Animation, programming, real-time web cams located around the globe
In the harsh reality of today, when the planet is overtaken by a pandemic, the communication is impeded, and anxiety has seized the world and human brain, the artist offers an unusual protection to us.
Amabie (アマビエ) is a supernatural character in Japanese mythology. Amabie is a cephalopod mythical being that instructs a person to draw a picture of him-or herself for the protection from diseases or death. The spread of coronavirus infection has brought society’s attention once more to Amabie and his prophetic and healing qualities after nearly 200 years of silence. People in Japan send images of Amabie to each other in solidarity with the afflicted.
In Anna Frants’ installation, the mythical character runs all over the world, appearing in the frame of web cams in online mode in Port Lympne in Great Britain, crossing a highway in Norway, watching an eagle nest on Maine’s Hog Island, taking a walk at the bottom of Mount Fuji on Satta Pass in the city of Shizuoka, or possibly standing next to you on a pedestrian crossing…
by Varvara Egorova
Exhibition in Borey gallery windows, St. Petersburg RU (Dec. 2020)
Anna Frants is an internationally known media artist and curator. She graduated from Baron Stieglitz St. Petersburg Academy of Art & Industry and also studied at Pratt Institute School of Advanced Studies in New York.
Anna Frants’ interactive art installations have been exhibited at top venues across the world. Recent highlights from 2009 until the present time include exhibiting in the St. Petersburg Biennial, Moscow Biennial and Polish Biennial, Kuoseino Sato Museum of Contemporary Art (Fukuoka, Japan), The Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), RSProjects (Berlin, Germany), VAP / Gogolfest (Kiev, Ukraine) and Transmediale (Berlin, Germany) as well as participating in a 17 day expedition to The Arctic Circle with The Farm Foundation of Arts and Sciences.
Frants is represented by Borey Gallery (St. Petersburg, Russia), Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery (Brooklyn, USA & Berlin, Germany) and Barbarian Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland). Her works can be found in collections of Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), Kolodzei Art Foundation (New York, USA), Sergey Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art (St. Petersburg, Russia) and private collections.