Four banners were made, each three meters long (their width depended on the amount of text lines): 1 - white banner with black font (AM's email), 2 - black banner with white font (NP's email), 3 - yellow banner with black font (AM's email) and 4 - red banner with white font (NP's email). The text for the banners was borrowed from email correspondence between AM and NP in 2016 in the course of their discussion of the plan of action Banner-2016 with a Louse Stitched on. (See the banners' texts in the pictures).
The first banner was shown to the viewers by AM and SR who stretched it out while standing on the hill next to the Yauza river and turning around (so that the viewers, in order to read it, had to walk around the hill moving after the banners' front side). After that, the banner was hidden in the bag.
Next, the group of participants walked into the woods to the north of the Yauza river. While the group was moving through the woods, the black, yellow and red banners were hung in-between the trees. The distance between the banners was determined by their invisibility so that the previous banner is not seen from the position where the new one is hung.
When all the banners were hung and left in the woods, the organizers and the viewers came back to the original position by the river and climbed a hill next to the first one (where the first banner was shown). The viewers were given faktographic objects—laminated cards from a series Bearded poets in winter which presented portraits of A. Maykov (1821 - 1897), А. Pleshcheyev (1825 - 1893), L. Mei (1822 - 1862), А. Dobrolyubov (1876 - 1945) and I. Konevskoy (1877 - 1901). The first four poets had hats photo-collaged into the portraits, while the right side of Konevskoy's portrait was furnished with a 13th century drawing of the Spirit of North from Taoist cannon. Each card was made in two copies. The back side of the cards featured ten numbers ranging from 1 to 64 (1, 10, 15, 20, etc.). Next, AM launched the Book of Changes' fortune-telling application on his smartphone and a hexagram No. 1 (The Creative, Ch'ien) came out. Because number 1 was on the card which A. Kondur drew, the first banner shown on the hill was given to him as a faktographic object.
During the entire action, a portable speaker (which was carried by O. Zaikina-Kondur) was producing an English text pronounced electronically via auto spelling. The phonogram featured all descriptive texts of CA actions held in the area along the Yauza river, between Sokol'niki and Losiny Ostrov.
April 27, 2018
Along Yauza River, Losiny Ostrov
A. Monastyrsky, M. Sumnina, S. Romashko
Viewers: Y. Leiderman, V. Alimpiev, S. Sitar, O. Sarkisyan, A. Atik, V. Osipov, D. Novgorodova, O. Zaikina, A. Kondur, I. Shulzhenko
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