57TH BIENNALE DI VENEZIA -“МИР – МИРУ – FRIEDE” Guerilla Performance

On the occasion of the:







MOTA – MUSEUM ON TOUR AUSTRIA, developed as a hybrid between museum and artwork, presents “МИР – МИРУ – FRIEDE” in cooperation with the art label XXXXismTOSHAIN/ MAKOWSKY/ CEEH (Sofia – Vienna – St. Petersburg).

The collective has set themselves the goal of sending out a message of peace to the world and has invited a number of international artists to create a slogan – among them Lawrence Weiner, Olaf Nicolai, Parastou Forouhar and Kendell Geers.

The messages are written on protective vests coated with a special black military-infrared colour. They are worn by soldiers standing in line like a guard of honor and can only be seen with a night-vision device. Using the night-vision telescope, one becomes part of the installation and the hidden artist statements can clearly be read in white writing on the black protective vests.

One woman and nine men take part in the Performance. They come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as refugees from Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan. All performers live in Austria.


This performative artwork, made of people, was to be seen in public spaces in the city of Vienna in 2016 (Stephansdom, Karlsplatz, Main Railway Station, MuseumsQuartier) and confronts it’s audience – passers-by, tourists and art-fans, unexpectedly in the middle of the city. A new, non-material art space is formed. The messages of peace leave the rigid form of an exhibition area and take up positions right at the cutting edge – they pulse on the human bodies of the performers – the body as a blackboard, projection screen and placard, all at once.




MOTA – Museum On Tour Austria and XXXXi̶s̶m̶TMC are taking the best-known art exhibition in the world – La Biennale di Venezia – „VIVA ARTE VIVA“ as an opportunity for the anti-war performance “МИР МИРУ FRIEDE“, an artistic message of peace to the world!

Since 2012 we have been acting internationally by means of guerilla performances liberated from the conventional practices of art and exhibitions.

When avant-garde is integrated into the official program of conventional galleries and museums, it is transformed into a spectacle.

For this reason our performance on 10-12 May 2017 is deliberately unorthodox, both in the grounds of the Biennale and also in the city itself, for all of us.



Museum On Tour Austria (MOTA) и XXXXi̶s̶m̶TMC используют самую известную арт-выставку в мире — Венецианскую биеннале, (тема которой будет VIVA ARTE VIVA — “Да здравствует живое искусство!”) как повод проведения своего антивоенного перформанса “МИР МИРУ FRIEDE“.

С 2012 арт-лейбл XXXXi̶s̶m̶TMC осознанно агирует по миру в формате партизанских акций — по ту сторону обыденных арт- и выставочных форматов.

Авандгард, взятый в официальные программы музеев, становится театральным представлением, теряeт свой смысл и силу действия. С 10 по 12 мая перформанс “МИР – МИРУ – FRIEDE” будет проходить как и на территории Биеннале, так и в центре города для всех!


Ai Weiwei looking through the IR Device, Piazza San Marco (10.05.2017)


MOTA – Museum On Tour Austria und XXXXi̶s̶m̶TMC nehmen die bekannteste Kunstausstellung der Welt – La Biennale di Venezia – „VIVA ARTE VIVA“ zum Anlass für die anti-war Performance “МИР – МИРУ – FRIEDE“, eine künstlerische Friedensbotschaft an die Welt!

Seit 2012 agieren wir international mittels Guerilla – Aktionen losgelöst von gängiger Kunst-  und Ausstellungspraxis.

Avantgarde, im offiziellen Programm herkömmlicher Galerien und Museen aufgenommen verwandelt sich in ein Spektakel.

In diesem Sinne performen wir von 10.-12. Mai 2017 bewusst unorthodox, sowohl auf dem Areal der Biennale, als auch mitten in der Stadt, für uns Alle.

Slogan by Olaf Nicolai(DE)



Supported by Santo Krappmann and the performance team.

Dedicated to Kasimir Malevich.


Performances: May 10 – 12, 2017 Giardini, Arsenale, Piazza San Marco


Artist statements by:

Burak Delier (Turkey): “FREEDOM HAS NO SCRIPT”

Kendell Geers (South Africa/ Belgium): „STEELING FIRE FROM HEAVEN“

Parastou Forouhar (Iran):” HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT”

Olaf Nicolai (Germany): “KEINE HEIMAT”s

Matthias Makowsky (Austria): “BANG“

Slava Mogutin (Russia/ U.S.): “LOST BOYS”

Ammanullah Mojadidi (Afghanistan): “GO BOMB YOURSELF!”

