International Public Art Festival
September 20-23, 2012
Official site: www.artprospectfestival.ru
Organizer: International arts organization CEC ArtsLink, the North-West branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts
Supported by: the US Embassy in Moscow, the Trust for Mutual Understanding and “Anna Nova” Gallery
Unique in form and content, Art Prospect is the first large-scale international festival of public art in St. Petersburg’s city center. Art Prospect will transform the city’s urban landscape, illuminating the history and beauty of Liteiny Prospect and its winding, seemingly endless courtyards for city residents and visitors. Over the course of four days, Art Prospect will fill the courtyards, parks, and storefronts of Liteiny Prospect, one of St. Petersburg’s most heavily trafficked and vital streets in the city’s historic center, with temporary contemporary art installations and performances. The Festival is curated by CEC ArtsLink in partnership with Art in Odd Places, a New York based organization, which presents visual and performance art in unexpected places. Both Festivals share the common theme of “MODEL” in 2012, encouraging citizens in both cities to step away from their predictable paths and move them into a new awareness of their everyday landscape.
Art Prospect brings together nineteen Russian and American artists and arts collectives who share a commitment to bringing art into untraditional venues and reaching a broad audience. In September 2012, nine American artists, including luminaries of public art Sheryl Oring, Paul Notzold, and Ed Woodham, will travel to St. Petersburg to create and install work for the Festival. Among the exciting works to be shown is the sensational wheat paste collage “Miss Bennet” by American artist Swoon, a key figure in street art today and video projections by Minneapolis based artist Andrea Steudel. Innovative projects by ten leading artists from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg include site-specific installations by Petr Belyi and Tima Radya, performances by Mylo (the group “Soap”) and the theater ensemble Lyogkie Lyudi, and an interactive board game by Olga Zhitlina. The Festival will be accompanied by an educational program of lectures and workshops by participating artists.
Projects engage passersby, providing them with a new perspective of an otherwise familiar environment through site-specific installations, social and spatial interventions, video and audio projects, performance, new media, and other inventive, ephemeral, and time-based practices. Participating artists will create new site-specific works for the Festival, including temporary installations, interactive media projects, wheat-paste collage, and performance, to be shown in a wide variety of locations, including store windows, small parks, hidden courtyards, and cafes. These works will be tangible, interactive, accessible, and spontaneous, inviting and challenging local residents to experience their familiar streets and courtyards from new perspectives, permanently altering their perceptions of the urban environment.
Official Internet ressources:
CEC ArtsLink www.cecartslink.org
Art in Odd Places www.artinoddplaces.org