May Interventions

This year we had a very successful partizan May. The yellow-residence studio was full of life and plans for an urban revolution in Moscow. From our cluttered headquarter, we raked out boards, saws, nails, paint and other unknown crap, to create beautiful artifacts for urban improvement and provocation.


Let's begin.



Two zebra crossings appeared near Kievskaya metro station and directly next to the Ecoloft commune on Pyatnitskaya street. We were silly, and didn't film pedestrians who ran in the the road before. But, more importantly, they can now safely cross.

White stripes are subtly different from the official ones, but appearing handmade only emphasizes the main message: do it yourself. I want to draw attention to the fact that the sign is also handmade.




Four knocked up, orange-painted benches are now installed in different locations in the city.



The text on the label reads: "This bench was made by citizens for citizens. Nobody has paid us for it and we are not advertising anything. This city belongs to its residents and we can do it better ourselves, with our own hands."

And a postscript: "Use it for your health. Made with quality materials, colored, but not soil. In the process of making money was spent solely on the boards, paint, kefir and cakes." The mysterious and absurd fate of one of the benches was highlighted on the blog of a popular radio station, Echo of Moscow. For some reason, the bench was roughly re-painted gray. Who and why remains a mystery, but the assumption is that it was painted by yardmen because the orange color is associated with the revolution in Ukraine.



Then the bench was broken, and the sign was torn off.



Cycling road signs

For the last two years we (in our side project USE/LESS) we have been promoting cycling in Moscow by making cycling maps, markups and signs on the streets where it's most comfortable and safe to cycle. Maroseyka street where these signs were installed is one of the busiest bicycle routes in downtown of Moscow. Participants of Partizaning are spending a lot of time and effort so that one day everyone can safely and comfortably ride through the city on bike.




We'll write in more detail later, but in Troparevo district of south-west Moscow we are launching a pilot long-term public-art project. And this is a mailbox for citizens to share their complaints or suggestions for improving their area.

The inscription says: "Write what is missing in your area and drop a message in the box. We will make a map of the problems and wishes, we will try to fulfill them or find someone who could do it better than we could. The program Citizens for Citizens. We collect opinions, complaints and suggestions and try to execute them solely on enthusiasm. Nobody is paying us for it. So remember that the many things that bother you can be fixed by your own hands." For people's convenience, we have compiled a free form and questionnaire.



Dead ends

There was a cool street in Voykovskaya district called Big Academichesky. Very long, quiet and green, with some lime trees and beautiful aspens, generally pleasant in all respects. Moscow authorities decided to re-do this beautiful place as a highway with plenty of shops, well, everything in general as always, nothing surprising. Let's see, of course, what is going to happen, but so far it looks like a dug up wound with metal, concrete, grid, wells, and excavators.

Long story short, now it is a construction site, upsetting to pedestrians who walk past it, and difficult for trolleys to drive through, as they get tangled up in a bundle.

This is the eulogy to the crosswalk: "The pass is closed for people. Due to road construction, which will break the silence and comfort of your area, we closed the passage for pedestrians, the disabled and citizens with children." And a postscript: "The construction of roads for automobiles stimulates the number of cars in the city, which poison the air and disrupt a comfortable living environment. What else can we do to you, to make you angry? "