2016

premium class triumph 2016
single evening site specific performative event
@ Triumph Gallery
ALEKSEI TARUTS

hand drawn welcome banner at the gallery entrance

ABOUT 100 PEOPLE WERE INVITED TO AN OPENING EVENT AT A GALLERY VIA FACEBOOK “INVITE ONLY” GUEST LIST — WHICH HAD BEEN RIDICULOUS FROM THE START, BECAUSE ONE CAN’T HIDE ANYTHING FROM THE THIRD EYE GAZE OF THE OPENING GOERS. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO HIDE ART AFTER ALL? ON THE OTHER HAND, EVEN “OPEN FOR PUBLIC” EVENTS ARE MOSTLY ATTENDED BY A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS, CURATORS & THEIR FRIENDS. THE EVENT DESCRIPTION INCLUDED EXAGGERATED FACTS AND EVIDENT LIES ABOUT THE CURRENT SPACE AND SURROUNDINGS — SEALED POTENTIALS. PROMISES-NOT-TO-KEEP WHEN EVERYONE IS OK WITH IT. THERES A POLICE STATION NEXT DOOR AND ALWAYS A FEW COP CARS PARKED NEAR. THE DESCRIPTION HAS STATED THAT THERE WOULD BE AROUND 1000 OF CARS IN THE FRONT YARD. NOONE KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AT THE DATE OF THE EVENT EXCEPT THE GALLERY OWNER KNEW SOMETHING AS WELL AS SOME PEOPLE FROM STAFF. “INVITE ONLY” STARTED TO SHOW UP MORE OR LESS ON TIME, CHATTED & DRANK WINE AND CHECKED VIDEOS & PRINTS. DIM LIGHTS WERE SHED ON THE GALLERY’S BLOOD RED WALLS. A HEAVY SECURITY GUARD STOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HALL NOT LETTING ANYONE GO DOWNSTAIRS. AT SOME MOMENT IN TIME HARD BASS WITH CUT HIGH AND MID FREQUENCIES STARTED TO BURST FROM BELOW — AS IF THERE WAS AN ENTRANCE DOOR TO A HARDTRANCE RAVE SOMEWHERE AT THE SUBGROUND LEVEL. THE GUARD WAS STILL AT THIS ILLUSIONARY GATE, NOT LETTING ANYONE PASS THROUGH.

45 MIS OF WAITING. PEOPLE WERE GETTING BORED BUT HOPING FOR SOME RELIEF AND REWARD FOR THE WAIT. SOON THE BRIGHT MAIN LIGHTS TURNED ON, REVEALING THE GUESTS TO EACH OTHER, SUBVERTING THE RITUALISTIC ROMANCE OF THE ART OPENING AT ONE OF MOSCOW’S MOST EXPENSIVE ART GALLERY SITUATED 5 MINUTES OF WALK FROM KREMLIN.

REMEMBER HOW IT IS TO SEE A FACE OF YOUR FRIEND WHEN THE LIGHT IS TURNED ON IN THE CLUB AFTER A 7 HOURS HANGING OUT IN A CLUB? THE GUARD MOVED ASIDE. GUESTS BEGAN MOVING TO THE SOUND OF PUMPING BASS. ABOUT EXTRA 50 PRE-PAID PEOPLE WERE ALREADY THERE, SURROUNDING THE ARTIST WHO STOOD ON A CIRCLE PODIUM, WEARING A DEICIDE T-SHIRT. THE “INVITE-ONLY” GUESTS FROM ABOVE WERE PHYSICALLY SEPARATED FROM THE PODIUM BY THE RING OF THE EXTRA 50 PEOPLE. THE CROWD HAD INSTANTLY GROWN BIGGER IN SIZE, WHICH WAS A SURPRISE FOR EVERYONE. THE LOW FREQ BASS STOPPED AND THE ARTIST BEGAN TO SING TO THE PRE- RECORDED TRACKS (LINK BELOW). THE ROOM WAS ALSO FULL OF LIGHT, CREATING A SEQUEL OF THE AWKWARDNESS & EXPOSURE OF THE VIEWERS IN RELATION TO EACH OTHER AND IN RELATION WITH THE ARTIST.

14 MINUTE CONCERT ENDED. THE ARTIST WENT OFF STAGE, STILL SURROUNDED WITH 50 OF EXTRA PEOPLE — TOGETHER THEY STARTED TO WALK AWAY. GUESTS FROM ABOVE ARE HESITATED TO MOVE. FINALLY HE CROWD GOT MIXED, ALL TOGETHER THEY LEFT THE ROOM. EXTRAS LEFT THE GALLERY TO THE REALITY OF THE ONGOING FINANCIAL CRISIS.

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a guard securing the downward staircase

a set of short post-fidelity songs at the underground floor, surrounded by the extras (performers) and the invited guests

video projection at the event