Iv Toshain (Bulgaria): „WE ARE THE KNIFE”

Lawrence Weiner (U.S.): „HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW”

Anna Ceeh (Austria/Russia): „WOMAN IN LOVE – ARTIST IN WAR“



Performers List:

Santo Krappmann (DEU)
Esmail Hassani (AFG/IRN)
Gabriel Kraußhaar (DEU)
Hussein Waham (IRQ)
Fabian Janicek (AUT)
Sayed Labib (EGY)
Nis Brender (DEU)
André Harm (DEU)
Nikita Pichler (AUT)
Till Krappmann (DEU)

MOTA Founders: Iv Toshain and Matthias Makowsky
The project is funded by the MehrWERT founding program of the Erste Bank





Siargao Tribune

A N N A   C E E H
’S I A R G A O   T R I B U N E’ ( 2 0 1 7 )
Enviromental Art Transmitting Station at Tawin Tawin, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

(2 speakers, Laton radio, amplifire, moving sensor, light, solar panel, metal barns etc.)
Hosted by Laton Radio and Laton Record Label (Austria/Russia)

night view from the house

roberta_drawingSiargao Tribune scetch by Roberta Lima

photos © Anna Ceeh

documentation video:

FUCKi̶s̶m̶ Toshain/ Ceeh @ TRANSPARENT BORDERS, Centre “Red”, Moscow/ RU

Opening: 7.03.2017, 7pm

Mats Adelman, Ylva Westerlund, Vitaliy Barabanov,

Aliona Baranova, Ilmira Bolotyan, Ivan Novikov,

FUCKi̶s̶m̶ Toshain/ Ceeh

Curator Oxana Polyakova

The project “Transparent Borders” includes the works by eight artists from different countries with different cultural and social background, united by one important feature – the ability to make the borders that we usually deliberately overlook visible and tangible. Seemingly invisible due to the modern technologies, the increasing speed of communication, social networks and the constant flow of images, these barriers and constraints have a significant influence over the daily life of a society, an individual and his interaction with the surrounding physical reality.

(…) The radical representation of this conflict is enhanced in the “FUCKi̶s̶m̶” manifesto by Anna Ceeh and Iv Toshain – a sincere call to reject all the different brands, tags, and autonyms and to initiate independent artistic activities outside the existing institutional rules and procedures.

Despite the apparent differences in individual artistic practices, the participants of this project are united by the desire to study the limits of the chosen formats and media. To make up for the constraints of the format of an exhibition itself, which no longer corresponds to a specific spatial experience, a temporary website will be launched to make the exhibition available to a wider audience.

Oxana Polyakova


7 – 11.03.2017, Centre “Red” (Bersenevsky lane 5, bld. 3, 3rd floor)



photos by Ksenia Beloutskaya

Отрывайся по-черному, ариец! – Filet Magazine


Проникнуть в мир Mykki Blanco — сродни небезопасному сексу в сумрачном клубе с редкими разрядами яркого света. Он/а босиком в одной узкой черной юбке, с крупинками пота по всему тренированному красивому телу, прямо перед тобой.

После посещения нашей венской редакцией концерта non-binary gender-queer post-homo-hop артиста Mykki Blanco в клубе Grelle Forelle, страсти накалились настолько, что словесная перепалка едва не переросла в полноценное мочилово с явным гендерным уклоном. Женская составляющая нашего коллективного разума хотя и признавала ее/его ограниченность в музыкальном плане, но активно настаивала на актуальности и эффективности ее/его построенного на прямом контакте со слушателями перформанса, смелости в признании своего ВИЧ-положительного статуса и привнесенном в консервативный в целом хип-хоп панковского духа и сексуального разнообразия.

Мужское начало не увидев ничего нового в выступлении, назвало это явление откровенно вторичным и паразитирующим на приемах, характерных для 80-х годов прошлого века. В конце концов обе стороны сошлись на том, что во времена, когда из-за повального увлечения музыкантов и диджеев новыми девайсами живое общение между публикой и артистом сведено к нулю, любая попытка сломать эту стену отчуждения должна восприниматься позитивно. И вообще, негоже нам, белым гетеросексуальным арийцам, по-черному браниться, лучше уж будем по-черному отрываться. Тем более, что пришедшим в клуб людям по барабану все гендерные дискурсы и новаторские ходы — они просто хочут танцовать.

И хорошая новость в конце — мы взяли у Микки интервью и в ближайшее время оно будет опубликовано на нашем сайте.

Anna Ceeh

Filet Magazine


Artwork in progress by Anna Ceeh signed by Mykki Blanco

Artwork in progress by Anna Ceeh signed by Mykki Blancoartworkbyannaceehsigniertby-mykkiblanco


Nomadic Art Camp exhibition at the Gapar Aitiev Fine Arts Museum, Bishkek, Kirgistan

Nomadic Art Camp exhibition at the Gapar Aitiev Fine Arts Museum, 2016 August 5. – October 7.

