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

JOURNEYS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE. VOLUME THREE

«M». Photo of the performance by Collective Actions (KD)

29. «M»

The invited guests (30 persons) were grouped together on a field’s verge inside a trapezium-shaped ground boundaries of which were lined with hay. In the middle of its upper "crossbeam" there was a narrow passage.

By command of one of the action’s organizers viewers began to leave the ground in turns (with intervals of 5 minutes approximately), past a tape recorder lying on the ground near the exit passage. It produced sounds of a working metro escalator – loud vibrating clatter.

Past the tape recorder (1) and along the road across the field (about 500 meters long), they approached a small table in the middle of the road, with a binocular, a whistle and a cardboard sheet with instruction, covering a stack of envelopes. Under the table covered with purple cloth there was another tape recorder (2) playing back metro announcements, such as "Kirovskaya Station" and "Beware of closing doors, next station is Ploschad' Nogina". Each audio fragment was divided from another with an interval of a minute and a half. Therefore, viewers could hear (or not hear) these announcements either before approaching the table, or near it, or past it.

Text of instruction on the cardboard:

1. Take the binocular and observe carefully the participants still standing at initial position. Observe no longer than 30 seconds.

2. Put the binoculars aside and take a cardboard sheet with this instruction. Take the uppermost envelope from the stack and put inside it a paper sheet with text lying on the envelope. Then cover the stack with the cardboard sheet

3. Take the whistle and blow it as loud as possible, facing the nearby forest. On hearing response signal, put the whistle aside and follow the sound.

In the forest 150 meters away from the table there was S .Letov with his set of wind instruments (saxophones, French horn, cornet-a-pistons, oboe etc). After hearing the whistling sound from the table, Letov started playing one of the instruments until a viewer came up. After approaching Letov each viewer received spoken instructions to proceed deeper into the forest to the next sound source. 80 meters away from Letov, deeper in the woods, there was a tape recorder (3) which produced very loud noise, typical for metro carriage moving at critical speed (documentary recoding).

With the viewer’s approaching the tape recorder (3) the sound grew louder and in some 20 meters a small clearing appeared. In its center a construction hung, attached to treetops with strong fishing line: golden wings (2 meters in diameter) and underneath a silver ball of foil (1.5 meter in diameter). The ball hung half a meter above the ground, under it, covered by dry grass there was the tape recorder.

When a viewer approached the construction, he was given a paper sheet with drawings of ball and wings (in the center there was red letter M). On the sheet’s margins there was an inscription: "COMMON OUTLOOK FROM A CLOSE DISTANCE AT COLLECTIVE ACTIONS’ GOLDEN WINGS AND SILVER BALL". Then he was given a folder of velvety yellow paper, on its cover there was furnishing "golden wings" insignia, and inside the scheme of sound topography of the action and its factual account.

Through stunning noise of the third tape recorder, behind the construction a viewer could vaguely hear violin sounds from deep forest. Following the acoustical source, he discovered a tape recorder (4) playing back a record titled "Music on the verge"- a 45-minute improvisation for piano and violin, recorded exclusively for the performance «M». The tape recorder with "Music on the verge" was positioned deeper in the forest, 80 meters away from the construction of ball and wing and the third recorder.

The action lasted two hours.

Moscow region, field near the village of Kyevy Gorky.

18th of September 1983

Viewers:

I. Kabakov, Yu. Leiderman, S. Mironenko, E. Bulatov, Natasha, V. Sorokin, V. Mironenko, S. Gundlakh, V. Naumets, N. Kozlov, E. Gorokhovsky, Nina, I. Chuikov, V. Zakharov, I. Pivovarova, P. Pepperstein, I. Panitkov, S. Bordachev, I. Bakstein, I. Nakhova + 6 others

«a small table in the middle of the road, with a binocular, a whistle and a cardboard sheet with instruction, covering a stack of envelopes» - Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 01
Andrei Monastyrski and Nikolay Panitkov make Silver Ball. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 1
Elena Elagina, Andrei Monastrski and Nikolay Panitkov - preparating the action «M». Collective Actions [KD]. Photo 2
Collective Actions [KD]: preparing action «M», Nikolay Panitkov with the ball and Andrei Monastyrsky with the Wings. Photo 02
Collective Actions [KD]: preparing action «M», Nikolay Panitkov with the ball and Andrei Monastyrsky with the Wings. Photo 03
Collective Actions [KD]: preparing action «M», Nikolay Panitkov, Elena Romanova and Todd Bludeau. Photo 3
Collective Actions [KD] preparing action «M», Todd Bludeau, Elena Romanova Andrei Monastyrsky and Sergey Letov with the Silver Ball. Photo 4
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 04- Andrei Monastyrski, Todd Bludeau and Golden Wings
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Viewers: I. Kabakov, Yu. Leiderman, S. Mironenko, E. Bulatov, Natasha, V. Sorokin, V. Mironenko, S. Gundlakh, V. Naumets, N. Kozlov, E. Gorokhovsky, Nina, I. Chuikov, V. Zakharov, I. Pivovarova, P. Pepperstein, I. Panitkov, S. Bordachev, I. Bakstein, I. Nakhova + 6 others. Photo 5
Viewers: I. Kabakov, Yu. Leiderman, S. Mironenko, E. Bulatov, Natasha, V. Sorokin, V. Mironenko, S. Gundlakh, V. Naumets, N. Kozlov, E. Gorokhovsky, Nina, I. Chuikov, V. Zakharov, I. Pivovarova, P. Pepperstein, I. Panitkov, S. Bordachev, I. Bakstein, I. Nakhova + 6 others. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 6
Nikolay Panitkov and ANdrei Monastyrski. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 7
Sergey Letov plays French Horn. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 8
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 9 - Eduard Gorokhovsky
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 10 - Eduard Gorokhovsky
Sergey Letov plays cornet. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 11
Sergey Letov plays soprano saxophone. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 12
Sergey Letov blows the French Horn. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 13
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 14: Irina Nakhova
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 15: Irina Nakhova
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 16: Vladimir Mironenko
Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 17: Vladimir Mironenko and Masha Konstantinova
Ivan Chuikov. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 18
Erik Bulatov.Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 19
Erik Bulatov meets Sergey Letov. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 20
Erik Bulatov. Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 21
Nikita Alexeyev, Masha Konstantinova, Erik Bulatov... Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 22
A. Monastyrski, N. Panitkov, S. Letov, E. Elagina, Todd Bludeau, M. K., N. Alexeev, I. Yavorsky, V. Goncharova, I. Kabakov, Yu. Leiderman, S. Mironenko, E. Bulatov, Natasha, V. Sorokin, V. Mironenko, S. Gundlakh, V. Naumets, N. Kozlov, E. Gorokhovsky, Nina, I. Chuikov, V. Zakharov, I. Pivovarova, P. Pepperstein, I. Panitkov, S. Bordachev, I. Bakstein, I. Nakhova + 6 others Collective Actions [KD]: action «M». Photo 23 by I. Makarevich