It is not where you are, but where you are. Museum of Nonconformist Art. 2017. St. Petersburg (RU)

It is not where you are, but where you are was an immersive, 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. This constellation 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 a subversion of imaginary and actual borders and mechanisms.  The concept of home is thus provoked 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. The performers became 'visible' as these provocations progressed and manifested into the space and onto the people, who often engaged and challenged them in return. The performance resonated in silence and the stark rhythm of bodies moving to contrasting tempos and intensities—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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