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Troitsky Organises a Musicians' "Test Stroll"

Source: HRO.org (info), 17/05/12

· Right of assembly  · Protest activities  · Moscow city & Moscow region

Music critic Artemy Troitsky intends to organise a musicians' "test stroll" following a similar event organised by writers. He made the announcement during an open lecture in the new protest camp on Kudrin Square. He also expressed his support for those who "weren't afraid to move to the new camp".

According to Grani.ru, a group of Russian artists will organize a stroll along Moscow's boulevards, following in the footsteps of writers. “From 6 to 9 p.m, as part of the citywide event ‘Night at the Museum,’ viewers will have the opportunity to see unusual and exciting works of modern art right on the boulevards of Moscow,” said co-curator of the “Nomadic Museum of Modern Art,” Yuri Samodurov. Twenty-five artists plan to wheel their creations on hand carts down the Sretensky, Rozhdestvensky, Petrovsky and Chistoprudny Boulevards, possibly stoppiong at the courtyard of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Petrovka Street, provided the museum authorities grant their permission.

“The artists have decided to act—to transcend the socially-delineated boundaries of museums and galleries and walk with their creations along the boulevards in order to speak out about present-day ills and other issues, using visual images rather than words,” Samodurov said.

The expected participants of the “Nomadic Museum” include German Vinogradov, Sergei Yakunin, Nikolai Polissky, Leonid Sokhransky, Viktoria Malkova, Polina Moskvina, Galina Shilina, Elena Munts, Andrei Mitenev, Aleksei Garikovich, Marina Zvyagintseva, Sergei Katran, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Olga and Oleg Tatarintsev, Mikhail Pogarsky, Valery Korchagin and others. Nearly all the works that will be on display were created by the artists specifically for the three-hour wandering exhibit.

Last Sunday over 20,000 people took part in a so-called "test stroll". The police had blocked the city's boulevards. According an initial estimate by Moscow's Directorate of Internal Affairs, one thousand people took part in the event, although this was adjusted to two thousand by the end of the stroll. Writer Grigory Chkhartishvili invited writers and their readers to meet at noon in Pushkin Square and walk along the boulevards towards Griboyedov's statue in Chistye Prudy. The event was organised in response to the unjustified mass arrests that took place in Moscow in the days surrounding Vladimir Putin's inauguration. "This experiment aims to determine whether Muscovites are actually free to walk around their own city or whether they need some kind of special permit?" - Chkhartishvili said in his blog.
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