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Saint Petersburg, Russia

From November 13 - 24, 2019, I showed two motion-activated animations - Jesse (Writhing) and Pax (Writhing) at the Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, one of the many venues displaying contemporary artworks at CYFEST-12. My work was curated by Patricia Olynyk (artist and Director of the Graduate School of Art at Washington University) as one of two artists representing America within one of the largest international media arts festivals in the world.

"The festival’s main project called ID is shaped around identification as a phenomenon with a wide range of meaning, from a term in psychoanalysis to personal identification documents. CYFEST-12 will familiarize the general public with projects in the fields of new media, VR, robotics, video art, sound art and web-based art." -



The following text is taken from the Cyberfest-12 website. For even more information, visit:

CYFEST is one of the biggest international festivals of media art, founded by a group of independent artists and curators in Saint Petersburg in 2007. CYFEST unites art professionals, programmers, engineers and media activists all over the world, expands territories and possibilities of contemporary art, intertwining it with various disciplines of science and technology.

CYFEST is an exceptional international project which promotes national media art abroad, and international art in Russia. In 2019, the festival projects were presented at the leading cultural institutions in New York, Rome, Venice and Moscow. CYFEST-12 was held in Saint Petersburg from 13th to 24th of November, 2019.

More than 60 artists from 12 countries have participated at CYFEST-12. Those include world-renowned Italian experimental collective MASBEDO; the Lumen Prize recipient, pioneer in the field of generative art Mario Klingemann; independent artist and cinema researcher from Switzerland Max Philipp Schmid; multidisciplinary architect-designer Eduard Khaiman; House of Electronic Arts Basel curator Boris Magrini; Japanese artist, prestigious Prix Ars Electronica winner Nelo Akamatsu; American composer and pioneer in the use of neurofeedback and compositional algorithms in arts David Rosenboom; composer, the Golden Mask Prize laureate Vladimir Rannev, among many others.

Saint Petersburg CYFEST engaged seven of the city's largest art spaces, including Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Annenkirche (Lutheran Church of Saint Ann), the State Hermitage Youth Educational Center, the Time Travel Centre COD, Marina Gisich Gallery, a newly opened Luda Gallery, and Changing Room Gallery (Xassa-Nivet- Carzon Project).

Festival curators: Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Lydia Gryaznova, Sofia Kudryavtseva, Victoria Ilyushkina, Sergei Komarov, Varvara Egorova, Valentino Catricala, Isabella Indolfi, William Latham, Patricia Olynyk, Carla Gannis, Jack Addis, Jerome Nivet-Carzon.

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