Cyberfest 2012 Saint Petersburg

By Bruce Sterling, WIRED

Address: The State Hermitage Museum, Dvortsovaya sq., 6-8, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Info: Over 80 artists, groups and scholars represent more than 20 countries in Russia’s largest annual New Media Festival, CYBERFEST. CYBERFEST was established in 2007; it is organized on the basis of CYLAND Media Art Lab, a cooperation project of PACT Charitable Foundation (Saint Petersburg, Russia) and the non-commercial organization “Saint Petersburg Arts Project” (New York, USA).

CYBERFEST 2012: ‘AT HEAVEN’S DOOR’ / November 23-28, 2012
Held at: The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg State University, Creative Space Tkachi, Art re.FLEX Gallery, Frants Gallery Space among others

For the 6th Annual Edition, CYBERFEST 2012 explores the impacts of art and technology on society’s future through a 6 day multidisciplinary event titled ‘AT HEAVEN’S DOOR’. Exhibits, events and performances across St Petersburg’s top cultural venues present varied perspectives on the physical state of international New Media and the metaphysical directions it leads society.

CYBERFEST 2012′s exhibition program:

Artwork by: Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium-Russia), Koen Theys (Belgium), Leo Nunez (Argentina), Mariela Yeregui & Miguels Grassi (Argentina), Fran & Jim (France), Maria Theresa Sartori (Italy), Elena Gubanova, Ivan Govorkov (Russia), Anna Frants (USA-Russia), Oleg Melnik (Belarus), Alice Eggert (USA), Natalya Lyakh (France)

Screenings of Videos by: Maria Theresa Sartori (Italy), Francesca Fini (Italy), Anna Yermolaewa (Austria), Tina Willgren (Sweden), Joaquin Palencia (Philippines), Rimas Sakalauskas (Lithvania), Heini Aho (Finland), Pink Twins (Finland), Lisa Strőmbeck (Sweden), AUJIK, Stefan Larsson (Sweden), Loudwig van Ludens (Germany), Anssi Kasitonni (Finland), Leyla Rodriguez & Cristian Straub (Germany), TOTART, Natalia Abalakova & Anatoliy Zhigalov (Russia)

A survey of Brazil Video Art by: Alex Villar (Brazil–USA), Fernanda d’Agostino (USA), Fernado Velazquez (Brazil), Carolina Redondo (Chile), Angie Bonino (Peru), Rachel Rosalen (Brazil), Sergio Ulhoa (Brazil), Cesar Meneghetti (Brazil), Mat Rappaport (USA) / Curated by Miguel Petchkovsky Morais (Brazil–Netherlands)

Sound art by: Laurie Spiegel (USA), Nick Edwards (UK), Don Slepian (USA), Mark Hannesson (Canada), Alex Pleninger (Russia), (Russia), top40 (Russia), Motor (Russia), dropouT (Russia), Hans Tammen (USA), Kurvenschreiber (Russia), ::vtol:: (Russia)

CYBERFEST 2012′s live event programming:

Performances by: Andrey Bartenev, Oleg Makarov, Patrick K. -H. (Russia-Norway), Pink Twins (Finland), Alex Pleninger (Russia) Lux Oculi, Kurvenschreiber (Russia), ::vtol:: (Russia)

Internet conference with: Jim Berggren (Sweden), Elle-Mie Ejdrup-Hansen (Denmark), Vesa Kantola (Finland), Miguel Petchkovsky (Netherlands-Brazil), Mat Rappaport (USA) / curated by Olga Shustrova, Moderated by: Elena Gaevskaya

Educational programming by: Interface Z (France), Erandy Vergara (Canada-Mexico), Daniil Frants (USA), Ellen Pearlman (USA)


CYBERFEST is the first and only Russian International festival for cybernetic art (which combines living, biological and somatic substances with computational and technical), held annually since 2007. In past years, CYBERFEST was held across St Petersburg’s top institutions: The State Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, KURYOKHIN MODERN ART CENTER, POLIGRAF Art Hall, Borey Gallery, and the Gallery of Experimental Sound.

CYBERFEST is organized by CYLAND MediaLab, one of Russia’s most active New Media art nonprofit organizations. CYLAND houses the largest archive of Eastern European video art online, runs a residency program and organizes exhibits around the world. CYLAND supports the art and technology community by building opportunities between the global art world and Eastern Europe.

All CYBERFEST events and exhibitions are open to the public for free/no charge.

Organized by: CYLAND, St Petersburg Project, PACT Charitable Foundation.

Curated by: Anna Frants, Marina Koldobskaya, Sophia Kudriavceva, Victoria Ilyushkina, Sergey Komarov

Support from: OneMarketData, MATRIXSYNTH

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