Short list of the “1/1” competition for sound artists

Nikita Bugaev, Plumbutter
Nikita Bugaev, Plumbutter

The open competition was announced in April 2020. Its purpose is to support Russian and international sound artists during the pandemic, and also to study the processes taking place in the art world under quarantine, to take a look at the work going on in self-organized home “workshops” all over the world.

Over 140 applications were received from 75 authors from Russia, France, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, India, the USA and Germany. All competition works are available online under the tag #oneononecyland on our SoundCloud channel. An album will be released, with the first part containing works from the competition short list, and the second featuring the work by the winner. 

«We are eternally gratefully to the all sound artists who responded to our request to share the sound of their quarantine, their response to the pandemic, and simply the way that musicians are passing the time in these somewhat unusual conditions.

We examined 50 works in more detail, from which we painstakingly selected 80 minutes of material. We were very pleased to see that the participants used a wide spectrum of sound and took diverse approaches. We have completed work on compiling an album in two parts, the first part featuring 17 works by different authors, and the second containing a full sound statement, and we are ready to announce the winners!» — Sergey Komarov, curator

First place (500 USD) 

Nikita Bugaev, Russia — Te

Short List (Each nominee receives 100 USD)

Anastasia Koroleva, Russia — Dying Come Alive

Boris Shershenkov, Russia — FIY

Castle In Time Orchestra, Israel — Soundpainting From Home

Evgeny Khlopotov, Russia — 5.1m Distance Symphony

Evgeny Markov, Russia — Monatransient

Ludovic Finck, France — Re-Percussion

Helga Zinzyver, Ekaterina Shelganova, Alina Kugusheva — Waiting Positions

Julia Giertz and William Rickman, Sweden — Bytebeat Bonfire

Marina Karpova, Ivan Belov, Russia — Inertia

Simon Cacheux, France — Elapsed Time

Tori Morgunova, Russia — Process Of Becoming

Ilia Belorukov, Russia — Dishwasher, take 1

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, India — Towards an Amicable End

Hans Tammen, USA — Between the Earth and Sky

Olga Kokcharova, Switzerland — Rear Window

Ilia Douganov, Russia — Mucik Boks (excerpt)

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«Chaos and Cosmos» video program short list announced

Over 130 applications were received for the open international competition from artists and groups from Brazil, Finland, Israel, France, Australia, the USA, the UK, Norway, Luxembourg, Argentina, Columbia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Russia and other countries.

Digital video works accepted for the competition ranged from web-based, generative art and GIF to augmented reality, VR, AI, 3D modeling and neural network art.

Competition concept

The open competition was announced by CYLAND media lab in April 2020. The projects that made the short and long list will be shown at Cyfest-13, which will be held in St Petersburg, Russia, in the first quarter of 2021.

Video program curator – Viсtoria Ilyushkina.

CYLAND Media Lab would like to announce and congratulate the winners that made the shortlist of the video competition.

First prize

shared between two applicants – 500 + 500 USD

Francesca Fini (Italy), /S)CONFINAMENTO — first chapter, 2020

Francesca Fini (Italy), _S)CONFINAMENTO — first chapter, 2020 (1) (converted)

Francesca Fini created the performance project /S)CONFINAMENTO to show the city of Rome where life came to a halt under quarantine, by broadcasting the signal from security cameras. In the silent emptiness, these short fleeting lives, these lonely adventures in the closed city are narrative elements of an antiutopian story. With the software she developed, the artist transforms the tiniest movements into a unique sound performance and graphic visualization, and returns this digital stream to the web. 

Aristarkh Chernyshev (Russia), Dystopia #02, 2018

Aristarkh Chernyshev (Russia), Dystopia #02, 2018 (1)

Dystopia #02 is a critical project about the radical shift of concepts of consumption and post-consumption in modern society. The anti-aesthetics of garbage dumps and eternal urban renovations enter our lives and become part of everyday reality. This creates a feeling of apocalyptic “eternal timelessness”.

Second prize — 500 USD

Boris Shershenkov (Russia), Etheroforming, 2020

Boris Shershenkov (Russia), Etheroforming, 2020 (1) (converted)

VR documentation of an experiment to discover the human impact on the etheric force, continuing the experiments by Thomas Edison. Test generators of pure signals are transmitted to a channel that contains the imprint of a historical layer of media.

Third prize — 500 USD

Fay Heady (Japan), OTAKU BOI, 2019

Fay Heady (Japan), OTAKU BOI, 2019 (1)

Otaku Boi is the chaos of a gamer’s life who migrates between the real and virtual worlds, conveyed by a synthesis of performance, computer chiptune music, animation and scenography.

