Ekaterina Vasilyeva and Ganna Zubkova

Рiece for resistance* Mute dialogue on revolution

November 7 - November 18, 2014

Elektrozavod gallery

Ekaterina Vasilyeva and Ganna Zubkova

PIECE FOR RESISTANCE. MUTE DIALOGUE ON REVOLUTION,

November 7 - 18, 2014

Gallery Elektrozavod,

Moscow discursive dispositif in three parts, duration : 2 weeks

Curator: Dima Filippov

Conceived as a continuation of the performance AXE DE RÉVOLUTION, this project responded to the proposition of an exhibition by creating and implementing a discursive dispositive, a mechanism of interaction with public that invited it for dialog. We called this dialog à priori "mute" or "not mine" (the two words are homonyms in Russian language). Throughout rethinking the passage of the performance from a state of event to its representation (video documentation), in search of not just an imprinted trace, but of a new singular experience - that of co-action, we proposed as an exhibition project an open auto-constructing utterance of the community in form of extension of the event. We continued and developed the video documentation by creating a document which consisted of speech acts made together with the public. This mental texto-graphic document expanded into a collective memory map and acquired the physical space of the gallery by transforming it into the space of a perpetual polyphonic dialogue.

 This dispositive develops in time according to the dramatic structure, in which the protasis is the performance. The day of the opening the pubic is proposed to write freely on walls of the gallery, while one of the walls is a place for projection of a 17-hours film, documentation of the performance. This document is prolonged in form of mental textual projection on walls as a response to media noise polemic provoked by the performance. Thus, from singular speech acts an enunciation of the community is created. For the following 14 days this text-iconographic mental map was disappearing phrase by phrase being painted out during a long set of conversations tête-à-tête that we engaged with the public.

Every day from the noon till midnight we were present in the gallery. Every conversation lasted from 40 minutes up to three hours. After each conversation the words and the signs that were spoken out, were painted out with white semi-transparent paint. The mental map was disappearing through vocalization and narration. By the end of two weeks the space turned white again to its initial state, though preserving the traces of the words and tags lurking through the semi-transparent paint.

By the day of finissage the space of the gallery turned back to its initial state, preserving the traces and phantoms of words and gestures which were slightly visible through the white paint. The exposition was completely re-arranged. The neon sign "axe de révolution" was created, which was at the same time an object and the light, nomination and dematerialization, so that this epilogue echoes the whole project.

This contextual project questioned the artistic community of Moscow, and broadly the word, the speech act as an act of resistance in the socio-political context of Russia. The gallery Elektrozavod is an autonomous artistic space hidden in long corridors of an immense industrial building. Difficult to get access to, it is a well know independent place. We wanted to activate this ghetto of liberty, to practice it, prolonging to gesture of carrying a tube by the speech acts, an everyday activity that escapes the panoptic control, having a transformative potential.

 

Екатерина Васильева и Ганна Зубкова

Рiece for resistance* - Не мой диалог о революции

7 ноября - 18 ноября 2014

галерея Электрозавод

куратор: Дима Филиппов

«Беседа, разговор - это повседневная практика, ускользающая от паноптического контроля власти. Называя галерею PIECE FOR RESISTANCE (от фр. pièce – комната), мы трансформируем помещение в смысловое пространство, в место для сопротивления через акт присутствия и акт речи».

 

В течение 12 дней Екатерина и Ганна провели более 100 часов в пространстве галереи, создавая совместно с пришедшими документ из сингулярных речевых актов, который расширялся в общую картину памяти и осваивал физическое место галереи, трансформируя его в пространство полифонического диалога.

PIECE FOR RESISTANCE – второй акт к перформансу Екатерины и Ганны РЕВОЛЮЦИОННАЯ ОСЬ, состоявшемуся этим летом на улицах Москвы.

 

РЕВОЛЮЦИОННАЯ ОСЬ - метафора отношений, где двое ведут невербальный диалог посредством предмета, балки, которая является одновременно связью и дистанцией. Прямохождение и язык, актулизированные соответсвенно в актах шага и речи, устной и письменной, есть условия очеловечивания и невозомжны без "постоянно бдящего сознания" (Элиаде). Шаги как и почерк, некая линия постоянно переходящая от общей формы букв к уникальному начертанию и обратно, как пример взаимосуществования общего и частного, есть личная форма возможности общего сопротивления.

Переводя неязыковую телесную коммуникацию перформанса в аткуализированный текст, в речевой акт, равноценный поступку, мы используем перформативность как возможность речи создавать действие, производить изменение, конструировать новое положение вещей».

- Екатерина Васильева и Ганна Зубкова
 

* от фр. pièce de résistance - второе блюдо, лучшая, наиболее удовлетворяющая голод часть ужина; pièce - помещение, комната, пьеса.