Give me two






To have and to be

Each weekend, our comfortable bus goes to tour the main sights of the city. We will follow the route "Mall-another mall-another mall cinema and concert center-mall" and will finish in the Main Mall. Attention, a promotion: bring a friend and get a free baggage ticket.


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    Between the American Dream and a Dead End

    [Berlin > New York] We do talk too much about money. There is something more in this life than just “shut up and take my money“. Hardly able to be put in words, this ‘something’ is sometimes named „something in the air“. A person whom we had to ask to write about this (or maybe, not about this, as this lead is an exclusive opinion of the editorial board) is writing from New York, this Mecca of consumerism.More ...

    Shakespeare and a Street Gang

    [Belarus | Minsk] In the Soviet films, the faces of the people of this profession were known to many but no one could recollect the origin of this knowledge. Extras are a caste of its own in the cinema industry: they are those who appear on the screen for a minute but sometimes this minute is enough to remember the actor.More ...

    The value of things

    [Germany | Kiel] The minimum wage per hour is 8,84 € in Germany. This fakt that does not seem to be so remarkable at first entails plenty of questions. Why exactly this amount? Why do some earn more than others? And what does money itself cost after all? An essay by Albert Feierabend about the value of things and time.More ...

    Information time

    [Armenia | Yerevan] In the 21st century the term "consumption" is usually perceived as something negative: Cumsumerism, shopping addiction etc. But what about the consumption of information? Education, reading books, the contemplation of art? Anna Davtjan from Armenia made a photo project about this aspect of consumption.More ...

    Gods and Angels in a Georgian Theatre

    [Georgia | Tbilisi] The Georgian dramatist Guram Matskhonashvili says Georgian theatre was "an old Soviet-time wardrobe, where the clothes are destroyed by moths and everything smells like a mothball.” What still remains from Soviet times? What changed? An opinion.More ...

    A Night in the Temple of Consumerism

    [Belarus | Minsk] “What is an empire? Either the Star Wars plus MMORPG or the forgotten school class of the ancient world history, somebody's laurel wreath, or something like that… come to our minds." Yet we in Converter are concerned about the modern consumer society, the empires of consumption, the ziggurats of trade, where each is his or her own slave and tyrant. Our author Andrey Dichenko has spent a day in one of such new world sanctuaries. Click the link and read the first part of the author's view of the institution, in which the consumer communion is now lavishly taken.More ...

    A Day in the Temple of Consumerism

    [Belarus | Minsk] “What is an empire? Either the Star Wars plus MMORPG or the forgotten school class of the ancient world history, somebody's laurel wreath, or something like that… come to our minds." Yet we in Converter are concerned about the modern consumer society, the empires of consumption, the ziggurats of trade, where each is his or her own slave and tyrant. Our author Andrey Dichenko has spent a day in one of such new world sanctuaries. Click the link and read the first part of the author's view of the institution, in which the consumer communion is now lavishly taken.More ...

    Shopaholic

    [Ukraine | Kyiv] This column is about an incomplete victory over an addiction. I wish to emphasize that the victory is incomplete, so that the reader should not hope for something greater than it really is More ...

    Where is the Money?

    [Russia | Novosibirsk] Semyon Panin from Novosibirsk has told the Converter how he decided to start saving money and what resulted from it. His text made the editorial board think about the nature of money and the essence of things. Observations and advice become aligned as soft-core guidelines for action, while personal experience stories serve as a kind of motivation to follow this advice. "Save and see your wishes fulfilled. Amen". More ...

    Temp job

    [Uzbekistan | Tashkent] The idea of making money, in order not to depend on one’s parents and to be able to meet one’s needs, is now trendy in Uzbekistan: more and more young people in this country decide to earn extra money while studying. Here are five unusual jobs for young people from Tashkent and Samarkand, striving to be financially independent. More ...

    To create and to give away

    [Ukraine | Kyiv] This is a totally individual author’s attitude to the subject of consumption, which deals with the following: a) whether we are free in our choice to be free, b) how to raise a one-hundred percent consumer, and c) how, when consuming, can one keep harmony with the world and not spoil his/her karma (a spoiler: self-realization will help).More ...

    Down the drain

    [Uzbekistan | Tashkent] Everything is so good in big cities, at least concerning the supply of water, the symbol of life and a limited natural resource. However, in Uzbekistan the scanty natural sources of drinking water are demonstrating a steady trend for depletion. We have analyzed the situation with the use of drinking water in the Uzbek cities, in order to answer the question, whether the existing consumer habits in the country indicate extravagance or the bare necessity of life. More ...

    Gap

    [Uzbekistan | Tashkent] How to discover a sum equal to your monthly income in your pocket after a party? A text by Radmila Rasuleva and Humoyun Tursunov.More ...

    Fast

    [Uzbekistan | Tashkent] The feeling that you have when you first fast in Uzbekistan. A text by Sevinch Umarova and Ezoza Nadzhimova.More ...

    Top of the heap

    [Kazakhstan > Great Britain] It seems sometimes that the world capitals emerged as somebody’s clever project to attract young ambitious people there, who come there with one purpose only - to conquer. Why? Rustina Temir from Almaty reasonably mentions money as often being the main reason. Yet, it is not only money. Converter is publishing Rustina’s text about what the way to the top is like, feeling a bit envious. Who wouldn’t? More ...

    Approaching the Sepulture

    [Ukraine | Kyiv] "When human beings use each other, the coins they use are often called religion, hope and love. Perhaps, love is the most expensive currency, as the marital market is the market where expensive commodities are traded". More ...

    Big City Lights

    [Russia | Novosibirsk] ...lightboxes. These glowing structures are bringing back the lost beauty to us, offering from time to time not discounted goods but some new sort of contemporary art.More ...

    Find what you do not expect to find

    [Berlin | Germany] Eating organic food, sorting out garbage, paying a tax for beverages in glass and plastic containers and giving up using plastic bags on a national scale — these are just a few signs of Germany having become a European locomotive on the road to environmental protection. Germans are even learning how to counter thoughtless consumption, supported by the government.More ...

    flowers. parakeets. khachapuri.

    [Georgia | Tbilisi] No, it is not everywhere that shopping takes place in a maze of shelves filled with standard goods accompanied by the monotonous squeak of the cash machines. There are places on the Earth where the spirit of the good old market is still alive, which offer super wonders without being supermarkets. Among other things, the word ‘wonder’ refers to stories and encounters the local market is so rich of. More ...

     

    NEW TOPIC

    Media

    Online information and our relations with it
    ZEITGEIST

    Time

    Thoughts about one of the most paradox resources we have

    Metamorphosis

    Observations about the stream of time
    CONSUMPTION

    To have and to be

    About consumption, people and money

    Money

    About the universal measure of happiness
    BORDERS

    BORDERLAND

    The subtle balance of borderline states

    DIS-STANCE

    Photo reports about the borders, both tangible and mental
    INSPIRATION

    SEROTONIN

    About the inspiration and the sleep of reason

    WATCHING

    About films: what to see and how to see
    SPECIALS

    BERLINALE-SPECIAL

    Inspired by the festive atmosphere of the gathering, Converter has prepared a special rubric for you, dedicated to the cinema, the festival, and Berlin

    DREAMS FROM ST. PETERSBURG

    The photoproject "Dreams from St. Petersburg" tries to give an idea of what are the hopes and fears of of young people in this unique city