Old table lamps, nano projectors, video, motion sensors
Programming and robotics by Alexey Grachev
On its face, the installation of a table with desk lamps on it has no artistic value. However, as it is often the case with this artist’s works, we should expect the unexpected. The first surprise is that when we switch the lamps on, they pour out the sound and not just the light, and the second is that the light turns out to be moving pictures. The tabletop comes alive with video-memories. They seem to be countless – from a romantic poetry reading under the starry sky to a prosaic view of the rails seen through a gap between the cars of a moving train. Each of us could identify with at least one such memory, but even if not, the tabletop memories will now become our own. When we start interacting with this installation we expect to see some kind of lighting. Instead, we get some kind of enlightening. “Thanks for the memories…”
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.