Curator: Katerina Chuchalina
The 'Grain' Pavilion, All-Russian Exhibition Center, Moscow 2014
Group show 'ik-00'
Collateral project of the XIV Venice Biennale of Architecture
Casa dei Tre Oci, Judecca 2014
Note. A scientist who recognizes the mundane and the obvious in natural phenomena often turns out to be a charlatan, a wrongheaded researcher. His mistakes become his contribution to science.
Note. The creators of “Star Road” look through the city walls. The pioneers, as they call themselves, have mapped a route across an Italian town Biella in a form of a five-pointed star.
Ist Bergen Assembly 'Monday Begins on Saturday'
Contributors: Anastasia Potemkina, Ekaterina Zavyalova, Alexey Buldakov
Permanenten (Kode 1), Bergen, Norway, 2013
On natural selection in Khoroshevo-Mnevniki district of Moscow. Text from the catalogue of the Ist Bergen Assembly 'Monday Begins on Saturday'.
on the exhibition 'Frontier'
Made by Anastasia Potemkina, Alexey Buldakov
Art&Science Lab, Moscow, 2013
Collective show 'The Way of Enthusiasts'
Collateral project of the XIII Venice Biennale of Architrecture
Contributors: Anastasia Potemkina,
Ekaterina Zavyalova, Alexey Buldakov
Palazzo dei Tre Oci, Judecca, Venice, 2012
Presidium of False Calculations
Contributors: Anastasia Potemkina, Dmitriy
Potemkin, Alexey Buldakov
Museum of Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship, Moscow 2012
The Park of Urban Fauna is dedicated to wild animals for which the city has become a natural habitat.
A sketch of an urban sculpture to be installed in places where pigeons are numerous.
Collateral program of the IV Moscow Biennale
Potemkina, Dmitriy Potemkin, Alexey Buldakov
Art Squat Forum, Mosow 2011
Video by Anastasia Potemkina
Looking from above, on a shot from the Google satellite, Norway looks like an accumulation of moss or mould. If you increase the resolution, the grey and green texture takes the form of mountains and vegetation. Looking closer you can see that trees and stones are really covered with a thick layer of moss. The mould structure reproduces itself on different scales. The resolution may change, however what one can see is only an infinitely splitting form of self-organizing matter.
Inside the mountains there are car tunnels. On the way from the airport we passed one of them. My companion told me that Norway is “a country of tunnels”, there are so many of them. Roads run through the mountains cutting off superfluous cross-country relief. They are destined to smooth the fiord fractals, they compensate for the irrational desire of the matter to repeat itself on different scales.
My companion has served for 20 years in the Norway army as a bomber, has been injured during the work and decided to turn to something creative, dedicating himself to fine art. I decided not to tell him that art is widely used in the world war of everybody against everybody, along with firearms and other types of weapon, otherwise governments wouldn’t have spent money on it. I decided not to speak about it. Our conversation switched to the difficulties of conducting a war in the Norway mountains. Norway is impossible to conquer. All the tunnels will be closed, the roads will be blocked and only steep slopes and forests with guerillas will remain – an insuperable obstacle. Unless the conquerors possess a fantastic technology of boring through the mountains...
When military operations are conducted in a single city, the walls of the houses are not considered to be an insuperable obstacle. The troops from both parts try to flatten the city landscape in order to reveal the enemy’s location. Or at least to cut off the angles, to take away the ruins of the destroyed houses, to make their way in order to catch the enemy unawares. Here is where the bomber from “Carl Gustaf” can be of use. New roads appear in the city. Paradoxically, they lead to the battlefield in a straight and in a roundabout way at the same time, round the habitual things. These are paradoxical roads constructed according to war needs.
The creators of “Star Road” also look through the city walls. The pioneers, as they call themselves, have mapped a route across an Italian town Biella in a form of a five-pointed star. They ignore the city streets, their route runs through all the obstacles on the way between the star points: houses, fences, vegetation and all other types of private and state property.
The expedition was preceded by data collection on the city buildings and conversations with people who live there. However, many obstacles were not run through, they had to be passed around, and the lines of the star weren’t rigorously straight. The curves of these lines can tell us about the specific way of life of Biella community, they can tell how deep the notion of private property established in people’s minds, how difficult it was for the pioneers to get through the fractals of the human extended phenotype.
For the initiator and chief engineer Anastasia Ryabova “Star Road” is a real exploration of the city, an emancipated anarchic area study and a criticism of city planning. The collective body of pioneers, area researchers, overcomes all obstacles in order to draw a star and socializes in this way. The best socialization is emancipation. These are the rules of the game. The art comes not as a result, but as a process of communication between the proprietors and the authorities. In the end the group, which became much smaller, comes to the starting point.