CYFEST-14: Ferment, Dartington


‘CYFEST-14: Ferment’ takes place from 17th to 27th September, and examines the theme of fermentation through the dual lenses of art and science. Through art installations, workshops and talks, we will be exploring the metamorphoses that fermentation represents.

CYFEST-14 is collaborating with Dartington Trust, a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre site near Totnes, in Devon, and the experimental art installations will be dotted around the estate for the full ten days of the festival. Audiences will also be able to participate in fermentation talks and workshops, watch films and enjoy food, music and lively discussions. 

Featuring artworks by Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, Alexandra Dementieva, Alexey Grachev, Sergey Komarov, Vasily Bakanov, Victoria Ilyushkina, Wouter Van Veldhoven, Oleg Malenok, Alexander Bochkov, Andrey Strokov.


curated by Victoria Ilyushkina

The CYLAND Video Archive will present ‘Digital Fermentation’, a video art program of 9 works, from the
first films by underground Saint Petersburg filmmakers of the 1990s to contemporary artists working with digital video and the transformation of various media genres: found footage, animation, installation, dance, etc. The program demonstrates experiments by artists to shift the boundaries of perceiving reality, and to examine the “human” and “non-human” through the use of new digital technologies. 

Featuring videos by: Boris Kazakov, Evgeny Yufit, Anya Tsyrlina, Maya Popova, Vika Ilyushkina, Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Dana Levy, Francesca Fini, Alexandra Lerman, Alena Tereshko.


In January 2022, the MA in Arts and Ecology will begin at Dartington Arts School. As a space for dialogue and exploration, we are establishing a residency alongside the academic programme. We are inviting applications for a three-week residency at Dartington, starting on 6 September and leading up to the CYFEST 14: Ferment festival. Find out more >

Dartington Trust is a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre site near Totnes, in Devon. Throughout our history we have drawn leading artists and thinkers including Bernard Leach, composer Igor Stravinsky, cellist Jacqueline du Pre, musician Ravi Shankar, playwright Bernard Shaw and environmental activist Vandana Shiva.

Today, we are: Schumacher CollegeDartington Arts School, Research in Practice, and Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs

— a social-enterprise hub for like-minded organisations and charities

— a place for nature with range of conservation, agroforestry and sustainable food-growing projects.

— a creative community with a year-round programme of art and craft short courses, theatre, music and dance events as well as a wide selection of films at the independent Barn Cinema.

We are also an award-winning destination with woodland walks, riverside trails, cafés, and restaurants and family-friendly activities.