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Oleg Kulik and Mila Bredikhina, RU

Performance and installation at V2_Organisation, Institute for the Unstable Media and in public space

In this work the Russian artist duo Oleg Kulik and Mila Bredikhina tried to renounce ‘humanness’ by restaging the century-old scientific experiment known as ‘Pavlov’s Dog’. In a performance that lasted for an entire month, Kulik acted as Pavlov’s dog. For the duration he gave up speech and other forms of human behaviour, going naked and moving on four legs. Led by students and volunteers who were hired to walk him, he underwent the famous historical experiment.