The 10th International Media Art Festival CYFEST

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25.01 - 07.02.2017

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]

CYLAND Media Art Laboratory
The North-West Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts as part of ROSIZO
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation


January 25 — February 7, 2017

The 10th International Media Art Festival CYFEST

Opening ceremony will be held on January 25 (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at the Scientific Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts (17 Universitetskaya naberezhnaya) and at 6 p.m. St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design (13 Solyanoy pereulok).

Opening program: January 25, 2017

16:00Exhibition project “Interpretations”; curated by Elena Gubanova.

Venue: Scientific Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts.

18:00Presentation of the exhibition project “Participation Effect”, curated by Anna Frants and Varvara Egorova.

Venue: St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design (Museum of Applied Arts)

19:00 Performances: “Untitled” by Nao Nishihara; “50 hz” by Nazar Rakhmanov, Eduard Rakhmanov, Anastasia Tolcheneva. Concert “Gadgetophonia”; conductor: Dmitry Shubin.

Venue: St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design (Museum of Applied Arts)

CYFEST is one of the largest international media art festivals, founded in St. Petersburg in 2007 by independent artists and curators. The festival promotes the emergence of new forms of art and high technology interactions. CYFEST’s goal is to develop professional connections between artists, curators, engineers and programmers around the world to expose wide audiences to robotics, video, sound and net art.

Projects of the 10th anniversary festival CYFEST in St. Petersburg will be held at the respected classical and experimental art institutions including the Scientific Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, Museum of Applied Arts of St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Youth Educational Centre of the State Hermitage Museum, Taiga Creative Space, Luda Gallery, Golitsyn Hall, and St. Petersburg Sound Museum.

For its anniversary, CYFEST will gather more than 100 artists from 20 countries. Especially for the festival they made art works in a wide range of genres: installations, interactive media projects, kinetic objects, video, performances and many others.

Koen Theys. Death Fucking Metal. Video. 2013

The famous Belgian media artist Koen Theys has created homage of sorts to the Dutch guild portraits of the 17th century. A huge video projection appears to us as this portrait canvas where aged rock musicians are depicted as the exhausted heroes of a lost battle.


Alexandra Dementieva. The Unbearable Lightness. Video installation. 2009

In her grand-scale creations, Alexandra Dementieva works extensively and fruitfully with the theme of interactivity. Her impressive stained-glass window-installation “The Unbearable Lightness” plays with the contemporary person’s notions of a miracle.

Irina Nakhova. Rehearsal. Installation. 2003

One of the projects, which already have a history of being exhibited in a museum, is “Rehearsal” by Irina Nakhova, a recognized classic on the Russian art scene. The work is provoked by the painting “The Dead Toreador” by Edouard Manet, and is dedicated to the eternal theme of comprehension of death.

Full program and list of participants of the festival are available at the official web-site: cyland.org

Curators of the festival: Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova.

Co-curators: Sofia Kudryavtseva (Education), Victoria Ilyushkina (Video Art), Leah Stuhltrager (Digital Media Screening), Sergey Komarov (Sound Art), Varvara Yegorova and Lizaveta Matveeva (Exhibition)

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