Special prize — 250 USD

TONOPTIK (Yuriy Tolstoguzov, Alex Inkov) (Russia), ZEN, 2019

TONOPTIK (Yuriy Tolstoguzov, Alex Inkov) (Russia), ZEN, 2019 (1)

In this work, the Tonoptik group develops the idea of Nam June Paik and his work “Zen for film” (1962). The artists studied emptiness using tools of minimalism, comparing the perfection of mathematical objects and the imperfection of their analogous 3-D generation and perception by humans. 

On-line catalogue of the XI Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award


The organizers of the XI Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award have published an online catalogue. It is available on the official website of the Sergey Kuryokhin Art Center. The electronic catalogue contains projects included in the long list of the Award, as well as videos, texts and detailed photo documentation.

“Every issue of the printed catalogue is timed with the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award-giving Ceremony. Printed catalogue fulfils important for Award team educational function: not only to present projects from the long-list, but to trace behind them a history of changing and becoming. Throughout more than a decade long history of the Award there were 10 printed issues of the catalogue — each and every one of them being a cut of emerging contemporary art, eagerly sought both by artist and professional audience.”

«The Lookout» festival curated by Elena Gubanova, CYLAND Media Art Lab artist and curator, was included in the long list of the Kuryokhin Award in the «Best curatorial project» category. Among the project participants were artists, curators, and engineers of CYLAND Media Art Lab — Anna Frants, Victoria Ilyushkina, Sergey Komarov & Alexey Grachev, Marina Alexeeva, Ivan Govorkov, Natalia Lyakh, Sid Iandovka, and others. 

In addition to Elena Gubanova, this year’s nominees for the Kuryokhin Prize are CYLAND Media Art Lab artist Lyudmila Belova and participants of the Cyfest International Media Art Festival Alexandra Lerman, Vladimir Abikh, and Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov. 

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Slow Burning by Vasilii Bakanov

CYLAND Media Laboratory is pleased to present a new project by artist Vasilii Bakanov.
Vasilii Bakanov (Russia)
Slow burning
Live streaming still life (open-ended)
Supported by CYLAND Media Art Lab:
Alexey Grachev — max msp and arduino programming, hardware eng.;
Alexander Bochkov — touchdesign programming, 3d printing, hardware eng.
1. Max msp — synthesis of sound waves using RGB data: Apple — sine wave range 50–200 Hz; Pear — saw wave range 125–350 Hz; Banana — tri wave range 100–250 Hz.
2. Touchdesigner — analysis of shifting color spectrum, live streaming, data output.
3. Arduino — temp. and humidity monitoring.
Airtight and thermally insulated box, heating set, temp. and humidity sensor, HD webcam, LED light 2000K, arduino controller, mac mini.
Three fruits are contained inside a white cube. In artificially created and regularly maintained conditions, the fruits pass through three chemical reactions — caramelization, the Maillard reaction and the enzymatic browning. Usually, these processes take place within minutes in cooking. Here they are intentionally prolonged in time. Inside the brightly lit thermally insulated box, constant humidity and a temperature of 60°С are maintained, thus killing bacteria which cause decay. In the ideal and constantly controlled conditions, the fruits preserve their form, and burn up inside from day to day.
The process is shown in real-time on YouTube. The picture looks static. At first and second glance, nothing is changing. The slowly burning still life is online all the time and displayed for public view, but the essence of the process remains hidden. The main activity takes place at the molecular level. Its tangible manifestation is a monotonous soundtrack performed by the fruits themselves. Information about the external appearance of each fruit is converted into an RGB parameter, which is then transformed into an audio track.
The process – neither death nor life – is an artificially prolonged borderline state of “in between”. The fruits have already been plucked from the tree, and formally their end is predetermined and known. The experimental laboratory still life with an artificial “quiet life” shows the borderline state of transition from one death to another. The process is under the constant close observation of the camera, the creator of the work and viewers. The process of change vanishes in the abyss of time to the accompaniment of a droning trio. The moment when one thing ends and a completely different thing begins eludes our view once more because of the unnatural maximum delay.
It is an open question as to whether everything will go according to plan, and the process will end in the way it was intended to. Every effort has been made to achieve this — all we can do is to wait and see what will happen next.
Text: Lydia Griaznova

OptoSonic Tea [UnLock] (BYOTea): Online Event


Attend online in Zoom. Full information and link to attend:

April 26, 2020 at 3:00pm-11:00pmEDT
Admission by donation

OptoSonic [UnLock] (BYOTea), a collaboration with NowNet Arts and Parrish Art Museum, is a community collaborative, audio-visual live improvisation network event featuring 70 live visual and live audio artists from around the world coming together over several time zones. Over the course of the 8 hours of the non-stop performance different clusters of several participating video/film and music/sound artists will perform simultaneously.

