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01.19.15 Rhett Jones

The satisfying crunch of crushing some crap has never been more enjoyable. Dmitry Morozov, working under his ::vtol:: alias, was commissioned to make an installation for Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow recently and what he devised allowed visitors to come in, enjoy a little destruction and come away with a keepsake of creation. The basics of […]

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11.11.14 Rhett Jones

On Monday, reports of a horrible smell permeating the whole city of Moscow began popping up on social media. The Emergency Ministries Spokesman was compelled to make a statement and he said it was basically no big deal, “The smell of hydrogen sulfide is not dangerous.” What’s that? Hydrogen sulfide? Moscow’s top toxicologist concurred, “The […]

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01.10.14 Marina Galperina

Voice of Russia — the Russian government’s radio broadcasting service — reports that a gigantic Banksy exhibit is coming to Moscow, allegedly. The exhibition of “more than 130 paintings, sculptures, graffiti, collages and videos of the most famous modern incognito artist” isn’t just popping up anywhere but in the grand Manezh Exhibition Centre aka the Moscow Manege, […]

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01.23.13 Marina Galperina

The Russian graffiti blog VIVACITY has released a trailer for Moscow Subway Chronicles, a docu-short featuring some of the proudest work of BUNT, UTOP, MDT and TERROR from over the past five years. Watch graffiti writers unhinge brick walls, crawl around subterranean tunnels and bomb entire train cars in hard-hat ‘n’ vest disguise like pros. Just in case you thought Russian subways were for performance art only. […]

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07.31.12 Marina Galperina

The Pussy Riot trial has begun. The girls have plead “not guilty” to “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility.” Yet, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 are still facing seven years in jail for playing a protest song in church. That’s not a good look, Putin! Yet, as Nadia’s husband Pyotr […]

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01.25.12 Marina Galperina

Moscow’s self-proclaimed “Feminist punk group” Pussy Riot terrorized the Red Square by blasting their protest song “Putin Pissed Himself” (alternatively, “Putin Is Chickenshit”) in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, before being hauled away by the Russian version of the Secret Service. After scaling a protective fence, these festively ski-masked hellions set off flares, called to […]

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Marina Galperina

Moscow’s self-proclaimed “Feminist punk group” Pussy Riot terrorized the Red Square by blasting their protest song “Putin Pissed Himself” (alternatively, “Putin Is Chickenshit”) in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, before being hauled away by the Russian version of the Secret Service. After scaling a protective fence, these festively ski-masked hellions set off flares, called to […]

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07.12.11 Marina Galperina

Infuriated Russians blocked intersection near their beloved local park, soon to be turned into a parking lot. Watch it turn into an all out brawl, complete with randomly attacked drivers and a meat-head beating up seniors. […]

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09.08.10 Marina Galperina

The first international performance art festival is on now in Moscow. It’s co-curated by Marina Abramović-adjacent Klaus Biesenbach and features 10 performances, one by the symbolic masochist Elena Kovylina. She’s not vodka-waltzing or having strangers pull needles out of her, but throwing a “beautiful tea party” and setting it on fire. Also: the Blue Noses […]

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08.11.10 Marina Galperina

Will Russians dive onto the rails or bludgeon fellow passengers over literary murals? Russian psychologists are fearful of Moscow metro’s illustrations based on classic Dostoevsky passages, such as: “Can it be, that I shall really take an ax, that I shall strike her on the head, split her skull open… that I shall tread in […]

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