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

JOURNEYS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE. VOLUME FIVE

FOR V. NEKRASOV. Photo of the performance by Collective Actions (KD)

50. FOR V. NEKRASOV

Prior to V. Nekrasov’s arrival at the action’s scene 10 brown cardboard pieces (100x67 cm) were strung up on a small clearing the the forest. The diameter of a circular curve marked by these cardboards constituted 100-150 meters approximately.

The cardboard pieces were strung up in such a manner that Nekrasov would not notice them neither on his way to the scene nor from the clearing where he was guided by two action’s participants.

At the action’s scene on a tree’s stump there was a typewriter, and next to it an armchair. After positioning himself in the armchair, Nekrasov read an instruction sheet which said:

“In order to perform an action titled “FOR V. NEKRASOV” you are prompted to fill 10 sheets of paper using a typewriter. Time is unlimited. On each sheet any amount of words can be typed. The choise of text is at your discretion: verses, prose, improvisation, quotes etc. We thank you in advance for participation in action “FOR V. NEKRASOV”. A. Monastyrski, N. Panitkov, I. Makarevich, N.Osipova”.

Nekrasov typed a text which included the reason of his reluctance to fulfill the requirements of the instruction:

“Dear Osipova

Dear Monastyrski

Dear Makarevich

Dear Panitkov

A wonderful weather

Beautiful nature

Suitable society

But far too many mosquitoes around

/thinking

that’s a reason to go home (signature). 4.VI.88.”

This text was brought to one of the cardboard sheets where N.Osipova, A. Monastyrski and N. Panitkov remained since the very beginning of the action (Nekrasov could not see them and was unaware of their presence). Nekrasov’s text consisted of 10 lines, so a decision was made to cut the sheet with text into 10 pieces and glue them onto each cardboard sheet. This was done after Nekrasov’s having left the scene.

Some time later Nekrasov and Osipova (other participants had already departed) returned to the scene of action and discovered 2 of 10 cardboard sheets with Nekrasov’s lines glued onto them.

Moscow region, Kievskoe highway, Krekshino turn

4th of Juny, 1988

A. Monastyrski, N. Panitkov, N. Osipova, I. Makarevich, S. Haensgen.

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