Programming by Sergey Komarov
Snowballs could be sculpted not just out of snow, but also out of synthetic foam, sugar or some other white material. However, for those whose childhood was spent in the former USSR, there is nothing better than cotton wool and starch that were used for homemade Christmas ornaments. In this installation, thus sculpted snowballs are magnified and placed upon a podium, presenting a monument to child’s plays. At the same time, they serve as screens upon which the animation of a snowball fight is projected. Being simultaneously an instrument and a process, this work signifies the quintessence of the game in all its manifestations – from “Life is a game of chance” from the Titanic to Kruchenykh’s and Khlebnikov’s Game in Hell where a snowball would not have too many chances.
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.