The event will take place on Zoom on the viewer’s computer screen. Visual and sonic performers will inhabit the digital environment with a wide variety of techniques, materials and instruments: from celluloid film and slides, lights, video software, puppet-like interventions with objects, movement, to audio synthesizers, laptop programs, electronic devices, acoustic instruments, and vocal approaches.

OptoSonic Tea: Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer
NowNet Arts: Sarah Weaver
Parrish Art Museum: Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects

Artists: Ximena Alarcon, Robert Appleton, Miah Artola, Alain Baumann, Kjell Bjorgeengen, Brian Chase, CHiKA, Yoshiko Chuma, Brandon Collwes, Michael Delia, Alexandra Dementieva, Antonio Della Marina, R. Luke DuBois, Michael Egger, Jorgen van Eijk, Bradley Eros, David First, Kit J. Fitzgerald, Asi Föcker, Lea Frohlicher, Richard Garet, Simon Grab, Andy Guhl, Glen Hall, Shelley Hirsch, Chris Jordan, Flo Kaufmann, Scott Kiernan, Carole Kim, John King, Floy Krouchi, Katherine Liberovskaya, David Linton, Jeanne Liotta, Lore Lixenberg, Luis Macias, Geoff Matters, Kenta Nagai, Dafna Naphtali, Andrew Neumann, Daniel Neumann, Phill Niblock, Nao Nishihara, Matthew Ostrowski, Marie Helene Parant, Andrea Parkins, Juan Parra, Anna Pasztor, Kurt Ralske, Bradford Reed, Scarlet Rivera, Diane Roblin, Rosa Sanchez, Ursula Scherrer, Peter Shapiro, Joseph Sledgianowski, Lisa Sokolov, Jacob Sokolov-Gonzalez, Hans Tammen, Laurenz Theinert, Keiko Uenishi, Silvia Villaba, Jane Wang, Beth Warshafsky, Sarah Weaver, Anne Wellmer, Sofy Yuditskaya, Mia Zabelka, Alessandra Zucchi.

Long list of Kuryokhin Prize announced

Artists Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov
Artists Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov

Festival «The Lookout» by Elena Gubanova, CYLAND Media Art Lab artist and curator, was included in the long list of the Kuryokhin Prize in the category «Best curatorial project».

Festival of contemporary art «The Lookout» was held July 13-14, 2019 at the historical and cultural complex «Fort Constantine». The project was organized by the North-West branch of NCCA ROSIZO and presented to the public a series of original art objects that reflected «memory of the place». The festival included an extensive parallel program with video art screenings, musical performances and guided tours.

Among the project participants were artists, curators and engineers of CYLAND Media Art Lab — Anna Frants, Victoria Ilyushkina, Sergey Komarov and Alexey Grachev, Marina Alexeeva, Ivan Govorkov, Natalia Lyakh, Sid Iandovka and others. 

In addition to Elena Gubanova, this year’s nominees for the Kuryokhin Prize are CYLAND Media Art Lab artist Lyudmila Belova and participants of the Cyfest International Media Art Festival Alexandra Lerman, Vladimir Abikh and Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov. 

The annual Sergei Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Prize was established in 2009 by the Sergei Kuryokhin Center for Contemporary Art. Its main task is to identify and support promising artists, curators and musicians, raising the status of Russian art and its integration into the international cultural environment.

The award ceremony for the winners of the 11th edition of the prize will be held on April 26 at Maltsevsky market. The ceremony is directed by Nikolai Komyagin, the leader of the «Shortparis» music band.

The prize will be awarded in 8 categories: 

Grand Prix «Pop-Mechanics»

Best Visual Art Project

Best Media Object

Best Curatorial Project

Art in a public space

The best text about contemporary art

Honorary nomination “SKIF” (musical experimental project)

New category “Science Art Project”

The Cyfest International Media Art Festival was a recipient of the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Prize 2018 in the «Best Festival of contemporary art» category. 

Ellen Pearlman Becomes One of American Arts Incubator’s 2020 Lead Artists

We’re thrilled to announce Ellen Pearlman, who previously participated in CYFEST and led workshops with CYLAND MediaArtLab, was chosen among five other artists to participate in American Arts Incubator 2020.

American Arts Incubator 2020 artists: Rashin Fahandej, Santiago X, Wendy Levy, Lori Hepner, Gabriel Kaprielian, Ellen Pearlman.

These American artists will act as cultural envoys, using artistic collaboration to foster new relationships built upon common social values and the collective exploration of difference. They will travel abroad to collaborate with local communities in each exchange country during a month-long incubator, transferring skills in art, technology, and entrepreneurship. Through digital and new media art workshops, they will facilitate dialogue and explorations of a locally relevant social challenge. AAI provides small grants to participants who break into teams to prototype creative projects applying workshop skills to the challenge, and each exchange culminates in an open house that showcases the prototypes and solicits public feedback.

