St. Petersburg, Russia – September 2014

The Art Prospect Festival, CEC Artslink Global Art Lab‘s International Festival of Public Art presented Recess by Third Rail Projects and local performance artists in St. Petersburg, Russia,  September 23-30, 2014.

Third Rail Projects Co-Artistic Director Tom Pearson & Associate Artistic Director Marissa Nielsen-Pincus collaborated with 15 local Russian and international artists from St. Petersburg to create a new site-specific, movement-based public performance for the Art Prospect Festival 2014, curated by Kendal Henry. The resulting 20-minute site-specific work, Recess, was performed on September 27 & 28 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. The work, which unfolded as a promenade between three distinct playgrounds, explored the notion of adults in a child’s world, where play is serious business, and architecture meant only for certain types of activity were re-purposed, subverted and challenged. The piece moved from a place of comical, regimented, utilitarian behavior into a place of dreamy quietude, and finally exploded with a burst of whirlwind activity.

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Participating artists and collaborators included: Anastasiya Rebkalo, Yulia Potapenko, Anna Pestereva, Valentina Lutsenko, Yulia Voronovskaya, Dar’ya Karpova, Elena Matveeva, Renata Zhigulina, Maria Kirichenko, Yulia Rodina, Ekaterina Ulitina, Maya Selezneva, Lawrence Jay Millman, Aleksandra Aleksandrova, and Yulia Bylenok from Russia and Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Tom Pearson from the United States.


More information at the festival’s official site: Art Prospect Festival Website and dedicated Project Page on Facebook (must be signed in to view).  Third Rail Projects’ participation and collaboration in the festival was supported by CEC ArtsLink and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Learn more about CEC Artslink’s Global Art Lab.

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