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Action Planning: Reaction

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? 

Andrea Acosta The Crossing. 2010. Video. 5 min. 30 сек. Courtesy of the artist

The urban environment and public spaces are parts 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 a kind of theatre, as a form of a social game and critique, and as an attempt at finding a personal space by proposing actions in which the dynamics of everyday life are understood as a new plastic experience.

With irony and humanism Ivan Argote takes pictures of people’s reactions to different accidents, while the accidents themselves remain behind the scenes. Tieri Rivière fights the wind by forming a plastic experience of 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 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 the engine of a cult American Buick Regal 1986 and replaces it with a bicycle type pedal system, so that it moves by 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. Je´roˆme Gras climbs over the fences and barriers of city suburbs, revealing the typical nature of architectural forms and the action itself.

Julia Garbuzova & Natalia Prikhodko

Organized by
Julia Garbuzova
Natalia Prikhodko

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.