Suspended object, performative object, 2019
The horses went down the steep path; stones poured, there was frost. The Spanish border guard put a stamp on the passports, Marika and Anton went further to the territory of Andorra, to the nearest stop, take the bus back to Spain. Next — the plane from Barcelona. Back down in Karlsruhe in illegal status, artists began to mount a performative installation in a large hall of ZKM museum. A&M hung all their luggage as a load on six strings, connected the wires, adjusted the software.
Anton Kryvulia and Marika Krasina have been in a state of a permanent journey for a years. The amount of personal possessions has long been reduced to the required minimum, which could always be rapidly collected and taken as hand luggage on the plane. Now all these things are bounded and suspended on six strings as a weight providing the necessary tension for pulling the sound.
“This burden, the baggage with which we tend to identify ourselves, serves only to strain our personality, which, like a string, produces a particular sound. Having once disassembled the world, we are engaged in redefining and reassembling it in integrity, without losing the sense of being suspended in a whistling draft.”
Six Stones, performative installation, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2018
Index of artist's possessions being fixed in ZKM hall in Karlsruhe,
January 6, 2018.
“There was nowhere to sit. We were standing, pizza falling in shreds through our fingers into the darkness on the dirty pavement. In the morning, fishers woke us up at the pier. That night we found a beautiful wallet on the boardwalk. There was enough money in it to buy tickets for the ferry to Palermo. All the things we had buried in a field near Mozhaisk even earlier.”
Where to store things? It's a problem, namely an artistic one: Marika and Anton try not to produce art objects precisely because they have no place to store it. Leaving Moscow in the fall of 2018, Marika Krasina and Anton Kryvulia had buried their personal belongings (that could no fit in the plane) in a field at the Moscow River source. After six months, they dug them up and mounted as a weight for the strings’ tension.
Among them were notebooks, graphics, musical instruments, and all the paintings. For six months in the ground, things have ceased to be what they were before. Water, temperature drops, bacteria, and other factors turned them into the soil so successfully that artists had to throw everything away after the show except few paintings covered with the perfect german Gesso.
Space and Time, installation A3, Moscow 2019
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