144 envelopes crafted from white and coloured paper were interfolded and compiled into 12 sets of 12 envelopes each (the largest one 40x42 cm in size, the smallest 13x8 cm). Each envelope contained a description of shape-generating points of the happening, according to the following paradigm: 1 – guidelines for the audience, 2 – timeline of the whole action, 3 – setting, 4 – weather, 5 – color of the envelopes, 6 – sound, 7 – phenomenon, 8 – end time of a gesture (action), 9 – the audience’s reaction, 10 – meaning of a gesture (action), 11 – interpretation, directive, 12 – factography. These sets were distributed among invited guests who had gathered on the field (30 persons, 12 of them received sets). While the viewers were unsealing the envelopes and arranging them in a line on the snow (approx. 50 meters long), three participants crossed the field and disappeared in woods on the opposite side. After reading inscriptions on the envelopes the viewers folded and pasted each set of envelopes to form 12 colored “framework” pictures: the largest envelope on the bottom, a smaller one on it and so on. All of the inscriptions, except for factographic text (i.e. place and time of action, list of participants etc), became hidden under envelopes. Later these pictures were distributed among the audience as factual certificate of the action.
Moscow region, Paveletskaya railway line, Rastorguyevo station, Sukhanovo park
A. Monastyrski, N. Alexeev, N. Panitkov, I. Yavorsky.
I. Kabakov, M.Miturich-Khlebnikov,
R. Arutyunian, R. Gerlovina, V. Sokhransky, V. Nekrasov, E. Gorokhovsky,
I. Pivovarova, V. Dobroselsky, V. Mochalova, I. Bakstein, B. Groys, N. Nikitina,
L. Sokov, I. Chuikov, I. Golovinskaya +12 or 15 other.