NORTH-7
NORTH-7
Art group. Research base. St. Petersburg, Russia
North-7 - group of artists emerged from the experimental research base founded in 2013 by the group of friends-graduates from St.Petersburg State Secondary Art School and ProArte Foundation School for Young Artists. The artists investigate national context with no regard to already existing institutional dictates or intellectual trends. North-7 is far self-reliant artistic organism, extracting strong energy from the process of inner relations between community participants. Group participants experiment with different artistic languages and forms while performative practices remain the main activity for the group as they represent essential form of collective involvement in living artistic experience.

Group members: Alexandr Tsikarishvili, Nestor Engelke, Petr Dyakov, Leonid Tskhe, Anna Andrjievskaya, Nestor Kharchenko, Oleg Khmelev, Liza Tsikarishvili and friends.
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North-7 projects:

  • 2018 SADPPN-7, North-7 School of Active Drawing And Performative Posing. OVCHARENKO Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2018 SPASIBO, exhibition by North-7 art group. Book Illustration Library. St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2018 Rik-Pitek, exhibition by North-7 art group. Masters School, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2018-2017 7th Independent Contemporary Art Fair, project by North-7 art group. St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2017 The Seventh Part of the World, exhibition by North-7 art group, NAMEGALLERY, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2017 North-7 School of Active Drawing and Performative Posing. Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2015 North-7 Archive. Exhibition by North-7 art group. Contemporary Art Space. Batumi, Georgia.
  • 2015 The Artist is absent, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2015 ЯТЛЗЯТП, performance by North-7 art group, Varochny Tseh Contemporary Art Space, Moscow, Russia.
  • 2014 SSSSSSSSSkazki SSSSSSSSSSSevera, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 North Market. Exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 Base values, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 This Is Our Country, Granny, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2013 PORNOFACTURA, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2013 Axe Work, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2013 Public art project in collaboration with Machiel Bitz. New Holland, St. Petersburg, Russia.

North-7 participating in group exhibitions:
  • 2018 For Days And Days, North-7 art group performance for "LOBSTERREALISM" project. New Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2017 Matyushin's Glasshouse, project by North-7 art group for 14s Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum Festival by ProArte Faundation. Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2017 SAM Art Fair, Street Art Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2017 COSMOSCOW International Contemporary Art Fair. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2017 Flying Bar, project by North-7 art group for 13s Barents Spektakel Festival "The Industrial Boomerang". Kirkines, Norway.
  • 2016 Mysterium Of the First, performance by North-7 art group during the festival «Night of museums», Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2016-2015 ТГВНВ, performance by North-7 art group for Summer Festival Access Point, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2015 Hunting of the Snark, performance by North-7 for "Night of Museums" Festival, Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2015 Toilet Opera, performance by North-7 art group for Super Market Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2015 Transfer-7, performance by North-7 art group at the opening of "Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum" festival, ARTMUSA Creative Cluster, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2015 AX, performance by North-7 art group for the exhibition "NEOPETERSBURG", NAMEGALLERY, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 Towers, project by North-7 art group. Manifesta-10 parallel program. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 SP5, performance by North-7 art group for "Night of Museums" Festival, Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 Seven Samurai, performance by North-7 art group for Art Prospect Public art festival, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2014 Signal. 21.01.81, project by North-7 art group. Contour Loft, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2013 Strange creatures, performance (together with Ed Woodham), Art Prospect Public art festival, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2013 Observations Diary, project by North-7 art group. ART re.FLEX Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2013 Animalistika, project by North-7 art group. ERARTA Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

North-7 @ Gallery Spaces
2017-2018
Exhibition by North-7 at OVCHARENKO Gallery, Moscow.
2018

SADPPS-7
North-7 School of Active Drawing and Performative Posing
The Saint Petersburg art group North-7 presents The School of Active Drawing and Performative Posing (SADPP-7). The concept of "the school" is only used for convenience as the project is focused on the critical analysis of this term and the revelation of the causes of its miraculous vitality in the conditions of Saint Petersburg art environment. As an art research project SADDP-7 began a few years ago with performative practices of North-7 aimed at the deconstruction of academic teaching system. As part of the project, non-classical manners of drawing and relations between "posing model" and "artist" began to develop.

