The Zooetics+ Symposium Commences at MIT ACT

The Zooetics+ Symposium commences Friday, April 27, 2018 with the sessions “What Does Ecosystemic Thinking Mean Today” and “Knowledge Production Through Making and Living with Other Species,” discussing the habits of thought associated with cybernetics and the transition towards new thinking, inspired by sympoietics. The day will be finalized with a session speculating on what non-human imagination could look like in the session “The Radical Imagination: Toward Overcoming the Human.”

On Saturday, April 28, the program will explore further devices for ecosystemic thinking, discussing relevant artistic methods and practices in the panel “Artistic Intelligence, Speculation, Prototypes, Fiction.” “Creating Indigenous Futures” will be explored through bringing Indigenous values together with science and technology. The need for other, alternative vantage points—of species, of time, of traditions, of beings will be addressed in the session “Futures of Symbiotic Assemblages: Multi-naturalism, Monoculture Resistance and “The Permanent Decolonization of Thought.”

The symposium will conclude with a roundtable and launch of a new artistic research program “Sympoiesis: New Research, New Pedagogy, and New Publishing in Radical Inter-disciplinarity.”

Zooetics+ will be accompanied by a program of performances and installations by Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa, Allora and Calzadilla, Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits, Rikke Luther and NODE Berlin/Oslo.

Zooetics+ is part of ACT’s program recognizing the 50th anniversary of the founding of the renowned Center for Advanced Visual Studies, a predecessor to ACT.

Online registration closes at midnight EST on April 24. Onsite registration will be available throughout the Symposium. Hurry up to reserve your seat!

For detailed schedule and description of program sessions follow the link here.

The Zooetics+ Symposium at MIT is co-produced by Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program and MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology (ACT). Co-presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), and sponsored, in addition, by the Office of the Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning, MIT.

CYLAND’s Alexandra Dementieva Reports from The Recent New Media Art Exhibitions in Paris

CYLAND MediaArtLab artist Alexandra Dementieva shares her reports from the recent exhibition she had visited in Paris, France. Both exhibitions explore an immersive and interactive digital world – an augmented body sensory experience that subverts our notions of space and time. The exhibition “La invención de Morel” (“The Invention of Morel”) at Maison de l’Amérique latine à Paris is named after a celebrated novel by Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares depicting a strange invention capable of recording human lives and later – inhabiting these recordings. Despite being written in 1940, “The Invention of Morel” serves as a poetic explanation of our current technologies revolutionising human lives and even the conditions in which artworks are produced, presented, disseminated, conserved and received.

“Artistes and Robots” at the Grand Palais is an opportunity to experience works of art produced with the help of increasingly sophisticated robots.  Featuring works by some forty artists, it offers a gateway to an immersive and interactive digital world – an augmented body sensory experience that subverts our notions of space and time.

This selection of works explores the questions raised by artists, which are also questions we ask ourselves : What can a robot do that an artist cannot? If it has an artificial intelligence, does a robot have an imagination? Who decides: the artist, the engineer, the robot, the spectators or everyone together? What is a work of art? Should we fear robots? Artists? Artist-robots?

For more information on “The Invention of Morel” visit and for “Artistes and Robots” –

Lumen Prize Call for Entries Now Open with a $11K Prize Fund

The Lumen Prize for Digital Art celebrates the very best art created with technology through a global competition, exhibitions and events worldwide. A not-for-profit based in Wales, UK, Lumen’s annual juried competition draws entries from artists globally and has given away more than US$50,000 in prize money since its launch in 2012.

For 2018, The Lumen Prize partnered with CYLAND MediaArtLab to exhibit in St. Petersburg 2016 Lumen Prize Gold Award winner Hyperplanes of Simultaneity by Fabio Giampietro and Alessio de Vecchi and the 2017 Founders Award, Slide to Expose by by Nicole Ruggiero, Molly Soda, and Refrakt alongside a showreel of selected moving image works.

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Hyperplanes of Simultaneity by Fabio Giampietro (Italy) at the 11th CYFEST, St. Petersburg, 2018

The call for entries for the seventh Lumen Prize, with a prize fund of $11K, is now open. Details of the awards and the judging process are available here.


Anna Frants Reports from Future Mind International Symposium in London

After speaking at the Digitally Engaged Learning Conference, Anna Frants attends Future Mind International Symposium in London. Co-organized by Kyoto University & Goldsmiths University of London, the symposium gathers artists and scientists to discuss art and technology in the future.

Future Mind International Symposium takes place on September 18 at the Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmith, University of London. It covers the themes of art, science, future technology, VR and psychology, with sessions on:

  • Art of Future, Future City and Looking for Japan
  • Communication of the Future, Vision and Mind
  • VR Art and Imaging of the Future
  • AI, Art Critic of the Future
  • Future Mind

It’s worth mentioning that opening remarks and a session on VR art is given by artist and professor William Latham, who presented one of his mesmerising works Mutator VR at CYFEST10 and HYBRIS exhibitions organised by CYLAND MediaArtLab.


For more information on Future Mind International Symposium, please visit:

Microsoft Creates a Physical Programming Language for Teaching Computing to Visually Impaired Children

Project Torino is a research project from Microsoft Research Cambridge. Researchers have designed a physical programming language and scheme of work (lessons) for teaching the primary school computing curriculum to learners regardless of their level of vision.

Learners put together pods to create code that plays music, stories, or poetry. An accompanying app provides a self-directed scheme of work that learners can work through under adult supervision. Learners are gradually introduced to reading or listening to their code in a textual form to support transition to coding in secondary school.

