In 1999, the artists Valery Aizenberg, Anton Litvin, Bogdan Mamonov, and Liza Morozova joined together to create the group ESCAPE Program. That the participants belonged to different generations and trends in art did not prevent them from creating a coherent concept of teamwork in contemporary culture. The main idea of ESCAPE Program was resistance to the dictates of the institutions of contemporary art. The collective creativity of the ‘Escapists’ was based on their rejection of visuality in favor of non-spectacular but effective interventions into the art market. Creating situations instead of producing art goods, mimicking the rituals of the commercial gallery business instead of submissively participating in consumerism, communication with the audience instead of representation – all of this was the essence of ESCAPE Program’s activities on the Moscow art scene in the early 2000s. In 2005, ESCAPE Program represented Russia at the Venice Biennale. In the same year, the group effectively ceased to exist.