Art + Science. A Conversation with Where Dogs Run, Alexandra Dementieva, Sergey Komarov, and Elena Gubanova.

Where Dogs Run (Russia), Kerosene Chronicles. Fungus, video installation, 2021–2022, kerosene, glass, video. CYFEST-14, HayArt Cultural Center. Photograph by Ann Prilutckaia
Where Dogs Run (Russia), Kerosene Chronicles. Fungus, video installation, 2021–2022, kerosene, glass, video. CYFEST-14, HayArt Cultural Center. Photograph by Ann Prilutckaia

March 21, 12:00, Orbeli Institute of Physiology, Conference Hall

As part of the Art&Science residency program, organized by the CYLAND MediaArtLab and One Market Data in partnership with the Orbeli Institute of Physiology in Yerevan, Armenia.

This lecture brings together an interdisciplinary group of artists and curators to reflect on the thends and challenges of contemporary media and science art, from the relationship between artistic form and scientific knowledge to the peculiarities of creating technologically complex Art:Tech projects to the experience of co-authoring with engineers, researchers and scientific communities. Moderated by Elena Gubanova, the conversation features speakers Where Dogs Run, Alexandra Dementieva, and Sergey Komarov.


Where Dogs Run 

Art group founded in 2000 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The artists Vlad Bulatov, Natalya Grekhova, Olga Inozemtseva and Alexey Korzukhin create kinetic sculptures, objects, installations, performances and videos, uniting innovative visual methods with tools of scientific research. They study the intertwining of the mythological and mundane through technological processes, and seek new forms of human interaction with reality. Many of the projects are developed in cooperation with students, or are commissioned by organizations that promote scientific development. The group has participated in exhibitions all over the world and at various festivals, including Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Russia), and the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Russia). Works by the group are held at the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), the National Center of Contemporary Art (NCCA, Moscow, Russia), the Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgium) and others.

Alexandra Dementieva 

Artist. Born in 1960 in Moscow, USSR. She studied journalism in Moscow, USSR, and fine arts in Brussels, Belgium. Her principal interest as an artist is the use of social psychology, perception theory and behaviorism in media installations that combine dance, music, cinema and performance. She organizes LASER Talks Brussels and teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Brussels, Belgium). Dementieva received first prize for the best mono-channel video at VAD Festival (2005, Girona, Spain). She is a participant of numerous exhibitions in major international cultural institutions, including Rubin Museum (New York, USA), MACRO Museum (Rome, Italy), Centro de la Imagen Museum (Mexico City, Mexico), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), and others. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Elena Gubanova 

Artist and curator. Born in 1960 in Ulyanovsk, USSR. Graduated from the Ilya Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Leningrad, USSR). Works in the fields of painting, sculpture, installations and video. As a curator, she is engaged in CYLAND Media Art Lab projects​​. Lecturer in the master’s program at the ITMO Art & Science University (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the “Young Artist’s School” at the Pro Arte Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 2020–2021. Recipient of the Sergey Kuryokhin Award (Russia) for “Best Work of Visual Art” (2012, together with Ivan Govorkov) and “Best Festival in the Field of Contemporary Art“ (2018). Her works have been exhibited at major Russian and foreign venues, including the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Moscow (Russia), Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), University Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Italy), Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany) and National Arts Club (New York, USA). Participant of the Manifesta 10 parallel program (2014, St. Petersburg, Russia) and several exhibitions parallel to the Venice Biennale (since 2011, Venice, Italy); frequent participant and curator of CYFEST. Since 1990, she has worked in collaboration with Ivan Govorkov. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sergey Komarov

Sound artist, curator, engineer, computer programmer. Born in 1980 in Kaluga, USSR. Since 2008, he has worked as a computer programmer at CYLAND Media Art Lab; since 2012, has curated audio projects and CYLAND Audio Archive ( Since 2015, together with Alexey Grachev, he has developed the project “Subjectivization of Sound” based on the interaction between space and spectators. Participant of CYFESTs in various years, Archstoyanie Festival (2014, Kaluga Region, Russia) and “The Creative Machine 2” exhibition at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018, UK). Currently lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia.

Art&Science Residency Program

The program has a cross-disciplinary character, and it aims, on the one hand, to make the role of imagination and creative experiment visible within various investigative and technological cultures and, on the other hand, to talk about art from the territory of science and technologies. It is expected that the optics of research of resident artists might include both contemporary scientific theories and practices and the history of science together with its topology and geography.

The project supports an open dialog and knowledge exchange, and it is aimed at the live cooperation outside the formal academic framework.

The program’s first participants will be the art group “Where Dogs Run” and the artist Alexandra Dementieva who will come to Yerevan with a research visit in March of 2023. The project’s general partner will be the L.A. Orbeli Institute of Physiology NAS RA, which is the leading research center of physiological science in Armenia.

The program is curated by Elena Gubanova and Edgar Amroyan. 

The CYLAND Intern Program

Yuri Goryanoy (c)

One important field of CYLAND’s activity is conducting educational events, master classes and internships for students and young specialists.

Participants of internship programs are given the opportunity to study under experts from the media laboratory – curators, artists and engineers, to acquire knowledge, skills and work experience in the art world.

In 2020, CYLAND interns were students from the School of Advanced Studies of the University of Tyumen, the HSE Art and Design School, the PRO ARTE School for Young Artists, and ITMO University.

