Co-authors: Leena Kela, Anni Sundbacka, Salla Karvonen, Henrikki Jokela, Lotta Valtanen, Isa Lehtinen from New Performance Turku Festival team.
The Tunnel is a performative hybrid artwork based on a summation of all the things used during artists’ hideaway from the biopolitics at uninhabited badlands during the Pandemic crisis in 2020. Finding themselves in relevant circumstances, Marika and Anton discovered the digital labyrinth in the realm of the dead, in which they were laying the tunnel communication.
The Tunnel, video, 2020
At the beginning of March 2020, Marika Krasina and Anton Kryvilia found themselves in Moscow. The borders were already closed, and an intense lockdown was impending, in the conditions of which Anton would be outside the law on Russia's territory as a foreigner. This obstacle started to threaten their practice; therefore, Anton and Marika decided to slip out of control. They had managed to escape into the uncontrolled territory before a complete lockdown started, to manage difficult times holding joined life and artistic work.
For more than four months, artists were hiding together on an abandoned peninsula, comprehending their living as a performative practice. The essence is the laying of Zones of Nonknowledge — gaps and bypass tunnels and accepting uncertainty and precariousness as performative conditions and circumstances as material for its actual deployment.
“Nonknowledge is an option. Choosing Nonknowledge means going on a journey, an adventure from which there is no return. Nonknowledge is an escape or exodus. Our escape intends speedy migration along the labyrinth. We mind it as an underground tunnel filled with moon gardens and a river through which we navigate in fast canoes during the widespread disease. Nonknowledge is a flickering speech in which words are made up of forms of silence. Nonknowledge is a homecoming“.
Additional curatorial work is required for such an unproductive practice of artists to become open to the spectator. Such an artist-curator collaborative practice was executed by creating The Tunnel performative Installation at the NPTF festival in Turku, Finland.
A list of all the artists’ belongings, compiled on June 30, 2020, while hiding in the wastelands of an uninhabited peninsula, was handed over by e-mail to the festival’s curatorial team along with the rules for creating the work.
The production team, led by the festival curators, had to freely create their interpretation using the Index of things like a score. Following the rules, Anton and Marika should not interfere in the working process in any way; any item from the list could be freely substituted by whatever at the discretion of the authors of the interpretation. The festival team did not have access to any photo or video documentation, only the history of the artist’s escape and a list of things in the form of a table.
The Tunnel performative Installation at the NPTF festival in Turku, Finland, 2020
The work presented the idea of an unproductive but spectacular artistic practice in which performativity was coming directly from the artists’ daily lives, revealing the political meaning of presence.
Executed with the support
of The Saari Residence
© Marika Krasina & Anton Kryvulia, 2014-2021