’s also nice that in such places you increasingly meet techies, dry and callous engineers who are gaining impressions.

Tell me that I have blinders on my eyes, but for the past few years there has been a premonition that we are ahead of the flowering of various areas, including technology. The nutrient environment is conducive to this, ahead of the time of high achievements (I apologize to those who practice the religion “everything is lost”).

Erarta tore me apart this time with the exhibition “The Bounty Killart. A look from the future: excavations of the Lucca Temple of the 21st century”. Ironic, fun and simply amazing, and most importantly, with what sense of tact our time is played out. The background is as follows: “We have before us an incredible archaeological find, made in the autumn of 3115 near an abandoned village in the southern part of the European continent, it has become a guide for modern researchers into the daily life of mankind in the second decade of the 21st century. The temple discovered by scientists, which has been preserved almost in its original form, allows you to get a comprehensive picture of the daily worries, aspirations and aspirations of the ancient inhabitants of the region. The duo of Italian artists who worked at that time and created most of the iconic images for the temple, managed to capture the true spirit of the times in their sculptures, telling about love, hatred, politics and the current problems of contemporaries. Artists working under the pseudonym The Bounty Killart sought to reflect - and sometimes even satirize - the typical anxieties of a man of his era: fruitless romantic pursuits ("Tinder Surprise", 2016), loneliness ("Outcast", 2017), political protest ("Hungry people”, 2017; “Force of law”, 2016).However, the mentioned works cannot be compared in expressive power with another amazing find - a giant sculpture of a titan being overcome by Zeus ("Gigantomachy", 2019; apparently, a reference to the image of an omnipotent ancient Greek deity). This colossal eight-meter composition served as the main object of worship in the temple, where the local population found refuge and solace, briefly forgetting about the round-the-clock news flow, the chaos of social networks and cultural confusion.”

Here you need to read the texts, they are amazing. Here, for example, is the description text for the Tinder sculpture.

And here is the accompanying text:

"TINDER SURPRISE

Back in the 2000s, before the government introduced algorithm-based forced sexual selection to create a family, people were able to choose their own partners. The feminist revolution, which took place in six waves, gave women the right to work outside their own homes, earn their own money and make decisions about marriage. The invention of oral contraceptives also contributed to this kind of change. It is unlikely that our ancestors could have predicted that all this would lead to a sharp narrowing of the circle of potential partners. The problem was exacerbated by the beauty standards that prevailed in that era: unlike us in the past, millennials were more focused not on the success of their contemporaries, but on their appearance.

In the context of widespread urbanization and the illusion of freedom of choice that has not yet been lost, a number of digital platforms have appeared to search for sexual partners and objects for emotional contact. By registering in such services, including paid ones, men and women got access to a database of potential candidates. The user looked at their photos, accompanied by basic information (age, location), selected suitable ones and arranged a date with them, the so-called interview conducted over the use of food and fermented alcoholic beverages. According to modern historians, this format of searching for a couple had low efficiency and took up to 4.5% of the total life expectancy of an average person.

Tipdeg, mentioned in the sculpture's title, was the world's largest and most widespread online dating platform at the time. At its peak, it had 57 million users. Considering the percentage of men and women among them (72 and 28% respectively), and also the expected higher intelligibility of the latter, it is not surprising that the distribution of the application in the 2010s created a culture of shallow and short-lived relationships.”

Agree that it's just amazing. A few other works, I think you will like them.

In a word, it is worth going to this exhibition to take a look at yourself and the technologies that you use. That look never hurts. And other exhibitions are great, just trust me.