"I do not recommend anything I do myself"

October 6, 2019

Even if the words “have no meaning”, the act of speaking contains meaning in itself. Regardless of what function the “message transfer” performs, speech is always turned to another. The source of speech is not the ego or consciousness, but the unconscious; language comes from the Other. In its new project, APXIV explores the collective unconscious of a public event through active listening and translates it, transforming speech into rap tracks, broadcasts, sermons, silence.

As part of the SAM fair, which took place over 3 days in St. Petersburg at the Street Art Museum, APXIV artists conducted several happenings related to speech and communication.

You could meet with the “silent” friend, Olga Klimovitskaya in one of the museum premises. The performance consisted of an act of 20 minutes of active listening and silence on the part of the artist, the visitor at that time could tell about any thoughts and desires or keep silence too. Signing up to sessions carried out in advance through the site, complete confidentiality guaranteed.

All the visitors knew the man in transparent glasses, the artist APXIV Ya Nzi. Hunter-Thompson of our time, a gonzo-rap journalist Ya Nzi recorded the most liberated subjectivity of the art community with the help of special software that turns any statement into a rap hit. Fair’s artists and visitors did not require any special skills other than having a free minute and a functioning speech apparatus. The result was an album on SoundCloud.

In the evening of October 4, all visitors got the opportunity to take a survey from the "Agency for the provision of services of existential nature" and fill out questionnaire  "Feedback Form for an intermediate assessment of the quality of the service provided" Life on Earth, 20-21 centuries. APXIV artist Katya Granova conducted a survey. Visitors were invited to rate the quality of life on a scale of 1 to 10.

On the evening of October 4, APXIV artists Anastasia Soboleva and Lika Gomiashvili carried out media transfer of guests from the height of the party to the forest near Moscow, where the artist Danya Orlovsky worked with bonfires and braids, conjuring over ghostly bodies on the branches of the apple orchard.


Anastasia Soboleva

Anna Tagantseva-Kobzeva

Danya Orlovsky

Ilona Vladovskaya

Katya Granova

Lika Gomiashvili

Olga Klimovitskaya

Sofya Ovchinnikova

Vladimir Savostin

Ya Nzi

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