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For the exhibition "Geopolitika" at the Museum of Ethnography, Leningrad / St. Petersburg (1991), Evgenij Kozlov conceived the idea of a "GeoPhotoPolitical WEEapon" which was to be operated by Vladislav Mamshev-Monroe on the day of the opening, February 18, exactly between 16.30 and 16.45.
Evgenij Kozlov wrote a manifesto for Mamyshev's performance, stating that this "unique Geopolitical WEEapon corresponds to the tasks and ideas of the Geopolitical exhibition and the present political situation in the world". The manifesto was displayed on the front side of a wooden construction – the "GeoPhotoPolitical WEEapon" – from which Mamyshev would "shoot" at visitors with Kozlov's camera. In order to stress the geopolitical importance of the performance, a poster with Yury Gagarin, the first man in cosmos, was placed under Mamyshev's feet. Evgenij Kozlov intended to assemble Mamyshev's "Geopolitical Portraits" at the finissage of the exhibition, on the walls of the Museum of Ethnography, "with GeoPhotoPolitical materials made in a GeoPhotoPolitcal way from the GeoPhotopolitical WEEapon" . However, the film seems to have been lost.
The original text of the manifesto (picture on the right) is:
Любаяя географическая точка, любая политическаяя ситуацияя, в том числе любой «объект» Геополитической выставки может быть зафиксирован Геополитическим оружиЕЕм.
ЕдинственноЕЕ в своем роде ГеоФотоПолитическоЕЕ ОружиЕЕ отвечаЕЕт всем задачам и идеям Геополитической выставки и настоящей политической ситуации в мире.
ГеоФотофиксированиЕЕ «Объектов» (т.е. любого посетителя или участника выставки) будет производиться только в день Открытияя выставки.
с 16:30 до 16:45 мин.
(т.е. в течениее 15 минут).
Непосредственно из самого ГеоФотПолитического ОружиЯЯ.
В день закрытия Геополитической Выст. в стенах Этнографического Музеяя будет РАСВЕРНУТА ГеоФотоПолитическаяя выставка Геополитических портретов, смонтированнаяя на основЕЕ ГеоФотополитических материалов, сделанных ГеоФотополитическим способом из ГеоФотоПолитического ОружиЯЯ.
The reduplicated letters EE and ЯЯ at the end of a word, pronounced "yeh-yeh" and "yah-yah", respectively, are a visual, phonetic and rhythmic wordplay, which Evgenij Kozlov adapted and integrated into his own art at the end of the 1980s. A well-known example is the name he chose for his studio, "RusskoEE PolEE" or "Russkoee Polee", The Russian Field. He has later made "EE" an adjunct to his name — (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov — and now uses it as his only signature for his artwork. more >>
In Evgenij Kozov's video archive are two different videos of Vladislav Mamyshev's performance on the day of the opening of the exhibition on February 18, 1991, one filmed by himself and the other by Yuris Lesnik.Below: film stills of Vladislav Mamyshev's performance from Evgenij Kozlov's video "Geopolitika"
Evgenij Kozlov's video "Geopolitika" presents the opening "Geopolitka" as a major social event for the younger generation of Leningrad / St. Petersburg artists, art critics, curators, musicians, DJs and their supporters, establishing themselves as a decisive factor in the post-perestroika art territory. The curators of "Geopolitka" Andrey Khlobystin, Alla Mitrofanova, Viktor Mazin and Olesya Turkina have long been considered experts in the field of contemporary Russian art.
Among the visitors were (in order of appearance) Sergei Bugaev, Vladislav Gutsevich, Rinad Achmetchin, Alla Mitrofanova,Gleb Bogomolov, Vadim Ovchinnikov, Viktor Mazin, Andrey Khlobystin, Oleg Kotelnikov, Babi Badalov, Timur Novikov, Ekaterina Andreeva, Ivan Chechot, Denis Egelsky, Gabriel Vorobev, Olesya Turkina, Andrey Medvedev, Enver, Sergey Kuryokhin, Yuri Tsirkul, Ivan Sotnikov, Mikhail Trofimenkov, Alexei Haas, Bella Matveeva, Yuris Lesnik, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, Ivan Movsesyan, Kostya Mitenev, Valery Alakhov, Konstantin Goncharov. Speeches were hold by art historians Alla Mitrofanova and Andrey Khlobystin.
The second half of Kozlov's 22 minute video is dedicated to Vladislav Mamyshev and his performance inside the "GeoPhotoPolitical Object". We also see works by Mamyshev-Monroe belonging to his "Monrologia" project. They include a series of re-painted posters from his famous "Politburo" series (a gift to Evgenij Kozlov originally displayed at Kozlov's studio "Russkoee Polee") аnd objects connected to the theory of a "Vacuum blister". According to Mamyshev's theory, even an apparently harmless balloon is in fact a "lethal weapon"; a claim explained in the video "Monrology" ("Monrologia", Pirate television), which was presented on a TV screen next to the installation. In the exhibition catalogue from 2014 "Жизнь замечательного Монро" (The Life of remarkable Monroe), Olesya Turkina and Viktor Mazin refer to this part of the exhibition in detail (pp. 105-108).
The other video by Yuris Lesnik is a short interview with Vladislav Mamyshev and Evgenij Kozlov on their joint project, filmed on the marble gallery of the superbly designed imperial "State Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR", now "The Russian Museum of Ethnography."