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. Performers who were anonymous among the museum visitors, became discreetly visible once all were eventually seated for the event. Each performer embodied a different story of repression and liberation, which they expressed in dialogue with the space and audience. It was a floating narrative that lived and evolved in real time, seeking to challenge the mechanisms of common space and the implied structures, patterns and rules that shape its automated fictions of normality. The space was challenged as a metaphorical site bound by ritual, language, and the unwritten codes that remind us who we are, where we are, and where we belong. 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. Many audience became active and at times the distinction between performer and audience became no longer visible, or was completely overturned.

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