"Pirates", installation & performance
International Fair "Art-Moscow", Central House of Artists,
The project was focused on the problem of "piracy", and
the performance itself was as follows: the artists of the ESCAPE
group exhibited a "pirate copy" of "Art Moscow"-2003
on their stand.
The exposition included a number of tables (stands), resembling
those used by the local sellers to sell CDs.
On these tables there were photocopies of all works exhibited at
the fair, sized 10X15, each stuck on a bar of wood. The prices for
these "works of art" exceeded the prices for ordinary
pictures or postcards, but they were much cheaper than the original
works, and amounted to RUR 100.
On the background wall there was a large picture panel made in a
realistic manner that depicted famous works of Moscow artists flying
in the wind across the pirate flag.
Thus, by means of this project ESCAPE has ironically positioned
itself in Moscow art and at the same time touched upon acute problems
of today's market, such as the problem of copyright s etc.
The ESCAPE program project is a kind of a pirate den, where the
photoreproductions of the major hits of the fair stuck on the wooden
bricks are sold for peanuts. The ESCAPists, making an ironic dumping,
proudly insist on the gravity of their anti-market views. For them,
the fair is a place for the demonstration of full autonomy from
its strict laws.
"Russia as the subconscious of the West", Fyodor Romer
"Weekly Journal" #16(67), 28.04.03. - 04.05.03, pages