Some of the project's participants have an academia background and, paradoxically, teach at the Russian Academy of Arts. However, they are not satisfied with the out-of-date model of classical drawing, its complete lack of freedom and of ways for development. The artists raise the following questions: what for? (to draw), why? (does one have to draw or does one have to draw in a certain way?) and how? (is it possible to draw and not to draw). The School of Active Drawing and Performative Posing is not an institution or a curriculum but a method of creating specific conditions-situations through which one can exit the utilitarian schooling rules. As a result, a vast diversity of techniques has developed: axe-drawing, poker drawing, soil drawing, drawing with human bodies, mechanical drawing (by creating special machines for that purpose), etc. Moreover, the specific topics-situations for the performative productions have emerged: living sculpture, model in an environment, mimicry of a model in the urban environment. Even though the term school is treated with criticism the project's participants regard themselves intrinsically connected to the heritage of the Leningrad school of graphic arts and in their work they are analysing their "rootedness" in the local art context.

The School of Active Drawing and Performative Posing unites the majority of Saint Petersburg artists who practice various methods of "immediate drawing" that include the analysis of its place in contemporary art. Summarizing the results found by SADPP, this exhibition presents works by its main participants: Anna Andrzhievskaya, Piotr Diakov, Nestor Engelke, Nestor Kharchenko, Fiodor Khirosige, Petr Shvetsov Leonid Tskhe, Alexander Tsikarishvili, Sasha Zubritskaya and others. Alexander Tsikarishvili has also acted as a curator.

The exhibition will show the audience different ways of overcoming the limits planar drawing. The exposition has been turned into an environment for performative installations, a living sculpture, costumes referring to the process of transition from a model into a performer, documentations of The School's performances and a samizdat magazine.
7th Part of the World
North-7 art group exhibition at NameGallery, 2017
St. Petersburg, Russia


Building nonlinear schizoid plan of national mutations in miniature.
"For Days And Days"
North-7 performace for "LOBSTERREALISM" group exhibition at New Museum, 2018.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Curator: Liza Zelchenko
Video: Nadya Gorokhova
Independent initiatives, 2015-2018
7th Independent Art Fair, School of Active Drawing And Performative Posing
SADPPS-7

North-7 School of Active Drawing and Performative Posing
2016-2018
North-7 School of Active Drawing and Performative Posing
Group of artists founded school of performative posing and active drawing several years ago not as a studying technique but as a form of new cooperation and communication between artists appeared as practice of active drawing in different conditions and situations. Ideas of the school are based on performative practices of North-7 art group as well as extreme nonacademic methods of sketches after posing model. The word "school" here is taken in multiple quotes as active drawing and performative posing, it is not an institution, a technique or a programme, but a method of creation a unique situation. This method involves searching for different forms of author's drawing (for example, axe-drawing (drawing with an axe), scorcher-drawing, drawing with soil, as well as mechanical drawing, creation of mechanical techniques, machinery for drawing). During the emergence of school several mainline theme-situations for performative setting were developed: "model as living sculpture", "model blend in urban space" and others...
North-7 "Active Drawing And Performative Posing" Manifesto:

1) There is no bad drawing, no good drawing, there is only different drawing.

2) When an artist draws he does not think.

3) Drawing in front of the other causes unconditioned reflex. When one artist draws in front of the other he has reflective reaction: saliva is discharged and he has strong desire to draw as well.

4) Drawing is not a skill, it is passion, desire or tension.

5) Performative posing is brother of interesting drawing.

6) Waste of interesting drawing is not interesting posing.

7) Drawing must have psychotherapeutic effect: an artist is concentrated and distracted of annoying thoughts while drawing, then meditative process of "nonthinking" and drawing takes place. Go to point 2.

7.1) When performer is posing for the artist he submerges himself into the role, he becomes ActRisa. Particularly here active drawing takes place, due to performative posing.

7.2) Active drawing and performative posing is collective process, creating field for collaboration and exchange between artists.

7.3) Active drawing is not an educative programme but spontaneously developing project where each artist is self-sufficient, active and is a full participating part of performance.

7.4) Active drawing is drawing in uncomfortable living situations with uncomfortable methods using unsuitable equipment.

7.5) Active drawing has no method and that is why it can't be learned. Any new session drawer-performer starts from scratch.

7.6) Real deep involvement in active drawing is method of working with school traumas, forced archetypes such as "correct", "must", "essential".

