Like their earlier projects, such as Impossible Objects (2013), which was shown at the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Provmyza’s experimental performance at Garage is a complex synthesis of different genres and forms of theater.
Memento Mori Tomb explores the effects of extreme aural, visual, or emotional experiences on human perception. In the first part of the performance, the audience witnesses the death of an old man in a Victorian setting. As the man, surrounded by his family, screams his last, his voice tunes our ears to a new kind of absolute silence. In the second part of the performance, the viewer’s hearing becomes acute enough to register those faintest of noises that point to the gradual disintegration of the space: the peeling and falling away of pieces of the ceiling and elements of the interior. The third and final part of the performance is a scene of disappearance: the space is literally squeezed with a huge vice and, as the artists put it, “shapelessness becomes the spectacle.” The order of life and death is destroyed and melted into a single mass, screeching and cracking like the last echo of the material world.
Provmyza Group (Formed in 1998) makes experimental films and performances, photographic projects, and video installations. Exhibitions include: the 15th WRO Media Art Biennale Wrocław (2013); Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012); Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the 1st Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo (2012); the 25th Viper Festival, Basel (2006); and the Russian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice ( 2005. Their films have competed at festivals, including the 67th Venice Film Festival (2010). They have been awarded the Innovation Prize for Best Work of Visual Art (Russia, 2013), the Pop-Mekhanika Prize at the Sergey Kuryokhin Awards (Russia, 2010), the Tiger Prize for a short film at the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands, 2009), and first prize at the Asolo Art Film Festival (Italy, 2006).
Members: Galina Myznikova (born 1968, Gorky, now Nizhny Novogorod) and Sergey Provorov (born 1970, Gorky, now Nizhny Novgorod). They live and work in Nizhny Novgorod.