Vladlena Gromova is the 2007 winner of the Kandinsky Prize in the category “Young artist of the year”; in 2008 she was also a nominee of the Kandinsky Prize in the “media art” category. Born in 1983, she lives in Petrozavodsk and studied at the Design Faculty of the International Slavic Institute from 2001 to 2008. Participant of Russian and international exhibitions since 2004.
Jean-Michel Rolland is a French artist born in 1972.Ggraduated from University Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Master’s degree in foreign literature and civilizations.A musician and a painter for a long time, he melts his two passions – sound and image – in digital art since 2010.
At the origin of each of his creations, musicality plays a role as important as image does and each one influences the other in a co-presence relationship. The result is a series of experimental videos, audiovisual performances, generative animations, interactive installations and VJ sets where sound and image are so inseparable that the one without the other would lose its meaning.
His videos have been screened in French and international video festivals such as Vidéoformes, Instants Vidéos, Directors Lounge, Traverse Vidéo, K3 International Short Film Festival, Madatac, Screengrab, DokumentART, Cologne Off and much more.
He won several prizes amongst them the most innovative work prize at Digital Graffiti (Florida, USA) in June 2012 with his work Neons Melody and features in an article dedicated to video art in Elephant Magazine n°11.
Svetlana Mikhailova (born 1984) graduated in Urban Design from St. Petersburg State University in 2009 and from the PRO ARTE “School for Young artist” program in 2008. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Political History of Russia, St. Petersburg, the first Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, the St. Petersburg Festival “Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum”, the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Parallel program) among others.
Lei Han is an artist, educator and designer. Her work, often inspired by nature and everyday life, explores notions of perception, memory, transience and time. Fascinated by the influences of eastern philosophy in western art, especially in modern and contemporary art, her recent work aims for creating the cohesion between spirituality and creativity, as well as making new connections between the artist, viewer and object/subject. Lei’s current work in experimental video, animation, interactive art and installation, has been exhibited at galleries, museums, and film festivals nationally and internationally. Including Shenzhen & Hongkong Bi-City Biennial, China, the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece Biennale; Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, the Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, Asheville Fine Arts Theater and the North Carolina Visions program.
Lei received her BA from Shenzhen University in China and her MFA from Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director of New Media at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Boris Kazakov was born in 1964 in St. Petersburg. 1989 – graduated from The Institute of Machine-Building (LMZ-VTUZ) In 1988–1990 started doing painting and taking part in exhibitions with the Old City group. 1990-1993 – member of the artistic group “Enginneers of Arts”. Since 1994 – member of the creative association “Village of Artists”.
In 1995 made his first film Nestlings of the Sea in the traditional for parallel cinematechnique of drawing on film. He also experimented with different methods of animationwithout camera and invented a way to shoot movies with a photo camera. In 1999 tookpart in Berlinale with his film Stakes. He also does traditional animation.
Olga Lovtsyus was born in Leningrad on 17.12.83.
Olga studied in the University of Culture and Art 2003-2008 and Pro Arte Institute 2006-2009.
Olga took part in exhibitions:
“Old Fashioned radiation”, paintings, Lunnevads fhsk, Linköping, 2015
“Stick out your nose”, graphics, installation, photos, Skylten, Linköping och Norrköpings kulturhus, 2014
“Light. Poison. Dream”, photos, Elsas hus, Linköping, 2014, gallery Podklet, Vologda 2015
“Wandering in fields”, graphics, paintings, Magasinet på Lövinsborg, 2013
Installation “Ray of health” public art Dundalk, Ireland 2012
Installation “Milky rain” public art Arhus, Denmark 2010
Installation “Pure” in a group exhibition “Residual radiations” festival «Stop! Who is coming?» Vinzavod Moscow 2008
Olga lives in Linköping, Sweden, studies in Lunnevads art school and works with lithography, ceramics, shadow theatre and video art.
Since mid 2000’s, the online presence of mysterious nature/tech cult AUJIK quietly spread across video platforms featuring proposed active members and fabricated histories. These virtual appearances suggested decades-old lineage through theoretical schematics outlining their transgressive mission, citing faux reports arguing the life of inanimate matter and modern forms of animism from fictional anthropologists and philosophers. Animated imagery of organic-mechanical hybrids manifest in Japanese forests amidst cloaked figures is paired with a sonic atmosphere set by Mira Calix, Scottish musician Christ and as well as other electronic artists. “Technology can help nature understand itself,” affirm AUJIK narrators, offering new ideologies reminiscent of Shintoism. For AUJIK, nature is divided into Refined and Primitive categories. This seperation presents a conflict that is the root of all chaos in the world, and in order to reach a sublime state, AUJIK generates rituals to harmonize the organic and synthetic realms. Refined nature consists of evolved technology such as robotics, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, DNA manipulations, and body enhancements. The Primitive includes fauna, flora, and the Earth itself with its precious stones, minerals, and metals. The pulsating foliage and advanced interfaces that emerge in the biosphere serve as sacred artifacts, visions of a futurist environment. Through crossbreeds of biotic and technological systems, AUJIK’s animism for the Digital Age presents new possibilities for evolution and strives for Post-Human nirvana. AUJIK’s multi-media works have been showcased in galleries, museums, and festivals worldwide including the Prix Ars Electronica, OneDotZero London BFI 2011 & 2013, SIGGRAPH Asia, CMoDA Beijing, Biwako Biennale 2012 & 2014, and Japan Media Arts Festival.
