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KOLLEKTIVNYE DEYSTVIYA (COLLECTIVE ACTIONS). THE DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE ACTIONS, Photo and Video

JOURNEYS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE. VOLUME TEN

111. THE LIBRARY- 2007

(Spherehead)

Using a random selection process involving 12 Chinese postcards, it was decided that five of the 12 books that remained in the ground, after an attempt to retrieve all of them during the action "Library" (1997), should be dug up.Previously four bundles of books had been retrieved but the fifth bundle (at a distance of five meters from a placed card) had not been found.

The hole from the previous excavation (during which this fifth bundle of books had not been found) had been closed and covered.On top of the earth was placed a laminated page (format A4) with the image of a statue of a big Chinese lion on a pedestal. It contained hieroglyphs signifying “I submit to a celestial force” and an inscription stating: "Send the data of the location of this lion to the address Shaensgen@gmx.de»

A white string attached to the laminated page was threaded through a leafy wood at a space within which the actions "Slogan-2005" and "K" had taken place (the string broke at a place approximately 30 meters from this site surrounded by birch trees).In a clearing in the wood N.P. unwound a coil of string which had been attached to the end of a fishing-rod.S.R. carried a box containing the head taken from a statue of a lion whilst A.M. carried the remainder of the headless statue of the lion.The head of the statue had been replaced by a green glass sphere.

The altered statute, "Spherehead", was placed on top of a box which contained the actual head of the lion statue.Nearby N.P and A.M. opened one of the books from the retrieved bundle of books (books that remained after the action “K”) and turned to a page containing holes.The book selected was a 1989 edition of “M. Gorbachev - Selected Speeches and Articles”.Other bundles of books at the site were not opened.

Then in a glade in the wood (30 metres from "Spherehead ") a piece of string was used to attach to a tree a laminated sheet containing a table of images of objects.These were images of objects left behind during CA’s actions on and surrounding Kievogorskoe field in the period 1976 – 2007.The table was attached to a birch growing at the edge of the glade by means of a six-meter fishing-rod (the one used during the action “Whipping Yauza”).

"Spherehead" which had been placed on top of the box as well as two tables were left behind at the site of the action.It seems pertinent to mention here that “Library-2007”, “Library-2005” and the series of actions "Bag" and "Actions with clocks" (which took place at the same clearing with the buried/retrieved books) are a continuation of the 1997 action "Library" a cycle which has lasted for 10 years.

Moscow region, forest and glade by the Kievogorskoe field

September 26th 2007



THE LIBRARY- 2007. Collective Actions. Photo 9
THE LIBRARY- 2007. Collective Actions. Photo 6
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THE LIBRARY- 2007. Collective Actions. Photo 8
THE LIBRARY- 2007. Collective Actions. Photo 5-2
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THE LIBRARY- 2007. Collective Actions. Photo 5
THE LIBRARY- 2007. Collective Actions. Photo 1
THE LIBRARY- 2007. Collective Actions. Photo 2
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List of Collective Actions Objects 1

List of Collective Actions Objects 2