The invited guests were brought to a vast snowy field’s verge. On snow’s surface there was a piece of black cloth (4x2.5 m) and instruction on cardboard that said the following: “Upon reading this instruction turn and stand facing the forest in the direction where the rope runs. Then at command start yelling “Pull!” as loud as possible, until we start pulling the rope. Collective actions”.
From underneath the cloth a rope outstretched across the field to the forest on its opposite side (length 700 meters).
After the viewers shouted “Pull!” several times, two organizers on the opposite side of the field, invisible to the audience, started pulling the rope. From underneath the cloth a tape recorder fixed on a small sledge appeared (it had been set to recording mode before the audience’s arrival). For the next 35 minutes with intervals organizers were pulling up the sledge across the field and recorder taping the sliding sound.
The other end of the rope was attached to the sledge’s back and was slowly creeping out from under the cloth as the sledge drove off. The end of this rope was attached to the cloth, so when it had finally drew up, the cloth followed the sledge.
After the cloth had disappeared, the audience was given sheets of black velvety paper (40x32 cm) with railway furnishing attached to green triangles in the sheets’ corners.
In the course of action filming and recording of soundtrack for a slide film was conducted. The slide film titled “SOUND PERSPECTIVES OF A TRIP TO THE COUNTRYSIDE” was demonstrated in I. Makarevich’s workshop in the 10th of March, 1983.
Moscow region, Rizhskaya railway line, station Opalikha.
14th February, 1983.
A. Monastyrski, I. Makarevich, G. Kizevalter, S. Romashko, I. Yavorsky, N. Panitkov, E. Elagina, M. K.
V. Nekrasov, V.Makarevich, K. Zvezdochetov, V. Mironenko, I. Bakstein, N. Kozlov, D. Prigov, S. Anufriev, I. Yavorsky, I. Nakhova, V. Sorokin, V.Makarevich’s wife, +3 others + several persons on the slide film (I. Golovinskaya, L. Rubinstein, I. Kabakov etc).