Screening of video works from the CYLAND VIDEO ARCHIVE collection in VIDEOFORMES festival in France
curator Victoria Ilyushkina
From 12 to 15 March in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
The festival of video art and digital culture VIDEOFORMES was founded in 1984 and is a major international platform for contemporary digital and video art. The festival program includes exhibitions, screenings, educational events and performances. CYLAND Media Art Lab curator Victoria Ilyushkina is among the jury members of the festival 2020. As part of the project, Victoria will also hold a presentation of the St. Petersburg Videoforma Festival and the CYLAND VIDEO ARCHIVE.
CYLAND VIDEO ARCHIVE artists participating in the screening: Inal Savchenkov and Franz Rodwalt, Anton Khlabov, YOmoYO, Victoria Ilyushkina and Maya Popova , Alena Tereshko , Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, Yulia Zastava, Marina Alexeeva.
Engineers of Arts (Inal Savchenkov and Franz Rodwalt)
Eros Arrow, fragment of a film
Music by Sergey Kuryokhin
Film was made by: Inal Savchenkov, Franz Rodwalt, Sergey Enkov, Grigory Strelnikov, Olga Maslova, Valentina Nesterova, Boris Timkovsky
Animation from a full-length film. The plot revolves around the story of a musician and confrontation between classical jazz and alternative music. Sergey Kuryokhin asked the artists to make this film and organized the shooting at Lenfilm studio. It was a professional 35mm film, however, it was left unfinished due to the lack of funding. The music is based on “Opera for the rich”. Music activates the objects that start moving chaotically and fighting. The artists create masterly collages by means of application and animate them.
Full Shift Working
Conveyor system is a tool that exercises a universal operation similar to addition in mathematics and unvaried regardless of the specific object it is applied to. The video is about an abstract process with no end or beginning. A ceaseless stream of signs in the information space is similar to a steady flow of details on the continuous belt. The viewer can only see fragments from his “work place”.
YOmoYO (MAXIM SVISHЁV)
With the help of a computer program the artist creates an imaginary tridimensional kinetic sculptural compositions and puts them into urban environment. In the virtual space of imaginary city different creatures are growing. These civilizational mutants were engendered by a mind of a human himself, the one who lives in a megapolis in the age of the Internet, TV, innumerable gadgets, social media posts, accounts, likes, news feeds, and other manifestations of contemporary reality. In this work artist counter poses the world with its plastics of live nature and stressful rhythms of megapolis. Artist sees it as a reflection of a possibility of saving a «living» element inside technological computerized environment
Victoria Ilyushkina & Maya Popova
Lost fragments, part 1
An attempt of reconstruction. The plots of video remind classical sculptures. Choreographer restores the memories of the past by the analytical method. The work is made in a creative tandem with choreographer Maya Popova
This work represents a piece of hand-drawn animation, or kind of succession of drawings (about 1 thousand graphic artworks, calking paper) depicting body positions, available for direct vision, i.e. without use of mirrors or other reflecting means. Painting from life was another condition to create additional frame that made the result vivid, existing in space and time, and subordinate to body accommodation, capacities of vision and perception, and definite time frame.We get our perception and experience through our body, but if we get the idea of existence of things due to the body, how can it be objectified?
“When I was a child, I was afraid of clouds. I felt as if our house had simply own off into space. I found this viscous and white infinity all around intimidating due to its emptiness… Years later I can still see my house in the dream, I am running, I am trying to get inside, get into my room, but the staircases have already disappeared…”
New Versailles, fragment
The artist creates a zone inhabited by fictional characters based on the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl video game. He materializes his phantasms in the digital space of a derelict landscape. He settles this post-apocalyptic world with his hand-painted flat relief plywood silhouettes. He transforms the potential of digital technologies, turning them into a work of art
music: Last King of Poland (Chicago)
chorus: what is weirdness encased in ice it hurts
lyrics: filthy nostalgia love is a crime learn from a dove learn how to die
End of Fun
End of Fun is episode 3 from the series Life and Adventures of WHITES and BLACKS. The film’s technique is the animation of clothing “without people”. The behavior of clothing when there is no person inside them differs significantly from their behavior when on people. Everything is black-and-white.