2013 Performance, sculptures, video installation, ready-made video 9:39 min. Culture center "Vdohnovenie", Moscow, Russia
Postsoviet city suburbs has become ruins of the idea of the country, which gave a birth to them. Uncompleted and probably failed USSR project was left as a huge monument, living stalactite or a fossil. The experience of living among the late soviet modernistic architecture in Yasenevo district, is likely the main factor which influenced on me. All monument ideas standing behind the architectural project of the USSR are buried under the layers of new visual culture born in the beginning of the millennium. The late soviet period can be defined as a pressure of language on actuality, - the language is left without signified, but primarily it was an ideal signifier, - nowadays its place was occupied by sleeping quarters, overgrown with malls, thus this period has become a fossil, a rudiment, which must be taken in account, has turned into archaeological object, whose aim used to be a creation of the future. All of these generate specific psychogeographical experience.
The "Anabasis" exhibition is a site-specific project. The term "anabasis" was used by Xenophon as a description of the walk on the enemy's territory, but in the same time this word means both departure and return. As it was marked by Elene Petrovskaya, exactly because of this ability to describe a return to original, to move "up and back", Alain Badiou used this term in "The Century", dedicated to the XX century, which gave a birth to the USSR late architecture project. It has the meaning for the author, but more in context of art practice and memories of the place where he got general life experience.
The place where this project had exhibited was the ex-cinema theatre "Hanoi", place in South-West of Moscow. The cinema itself today is the only centre of culture in the district, has a colonnade like a colonnade of the ancient greek temple. The project was exhibited all over the building. The hall, as well as the whole cinema, was in darkness and the main sculptural points was ligthed with LED panels. On the second floor there was the sculpture with a collage, look alike advertising and beside it there were audio guides being given to visitors. Audioguides was broadcasting the author's performance in one channel, and audiotrack of the 1980 year documentary about Yasenevo in the other. During the performance author was telling about his experience of living in his neighbourhood, reconstructing stories and childhood dreaming. Further visitor should go through the coridor immersed in gloom and lighted with glow sticks. In the end of the corridor there was a video installation - a video of the crows in the sky projected through the mirror. Spectators were passing through a beam of projection, observing themselves in a mirror, and then they turned up in the hall where were placed a plasma TV with a landscape from Mars, made by "Curiosuty". The print of unreal landscape of mountains, river and blocks of flats similar to buiding which are around - 3D visualization mounted with plastic - were placed on the podium and fixed with granite blocks. In the corner of the hall there was a plant also lit with LED. Inside that space there was a door to a small cinema hall were the documentary mentioned before had being shown. Walking through the exhibition spectators could adjust audioguides combining authors speech with a film's audiotrack. During the performance the artist talked to some visitors, so that others could hear this conversation.