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Igor Ponosov & Brad Downey: “The Tent”

So viel zur russisch-amerikanischen Freundschaft! Ein Projekt von Brad Downey & Igor Ponosov:
“This year, a speech delivered by Putin declared, with lips split by a smile, the purpose of Crimea’s annexation as, “protecting the interests of the Russian-speaking population in Crimea.” This absurd oversimplification undermines the reality of the actions that took place. The annexation resulted in disorder and chaos, and deep mistrust between countries. In yet one more simplification of this complex situation, governments in both the East and the West, have executed orders motivated by greed that resulted in tragic loss.

The artists, Brad Downey, an American, and Igor Ponosov, a Russian, developed an altruistic friendship, despite odds being against them. Physical distance and language barriers stood as challenges, but over the course of four years, the artists came to know one another as brothers. They realized projects together many times and travelled to meet each other in different countries. They hoped to do a project in Ukraine one day, since Igor had especially come to love spending time there. When they heard about the conflict in Ukraine, they decided that now would be the best time to finally realize the project they wanted to do there.

It would be a chance to symbolically subvert the greed displayed by government. They prepared for the trip to Ukraine by stealing advertisement banners, a representation of consumerism, hence purchases obtained by money and influenced by greed. Brad and Igor converted the appropriated advertisement banners into a mobile artist workspace. The tent could be deconstructed easily and stored in a small backpack. By the time Brad and Igor were ready to go to Ukraine the peninsula had been annexed. Instead, they went to the Russian territory of Crimea. They asked no one to help fund this trip, for they wanted to accomplish it without external influences, during a time and in a location where outside influence ruled. For three days, they hiked to reach the Crimea’s highest plateau. Throughout this period of living inside the creation, they cherished the beautiful countryside and mourned the actions, or lack of action, from both the East and the West.” Via: Mail

“Round 2. The Future Of DIY Activism” @ Delai Sam, 19./20. April 2014, Moskau

Adam Harvey: “CV Dazzle“: “CV Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition.”

Aram Bartholl: “Killyourphone” & “Dead Drops“. “Dead Drops” is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. / Killyourphone is an open workshop format. Participants are invited to make their own signal blocking phone pouch super fast for little money.

Dennis P Paul: “Nullstecker”. Nullstecker is a very simple hack consisting of 220 V power plugs modifed to trigger short circuits when plugged into the wall, shutting down all electricity.

Evan Roth: “Available Online For Free“. DIY: Download Russian Version.

Mitch Altman: “TV-B-Gone“. “You can use TV-B-Gone to control access to television for philosophical or practical reasons, or simply to have fun!”

Simone C. Niquille: “Realface Glamouflage“. Realface Glamouflage is a collection of Tshirts offering facial recognition dazzle.

James Bridle: “Drone Shadow Handbook”. A guide to drawing Drone Shadows.

Mr. Impact/Andreas Ullrich: “Defekt”. Diverse Sticker, u.a. “Liebe. Freiheit. Alles” & “Defekt”

U.R.A./FILOART : “I.-R.A.S.C. II F.C.P.“. Infra-red light against surveillance cameras II face care & protect.

::vtol: wird eine neue Arbeit für die Ausstellung bauen, eine Apparat, mit der man den Schmutzgehalt der Luft analysieren kann. “Having analyzed air content the algorithm forms a small 2D image taking the photos of the dirtiest cities and converting them to the abstract computer graphics. Pushing on the button it is possible to print a little digital image immediately. This instrument is to move in the city to search the dirtiest places for their virtual cleaning by means of converting pollution data into micro objects of digital art which are remained on any surface.”

Vladimir Turner & Ondřej Mladý: “Safety First“. To denounce the inadequate number of bike lanes, one of the artists rides a bike through Prague night’s traffic, through parks and crowds, turning his path into a DIY bike lane, which was screened on the street in front of him through a small projector installed on the handle bars.

Where The Dogs Run: Gadget to switch off the russian “Shanson” Radio Station.

Das russische Kollektiv Partizaning organisiert mit zahlreichen anderen Mitstreitern in Moskau das jährliche DIY-Festival Delai Sam (Делай Сам). Ich bin vor Ort, halte einen Vortrag zum Thema “Subversion, Fake und Fun im öffentlichen Raum” und habe auch eine kleine DIY-Ausstellung kuratiert. Mit dabei sind Arbeiten von: Adam Harvey, Aram Bartholl, Dennis P Paul, Evan Roth, Mitch Altman, Simone C. Niquille, James Bridle, Mr. Impact/Andreas Ullrich, U.R.A./FILOART, ::vtol:, Vladimir Turner, Ondřej Mladý & Where The Dogs Run.

