Natalia: My name Is Natalia, I’m a participant of the Where Dogs Run group.
Olga: I’m Olga.
Alexey: I’m Alexey.
Olga: If we’re talking about who is artist in general, then I think it’s a person, who’s trying to live how
they like and to do what they want, so artist doesn’t owe anything to anyone. And it doesn’t matter
what your method is, we, for example, do technological art, and there’s no difference between us
and other artists in general.
Natalia: We’ve always worked as a group. None of us ever worked separately. About who comes up
with what – it happens differently, and yes, we always discuss everything, so, we work all together
and we don’t have our own projects.
Olga: If one of us doesn’t like the idea, then we don’t do it. It should be important for every one of
Natalia: We met in the entrance hall of the house. Olga and I studied together in college We had an
assignment, we were making a film about some mentally ill person. We sneaked into his apartment
with a hidden camera and filmed how he lives. Then we needed to quickly look at what we had and
our camera died. We left his apartment and met Vlad, who’s not here now, and Alexey is his friend,
that’s how we met, we just asked if we can charge our camera at his place, he let us. Something like
Olga: That’s how we began to make exhibitions together
Natalia: So, coincidence
Olga: the group has been existing for 15 years and for 13 or 14 of that we’ve always had to search
for and change studios, and what you do is always very limited by the space and it’s possibilities, and
the fact that NCCA now can afford to provide some artists with studios is great, and we created
several projects already in here.
Alexey: We try to be as independent as we can, but that’s very difficult.
Olga: We always depend on somebody. If the project is serious and needs sponsorship, you look
for it. And wherever we get that sponsorship or grant from the foundation, there’s no pressure on
you in the process, but still you’re not independent, cause that foundation, for example, chose your
project over the other, that’s selection, that’s influence, and non artist that search for grants can
really be independent.
We’re obviously not gallery artists, not street artists, obviously, what we do demands a lot of time,
and a lot more, we’re much more dependable on some outer circumstances than street artists who
can quickly actualize their idea
Natalia: People expect something technological from us