Collective Action was a Moscow-based group of artists that invited audiences to participate in simple actions, often outdoors. While many indexical documents of their performance art exist, this collection—which offers first-person accounts of the first five years of the group’s work—offers readers a more personal perspective. Collective Actions presents us with the opportunity to explore issues of “subjective” vs. “objective” documentation of ephemeral art, as well as Eastern vs. Western takes on participatory events during the mid-1970s.

Collective Actions: Audience Recollections from the First Five Years, 1976-1981
Yelena Kalinsky, Translator and Editor
Chicago: Soberscove Press, 2012
136 pages, $24.00 (paperback)
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