Da im letzten Jahr bei der Delai Sam-Ausstellung u.a. Guerilla Gardening, Adbusting und andere “90er”-Jahre-DIY-Techniken präsentiert wurden, wollte ich in diesem Jahr den Fokus auf “Digital/New Media Activism” legen und ein paar neue Projekte präsentieren, die sich an der Schnittstelle zwischen Medienkunst und Aktivismus bewegen. Das Besondere daran: Alle Werke sind reproduzierbar und können in bester DIY-Manier nachgebaut werden und inspirieren hoffentlich auch zu eigenen Hacks. Und damit das alles nicht zu politisch-dikatisch rüberkommt, wird das ganze am Ende in eine Finissage-Fashion-Show verwandelt. Der große Dank gilt allen Künstlern und Helfern, die bei dieser Ausstellung mitmachen, denn ist mal wieder eine 0-Budget-Herzblut-Ausstellung! #

Hier noch einmal ein Auszug aus dem Konzept in EN: “Activism is a continouus race. Every actions creates a counter-action. Guerilla Gardening, adbusting, temporary sculptures in urban space are nice tools, but in an contemporary and digital warfare seems already quite antiquate. The exhibition and fashion show “Round 2. The Future of DIY Activism” presents in a humorous and inspiring way art projects from new media, net.activism and hacktivism, that are questioning the new challenges of our digital environment, issues like mass surveillance, free (internet) culture, media manipulation – and what activist can do against it. The works show how a new generation of artists, designers and engineers are taking a highly critical approach to the development and use of the engineered systems and infrastructures that we increasingly rely on for daily life. And the particularity of the show is that all presented works can be reproduced, remixt, altered, improved, costumized. Because: After the industrial age and our digital age comes the maker age. More and more fab labs and hacker/maker spaces are popping up around the world competing with mass production and empowering people to create smart (activist) devices for themselves. We might have lost the first fight – but now comes round 2.”

Radya: “Figure #1: Stability”

“After the formation officers may leave the area”: Eine neue Intervention aus Russland – dokumentiert von Radya.

“We want a world revolution, carried out by the artistic means and without any victim”: Interview mit der russischen Voina-Gruppe

“Mordovian Hour (Cat throwing in MacDonalds)”, 2007

Für das Buchprojekt “Art & Agenda” habe ich letztzes Jahr ein Interview mit der russischen Voina-Gruppe geführt – es wurde nie veröffentlicht und ich habe es nach Aufräumarbeiten erst jetzt wieder gefunden. Befragt wurde die gesamte Gruppe: Oleg Vorotnikov (alias “Vor” – the chief ideologist), Natalia Sokol (alias “Kozlyenok” – the chief coordinator), Leonid Nikolayev (alias Crazy Lenya) und Alex Plutser-Sarno (the chief media artist).

Alain Bieber: Your name means „war“. Against what and who are you in war?

Alexei Plutser-Sarno: We are in war with the glamorous timeserving conformist art-market, which reproduces art-rubbish that is badly behind the times. The galleries and catalogues are choked up with it.

Oleg Vorotnikov: We create a new left-wing art front, somehow reminiscent of the revolutionary art of the 1910 – 1920s. With the very fact of our existence in this radical left-wing front, we are shifting all the ideological poles of the art world and the political space as well. The radical right-wing essence of the rest of the contemporary Russian art becomes evident against the background of the Voina art-group.

Kozlyenok: The weakness of the so-called “opposition” movements in Russia becomes evident too.

Alexei Plutser-Sarno: Of course, there are artists of integrity. For example, Andrey Monastirsky or Hermann Nitsch. Their actions were crystal honest. Such people are few and far between.

Kozlyenok: But the Voina art-group is not just honest. It breathes a new life into the real political protest art in the whole world.

Alexei Plutser-Sarno: And, of course, we make war on the socio-political obscurantism and the right-wing reaction. We ideologically exterminate the obsolete patriarchal-repressive socio-political symbols and ideologies.
(weiterlesen …)

Partizaning: “Guerilla Interventionen”

“Crosswalks”: Two zebra crossings appeared near Kievskaya metro station and directly next to the Ecoloft commune on Pyatnitskaya street. We were silly, and didn’t film pedestrians who ran in the the road before. But, more importantly, they can now safely cross. White stripes are subtly different from the official ones, but appearing handmade only emphasizes the main message: do it yourself. I want to draw attention to the fact that the sign is also handmade too.

