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Microcity

Gorod Ustinov exchanged micro-particles with St. Petersburg.

“Micro-art group “Gorod Ustinov” brought into the space of St. Petersburg micro-particles of own territory: white plaster shapes and objects made of fabric. Inclusions are placed in the street, but they are not fixed. Perhaps someone has already found them and they spontaneously move, migrating in the urban environment. However, most of the elements are trusted to participants of the open workshop. Artists, describing their practice and micro-street-art, offered to take one piece and to find in the city a suitable location for it with the condition of the photo-documentation. Members decide for themselves: the particle will remain in the street or continue to move, becoming part of their personal space. Shapes and objects entering into the game of another person, city of the world, remain as the territory of “Gorod Ustinov” and complement it with series of unforeseen relations.”

September 12 – 21, 2015,  ART-PROSPECT 2015CEC ArtsLink, St. Petersburg.

Open workshop and photographs sent by participants:

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A bit later this object was found and photographed by other participant, which has not sent photos of her particle yet.

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A month later. Gorod Ustinov recieved this shot for birth day. October 14, 2015

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Particle flew farther.

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One of the main venues of the festival. The yard is at the crossroads of the Engels prospect and Novorossiyskaya street in which Gorod Ustinov placed 10 objects, while the audience tried to find them.

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A bit later.

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A bit later the stump was empty.

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A bit later.

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Find these micro-particles in a large yard was not easy. It seems impossible. But the time spent in searching presented other discoveries to viewers. We know some stories: a wristwatch was found on the wall, white droppings posed as plaster art object, a resident of the first floor took the audience as drug addicts looking for “bookmarks” under the porch of her individual entrance. Unfortunately, there is no photo or video. The idea to offer viewers to document the initiated journey came as a result of this experience. Thank you for your feedback!

We thank the organizers of ART-PROSPECT 2015 for their excellent work and wonderful atmosphere. It became possible to implement experimental project in contact with wonderful Petersburg residents in the context of a dynamic range of local and foreign artists. Thank you, Susan Katz, Lizaveta Matveeva, Alexander Ivanov, Natasha Ergens, as well as the whole team, volunteers and partners of the festival!

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Welcome speech by Susan Katz

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“Deny, offer”, association “Parasite”, St. Petersburg

"Porridge of Kalashnikov", the group "Bouillon", Georgia

“Porridge of Kalashnikov”, the group “Bouillon”, Georgia

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Marina Malygina from group “705”, Kyrgyzstan

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“St()ry”, Sergey Shabohin in the group “Prospectus”, Belarus

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“Punctuation”, Igor Savchenko in the group “Prospectus”, Belarus

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Jess Hirsch, USA

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“Rooms”, result of the workshop, Kendal Henry, USA

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Michela Lupieri from “Trial version” group, Italy

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“Flux Factory” group, USA

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“Sever-7” group, St. Petersburg

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Context for microparticles of Gorod Ustinov – the islands for “Islands” and the recently extinct relief of Mephisto for “Perfect forms”.

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Independent curator Lizaveta Matveeva.

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