American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international new media and digital arts exchange program developed by ZERO1 in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. AAI was created to support the collaboration of American artists and creative communities abroad to create impactful, community-driven public art projects that address local social and environmental challenges.

Danielle Siembieda Writes about ID.ART:TECH EXHIBITION for the Leonardo Journal

Danielle Siembieda, Director of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology Leonardo (Leonardo/ISAST), writes in the Leonardo journal’s blog about the CYFEST-12 exhibition in Venice.

“Reflection on Life No. 125082”, an installation by Anna Frants from the ID. ART:TECH EXHIBITION

ID. ART:TECH EXHIBITION is dedicated to the ID as a phenomenon with wide scatter of meanings – from the term in psychoanalysis (id) to the document that certifies one’s identity (ID). We are interested in what ID represents in the world of people and things, what new meanings come to life when they interact and what this leads to.

From May 10 to June 28, 2019, in the space Ca’ Foscari Zattere Cultural Flow Zone in Venice, there was a show of works by the contemporary authors from Russia, Italy, Great Britain, USA, Belgium, France, Norway as well as artworks by the classics of the 20th century. Among the exhibit’s participants are the New York underground guru of sound art and renowned minimalist composer Phill Niblock, Russian artist Andrey Bartenev, artist and curator of the Central Asia Pavilion at the 55th Venetian Biennale Ayatgali  Tuleubek, St. Petersburg artist, curator, winner of Sergei Kuryokhin Award and Innovation Prize Peter Belyi, distinguished Russian artist and founder of sots art Erik Bulatov and others.

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Vladimir Rannev Receives the Golden Mask Award

Congrats to Vladimir Rannev who received the Golden Mask Award for his opera PROSE at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. The Awards Ceremony was held on 16 April at the Bolshoi Theatre, Historic Stage in Moscow.


The Golden Mask is a National Theatre Award established in 1993 for productions in all genres of theatre art: drama, opera, ballet, modern dance, operetta, musical, and puppet theatre. Golden Mask is also an all-Russian Performing Arts Festival that takes place in Moscow in the spring of each year, presenting the most significant performances from all over Russia.

Vladimir Rannev, who previously participated in CYFEST’s WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE exhibition project, will present his recent work at an upcoming CYFEST-12:ID exhibition in Venice.

Digital Icons Publishes a Comprehensive Interview with CYLAND Artists

Recently published Digital Icons Issue 19 includes a comprehensive interview with CYLAND MediaArtLab founder Anna Frants along with CYLAND artists and curators Ludmila Belova, Alexandra Dementieva, Victoria Ilyushkina and Elena Gubanova. Titled “Women and Tech in the Post-socialist Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression”, the interview is based on CYLAND MediaArtLab role in developing new media art scene in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Possessive Shoemaker installation by Anna Frants, St. Petersburg, 2018

New media art is an extensive concept, which unites a number of different art forms made with the help of media technologies such as digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology. Media art has existed in Russia for more than twenty years and female artists were the core developers of media art in St. Petersburg. Taking the CYLAND media art laboratory as its vantage point, this interview with five artists aims to give an account of the history, key works, exhibitions and ideas in St. Petersburg media art. The artists participating in this interview are Anna Frants, Ludmila Belova, Alexandra Dementieva, Victoria Ilyushkina and Elena Gubanova. They all have exhibited their works extensively both in Russia and abroad and contributed significantly to the development of Russian media art and CYLAND’s development as one of the leading media art institutions in Russia.

Full interview can be accessed from the Digital Icons website.


Digital Icons

Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (Digital Icons) is an online publication that appears twice a year. The journal is a multi-media platform that explores new media as a variety of information flows, varied communication systems and networked communities. The main goal of the journal is to disseminate research on new media in the region across global communities of scholars, media practitioners and the general public.

New York Exhibitions of an Artist Featured in the CYFEST Video Program


SCREEN SERIES, a selection of Virginia Lee Montgomery’s surreal videos currently screen throughout the New Museum’s lobby through March 3rd, 2019. Additional information is available online alongside Curatorial Assistant Kate Wiener’s beautiful, short text on the videos.

Working across video, sculpture, and performance, Virginia Lee Montgomery interrogates the relationship between physical and psychic structures and the uncanny materiality of lived experience.

Meanwhile, every night at midnight for the month of February, HONEY MOON will play simultaneously across the many screens of Times Square. Both SCREENS SERIES and HONEY MOON coincide with the ongoing exhibition of Montgomery’s work in The Socrates Annual curated by Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox, at New York City’s Socrates Sculpture Park on view through March 24th, 2019.

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