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A few weeks ago in May, the Siberian city of Omsk hosted a festival of street art entitled "Spaces of Multiplicity" (Пространства множественности). Organizers promised that: "The entire city will become an open-air gallery. Art exhibitions, interactive installations, and performances will be on show, together with street theater and concerts. Our aim is to build an open domain for artists to communicate - not only among themselves, but also with all of Omsk, its myths, and geography. Public art is always designed for social spaces: it's directed towards an unsuspecting audience and therefore implies a direct form of communication with its overall urban setting."

The academics and outside performers invited to curate the festival made clear their desire to avoid "both thematic and/or technical limitations. Nonetheless, we are interested in the importance of temporary works. We'll place an emphasis on permanent works of art in next year's event." In both cases, hope endures that these outdoor projects, be they fleeting or final, could "transform" a local environment.

One of the musicians and sound artists involved was Omsk resident Anton Gudkov, often known to online audiences as Booby Mason. Here we offer his performance as 沖縄頭払機 (Okinawa Head Cutters), together with colleague Anton Orlov.

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released June 17, 2014

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