Industrial Tetris

Video Artist: Anton Khlabov
Country: Year: Duration: 1 min 25 sec


Pictures of huge shipping containers come and go, dissolving and shifting on the screen. Edges of metallic boxes perfectly match together reminding of Tetris game pieces.

Anton Khlabov

Photographer and multimedia artist Anton Khlabov (born in 1986 in St. Petersburg) graduated in 2005 in "New technologies in contemporary art" from the "School for Young Artists" program, a project of the St. Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation.

Video art works was presented at

Avanto Festival/Kiasma Theater (Helsinki, Finland), Örebro International Videoart Festival (Örebro, Sweden), Video Guerrilha festival (São Paulo, Brazil), Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), festival “Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum, “Qui Vive?” Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, Russia), Extra Short Film festival (Moscow, Russia), Festival “Videoforma” (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Festival “OutVideo” (Yekaterinburg, Russia), No-Festival of Video art and Animation (Ufa, Russia), The One Minutes online video festival.

Works in collections:

  • The State Museum of the Political History of Russia (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
  • Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Yukyung Art Museum in Geoje (Republic of Korea)

In beginning of my way I started searching in the symbolic space for contemporary art at the same time in two diametrically disparate directions - on the one hand, it was a "straight" photography, on the other hand - video art, realized in the technique of animation. Balancing between these two paths, where one of the poles provided documentary authenticity, and on the other – infantile animation makes any things like a "toy"… I became interested in the symbolic convention of borders that each time I somehow addressed in each of my major works. In the role of this “Border” could be a picture frame or television screen, the line separating reality and expectation, surprise and fear, reality and its reflection.