CYLAND MediaArtLab partnered with the Digital Maker Collective for a workshop at Tate Modern on February 22, 2017. The Digital Maker Collective are a group of artists, designers, staff and students from the University of the Arts London (UAL) who explore emerging digital technologies in arts, education, society and the creative industries. Our partnership continues within the framework of Tate Exchange after the collaborative workshop for children organized in January, 2017 in Brixton.
At the centre of the event was a large participatory Digital Maker Base Camp, a space to develop agile and experimental projects led by members of the Collective. The camp evolved and responded to themes, public interactions and invited guests activities, interventions, debates and performances.
CYLAND MediaArtLab artists Anna Frants, Alexandra Dementieva, Phillip Avetisov, Alexey Grachev, and Sergey Komarov conducted a workshop on making and coding open source interactive projects with Arduino platform. The workshop provided an overview of various robotic functions based on Frants’ work “No. 0”, from the artist’s series “Explosion of a Can of Condensed Milk After Water Has Evaporated”.
This event has been programmed by Digital Maker Collective, a Tate Exchange Associate.
Switch House, Level 5
Date & Time
22 February, 2017 | 12:00–18:00
Related event: February 21, CYLAND artists Alexandra Dementieva and Anna Frants presented the 10-year history of CYFEST at Goldsmiths, University of London. CYLAND began their annual festival in 2007, in St Petersburg, Russia. Over the following editions, this event grew to be housed across the world’s most prestigious institutions. Read more >
Anna Frants – No. 0
from the series “Explosion of a Can of Condensed Milk After Water Has Evaporated”.
Video, robotics/mechanics, found objects, polypropylene tubes
“No. 0” is modular, 3D Public Art installation from the artist’s series, “Explosion of a Can of Condensed Milk After Water Has Evaporated”. Conceptually referencing a computer grid and visually reflecting the infrastructure of a building sans walls – Frants builds an open framework room.
Comprised of raw polypropylene cubes, the exposed framework houses objects, videos, and movements. The interior (unlived-in lived-in) space is empty for viewers to navigate the visuals, sounds, words, and virtual actions of the exterior matrix and formulate their own story. Birds chirp, recorded faces communicate, playful toys whiz and whirl, the seas ebb and flow – each with brand names that they are sold as or known by as characters in Frants’ theatrically staged work and beyond.
At first glance reminiscent of “The End” or “Mad Max”, this multimedia environment is less а scene from a dismal future and more so an intimate setting presented to poetically ponder a sense of self.
The installation is flexible, varying from site to site, country to country, with local materials utilized in each iteration.