Microsoft Project Torino

This scheme of work includes concept introduction, a range of activities, and challenges, and ways to assess knowledge and understanding. It covers all of the major concepts in the primary computing curriculum, including: sequences, repetition, selection, variables, (and threads). In addition to these basic coding concepts, it also provides a number of challenges to push computational thinking. Not least, it encourages creative play with computation. The scheme of work is accompanied by a set of tutorials and a teacher resource guide.

Given the high demand, Microsoft Research Cambridge is considering to run the Project Torino Beta in both the autumn and winter terms of the school year (2017 – 2018) in the UK.

Learn more about Project Torino at

Studio International Publishes Interview with Alexandra Dementieva

Studio International publishes an interview between Natasha Kurchanova and Alexandra Dementieva. The interview covers Dementieva’s recent exhibition “10 Installations” at the MMOMA, produced by CYLAND MediaArtLab.

In this interview, Alexandra Dementieva shares her thoughts on the purpose of art and technologies, her inspirations and the use of technologies to engage an audience. Her interactive installation projects attempt to widen the mind’s potential for perception using different production materials: computers, video projections, soundtracks, slides, photography, etc. The projects explore the spectator’s depths of perceptual experience and the interaction of the individual spectator with the exhibition as well as with other visitors. The subject of an installation or its production method becomes less important to her than the mind of the user. Thus the latter becomes the center of the project or the main actor in the performance.

Alexandra Dementieva’s “Ten Installations”, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Photography by Eugeniy Gurko

Read the interview:

More information on Alexandra Dementieva’s “10 Installations” exhibition:

Anna Frants Reports from Fred Forest’s Exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris

Anna Frants shares her report of the recently visited exhibition devoted to Fred Forest at Centre Pompidou, Paris. Fred Forest, a French new media artist, is especially dear to us as an ever-inspiring CYFEST (CYBERFEST) participant. View the report below:


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Fred Forest with Bernard Blistène, Director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Centre Pompidou
Fred Forest with Anna Frants and Alexandra Dementieva

Fred Forest is “media-man” and pioneer of a participatory, sociological art based on the use of modern and contemporary tools of communication takes up the notion of “territory” to organise a survey of his work as a whole. It is modelled on the narrative of his Territoire du m² artistique, created in 1977 – the same year as the Centre Pompidou – which follows the artist’s trajectory from his screen-paintings and other spaces to be filled in to his media-critical actions-performances on territories both local and planetary. Inhabiting a space between the real and the imaginary, the exhibition presents for the first time a selection of archive documents and previously unseen works, offering visitors an opportunity to discover or find out more about the career of this self-taught artist, pursued outside the institutions – 40 years of agitation and commitment!

Visit the exhibition

12 July 2017 – 28 August 2017
from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Forum -1 – Centre Pompidou, Paris

Open Call for Transmission Video Festival

Transmission Festival

Transmission Video Art Festival invites competition entries from around the world on the theme“We Are All in this Together – A Road Map Through a Post-Truth Art World”.

Does art have anything to contribute to the post-truth, post-democracy world? Is it the time forus to start producing noise, politicizing aesthetic practices or just turn full-time towards political activism? In the era of post-truth politics, alternative facts and fake news campaigns undermining ourdemocracies, we would like to invite experimental film makers and video artists to take a standin the overwhelming ethical ambiguity of our time.

The competition is open to all forms of moving image-based artworks on a single-screen. Entries selected by our international jury of experts will be screened during the TransmissionVideo Art Festival taking place simultaneously in Karlsruhe (DE), Warsaw (PL) and Kassel (DE). You will find a short description of our event and its concept online under

The deadline for entries is 15th of June 2017.

CYLAND Reports from Art Fair Suomi


May 26, CYLAND MediaArtLab brings curated programme of screenings by Russian female artists at Art Fair Suomi.

Art Fair Suomi is a unique meeting place for the public, artists and art professionals. It is an international contemporary-art Festival with a sales exhibition of contemporary art and various visual-art events: discussions, screenings, and more.

See the report from the art fair and the exhibition below:


CYLAND’s curator Victoria Ilyushkina presents the video program by Russian female artists at Art Fair Suomi.

More on CYLAND’s video art screenings at Art Fair Suomi:

New Works by Nam June Paik Are Discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

New works by Nam June Paik are discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, reports Smithsonian Magazine.

Etude 1, 1967- 1968, is a piece of Thermo fax paper with an image that looks like a four-leaf-clover, with four overlapping circles. Each circle has concentric inner circles composed of individual letters of the alphabet. (Nam June Paik Archive; Gift of the Nam June Paik Estate, © Nam June Paik Estate, Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Etude 1 along with the recently recovered TV Clock will debut in the exhibition Watch This! Revelations in Media Art, which opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum April 24 and runs through September 7, 2015. The show includes works by Cory Arcangel, Hans Breder, Takeshi Murata, Bruce Nauman and Bill Viola, among dozens of others, and will include 16 mm films, computer-driven cinema, closed-circuit installations, digital animation and video games.

Read more:

Tessart, a New Place for Art and Technology Opens in St. Petersburg

April 1, Tessart, a new exhibition place for art and technology, opened in St. Petersburg. Located on Karavannaya ulitsa 1, at the city centre, it will focus on promoting emerging artists working with interactive and immersive technologies. See the report from the opening below by CYLAND’s Anton Khlabov.


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CYLAND Reports from Iconomania Exhibition in Paris

CYLAND MediaArtLab artist Alexandra Dementieva shares her video report from Iconomania exhibition that has recently opened at MAIF SOCIAL CLUB in Paris, France. This report is available below:

The exhibition questions the place and the treatment of the image in our contemporary society. It features 18 new media artists curated by Florence Guionneau-Joie. More information at

Iconomania on display at MAIF SOCIAL CLUB in Paris until March 31, 2017.

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