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Tal Halpern

Аuthor, animator and software developer based in Brooklyn, NY. His multimedia works experiment with the book form to produce new interactive reading environments for electronic devices. They have been featured in numerous venues including Sundance Film Festival Web, Iowa Review Web, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM).

Presently, Halpern is working on a graphic novel inspired by Yevgeny Zamyatin’s dystopian novel “We”. While in St. Petersburg, Halpern met with experts from the Museum of Political History, Russian National Library, the Sergei Kirov Museum, the Blok Museum, the Pushkin House, the Theater Museum Archive, and toured the city visiting Zamyatin’s homes and haunts.

 "I had long had the idea of creating a graphic novel inspired by Zamyatin’s dystopian novel “We” that would incorporate elements of Zamyatin’s biography and the graphic arts of the 1920’s. The Likhachev Fellowship made this idea tangible. By bringing me to St. Petersburg and providing me with experts on the city’s rich artistic and literary history, I was able to immerse myself completely in the world of Zamyatin-- to literally walk in his footsteps, and gain a nuanced understanding of the historic conditions and graphic art of 1920’s Petrograd. Other fellows contributed to the experience, by sharing their knowledge and projects, and creating a supportive community for artistic experimentation. In the process, I saw a vague hazy notion for a literary work take on concrete definition. As a graphic novelist, I could not have asked for more. Thank you, Likhachev for a truly incredible experience!!!"