St Petersburg: Cyfest 12

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Lumen Art Projects, the Lumen Prize’s parent, is delighted to be returning to St Petersburg this November to participate in the international media art festival, Cyfest 12, introducing the work of two Lumen artists. The  festival, once again, will be organised by our partner Cyland Media Lab, which holds events in the US and Russia featuring interactive art, sound art, video art, and educational programming

The theme this year will be ID, examining identity in all its forms. “ID” has a wide range of meanings – from the term in psychoanalysis (the id) to the document that certifies one’s identity (ID).  Cyfest 12 will be highlighting what ID represents in today’s world of people, data and devices, what new meanings come to life when these interact and what these interactions lead to.

Lumen Arts Projects will be curating two works in the festival, Uncanny Mirror by 2018 Lumen Prize Gold Award winner Mario Klingemann and Backdoored by Nye Thompson who was shortlisted for the Lumen Prize in 2018 and 2019.

More than 60 artists from 12 countries will participate at CYFEST 12. These include world-renowned Italian experimental collective MASBEDO; independent artist and cinema researcher from Switzerland Max Philipp Schmid; multidisciplinary architect-designer Eduard Khaiman; House of Electronic Arts Basel curator Boris Magrini; Japanese artist, prestigious Prix Ars Electronica winner Nelo Akamatsu; American composer and pioneer in the use of neurofeedback and compositional algorithms in arts David Rosenboom; composer, the Golden Mask Prize laureate Vladimir Rannev, among many others.

Saint Petersburg CYFEST will engage seven largest city’s art spaces, including Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Annenkirche (Lutheran Church of Saint Ann), the State Hermitage Youth Educational Center, the Time Travel Centre COD, Marina Gisich Gallery, a newly opened Luda Gallery, and Changing Room Gallery (Xassa-Nivet- Carzon Project).

As a part of the festival, a round table “Contemporary Art in Academic Environment: Mechanisms, Strategies and Perspectives of Integration“ will take place on November 16 at Stieglitz Academy with participation of leading local and international art professionals.

CYFEST 12 also includes a broad video (curated by Victoria Ilyushkina), sound (curated by Sergei Komarov) and educational (curated by Sofia Kudryavtseva) programs.

Festival curators: Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Lydia Gryaznova, Sofia Kudryavtseva, Victoria Ilyushkina, Sergei Komarov, Varvara Egorova, Valentino Catricala, Isabella Indolfi, William Latham, Patricia Olynik, Carla Gannis, Jack Addis, Jerome Nivet-Carzon.

Festival board: Silvia Burini, professor at the Ca’ Foscari University, Director of the Center for the Studies of Russian Art CSAR (Venice, Italy) Giuseppe Barbieri, professor, head of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy) Sofia Kudryavtseva, head of the Youth Educational Center at the State Hermitage (St. Petersburg, Russia)

CYFEST, one of the world’s largest international media art festivals, was 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, developing professional connections between artists, curators, engineers and programmers around the world and exposing wide audiences to the works in the field of robotics, video art, sound art and net art.

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