Babble Magazine reflects the interaction of Rabota with society, institutions and state.
From Uffizi Gallery, Florence, November 2019
It happened so that on the day when we went to the Uffizi to watch Botticelli; the museum’s direction decided to conduct exercises on the terrorist threat, with visitors as experimental material. Having received the order to remove everyone from the museum as quickly as possible, the museum caretakers turned on the alarm and began to do everything to complete it. People were arbitrarily transferred from their own condition to the status of the mass, they suddenly turned out to be part of the object of power manipulation. There could be nothing strange if this had happened at the train station, but in the museum, everything got the meaning of a performative situation in which truth is manifested as it happens usually by the nature of art. This unpleasant truth was felt by both visitors and staff. Often, the strangeness of the situation does not correspond to any experience and, without barriers, leads to a gradual but rapid dehumanization. Five minutes later, the caretakers realized that we were recording a performance. Coming to the sense of the scene, they began to lose their temper, drag and push us right on the stairs, trying to grab the camera.
From Venice Biennale 58, November 2019
From Thessaloniki Biennale: 7, November 2019
From Manifesta 12, Palermo, July 2018
From Hip-Hop party in Budapest, May 2016
What do you like more: donuts or pancakes? Do you believe in God? What do you prefer, one million refugees now or two million then? Most people respond automatically, accepting the imposed absurd choice without hesitation. This research of Marika and Leopard was conducted in Budapest, trying to identify mechanisms for implantation of political and ideological discourses into the mass consciousness.
Marika Krasina & Anton Kryvulia
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