Pil and Galia Kollectiv, music by Les Georges Leningrad
Asparagus: a Horticultural Ballet
Music and Performances evening at [SAT] Société des arts technologiques, Montreal, 05/12/2007
photo: Adrien Chevrot


Artists Pil & Galia Kollectiv are a duo interested in exploring the aesthetics of politics in everyday life, the absorption of high modernism into popular culture and the tension between high and low forms of cultural production. They employ video, digital animation, collage, sculpture and installations. Much of their work is based in collage animation, influenced by Russian constructivism, early European cinema and children's television cartoons from the 1980s. Pil & Galia suggest an appropriated imagery to produce anthropomorphic metaphors of violence and desire, decay and regeneration. They are interested in urban life from the perspective of the objects that define it, from London surveillance cameras to its buildings. Finding animal and human forms within these objects and environments, they have tried to evolve them into creatures with their own habitat and social structures.

Working in collaboration as artists, curators and journalists, they have explored "the diluted form of modernism that continues to seep into contemporary popular culture, seeking life among the ruins of the twentieth century." This exploration continues in Montreal. For Crack the Sky, Pil & Gallia present Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet, in active collaboration with Les Georges Leningrad. This Montreal group is singer Poney P, guitarist/synth Mingo L'Indien and drummer Bobo Boutin who, with their synthetizers, drums and vocal arrangements produce a live experience that is often the springboard for a trangressive, impulsive imagination.