JOURNEY TO THE WEST
In the north-west corner of the forest clearing where the books from the CA action “The Library” were buried, the end of a 50-meter-long red rope was placed on the ground. The rope itself was unwound along the ground in the direction of the participants’ movement deeper into the forest until they came to the appropriate tree, onto whose trunk we attached a 10 x 15 cm glazed picture frame containing a portrait of the composer and musicologist Egon Wellesz on a violet background with the following inscription in large white letters underneath: “There were several of them, young strong-toothed Caucasians. They surrounded me in a tight semi-circle, squeezing me into the urine-soaked and shit-covered corner” (quotation from the novel Cathedral Square by the native Rostov writer Yu. Z. Ivanov-Miliukhin, 1995).
Then, the frame with the portrait was wrapped up with a 10-meter-long red velvet ribbon and the end of the string leading to the clearing with the books tied to the wrapped up place. Before the start of the action, the participants discovered that the metal turtle that was mounted in a depression in the ground at the center of the clearing was completely submerged in water. The action was carried out as the last in a series of four meetings between V. Zakharov, Yu. Leiderman, and A. Monastyrski (Leiderman’s action was entitled “The Fifteenth Performance of Dima Bline”; Zakharov’s was “The Uzbeks Will Return to Us What is Rightfully Ours – the Kievogorsky Field”).
Action participants: D. Novgorodova, E. Elagina, I. Makarevich, Yu. Leiderman, V. Zakharov
Forest next to Kievogorsky Field