Action Silent Parade (Crawling)

November 10, 1991

The Venue: Mayakovsky Square in front of the monument.
Quantity of participants: 10 people were crawling.

The action took place in parallel with protests of various left political parties and organizations (it was not CPRF - the communist party), as far as I remember there as well were anarchists. We crawled from the steps of the entrance of Mayakovskaya subway station to the monument to Mayakovsky. The action was called Silent Parade (people called it Crawling).

Formal meaning was to create some danger: people were crawling in front of wheels of cars. But it didnt work, because we already became quite popular and a lot of people came on the action (moreover, there were a lot of gapers from the demonstration), and we were surrounded by a dense ring of spectators. Though cars stood up, we were hidden from them by the crowd. Element of physical danger is also one of the aspects of a public scandal. Beside a protest, we enclosed in all actions the meaning of investigation. We almost never repeated, what had already been find out and confirmed.

Nominal symbolic meaning of the action was the transition from socialism to capitalism. Crawling in November weather assumed to be in the mud. People smeared in mud, had to symbolize this transition.

In general, any symbolic meaning is secondary for radical art. There could be hundreds of interpretations. Value (beauty) of such gestures is simplicity, reaching to elementary, accuracy, archetypical themes or precise absurdity.

The most important things for an action are suddenness and a special atmosphere, which is formed by it. There were all this things in crawling along a carriageway people.

Film director Eldar Ryazanov liked this action and he even asked us to repeat it for one of his movies. From my point of view, such gestures-actions cant be repeated. There are some sense of uncertainty and ingratiatory element in repetition. We didnt repeat the action for Ryazanovs movie.

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Artists Talk: Anatoly Osmolovsky

 Artists Talk: Anatoly Osmolovsky

27 Feb 20156:30 pm | Nash & Brandon Rooms | £8.00 to £10.00

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The exhibition celebrates the art being produced in these four distinct regions since the heyday of Pop, and presents them in relation to each other through the framework of six themes: Habitat; Advertising and Consumerism; Celebrity and Mass Media; Art History; Religion and Ideology; Sex and the Body.

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The publication for this exhibition will available from the end of September.  More (press-release)

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Opening: Saturday 31 March 2012 h.18.30.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday h.14:00-19:00.

Thomas Brambilla
Via Casalino 25
24121 Bergamo Italia
Ph: +39 035 247418

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