"White North", Storytel Original series
Storytel Original, Russian edition, acquired White North, a 9-part audio documentary series created by Geyser Media.
Developed from the renown narrative podcast with the same name, it tells the story of a war forgotten but unforgiven. At the end of the WWI thousands of foreign troops arrived in North Russia in the course of military intervention. This led to the creation of the independent Northern Russia which lasted 18 months. It also amplified the most brutal civil war, whose legacy still lingers.
Blending journalism and dramatic narrative, the series bring together witness accounts, never heard before archive material and contemporary analysis to explore facts and myths behind the story.
The series is available on the Storytel platform from February 2, 2021 on subscription.
The Passage, Galerie Kornfeld
Born out of the darkness of quarantine and self-isolation, the new installation "The Passage" at the Galerie Kornfeld in Berlin leads the viewer on an agonizing journey through change, which is both suffocating and hopeful.
Created by the renown Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze, hoards of black birds, eerie and haunting, roam in the seeming chaos yet are controlled by an invisible force driving them like prey into the trap of the human head that swallows them. What are those birds – nightmares, soul-destroying doubts, erratic thoughts, suffering of love, bitterness of loss or hallucinations? Who is the person – an artist, a lunatic, a poet, a politician or anyone who walks on the planet Earth?
The exhibition is held between 11 September - 30 October 2020.
Reflecting Europe, CSF
Early in 2020 Berlin-based Civil Society Forum, helped by Geyser Media, launched a multimedia dossier tapping into our understanding of what happened to Europe in the last 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall.
Over the summer of 2019, a group of authors flew out to the Hungarian-Austrian border, Dresden, Berlin, Chemnitz, Wrocław, Moscow and Kyiv, where they met politicians, migrants, witnesses of the past events, civic and social activists and artists. They collected interviews, photo series, videos, analytical data, sounds and thoughts which has been presented as a kaleidoscope of stories and observations called "Reflecting Europe".
The project will continue throughout 2020 exploring some powerful and also some uncomfortable questions, such as why the huge changes that happened thirty years ago failed to fulfil the expectations of so many?
OSCE media literacy, Tajikistan
July - Oct, 2019
Geyser Media, on behalf of OSCE, has delivered a series of workshops and assessment reports on strategic communications and high impact content creation for the government press officers of Republic of Tajikistan.
The training took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in July and September 2019 to the audience of chief press officers of the governmental agencies and ministries including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Emergency Situations, Central Bank, etc.
It included content planning, community interactions, visual communications, practical broadcast training sessions, new media insights, writing and editing copy for press and general public.
The participants enhanced their knowledge of communications, media relations and content creation as well as gained additional skills on how to deliver clear and succinct messages under pressure.
BBC In the Studio: Tamara Kvesitadze
Tamara Kvesitadze, a celebrated kinetic artist from Georgia, is best known for Man and Woman, a 26-feet tall moving sculpture located in the coastal city of Batumi. Each evening, along the seafront, the two huge steel figures move closer together, and momentarily merge, before passing through one another.
Tamara’s large-scale kinetic sculptures often combine elaborate moving mechanisms with evocative imagery, and her latest project, "Sigh" (also known as 'Buddha's Smile'), is no exception. Due for installation at a Buddhist resort in the Chinese city of Wuxi, the sculpture has been commissioned to be a reflection on the country’s traditional philosophy, as well as the more progressive thinking of modern day China. We follow the story of Sigh by joining Tamara as she works on the project across several months, taking her from London to Georgia and back, and searches for the perfect way to balance the modern and the traditional.
Produced and presented by Natalia Golysheva for BBC World Service
BBC In the Studio: Anna Starobinets
Crowned as the "Russian Queen of Horror" author Anna Starobinets refuses to be defined by a particular genre. As a mother of two, she delved into children’s literature because she felt there was a lack of good quality children’s reading, which engaged both kids and parents.
After the tragic death of her husband in 2017, Anna suffered from writer’s block. But 18 months later she recovered her ability. Natalia Golysheva joins Anna as she begins the process of creating a brand new book for her children’s series, The Beastly Crimes, and hears how she approaches the process of inventing new characters and plots - especially ones which explore complex and, at times, cruel things in a way that young people can relate to.
Produced and presented by Natalia Golysheva for BBC World Service
AUDIO UK Awards
Geyser Media's Natalia Golysheva nominated for 2018 APA Best Audio Producer, Factual for a series of documentary programmes on BBC World Service.
The Red and the White series tell a story of an ill-gotten war that the West chose to forget and Russia never forgave .
The series are available here.
BBC Heart & Soul: Stepping on the Bones
Founded in the 15th century on a remote archipelago in the White Sea, Solovetsky monastery (or “Solovki”) was once one of Russia’s most religious sites. But in the 20th century Solovki gained notoriety as the “Mother of Gulags” – the first and most brutal of the concentration camps of the Soviet time, a stark embodiment of repression.
Since the early 1990s monks and historians have worked together to keep the dual-legacy of Solovki alive, but spiritual revival on the bones of the dead has proved complicated; the Russian Orthodox Church wants to make the entire archipelago the stronghold of belief it had once been, while historians and human rights activists say that traces of Gulag are being gradually and forcibly removed.
Produced and presented by Natalia Golysheva for BBC World Service.
BBC Heart & Soul: Uzbekistans' Shrines
Uzbekistan - the most populous country in Central Asia is, is sometimes called the country of a hundred shrines or the “second Mecca”. It is home to hundreds of well-preserved mosques, madrasas, bazaars and mausoleums, dating largely from the 9th to the 17th centuries, almost untarnished by the time.
Locked for most of the past 150 years under the Russian rule, it emerged as an independent nation in 1991 – only to slide into a totalitarian state with restricted religious freedoms.
Rustam Qobil travels to the ancient cities of Bukhara and Samarkand in his native Uzbekistan to find out if the increased interest to shrines can indeed stop radicalism.
Produced by Natalia Golysheva for BBC World Service.