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In the daytime on a hill‘s slope a small hole was drilled with a hand-brace. Then a switched-on blue
electrical lantern was put in that hole. The hole and the lantern were assembled in such a manner that light
could be seen from an observation post located 80 meters away from the lantern. A white rope was used
as a guiding line tied to a balustrade pole. Its other end was held by one of the action‘s organizer who
pulled the rope to provide the necessary inclination angle for the hand-brace. After the setting-up the
lantern the hand-brace was screwed next to the hole, with guiding line tied to its handle.
When on the next morning the lantern was excavated, its luminescence still lasted and only ended by the
next night. By that time the lantern was already placed inside the pre-fabricated object. It was represented
by a transparent plastic box with the lantern inside, labeled with factographic paper and tied with the
guiding line to the hand-brace‘s handle. Besides that, the rope was spooled over two objects: the upper
part of a cycle pump (found prior to the action on a hill‘s slope) and a small rock from Rygen island.
Poggio Catino, Italy
1st June, 1995.
A. Monastyrski, S. Haensgen, N. Panitkov
77. THE NEGATIVES
Two pre-fabricated pigeon figures (carved from plywood and dyed black; height – 1.2 meters; on one
pigeon‘s head and the other one‘s tail there were golden lines) were vertically fixed in a snow drift on a
snowy field‘s edge. The invited audience (10 persons) was prompted to take negative photographs of
these figures using black-and-white negative film distributed by the action‘s organizers. At the same time
a tape recorder held in a backpack by Panitkov was switched to playback. Its soundtrack consisted of
descriptions of KD actions (see volume 6, action ―The Opening‖).
Then I.Makarevich collected the viewers‘ and participants‘ cameras, joined S.Romashko who had already
picked up the pigeon figures, and they both headed to a forest across the field.
S.Romashko hung the figures on a branch in the forest (away from the audience‘s line of sight).
I.Makarevich photographed the hanging pigeons with the organizers‘ cameras. Then he used the viewers‘
cameras to take photographs of the snowy field with distant figures of the action‘s participants.
After the return of S.Romashko and I.Makarevich the viewers received their cameras (with an indication
that the film contained within was from now on in their possession) and factographic sheets with text
―NEGATIVES OF TWO BLACK PIGEONS WITH GOLDEN LINES‖, and also specified time and
location of the action.
A. Monastyrski, S. Romashko, I. Makarevich, E. Elagina, N. Alekseev, N. Panitkov, S. Haensgen.
A.Alchuk, E.Bobrinskaya, V.Zakharov, M.Konstantinova, Yu.Leiderman, Pertsy, M.Ryklin, V.Sorokin,
78, FOR M. RYKLIN (The Slogan–96)
After positioning themselves on a suspension bridge at railway bridge over Yauza four action‘s
organizers deployed a swing-like construction of ropes and a board to the shore and offered M.Ryklin to
sit on the board. After lifting the board the organizers started moving the ―swing‖ towards the river. Upon
reaching the middle of the river Ryrlin was lifted to suspension bridge. At the same time a white cloth
(3x4 meters when positioned vertically) was unfolded and draped from the bridge. On one of its sides
there was an inscription in black letters: ―FOURTY-SIXTH LIFTING OF MIKHAIL RYKLIN
OVER RIVER YAUZA‖, on the other side there was a ―road up‖ traffic sign sewn onto the cloth. The
cloth remained there after the action‘s end and was picked off on the next day by N.Panitkov.
Moscow, river Yauza in Losiny Ostrov district
A.Monastyrski, S.Romashko, G.Kizevalter, N.Panitkov, I.Makarevich, M.Konstantinova, E.Elagina,
The audience was brought to river Likhoborka on the location where it flows into the territory of Central
When all the invited persons took their observatory positions, a purple parcel containing switched-on tape
recoder (its soundtrack consisted of this action‘s descriprion) began to descend from the bridge of
Moscow circular railway road on two ropes held by the action‘s two organizers.
The recording was done in such a way that the sounding of the recorded text began in approximately 10
minutes after the parcel‘s hanging immovably some 30-40 centimeters above the water surface.
Then, approximately at this point of the text, the parcel was submerged in water (in order to prevent the
tape recorder from soaking it had been thoroughly wrapped in cellophane prior to the action).
The period of the parcel‘s staying underwater was determined by the record‘s timing, beginning with
words ―The period of the parcel‘s staying underwater… ― and ending with words ―…Then the recorder
was drawn out of the water‖.
After drawing the recorder out of the water, two action‘s organizers lifted the parcel onto the bridge using
the same ropes, turned off the recorder and went down to the audience.
24th September, 1996.
Moscow, Central botanical garden
Note. The following text was sounding from the tape recorder during the action as represented hereby.
However, some details did not coincide with this text. The sound of someone reading text became audible
approximately four minutes into the performance (not after 10 minutes). This happened immediately
after a package had been suspended 5m above a river. It was left to hang motionlessly. The package
consisted of a tape recorder which was covered (but not in cellophane) and suspended so that it did not
touch the water. S Romashko and A Monastyrsky lowered the tape recorder downwards from a bridge.
Neither of these retrieved the package, instead it was hauled upwards by N Paitkov who used a fine
fishing line to pull it back in. Panitkov then cut the ropes freeing the tape recorder from its binding.
Finally the viewers were given a document (factography) which consisted of small pieces of wood
wrapped in the same fabric as the tape recorder. This bore an inscription indicating the date of the
performance (the 24th even though the performance had taken place on the 25th). The viewers observed
the performance from a large tube shaped tunnel which connected the two banks of the river (immediately
in front of a railway bridge).
Moscow, Central botanical garden
25 th September, 1996