Kaliningrad-based artist, born in Kingisepp in 1950, studied at the Leningrad Art College; Honored Artist of Russia.
The works are in private and public collections, including the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Contemporary Art «KIASMA» (Helsinki, Finland). Аuthor of the Russian Red project since 2000, participant of the Human Project, special project of 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, as well as a number of exhibitions: Davaj, Davaj in 2002 (Postfuramt, Berlin, Germany), MAK Vienna (Austria)
The artist handles with one of the most well-spread stereotypes of collective consciousness, related to perception of image and the history of Russia in the 20th century, both mythological and ideological – totality of red. The project is a free unfinished sequence of motives and several exhibitions of the author, brought together by the common motto, theme and some structural and technical issues. The «Russian Red» project has been carried out since 2001 and was presented at more than 50 Russian and international exhibitions.
2000 realizes “Russian Red”: “Prussian Blue” projects
2001 Castle Sanssouci, Potsdam
2002 “Davaj, Davaj” (exhibition of Russian contemporary art), Berlin; MAK, Vienna
2002 Project “Russian Red”, ELECTRIC VISIONS”, Media Forum of XXYI Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow, “Our Father” Installation, Kaliningrad. Special project for “Black Square” prize at Art Moscow Workshop. Warsaw-Moscow and Moscow-Warsaw 1900-2000
2005 “RUSSIAN RED”, special project of 1st Moscow Biennale of contemporary art. “Human Project”, special project of 1st Moscow Biennale of contemporary art
2006 “Our Father” video installation, International exhibition “ARS 06”, museum of contemporary art “KIASMA”, Helsinki
born in 1981 inKrasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia
lives & works in St-Petersburg
2009 Summer conceptualism school by Josef Bakshtain
2005-2008 ProArte Fondation (New technologies in contemporary art)
2001-2007 Academy of Applied Arts by Shtiglitz St – Petersburg (Monumental Painting)
1996-2001 Art College by Surikov, Krasnoyarsk (Artistic – pedagogical department)
2013 “Intermission” ArtReFlex gallery
2012 curator with Peter Beliy of video show “3×2”, Kult Project gallery, Moscow
2012 «Beehive» mediaproject, «Erarta gallery» St– Petersburg
2010 «In the Hood. The Second-hand Queen», Korjaamo gallery, Helsinki
2010 «SEAzone», «Green-Art» gallery, Perm
2009 «Without words», «AL-gallery» St– Petersburg
2009 «Bounty», «C.A.G» gallery, St– Petersburg
2008 « Second-Hand Queen», «Start» gallerym, Contemporary art center «Winzavod», Moscow
2008 « Sacred head», «Luda» gallery, St– Petersburg
Group festivals and exhibitions:
2013 “Beaty” Ruarts gallery, Moscow
2012 “Industrial Biennale ” parallel program, Ekaterinburg
2012 «Buzan Biennale» South Korea
2011 “Birth of Venus”, ArtReFlex gallery St.Petersburg
2011 “Through the looking glass” Tomsk
2011 Artbat Festival, “Home cinema” Kazahstan, Almaty
2010 ”Heroes of our time”, the installation “Daily narcissism”, «Open gallery» Moscow
2010 “Hydroponika”, Perm
2010 “Walking a Fine Line. Parables of the Sublime and the Subversive in Russian Video Art”, Espace Croise centre d’art contemporain, France
2010 The Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award’09, St – Petersburg
2010 Russian video-show «Video Serenade», EFA Project Space, NY
2009 “This is Luda” video “Russian unconscious” loft-project «Etaji» St – Petersburg
2009 3 Moscow Biennale, Parallel program «Let me think», «Red October»Moscow
2009 “Space of silence”, installation “Archeologic autopsy”, St – Petersburg
2009 video «Flight of the clothes », exhibition “Fashion & Stile”, Moscow
2009 SCOPE Art Fair, «The Russians Are Here», New-York
2009 video – programmer “Walking a Fine Line. Parables of the Sublime and the Subversive in Russian Video Art” New-York, Atlas Institute, (USA)
2008 1st Moscow biennial of young art, exhibition «Residual Radiations», «The Shadow» installation
2008 «Nord Art» festival, Budelsdorf, Germany
2008 «My space» installation, St.Petersburg
2008 «Memory of field’s» exhibition, video-installation «The field» with Tanya Akhmetgalieva, loft-project «Etaji»
2006 «Babylon Dream» exhibition Russian-German «Workshop», «Oil spider» installation in «Museum of Anna Akhmatova», Sankt – Petersburg
2005 «Barbyzona» exhibition, video «Barbyland» Ruarts gallery, Moscow
Anton Khlabov – born in 1986 in Saint-Petersburg (Russia).
