Art + Science. A Conversation with Where Dogs Run, Alexandra Dementieva, Sergey Komarov, and Elena Gubanova.

Where Dogs Run (Russia), Kerosene Chronicles. Fungus, video installation, 2021–2022, kerosene, glass, video. CYFEST-14, HayArt Cultural Center. Photograph by Ann Prilutckaia
Where Dogs Run (Russia), Kerosene Chronicles. Fungus, video installation, 2021–2022, kerosene, glass, video. CYFEST-14, HayArt Cultural Center. Photograph by Ann Prilutckaia

March 21, 12:00, Orbeli Institute of Physiology, Conference Hall

As part of the Art&Science residency program, organized by the CYLAND MediaArtLab and One Market Data in partnership with the Orbeli Institute of Physiology in Yerevan, Armenia.

This lecture brings together an interdisciplinary group of artists and curators to reflect on the thends and challenges of contemporary media and science art, from the relationship between artistic form and scientific knowledge to the peculiarities of creating technologically complex Art:Tech projects to the experience of co-authoring with engineers, researchers and scientific communities. Moderated by Elena Gubanova, the conversation features speakers Where Dogs Run, Alexandra Dementieva, and Sergey Komarov.


Where Dogs Run 

Art group founded in 2000 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The artists Vlad Bulatov, Natalya Grekhova, Olga Inozemtseva and Alexey Korzukhin create kinetic sculptures, objects, installations, performances and videos, uniting innovative visual methods with tools of scientific research. They study the intertwining of the mythological and mundane through technological processes, and seek new forms of human interaction with reality. Many of the projects are developed in cooperation with students, or are commissioned by organizations that promote scientific development. The group has participated in exhibitions all over the world and at various festivals, including Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Russia), and the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Russia). Works by the group are held at the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), the National Center of Contemporary Art (NCCA, Moscow, Russia), the Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgium) and others.

Alexandra Dementieva 

Artist. Born in 1960 in Moscow, USSR. She studied journalism in Moscow, USSR, and fine arts in Brussels, Belgium. Her principal interest as an artist is the use of social psychology, perception theory and behaviorism in media installations that combine dance, music, cinema and performance. She organizes LASER Talks Brussels and teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Brussels, Belgium). Dementieva received first prize for the best mono-channel video at VAD Festival (2005, Girona, Spain). She is a participant of numerous exhibitions in major international cultural institutions, including Rubin Museum (New York, USA), MACRO Museum (Rome, Italy), Centro de la Imagen Museum (Mexico City, Mexico), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), and others. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Elena Gubanova 

Artist and curator. Born in 1960 in Ulyanovsk, USSR. Graduated from the Ilya Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Leningrad, USSR). Works in the fields of painting, sculpture, installations and video. As a curator, she is engaged in CYLAND Media Art Lab projects​​. Lecturer in the master’s program at the ITMO Art & Science University (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the “Young Artist’s School” at the Pro Arte Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 2020–2021. Recipient of the Sergey Kuryokhin Award (Russia) for “Best Work of Visual Art” (2012, together with Ivan Govorkov) and “Best Festival in the Field of Contemporary Art“ (2018). Her works have been exhibited at major Russian and foreign venues, including the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Moscow (Russia), Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), University Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Italy), Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany) and National Arts Club (New York, USA). Participant of the Manifesta 10 parallel program (2014, St. Petersburg, Russia) and several exhibitions parallel to the Venice Biennale (since 2011, Venice, Italy); frequent participant and curator of CYFEST. Since 1990, she has worked in collaboration with Ivan Govorkov. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sergey Komarov

Sound artist, curator, engineer, computer programmer. Born in 1980 in Kaluga, USSR. Since 2008, he has worked as a computer programmer at CYLAND Media Art Lab; since 2012, has curated audio projects and CYLAND Audio Archive ( Since 2015, together with Alexey Grachev, he has developed the project “Subjectivization of Sound” based on the interaction between space and spectators. Participant of CYFESTs in various years, Archstoyanie Festival (2014, Kaluga Region, Russia) and “The Creative Machine 2” exhibition at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018, UK). Currently lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia.

Art&Science Residency Program

The program has a cross-disciplinary character, and it aims, on the one hand, to make the role of imagination and creative experiment visible within various investigative and technological cultures and, on the other hand, to talk about art from the territory of science and technologies. It is expected that the optics of research of resident artists might include both contemporary scientific theories and practices and the history of science together with its topology and geography.

The project supports an open dialog and knowledge exchange, and it is aimed at the live cooperation outside the formal academic framework.

The program’s first participants will be the art group “Where Dogs Run” and the artist Alexandra Dementieva who will come to Yerevan with a research visit in March of 2023. The project’s general partner will be the L.A. Orbeli Institute of Physiology NAS RA, which is the leading research center of physiological science in Armenia.

The program is curated by Elena Gubanova and Edgar Amroyan.