International Cyber Art Festival 2011 St. Petersburg, Russia 18 November – 23 November, 2011
From November 18th to the 23rd, St. Petersburg will host the fifth international cyber-art festival CYBERFEST; with its varied and exciting program of events, it has become an important driving force behind the new media in Russia's art scene. This year, this celebration of creative technologies will unite more than 80 progressive artists from 12 countries, all piloting new, innovative media.
The theme for this year's forum – “Show Us Your Tongue!”, contains a philosophical question – Is it in the power of modern technologies to create a new language of art? Audio-visual answers to this curator-posed query will be attempted by a host of local artists from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Yekaterinburg, as well as by international talents such as Dorit Chrysler (Austria, USA), the patriarch of conceptual music, Phillip Niblock (USA) and the sculptor of sound, Peter Vogel (Germany).
A slew of diverse art works done in the new media, in the forms of both installation and performance, will be shown in various artistic and cultural venues of St. Petersburg: the Hermitage Museum, the Sergey Kuryokhin Art Center, the Experimental Sound Gallery, the art space POLIGRAF and member-galleries of the St. Petersburg Gallery Association.
CYBERFEST is a nurtured initiative of the non-profit organization/media laboratory CYLAND; its goal is to encourage creative, new media project cooperation between artists, theoreticians and branch pioneers in Russia, as well as world-wide. CYLAND carefully preserves the largest Eastern European digital film archive, which is freely available to the public on-line. Branch specialists, or rather, the creators of the pulse of modern technologies, fans of social media and multimedia artists – basically anyone that can orientate in the flow of the newest technologies and is open to innovative methods of enriching the expressions of contemporary creativity – are at the core of CYLAND's operations in St. Petersburg – a city that has for centuries been a haven for artists and cherished art.