Graduated from Institute Pro Arte in “Contemporary art” program (2008).
2007 – “Political Views”, photography (“NAVICULA ARTIS” gallery, Saint-Petersburg)
2008 – “36/24/12”, photography, installation (Metrological museum, festival “CONTEMPORARY ART IN TRADITIONAL MUSEUM”-2008, Saint-Petersburg)
2009 – “Electricity”, photography (“Belka&Strelka” gallery, Saint-Petersburg)
2010 – “Memory”, photography, video (Freud`s Dreams Museum, Saint-Petersburg)
2007 – festival “CONTEMPORARY ART IN TRADITIONAL MUSEUM”-2007, project “Accidental policy”, installation “Political gum” (The State Museum of the Political History of Russia, Saint-Petersburg,)
2007 – twelve exhibition of the Little Things Series: “COSMIC”, video-installation “Zero-gravity Chamber” (PRO ARTE Institute Exhibition Hall, Saint-Petersburg)
2008 – “Memory of Fields”, installation “Masshtab proishodyaschego” (loft-project “Etaji”, Saint-Petersburg)
2008 – “Qui Vive?” I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (participation in projects ” Product Placement”, “Residual Radiation”, “Accidental policy”, “Migration”)
2009 – “Russian Beauty”, installation “Prospect Bolshevikov”(National Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow)
2010 – “Qui Vive?” II Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (participation in project “Glob(E)Scape”)
2010 – “Rain in St.Petersburg”, video “Rainy Everyday” (Exhibition Hall of The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, Saint-Petersburg)
2011 – “Private”, video installation “Private Ears” (“ART re.FLEX” Gallery, Saint-Petersburg)
2011 – “5”, video installation “COPY: Right Story” (“ART re.FLEX” Gallery, Saint-Petersburg)
2012 – The festival of contemporary art, “Napoleon, 12. Art Anfas. Art Practice”, photo installation “Relative measurements” (“ART re.FLEX” Gallery, Saint-Petersburg)
2012 – “3×2 Project”, video installation “Resonance” (KultProekt Gallery , Moscow)
2013 – “Navicula Artis 1992–2012. Found in St. Petersburg”, photography from series “Isolated Observations” (KultProekt Gallery , Moscow)
Festivals(video art) :
2006 – OutVideo`06 festival (day program)
2006 – parallel video program of festival CONTEMPORARY ART IN TRADITIONAL MUSEUM-2006 (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2007 – parallel program of 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, video program in NCCA (Moscow, Russia) 2007 – OutVideo`07 festival (night program) 2007 – parallel video program of festival CONTEMPORARY ART IN TRADITIONAL MUSEUM-2007 (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2007 – video program “Stekliannoe pole” Avanto Festival ’07, Kiasma Theater (Helsinki, Finland)
2008 – video program of “SKIF-12” festival, Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2008 – parallel video program of festival CONTEMPORARY ART IN TRADITIONAL MUSEUM-2008 (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2008 – video “Loneliness of porcelain” in Russian program of ÖREBRO INTERNATIONAL VIDEOART FESTIVAL (Örebro, Sweden)
2008 – video installation in “Videozahvat” festival, open studio “Nepokorennie” (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2010 – video “Full shift working”, 10th Extra Short Film festival, competition program (Moscow, Russia)
2012 – video “Storage”, parallel program of No-Festival of Video-art and Animation (Ufa, Russia)
2012 – video “Punctuation situations”, OutVideo 2012 festival (Ekaterinburg, Russia)
2012 – video “Hemispheres”, Video Guerrilha festival (São Paulo, Brazil)
Edward Shelganov was born in Leningrad in 1971. He started to make movies in 1992 togetherwith graduates of B. Yukhanov’s school, participated in various festivals of experimentalcinema, he received the “gold” medal at the international festival of experimental cinema inLuga. In 1992 he entered St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television on the courseof professor S. Aranovich and graduated in 1997. With his graduation work he participated in the“Festival of Festivals” 1997, in A.Sokurov’s program “Island” 1997 and with the selection offilm works in “Cinema-Phantom” 2000. At the present time he is working in video art.
Maxim Svishev was born in 1982 in Leningrad. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia. Graduated Artistic and Professional Lyceum of St. Petersburg with a specialization of a jeweler in 2000 and Faculty of Fine Arts at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg in 2005. The winner of a special prize “New Generation” from the Embassy of France in the VI All-Russian competition in the field of modern visual art; “Innovation” prize for the video installation “Lounge”, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow 2011; Sergey Kuryokhin prize in the nomination “The best work of visual art”, Kuryokhin center, St. Petersburg, 2011. Nominated for the Russian national competition “Innovation” in 2011. His works are exhibited at Anna Nova Gallery, Saint Petersburg, “M’ARS” Centre, Moscow.