about the project

How it started?

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Everything started in 2006 in the beautiful city of Barcelona where northern Siberiana and southern Cristóbal Polo met and started their spiritual collaboration.

In 2007 there was created El manifiesto de cosología (Sp."The Manifest of Cosology [Objectology or Science of Things]") that influenced certain circles, among them the future quadernists.

After that, in following years Siberiana worked and studied at Vilnius University. It was an important step in getting closer to restoration, phenomenology, semiotics and pataphysics that nurtured her explorations in everyday objects.

During some period from 2007 Cristóbal Polo was reading, writing and publishing things, among them short stories called Cuentos premonitorios. But only with the first notebook made by Siberiana he finally recovered his writing duties in 2012. It inspired him to think more about the phenomenon of handwriting and notetaking.

After these (re)discoveries, they worked out together the concept of quadernistics and they keep studying the techniques of taking notes, specifics of reading and handwriting, as well as history of notebooks.

During the last year Siberiana developed her profesional knowledge in various workshops of bookbindery, conservation and restoration in Barcelona and now works in the Restoration Department in Vilnius University Library. Whereas Cristóbal Polo has published his new selection of poems, called Tumba común (Editorial Gravitaciones, Gijón, 2017), that was born by various handwriting and noting strategies developed in notebooks made by Siberiana.

Why Siberiana?

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First appeared the name and then the question: Why Siberiana?, where the word "Siberiana" means "Siberian girl".

On the one hand, geographical Siberia is used here as mediating image of the remote northern horizons which was born after journeys between two distant countries in South and North: Spain and Lithuania, Iberia and Siberia.

Although on the other hand, the image has some historical background. It could be interpreted as a kind of personal identification with Siberiana's Lithuanian family members who survived soviet deportations to hostile landscapes of Siberia. There her grandparents met each other, got married and created their family before coming back to Lithuania.

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In this wide semio-geographical space framed by it's melancholic frontiers we miss winter, freshness of the snow, slanting eyes and wide cheeks while we stay in the South and, on the contrary, we miss mild Meditarreanean forests scented by herbs while being in the North.

On the basis of this climatic dialectics our texts, books and notebooks are born.