For Projects 98, Slavs and Tatars present a new installation, Beyonsense, which takes its name from a translation of zaum—a word used by Russian poets and artists in the early 20th century to describe their experiments with nonreferential and sensorial verbal expression. Beyonsense builds upon a recent cycle of the collective’s works that celebrates nonrational and mystical episodes within modernity, and linguistic ambiguity, particularly productive mispronunciation and misreading across cultures, histories, and geographies. Incorporating a multitude of languages (Farsi, Russian, English, Hebrew) and scripts (Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic), Slavs and Tatars creates a reading room of reversals: passing through hanging carpets, visitors enter a central space that features the collective’s text pieces and printed publications and a suspended light fixture inspired by a work created by the American artist Dan Flavin in 1982 for the Masjid al-Farah mosque in downtown New York. In addition, a selection of the group’s books are available to read in the seating area.

August 15–December 10, 2012 at MoMA, NY

Afteur Pasteur

Towarzystwo Szubrawców

Qit Qat Qlub


Mirrors for Princes (Book)

Mirrors for Princes (Show)

Love Letters

Ezan Çılgıŋŋŋŋŋları

The Naughty Nasals (Show)

Naughty Nasals (Book)


Tranny Tease (pour Marcel)


Kitab Kebab

Long Legged Linguistics

Friendship of Nations (Book)


Never Give Up The Fruit

Molla Nasreddin the antimodern

Khhhhhhh (Show)

Khhhhhhh (Book)

Reverse Joy

Régions d’être

Not Moscow, Not Mecca (Show)

Not Moscow, Not Mecca (Book)


Mystical Protest


The Age of the Antimodern

Molla Nasreddin

Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz

Dear 1979, Meet 1989

79.89.09 (Publication)

A Monobrow Manifesto

When in Rome

Love Me, Love Me Not (Installations)

Love Me, Love Me Not (Book)

Idź na Wschód!

Hymns of No Resistance

Resist Resisting God

Kidnapping Mountains (Show)

Kidnapping Mountains (Book)

Rebuilding the Pantheon

A Thirteenth Month Against Time (Book)


Drafting Defeat: 10th century Roadmaps, 21st century Disasters