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IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Russian New Media during the time of the Venice Biennale...
  Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov
  “Filtration of White Noise” by Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, 2012. Courtesy of the Artists and CYLAND.
 
EVENT: CAPITAL OF NOWHERE
  An exhibition by:
CYLAND
Media Art Lab (St Petersburg, Russia) &
CSAR
(Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia), Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
NEW MEDIA
WORK BY:
Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, Marina Koldobskaya, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Peter Belyi, Alexander Terebenin, Petr Shvetsov, Ludmila Belova, Alexandra Dementieva, Kurvenschreiber Collective
CURATED BY: Silvia Burini, Matteo Bertelé
VERNISSAGE: May 31 (7pm)
HELD AT: CFZ Ca' Foscari Zattere / Cultural Flow Zone
Zattere, Dorsoduro 1392, 30123 Venice / Boat stop: Zattere (map>)
EXHIBIT DATES: May 27 - July 10, 2013
GENERAL HRS: May 27 - June 9: Tues – Sat, 10am - 10pm; Sun: 2pm - 10pm
June 10 - July 10: Tues – Sat, 10am - 6pm; Sun: 2pm - 6 pm
with  
EVENT: SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
  Panel Discussions organized by:
DIGICULT
&
CYLAND
Media Art Lab (St Petersburg, Russia) &
CSAR
(Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia), Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
DATE: May 31 (11am - 2:30pm)

HELD AT:

Università Ca' Foscari
Aula Baratto, Dorsoduro 3246 Venice / Boat stop: Ca' Rezzonico or San Tomà (map>)
 

anna frants“Cloud that Smells Blue” by Anna Frants, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist and CYLAND.

Peter Belyi“Unnecessary Alphabet” by Peter Belyi, 2006. Courtesy of the Artist.

Marina Koldobskaya “A Roman Holiday” by Marina Koldobskaya, 2008. Courtesy of the Artist.

digicult
"Digicult Panel" Image by Kurt Hentschlager, 2013. Courtesy of DIGICULT.

tanya“Farewell” by Tanya Akhmetgalieva & Michaela Muchina, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

EXHIBITION: CAPITAL OF NOWHERE
Envisioning a variable landscape...
In traditional societies, generations would come and go much faster than habitat would change. Catastrophes changed landscapes, be it natural or human in origin - from volcano eruption to migration to asteroid to cultivation. In contemporary times, variety is introduced quickly into landscapes by prosperity or adversity. Over the last century, industrialization, urbanization, revolution, wars, construction and reconstruction – each lead to a generation living under conditions different than previous ones.

The exhibit "CAPITAL OF NOWHERE" is about life in a changing landscape during the Information Age…

Among 13 exhibited artworks personalizing effects of industrialization, urbanization, revolution, wars, construction and reconstruction are Alexandra Dementieva's interactive "Breathless" translating exhalation digitally into light and words, Vitaly Pushnitsky's hybrid painting-projection "Waiting" juxtaposing the transpiring of a sunrise over the existence of archaic columns, Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov's sculptural “Generations” physically uniting decades of doors in solidarity; performances by collective Mylo screened on Soviet era soap. Contributions by CYLAND CoFounders include Anna Frants' new media installation "Cloud that Smells Blue" which inverts the relationship between oneself to the world and Marina Koldobskaya's ideal city painted on found fragments of old furniture.
 
This 6 week exhibit at CFZ (Cultural Flow Zone) (map>)
will hold a Vernissage: May 31 (7pm)
in conjunction with special Programming: May 31 (11am-2:30pm)
uniting Russia and Italy New Media pioneers at Aula Baratto (map>)
 
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
 
International New Media curators, critics, academics and artist gather to explore Art & Technology in contemporary culture on May 31:
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11-11:30 / Ca 'Foscari welcome
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11:30-13:00 / DIGICULT presents
A New Media discussion: “WE’RE ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE”
Curated and introduced by: Marco Mancuso (Digicult Director)
With: Alessio Erioli, Bertram Niessen, Domenico Quaranta, Valentina Tanni

Exploring the dynamics related to information dissemination, networks and channels promoting professional and artistic collaborations, esteemed panel guests will give their insight into nature and landscapes around us. Dialogue will exlore the technological complexity and variety of styles, expressions and languages ​​that characterize contemporary art while reflecting on the meaning of identity and medialisation which is part of us, men and women of the XXI Century... Full Curatorial Statement By Marco Mancuso and Panel Bios >
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13:00-14:30 / CYLAND presents
A New Media discussion: "CAPITAL ON ISLAND"
Introduced by Anna Frants and Marina Koldobskaya
Followed by video program: "CHANGING LANDSCAPE"
Curated by Victoria Ilyushkina
Featuring Work by: Alex Antipin, Boris Kazakov, Luda Belova, Maxim Svishev, Manya Alexeeva, Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Michaela Muchina, Maya Popova, Dimitri Lurie, Edward Shelganov, Anton Khlabov, Olga Jurgenson

Films in this program are addressed to a genius loci - the protective spirit of a place, the cultural and historical landscape paradigm. In this series of videos the city is St Petersburg, a place that has changed its name, spirit and character more than once. Hero to darker figure, classical or revolutionary, the faces of the city are multiple and illusory as seen through the eyes of the artists it harbors... Full List of Videos and Summaries >
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15:00 / Buffet
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ABOUT
 
CYLAND Media Lab is one of Russia's most active New Media art nonprofit organizations. CYLAND houses the largest archive of Eastern European video art online, organizes exhibits around the world and is the force behind CYBERFEST (Russia’s largest annual New Media art event.) CYBERFEST has been held across St Petersburg’s top art institutions: The State Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, KURYOKHIN MODERN ART CENTER, Borey Gallery, the Gallery of Experimental Sound and Creative Space Tkachi. The 7th edition of CYBERFEST will take place November, 2013. CYLAND was cofounded by Marina Koldobskaya and Anna Frants.
 
CSAR The Center for Studies on the Arts of Russia is promoted by the Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Direction of International Programs with the support of the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It is the first university center in Italy which aims to carry out systematic research and dissemination of the cultural heritage of Russia. Its activities include permanent and temporary workshops, international conferences, film festivals and supporting Performing Arts. Scientific publications, catalogs of art collections and promotion of cultural activities are done primarily to benefit future generations. Since opening in March 2011, the Center has created or collaborated on ten exhibitions.
 
DIGICULT is a cultural platform that examines the impact of digital technologies and sciences on the arts, design, culture and contemporary society. Digicult was born to give voice and visibility to a new generation of interdisciplinary authors, expand their circuits into an international context, and simultaneously break the existing inflexible publishing rules of the press, by exploiting potentialities of the Web, and its free networks.
 
PRESS CONTACT: L. Stuhltrager / info(at)damstuhltrager(dot)com
MORE INFORMATION: www.cyland.ru
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