7.7) Never take pencil into your mouth while drawing. But if you did then draw like that, with your mouth…




7th Independent Art Fairs, 2017-2018
Artists self-organization in order to reach direct communication with different groups of citizens
Mimicry in Public Space
2015-2018
Happenings, anti-theatre, public-art projects, experiments with artistic forms of social communication
Working with public space
2015-2018
2017 Matyushin's Glasshouse, project by North-7 art group for 14s Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum Festival by ProArte Faundation. Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016 Mysterium of the first, performance by North-7 art group during the festival «Night of museums», Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016-2015 ТГВНВ, performance by North-7 art group for Summer Festival Access Point, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 Hunting of the Snark, performance by North-7 for "Night of Museums" Festival, Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 Toilet opera, performance by North-7 art group for Super Market Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 Transfer-7, performance by North-7 art group at the opening of "Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum" festival, ARTMUSA Creative Cluster, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 ЯТЛЗЯТП, performance by North-7 art group, Varochny Tseh Contemporary Art Space, Moscow, Russia.
2014 SP5, performance by North-7 art group for "Night of Museums" Festival, Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 Seven Samurai, performance by North-7 art group for Art Prospect Public art festival, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 Signal. 21.01.81, project by North-7 art group. Contour Loft, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Matyushin's Glasshouse, 2017
Project by North-7 art group for 14s Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum Festival by ProArte Faundation. Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-garde, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Haunting Of The Snark, 2015
St. Petersburg, Russia
Performative anti-theatre by North-7 during Night of Museums.
Toilet opera, 2015
Performance by North-7 art group at Super Market Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden.
Я.Т.Л.З.Я.Т.П.
2015
Performance by North-7 on the opening of contemporary art space "Varochny Tsekh". Moscow
7 Samurai, 2015
Performance by North-7 art group for Art Prospect Public art festival, St. Petersburg, Russia.
SIGNAL, 2014
Public art project. Curators: Petr Bely, Alexandr Terebenin
Documentation of total failure to define and describe historic place.
Flygende Bar North-7
Barents Spektakel-2017
Project by North-7 art group for Barents Spektakel-2017 festival in Norway.
"Flying Bar" was an extension of experiments with open artist-run space held in "НОЖ" Bar created by the group in St.Petersburg.
Flying Bar North-7 is an artistic project at the now abandoned Seamen´s club. The club once served as a meeting place for tired Russian seaman but now is the meeting place of festival guests drawn into the abyss of constant artistic arrangements. Guided by a mermaid, visitors will be bewitched by conceptual performances accompanied by multi-language field recordings and ambient smoke; all which bring back the warmth of life to this nostalgic place amongst a seascape.
НОЖ Bar
2015-2016
Zvenigorodskaya Str, 28b. St.Petersburg, Russia

Bar, independent gallery, open studio, place for training non-conventional distorted ways of social communication
Selected projects @ НОЖ Bar
2015-2016
НОЖ Bar was independent artist-run space, open studio and place for different experiments with unconventional alternative ways of social communication.
By North-7 art group involving other artists and interested people there were created series of experimental projects called "Primitive disturbing":
2016 The Sleep Of Food Produces You, project by North-7
2016 ALL, exhibition by Petr Dyakov
2016 BimBom, virtual project and performance by Oleg Khmelev and Sergey Gylyonkin
2016 Dance Of Caucasian Small Machine, project by Alexandr Tsikarishvili
2016 SUCHKI, project by Nestor Engelke
2016 Series of sound performances by The Shapka,The Shapka, Runner, Iris Smeds, A.Svibovich and others.
CAS Gallery
Batumi, Georgia

North-7 archives exhibition
North-7 Experimental Research Base
2013-2015
St.Petersburg. Nickolsky Lane,7
North-7 Research Base emerged as an independent artist-run experimental platform organized by community of young artists who didn't want to communicate with existed hierarchic structure of "contemporary art community" evolved in St.Petersburg.
Selected projects @ North-7 Research Base:
2015 The Artist is absent, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 Flowers and Fruits, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 SSSSSSSSSkazki SSSSSSSSSSSevera, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 North Market. Exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 Towers, project by North-7 art group. Manifesta-10 parallel program. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014 Base values, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 This is our country, granny, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2013 PORNOFACTURA. exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2013 Axe Work, exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.

ARTIST IS ABSENT, 2015
North-7 art group project investigated evolution of latest performative practices of the group and
and associated artists.
Curators: Sergey Gulyonkin & North-7
SSSSSSSSSkazki SSSSSSSSSSSevera, 2014
North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
North Market, 2014
North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Towers, 2014
Manifesta-10 parallel program.
Participatory project by North-7 art group.
North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia
Base values, 2014
Happening by North-7 art group, constructing portrait of a family with broken communicative relations.
North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
This is our country, granny, 2014
Exhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
PORNOFACTURA, 2013
Еxhibition by North-7 art group. North-7 Research Base, St. Petersburg, Russia.
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