Oleg Kulik

                             Kulik is a Bird in Fact

Gallery 21, Saint Petersburg. September 22, 1995

This action played on the meaning of the word “kulik” in Russian (“kulik” – sandpiper). It conformed to statements made by Kulik at the beginning of his election campaign for the Russian Presidency as a member of the Party of Animals, and advocated the utmost development of animal qualities in man. “Anthropocentrism has exhausted itself”, Kulik repeated. This action, besides providing an inspection of man's ability to fly out of a seventhfloor window (with the use of a simple harness), conveyed information about flight in “bird's language”. The process of becoming a bird involved overcoming a fear of heights and the psychological experience of flight by Kulik and the spectators.