Thursday, May 31, 2012

Performing for protest: press release.

31 May 2012, Staregiya Tridsat' Odin: Free political prisoners, Free Pussy Riot.

The group of London-based artists concerned with strategies of protest (no necessary naming) took over the performance of Russian exile activists and supporters of so-called "Other Russia" (Drugaia Rossiya). Since there is no quality protest done by the activists, artists are talking place of protesters.

There was a marginal tradition to protest on the square near the Mayakovsky monument in Moscow on the every 31 of the month, and in other similar places across the country. This is commonly known as "Strategy 31". (However its lack of strategic planning.) The origin of the idea is based on the Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, commonly ignored by the Russian police. It states: "Citizens of the Russian Federation shall have the right to gather peacefully, without weapons, and to hold meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets." This tradition is still cherished by its followers, and some of them live in exile in the UK.
However Russia-connected protest changed in its mood since the December 2011, when many people joined after the electoral fraud revelations, and the old political strategies do not seem either attractive or effective enough for getting people's voice heard.