“Benches”: Four knocked up, orange-painted benches are now installed in different locations in the city. The text on the label reads: “This bench was made by citizens for citizens. Nobody has paid us for it and we are not advertising anything. This city belongs to its residents and we can do it better ourselves, with our own hands.” And a postscript: “Use it for your health. Made with quality materials, colored, but not soil. In the process of making money was spent solely on the boards, paint, kefir and cakes.” The mysterious and absurd fate of one of the benches was highlighted on the blog of a popular radio station, Echo of Moscow. For some reason, the bench was roughly re-painted gray. Who and why remains a mystery, but the assumption is that it was painted by yardmen because the orange color is associated with the revolution in Ukraine.

“Cycling road signs”: For the last two years we (in our side project USE/LESS) we have been promoting cycling in Moscow by making cycling maps, markups and signs on the streets where it’s most comfort and safe to cycle. Maroseyka street where these signs were installed is one of the busiest bicycle routes in downtown of Moscow. Participants of Partizaning are spending a lot of time and effort so that one day everyone can safely and comfortably ride through the city on bike.

“Drunk Pedestrians”: Installed outside of the Moscow nightclub Solyanka, the most popular hipster hangout in the city, the sign is both practical and funny. It warns drivers to watch out for drunken pedestrians who fill the streets after a long night of partying. It also comments on the increasingly excessive lifestyles and hedonistic consumption in the city, as well as on the drinking problem, which is rampant in Russia.

Selbstgemalte Zebrastreifen, gefälschte Straßenschilder, selbstgebaute Bänke: Interventionen aus dem Umfeld des Kollektivs Partizaning in Russland. Via: Mail

Der Baum hinter der Anzeige

Adbusting im russischen Jekaterinburg. Via

Voina: “Cop’s auto-da-fe, or Fucking Prometheus”

Die russische Voina-Gruppe zündelt wieder: “On December 31, 2011 at 23:25 Voina activists climbed over the fence to the yard of the police station №71 in St. Petersburg to hold an auto-da-fe for a police prisoner transport truck. The prison-on-wheels was set on fire with Molotov cocktails and totally burned down. Oleg Vorotnikov, Leonid Nikolayev, Natalia Sokol and other activists took part in the action. Cops didn’t succeed in arresting any of them. Alexei Plutser-Sarno’s statement: “Dear Russians, this action is a modest gift to all of you from the Voina Group. It’s a gift to all political prisoners of Russia: Philip Kostenko, Sergei Udaltsov, Taisia Osipova, Sergei Mokhnatkin, Vladimir Bukovsky and many others. We dedicate this action to the deceased heroic political prisoners Sergei Magnitsky, Anatoly Marchenko, Kronid Lyubarsky, Alexander Ginzburg, Andrei Sinyavsky, Yuri Galanskov, Yuli Daniel. Let’s destroy all prisons! Freedom to all political prisoners! Feds don’t fuck us – we fuck feds! Happy New Year, comrades!” Via: Mail

Andreas Neumann: “Russland”-Serie

Nach der “Heimzone” von Andreas Neumann gibt´s hier noch ein paar Bilder aus der “Russland”-Serie. Via: Mail, thx!

Polizistinnen knutschen!

Schöne Aktion in Russland – aber es war nicht Voina. “We make massive, monumental art. Besides, it’s obvious that the Voina Group would never kiss policemen. We prefer to fuck them with our 65-meter-Dick!” Via

Voina: Oleg Vorotnikov & Leonid Nikolayev sind frei!

Foto: Vladimir Telegin

Seit dem 24. Februar sind Oleg Vorotnikov und Leonid Nikolaev von der russischen Voina-Gruppe (vgl. auch hier/hier) wieder auf freien Fuß – die Kaution (10.000 Dollar pro Künstler) hatte Banksy mit dem Verkauf einiger Arbeiten übernommen – und bedanken sich: “Dear friends, the Voina Group would like to thank you all for your support and help. Without your media coverage Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolayev wouldn’t have any chance to be released. Today is their second day at large. But the charges against the artists still stand. The trial will be held soon. Again we can’t thank you enough for your every effort.” Via: Mail