(photos © Anna Ceeh / Franz Pomassl)

„CLUB RUS“ 2004-2016
Кыргызский Национальный Музей Изобразительных Искусств имени Гапара Айтиева


Anna Ceeh: „Bishkek 360°“ – video, drone art, 2016 at  Кыргызский Национальный Музей Изобразительных Искусств имени Гапара Айтиева
the opening speech – Filet десант в Бишкеке, Кыргызский Национальный Музей Изобразительных Искусств имени Гапара Айтиева

FILET magazine -Go Bomb Yourself!



Go Bomb Yourself!

Today, 15 June, the final part in a series of anti-war performances by artists-actionists Toshain/Makowsky/Ceeh will take place at Westbahnhof in Vienna. We have had a talk with the artists before their first performance.


On the first day of summer, anti-war artists Toshain/ Makowsky/ Ceeh, performed their work at MOTA, ‘Museum on Tour’, Austria.  Their performance was titled : МИР : МИРУ : FRIEDE and mirrored the venerable artistic culture contributed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gustav Klimt, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Falco

Various international artists, ranging from Austria, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, USA, South Africa, and Russia were invited to present a slogan on the topic of “world peace”.  Each statement was printed onto T-shirts which could only be viewed with night vision devices.  We got in contact with these Viennese Austrian actionists in order to get a commentary on their project.


Why do the performances begin precisely on International Children’s Day? Is it a coincidence or part of the concept?

Actually it’s just a coincidence, but it fits the issue. The series of performances starts on the first day of June in the first district of Vienna next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, then it moves on the 7th June to the seventh district of the city to Museums Quartier and later ends up at Vienna’s main railway station Hauptbahnhof.

Did all the artists who were asked to participate take part in this project?

Our performance is based on the art show or to be more precise – on the alternative art-fair PARKFAIR TERMINARTOR, which we (TOSHAIN/ MAKOWSKY/ CEEH) organized and realized in September 2014 and where 28 artists participated. The art fair was devised with the centenary of World War I in mind  and was also our reaction to the current situation in the world. We were developing the performances at the start of the Maidan (Ukraine) and Syrian conflicts and used them to inspire our slogans.  Afterwards, we selected the 10 most relevant works created by various artists from Syria, Ukraine and Israel.

Violence and war are usually always associated with men, but plenty of women can be aggressive as well.  Do you believe that you are contributing to this sexist stereotype?

Both men and women are participating equally in the project . The participants in the performances are both female and male.  We have even incorporated a man into our female duo – XXXXi̶s̶m̶ TOSHAIN/ MAKOWSKY/ CEEH – where the three of us act together.

Why are the artists’ messages invisible to the naked eye?

It’s a kind of self-identification with the meat grinding nature of the art world that provides glossy emotions… Our installation-performance is bringing back the notion of “art work” so to say – extracting it from the public perception. An individual experience of contemplation exists alongside the viewers awareness of the public place at the physical level; initiating this intimate encounter with the art work was important for us. The recognition of a parallel reality reconfigures not only the reality within the perception of the art world, but also ways of constructing it.

134021_5136                     June 7th Vienna Museums Quarter

Why is the individual connection with an art object so important to you?

Because we’re against mindless mass consumption. Every person is unique, and so is their experience with our work.

What is the source of the aggression – human nature, a lack of education, social sphere, political and economic systems?

We’re not going to claim anything and explain what, why and for whichever reason because they could all be different.  We’re not doctors and have no intention of prescribing a cure for the appearance of aggression. We’re artists and we initiate signals; we give attention to a variety of issues which are important to us and to society. Our peaceful art-messages are just signals.

Would you say that an overall message exists within your work?

We’re just going to quote the message of the Afghan artist from our project Ammanullah Mojadidi: “Go Bomb Yourself!” – Everyone has to shit in his own garden!

To whom do you address your art works to – society as a whole including guest workers and refugees or exclusively to well educated groups?

To everyone – citizens, tourists, immigrants. By the way, one of the performers is an artist from Belarus who is currently studying at our academy.

Will there be an opportunity for Austrian farmers to see your project?

Well, they should come down from the mountains for that. But actually we’re planning this project to exhibit in other cities around the world. We’re also planning a show in Minsk!


MOTA — Museum On Tour Austria, developed as a hybrid between museum and art work, is showing “МИР – МИРУ – FRIEDE”: a performance series at the city public spaces by the art label XXXXi̶s̶m̶ TMC. Focusing on the ongoing International crises, shifts in religious and political power as well as armed confrontations, the collective has set themselves the goal of sending out a message of peace to the world. The messages are written on T-shirts worn by soldiers and can only be seen with a night-vision device. Experience it — how the moving immaterial art space appears!

Valera Krasnagir, photo: Toshain/ Makowsky/ Ceeh

Special thanks to Rustam Batyrau.


IMG_0574-2            June 4th, Karlsplatz


IMG_0730      igndex           June 7th, Vienna Museums Quarter