Museum of Nonconformist Art. 2017. St. Petersburg (RU)

It is not where you are, but where you are was an interactive experiment conceived on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Transpositions II: How we find our way to transcendental homelessness’. Movable walls were constructed and integrated into the entire existing exhibition—fragmenting the space and audience into a single maze-like body. The space was challenged as a metaphorical site bound by unwritten codes that remind us who we are, where we are, and where we belong. One that reflects the private experience of home in the public space and theatre of the museum—as an exploration of imaginary and actual borders and mechanisms. The concept of home is addressed not only as a space but also a state of mind, with its accompanying rituals and behavior patterns that reveal certain morphologies of movements, gestures, and relationality. Performers challenged these constructs through a symbolic dialogue with the audience and space. Many audience became very engaged in their manifestations, and even sought to create their own. The sound of the performance resonated only silence and bodies moving to contrasting tempos and intensities - bodies engaging, breathing, and occasionally a voice singing, sighing, a moan. 

Performers: Alena Chiklina, Anna Kochemasova, Katarina Maran, Alisa Roxy, Polina Sonis, Katerina Urbanovich
Documentation: Vlada Lodesk, Anastasia Patsey

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