3-hours long performance
FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty), Paraty
July 26, 2018
Images by Lyusya Maratkanova
This live work by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich is a part of his new series, The Small Button, developing a conversation between the two people into a performative act.
The two interlocuteurs (the artist and an invited partner) are sharing a small plywood table. It is empty besides a small call button in the middle of it. Before entering the conversation, an invited dialogue partner (a high profiled cultural figure) has to choose their preferred theme. They take a card with the theme printed on it and hang it on the side of the table so the audience could see it throughout a conversation. Then they sit down in front of the artist and the conversation starts. Once one of the audience members doesn’t like what one of the interlocuteurs is saying or they feel bored, or they simply want to hear the second of the two speakers, or they simply feel playful, they push the small button - so the conversation turns on to another side of the table. Once the time slot is over, the next conversation partner enters the table.
The secret of this conversation will be a moderation performed by that collective will - one of the audience - so it can never be logical, structured or fruitful, that makes this important conversation a piece of visual art rather than a productive dialog.
Amongst the invited conversation partners: Laura Erber, Gabriela Greeb, Iara Jamra, Zeca Baleiro, Amyr Klink