As part of the 2020 internships, students learnt about the areas of CYLAND’s work, attended lectures, carried out studies, worked with audio and video archives of the laboratory, wrote critical and analytical texts, studied contemporary media art and took part in preparing projects.

Specially for participants of the PRO Arte School for Young Artists, curators and artists at CYLAND developed and held 2 education courses, and conducted a series of master classes and project reviews.

After they completed the December internship, the students from the School of Advanced Studies of the University of Tyumen and the HSE Art and Design School wrote essays about the archiving, storage and exhibition of media art.

Alina Zalyaletdinova, School of Advanced Studies (SAS), University of Tyumen, Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies, ‘Conceptual storage of art objects: on the basis of which elements we analyze the idea

Anastasia Nagornova, School of Advanced Studies (SAS), University of Tyumen, ‘Personal art archives: why, what for and to what end

Philipp Dvornik, Graduate student at HSE Art and Design School, faculty of communications, media and design, ‘King Hackathon’s Mines

Leonardo/ISAST ‘Between Art and Science’ Podcasts


BETWEEN ART AND SCIENCE is the new podcast from Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

Leonardo/ISAST exists to create a community for transdisciplinary practitioners and to amplify their ideas and their work. In this podcast, you can expect to hear from the creators, makers, thinkers, and artists who exist in the spaces in between. 

Episode 1: Chaos, Cosmos and Charlie Brown

Art critic and curator Annick Bureaud and curator and art historian Natalia Kolodzei discuss COSMOS and CHAOS in the context of their contributions to the February 2021 issue of Leonardo journal on Space Art, a special publication in English and Russian for the CYFEST-13 Media Art Festival. Jan Baetens reviews the new book Peanuts Minus Schultzby Ilan Manouach.

It’s a Beautiful Name for a Satellite: Paradoxical Art Objects Somewhere between Politics and Poetics by Annick Bureaud in Leonardo journal. 

Cosmic Inspirations and Explorations by Soviet Nonconformist Artists by Natalia Kolodzei in Leonardo journal.


Annick Bureaud is an independent French Paris-based art critic and curator. She is the director of Leonardo/Olats and the organizer of the Leonardo Space Art and Science Workshops in Paris. 

Natalia Kolodzei, an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, is a curator and art historian specializing in the art of Russia and Eastern Europe. She is an author and editor of multiple publications.

Jan Baetens is professor of cultural studies at the University of Leuven. He is also a published poet and codirector of the bilingual journal PLACE.


CYLAND Archive: Julie Martin and Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.)


CYLAND Archive is a news section in which we tell about people and events that occupy a special place in the history of the CYFEST festival and our media laboratory.

In 2007, Julie Martin, Director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), came to St. Petersburg at the invitation of CYLAND. E.A.T. is a non-profit organization cofounded in New York in 1966 by artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman and engineers Billy Klüver (Martin’s late husband) and Fred Waldhauer. E.A.T. sought to broaden the role of the artist in contemporary society and actively fostered interdisciplinary collaboration. The organization opposed the formalization of creating artwork and facilitated personal contact between representatives of the art world and science.

The E.A.T. biography is an inspiring story about the cocreation of artists, composers, choreographers, engineers, and technicians, including John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, David Tudor, Bela Julesz, Max Mathews, John Pierce, Manfred Schroeder, and others.

Julie Martin’s lecture on technological experimentation in art 1960-2001 and the history of E.A.T., and the publication that followed laid the foundation for the CYLAND / CYFEST educational program.

With Julie’s permission, we have published a PDF translation of her lecture.

Билли Клувер

Leonardo Journal, CYFEST-13 Special Issue

Francisco Arana Infante, The Spiral of Infinity. The Idea of Infinity. Tense Red, 1963.  Tempera on cardboard, 44,8 x 90,0 cm. (17-3/4 x 35-1/2 inches).  Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, Kolodzei Art Foundation.
Francisco Arana Infante, The Spiral of Infinity. The Idea of Infinity. Tense Red, 1963.
Tempera on cardboard, 44,8 x 90,0 cm. (17-3/4 x 35-1/2 inches).
Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, Kolodzei Art Foundation.

Leonardo was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina who saw the need for a journal to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. Published by The MIT Press and led by executive editor Roger Malina, Leonardo has become the leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and, increasingly, the application and influence of the arts and humanities on science and technology.

In February 2021 a special issue of the magazine will be published, which is being prepared in cooperation with the international festival of media art CYFEST. 

As the concept of CYFEST-13, this issue will have the theme “Cosmos and Chaos” and will consist from the articles and featuring materials from artists, scientists, thinkers, curators, art historians whose practice is attached with innovative art, scientific research, the representation of the cosmos in the culture and modern society. 

Leonardo articles are indexed on and in 2020 ranked third among Visual Arts titles on Google Scholar. See a full list of services that abstract and index Leonardo on The MIT Press website.

CYLAND Curator Speaks at the International Conference in the Urals

December 15th, Lidiya Gryaznova, CYLAND MediaArtLab co-curator of exhibition projects, speaks at the 1st International conference «Digital Art in Public Urban Spaces as a Factor of the Humanitarian Development of the Territory» in Pervouralsk. Within the framework of the conference, Gryaznova will tell about the CYFEST media art festival, which for ten years has been forging a dialogue between the traditional and the new visual language.


The 1st International conference «Digital Art in Public Urban Spaces as a Factor of the Humanitarian Development of the Territory» takes place December 14–15 in Pervouralsk and December 16 in Ekaterinburg. Detailed program and registration are available via the conference website.