Noise of the City

Video Artist: Alex Antipin
Duration: 3 min 54 sec


Impressed by a visit to the Central Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences at Pulkovo and by classical soviet fantastic movies (“The Andromeda Nebula”, “Planet of the Storms”) St. Petersburg artist Alexander Antipin has decided to create a project “The Noise of the City”. The starting idea was that the Pulkovo is not only scientific and technical complex for observing stars, but also a great panoramic point from which the whole city can be seen at glance. The artist shows this place as kind of zero zone, which combines two noises. The first one is the noise of outer space, of the universe, of stars and thermal radiation. The second one is the noise of the city including the planes, cars, radio, radars, television, internet, mobile phones and people.

Alex Antipin

Alexander Antipin (born 1956) is a contemporary St. Petersburg artist. He works in the field of computer graphics, media art, and video art. Alexander was born near Saratov and lived in Siberia. He graduated from the Leningrad State University (Journalism Department) in 1986. Antipin began his career as a photographer. From 1994 to 2003 he worked as an art director in Moscow and St. Petersburg magazines (“The World of Internet”, “Aktivist”, “OM”). In early 2000 he became interested in video and digital graphics. From 2006 to 2011 he worked as senior lecturer at the Department of Media Design and Information Technology at St. Petersburg State University. Currently he teaches Media Art in St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. 

His exhibitions  include: “Insomnia Communication”, DO-gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007;  “4x4x4x4”, “KvadraT” gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia ,2008; “Hidden City” (nominated in the category of Best Media Object for Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award), Tkachi Creative Space, St. Petersburg, Russia , 2012; II Krasnoyarsk International Festival of Media Art (the first prize for “Media Art” nomination), Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 2012; “Changing Landscapes”, collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy, 2013;  “The Other Capital. Contemporary Art of St. Petersburg Today”, The Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia, 2014; “Spamm of Virtualism”, New York, USA, 2015;  "The Noise of the City", lampa studio/The Wrong, St. Petersburg/London, 2015.