Gustav Hellberg

Two Tribes



This is a documentation of a performance, and installation, at the special Shiryaevo Biennale art project Burlaks: between Europe and Asia. The performance occurred on 1 August 2014 at Fabrika Kukhnya [Hammer and Sickle Canteen], Samara, Russia.


Two choirs stands, facing each other, at opposing sides of an open ground. Each choir performs the same score, paying no attention to the other choir’s tempo. It is an a-cappella act. Both choirs have brought a steel mast with them. Speakers are mounted to the masts.


The score starts with each choir performing the first verse, which is based on phrases that are  claiming a group’s possession with an emphasis on land. The second verse is performed by a soloist. The phrases the soloist will perform point at property, emphasising property as a thing, a personal possession. The third verse is “sung” by the whole choir. The masts are raised and the choirs walks of the field. Through the speakers one can now here a pre recorded version of the choirs performances.


When the performance is over the masts with the speakers remain for the remaining of the exhibition period.



Material: choirs, loudspeakers, sound system, steel masts 

Dimensions: variable

Location: Fabrika Kukhnya [Hammer and Sickle Canteen], Samara, Russia


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