CYFEST 11 — Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness


The 11th annual CYFEST (CYBERFEST) presents its projects in Brighton (UK), Beijing (China), New York (USA, December 2017), and St. Petersburg (Russia) in 2017/2018.

One of the largest international media art festivals, CYFEST was founded in St. Petersburg in 2007 by independent artists and curators. The festival promotes the emergence of new forms of art and high technology interactions, developing professional connections between artists, curators, engineers and programmers around the world and exposing wide audiences to the works in the field of robotics, video art, sound art and net art. Over the years, the festival has invited artists from Russia, USA, Germany, Japan, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Italy, the Philippines and other countries. Explore CYFEST history 2007-2017 >

The theme of CYFEST 11 is “Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness”.

The human being always looks for a comfort zone. Changes induce anxiety and a desire to confine oneself to something that is already known, familiar and comfortable.

We suggest that changes in the realm of digital technologies, which have become a part of our life, be treated as if they were changes in the weather. This is something that is beyond our control, but it directly affects our everyday life.

Throughout its history, the CYFEST Festival has focused on studying the dialog between new and traditional visual languages, trying to show technological achievements through an artistic conversion.

CYFEST10 at the Museum of Applied Arts of St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, 2017

Art absorbs modern technologies and creates an augmented reality. The artist avails himself with ever new instruments for creating images and metaphors of the real world. What our world looks like today and how it crosses over to a different visual language; how our communication and our perception of the known are transformed. It is no longer enough for us to see ourselves in the mirror – we build our image out of hundreds digital photos, and we can travel somewhere without being physically present at the place by manipulating a computer program. To what extent this is sufficient, necessary or excessive for us.

The artist would always retain his secret jewel-box where he could preserve a precious, inconvertible into a digit, not transferred into the "cloud" real experience, casual image or movement, emotion or memory. This treasure is much like small diamonds in a watch that used to be the defining element of a clockwork mechanism in the past. For what purpose do we combine art and technologies – in order to expose the language of the future or simply to adapt the ever so quickly changing world to our past? The digital reality has come so near to the traditional culture that we no longer can tell whether a simple human interaction is enough for us and whether sounds of the real world are sufficient or we now require a digital decoding of those sounds and a digital packaging for ourselves.

We invite artists and specialists in computer programming jointly to adapt their knowledge and their creative energy to the art process and we suggest that, through an art statement, they look ahead, observe simple things that take place in our life and compose a “weather forecast” for coexistence of “the real and the digital” – at least for the present day.

Digital clouds are storages without shape or boundaries, impersonal and dispassionate. Nowadays, “Cloud” is used in iTechnologies as a metaphor based on an Internet image on the diagram of computer network or as an image of the complex infrastructure hiding all the technical details behind itself. There are already “private clouds”, “public clouds”, “community clouds” and hybrid clouds”.

In other words, a parallel world is created, a new environment for existence of the information of our life.August of 2006 – the launch of a new project called Elastic Computing Cloud (Amazon EC2). Practically simultaneously with the launch of the ECC, the terms “cloud” and “cloud computing” were used in one of the talks of the Google principal Eric Schmidt. From then on, one can encounter numerous references to  cloud computing in the media, publications of specialists on information technologies and in the research environment.

The 11th CYFEST Premieres In NYC December 2017

The CYFEST Video Program will be screened at the Made In New York Media Center (Brooklyn, New York) as part of CYFEST. The program of the international video & media artworks by established and emerging artists curated by Victoria Ilyushkina (Read More >)

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