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« In the role of the hero » – Art – residence ZIL in Moscow, 23-24 nov 2013

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Art – residence ZIL in Moscow
Curators: Natalia Prikhodko, Julia Garbuzova
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Keep_me_in_suspenseWhen I make up my stories, I’m more excited by the stairs that creak than by the characters.
Alfred Hitchcock

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SUSPENSE is a long disquieting expectation experienced by the viewer involved in a dramatic situation. This term was introduced in cinema by Alfred Hitchcock, the author of artistic devices aimed to create the state of intense tension onscreen. This powerful instrument gripping the audience’s attention has become an instrument currently practiced in modern cinema.

KEEP ME IN SUSPENSE is a program that unites the works by young European and Russian video artists who use the effect of suspense. The video limited in time and means of expression highlights the state of tension as such. Suspense is being transformed into a purified and acute sensation and becomes the “main character”.

It generates a situation that allows the viewer to stay outside, see the tension the way an onlooker does, and regulate the level of his own involvement.

Curators: Anna Kravchenko, Julia Garbuzova
International Festival of Independent Films 2morrow/Zavtra, The central house of Artists, Moscow, 2012

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Action Planning 2012 – Special project – The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2012

Urban environment and public space are a part of our everyday life, where local culture and topography form certain norms of human behavior. The street becomes a social phenomenon, where its pragmatic structure depends on forms of collective movement. But does a man maintain his spontaneity and sensitivity in this environment? Artists explore the street as some kind of a theatre, as a form of a social game and critics, and as an attempt of finding a personal space by proposing actions in which the dynamics of everyday life is understood as a new plastic experience.

With irony and humanism Ivan Argote takes pictures of people’s reaction to different accidents, while these accidents remain behind the scenes. Tieri Rivière fights the wind by forming a plastic experience of a cyclone « Firinga » which devastated his native island of Réunion. Aliénor Dauchez tests people on the street for attention and participation by standing frozen in the middle of the street. Florent Mattei shows the action as a final objective by picturing himself running through the night city without designating any purpose or destination. Mariam Pesvianidze explores codes of communication by distributing flyers with random words instead of advertisement leaflets. Michel De Broin takes out an engine from a cult American Buick Regal 1986, equips it with bicycle type pedal system, so it moves by the means of physical exercise, and offers people to have a ride in New York City. Andrea Acosta proposes an original solution to the problem of the absence of pedestrian crossings in one of the central streets of the French city of Rennes – she fabricates a rug with a zebra pattern, and unrolls it across the road which makes it possible to cross it without breaking the traffic rules. Jérôme Gras climbs over the fences and barriers in the city suburbs, revealing the typical nature of architectural forms and the action itself.

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Action Planning 2011 – CYBERFEST

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