The 11th CYFEST Premieres In NYC December 2017

The 11th CYFEST Premieres In NYC December 2017

Event: CYLAND Media Lab in collaboration with Made in NY Media Center by IFP
present CYFEST’11 International Video Screening:

To Touch The Sky

Schedule: December 7, 2017.
Venue: New York Media Center by IFP
30 John Street, Brooklyn New York
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For the 11th Annual CYFEST, Cyland MediaArt Lab is partnering
with The Made in New York Media Center By IFP for a new media & video art::tech event.


To Touch The Sky

Flights of fancy of humanity, dreams of fame, instantaneous movement, high above the clouds and to other planets – all these things are practically a reality today. Our thoughts and feelings have moved to digital clouds, to computers and gadgets. Our bodies exist in impossibly tall towers, in deserts, in conditions that were previously impossible for life, in space; and consciousness moves across the world without hinderance. Two worlds: the real and the virtual are irrevocably intertwined, and can no longer be separated. What used to be unimaginable becomes reality!

“Art absorbs modern technologies, creating augmented reality. The artist constantly acquires new tools to create images and metaphors of the real world. What does our world today look like, how does it translate to another visual language, how does our transaction transform, and our perception of the known?”

THE CYFEST 11 DIGITAL VIDEO PROGRAM is curated selection of video art works via open call, in various innovative genres: animated gifs, net art, 3D and stop-motion animation, cinema 4D, mockumentary and performance art, gaming, digital collage, and experimental films. The program features Russian artists from Petersburg and Moscow.

The upcoming CYFEST takes place fall 2017 in New York – winter 2018 in St. Petersburg. 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:

Alexander Borisov (Russia), Mark Cypher (Australia), Kseniia Galkina (Russia), Ariane Loze (Belgium), Egor Kraft, Pekka Tynkkynen Alina Kvirkveliya & Karina Golubenko (Finland-Russia), Maxim Svishyov (Russia), Alexander Dupuis (USA), Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai (Russia), Ben Grosser (USA), Kuesti Fraun (Germany), Eden Mitsenmacher & Rebecca Tritschler (Netherlands), Dagnini (Russia), Greg Marshall (Canada), Andréa Stanislav (USA), AUJIK (Sweden), Tanya Akhmetgalieva (Russia), Alexander Senko (Russia), Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia), Andrey Kasay (Russia).

Still from “Spacial Bodies” by AUJIK

The 11th Annual CYFEST theme is Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness.


Also on display will be installation by Donato Piccolo, an Italian artist working with new technologies, and Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels, a collaborative work made specifically for the 27-screen video wall by Blake Marques Carrington’s Interactive Studio I class at Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts.

Donato Piccolo – Walking on the Cloud

shoes, electronic systems, motors, plexiglass, steel, distilled water, nebulizers, dim. 100x100x100cm
Courtesy CYLAND MediaArtLab and Galerie Mazzoli, 2017

Walking on the Cloud, Photography by Anton Khlabov

Donato Piccolo works on the imaginary line between art and science, sculpture and machine; he plays on new technologies with a keen sense of irony. Natural, dynamics, physics, and electronic phenomena are turned into kinetic installations, emotional states, bachelor machines, pure abstraction of the human spirit. For 11th Cyfest in New York, Donato Piccolo is going to show a part of the project “Thinking the unthinkable”, curated by Isabella Indolfi and premiered in the Hermitage State Museum in St Petersburg on November 2017 and developed thank Cyland Media Art Lab and Galerie Mazzoli.

“Thinking the unthinkable” is a metaphor, an experiment on human limits and possibilities, on the relationship between nature and artifice.

Donato Piccolo (b. 1976 in Rome, Italy) participated in the 52 and 54th Venice Biennale and exhibited in important museums around the world: Himalayas Art Center, Shanghai (China) / Centro de Desarollo de las Artes Visuales de Havana (Cuba) / MAXXI e MACRO, Roma (Italia) / Cini Foundation, Venezia (Italia) / Fondation Francès, Senlis (France) / Galleria Civica, Modena (Italia) / Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (Belgium) / Beyond Museum, Seoul (South Korea) / George Kolbe Museum, Berlin (Germany) / StadtGalerie Museum, Kiel (Germany) / ISCP, New York (USA)

Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels

Video installation, 2017

Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels CYFESTStill from “Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels”, 2017

Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels is a collaborative work made specifically for the 27-screen video wall by Blake Marques Carrington’s Interactive Studio I class at Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts. Taking inspiration from the festival theme of “Digital Cloudiness”, a team of 9 digital arts students explore ideas around pixelated nature, universal simulation, and the data cloud as a new form of environment. These young artists investigate possibilities for tearing open analog reality, finding consciousness and meditation in a torrent of data.

Collaborating artists: Holly Adams, Tess Adams, Anthony Caviels, Heidy Cordero-Avias, Lauren Dimaya, Miachel Lee, Krystal Li, Jared Lynch, Naeem Murdic.

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CYFEST (КИБЕРФЕСТ) – one of the largest international media art festivals, it 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.
During its existence, the festival has earned a reputation as the original and the most significant New Media event in Russia. Making a pivotal leap in 2013 — CYFEST’s 7th edition expanded for the first time outside Russia to Berlin, attracting over 10,000 visitors over 5 days. In 2014/2015, CYLAND & CYFEST reached further by branching to 5 innovative cities (St Petersburg, Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin, New York) on the Art & Tech frontier, strengthening cultural exchange among innovators. For its 10 anniversary 2017, CYFEST gathered more than 100 artists from 20 countries.
CYFEST has had partnerships with respected classical and experimental art institutions including the Scientific Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, Museum of Applied Arts of St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Youth Educational Centre of the State Hermitage Museum, Taiga Creative Space, Luda Gallery, Golitsyn Hall, and St. Petersburg Sound Museum.

CYLAND MediaArtLab is one of Russia’s most active New Media art nonprofit organizations and has headquarters in St Petersburg, Russia and NYC.

The Made in NY Media Center by IFP, designed by MESH Architects, is a multi- disciplinary creative space with over 20,000 square feet at 30 John Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

30 John Street
DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11232
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