You Won’t Notice the Difference Anyway
According to public opinion, the parliamentary election in December 2011 did not allow a significant part of the population to legally affect the situation in Russia, and compelled people to search for alternate forms of expression. This complex situation provoked citizens to come up with unusual methods of influence and communication.
A wave of activist organized anti-United Russia art activities was the starting point for these protests, and for citizens to start watching over elections etc.
The elections had a large impact on street activity, demonstrating that the reserve of the people’s wit extends far beyond our familiar creative boundaries. Also, one did not need to fancy oneself a modern artist in order to try and express feelings accumulated towards our nation’s regime. The collective unconsciousness is great and powerful, and it is not a simple task to contain natural outbursts in the life of public opinion.
Tired and irritated, all that is left for us is to remark ironically upon the situation.
United Russia [Единая Россия] became the main target of street activists: "Together We Will Steal" [Вместе спиздим] instead of "Together We Will Win" [Вместе победим].
"Fuck Russia! Fuck Saint Petersburg!" [Выеби Россию! Выеби Санкт-Петербург!] instead of "Choose Russia! Choose Saint Petersburg!" [Выбери Россию! Выбери Санкт Петербург!].
Although leaders of other parties were on the firing line as well:
"I have to make a fool out of myself, so you would have the illusion of choice".
Jokes do not always require ambitious projects – a few small ads can also be enough:
Some people react sarcastically to the very idea of elections:
One of the canvassers of United Russia was thrown into the Moyka River. We hope this was an art performance and not an act by regular people driven to insanity by the situation.
In Moscow, advertizing campaigns for the elections and United Russia were basically the same:
"You Won’t Notice the Difference Anyway".
Around the city you could see ads calling people to go out in the streets using familiar silhouettes – a stencil calling people to the first unsanctioned meeting.
On December 2nd, two of these signs were put up at the Square of Triumph [Триумфальна площадь]. They are fake information banner, which reads "This fence was installed in case of riots provoked by mass falsifications during upcoming elections. Sorry for the temporary inconvenience".
In Moscow, ads with the date of the elections imitated sales of seized property ads...
...The address of parliament house was put up around the city.
A poster in the style of Shepard Fairy's works, commanding to obey, was found at Winzavod a day before the elections.
This lightbox in the style of Love Is... bubble gum wrappers was noticed in the city.