The cultural and art centre MediaArtLab presents:
"The New Imagery: expanding the cinema borders..."
Video art — the art of marginals and non-conformists — suddenly began to seize the territories which were primordially alien to it. It doesn't mask as a documentary, non-professional or experimental filming anymore. More and more often video artists invite the whole crew of the camera and sound men, light designers, get the well-known composers and performers involved. In the artworks, which, by their duration, approach to the full-length films, professional actors appear, and the end-product is visually indistinguishable from a posh Hollywood picture. Thus it seems logical to ask: has the video art nowadays become the rival to traditional cinematography. The experienced viewer does, however, suspect that artists create this sweet glamourous illusion for the unsophisticated audience, and inside there are the same meaning and visual codes, which are distinctive to the "classical" video art. Who, then, is the real target audience, the addressee of video art? The same intellectual who is able to notice philosophical allusions and references to predecessors, or a viewer only capable of reading glossies? Maybe the aesthete viewer wants more of classic mythology or the history of art, as video art has approached not only the cinema, but the visual riches of classic painting as well...
Is it true, moreover, that media art expands the borders of the cinema? Or does it have its own agenda, audience and mission? The cinema itself develops towards more complex forms of perception. It now naturally includes the viewer and feels comfortable in galleries, using their resources of polyscreen screening, audio experiments, tactile and olfactory effects. Directors present their works at biennials and video artists are guests of film festivals, so how do they divide territory if the border is shifting and hard to discern?
Russian Art Critic. Graduated from Russian Fine Art Academy in St. Petersburg. Contributor for Moscow Art Magazine and other periodicals. Curator at the Media Art Lab (Moscow). Member of Moscow Union of Artists and AICA. Organised exhibitions of Russian contemporary art at Venice Biennale (1996-1999), Istambul Biennial (1997), Sao Paulo Biennial (1997). In 2000-s curated Subject and Power (2001), Davaj! From laboratories of free art in Russia (2002), Toward Video Islands (2005), Gatekeepers of New (2006), Erwin Wurm: Keep Cool Head (2008) etc.
An Italian art critic and researcher, expert in film history and media art. He was the curator of a special exhibition of Russian video art in the Moscow museum for contemporary art. Since 2005 Jeusa is the permanent curator of Art Digital — the largest Russian festival of digital art.
Director, writer, producer. One of the founders of the renovated CINE FANTOM club, deputy director of marketing, TNT. Director of the 10 short movies, the film “Ivan the Idiot” and “Bunker”.
Curator, film expert. Deputy head of cinema and video programs department of national centre for contemporary arts. Main interests: video art and experimental cinema.
Film history expert, director of the Central Film Museum, Moscow. Graduated from cinema history department of the All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (the VGIK), worked in the Domestic department of the Gosfilmofond, co-founder of Sergei Eisenstein’s Scientific-memorial cabinet at the Soviet Union of Cinematographers, later the museum’s curator. Published numerous articles on Eisenstein’s work, researched and prepared for publication his scientific works. Reads history at the Postgraduate School of Scriptwriters and Film directors, Moscow.
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Union of Cinematographers, PhD in art, associate professor, member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers. Received the Guild of Cinema Experts and Cinema Critics of Russia award. Published “Basic models of film criticism in the USA: from the history of American film criticism” and other works on cinema history and theory.
Born 1969. Education — Moscow Film School VGIK. From 2000 and on, collaborates with many Russian and foreign film festivals as a member of selection board, organizer, program consultant. From 2007, works as director of programming of the 2MORROW international film festival, dedicated to the contemporary ‘new wave’ cinema.
Respected expert on the contemporary art-stage, curator of multiple exhibitions and international biennales. One of the curators of the international biennale “Manifesta I” (1996), chief curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venetian biennales 1995, 2003. Since 1993 — editor-in-chief of “Khudozhestvennyi Zhurnal” / Artistic Magazine (Moscow). He is also an author of numerous articles and books on theory and practice in contemporary art.
Program director at the Moscow Cinema festival, the director of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research, film critic, film and culture studies expert. The author and presenter of TV programs on cinema: “Cinemarathone” (1993–1995), “The age of cinema” (1994–1995), “From cinema avant-garde to video art” (2001–2002), “Cinema cult” (from 2001 till now).
Theatre and film director, among his awards are Stanislavskyj’s prize, Taffy, Triumph, Chaika and the Crystal Turandot. Participant and winner of the most prestigious film festivals, one of the founders and art director of the Territoria festival for actual art.
film director, program curator of the “Cinefantom” club. The author of three full-length cinema-projects and more than twenty short films and videofilms. Together with Pavel Labazov he made a remake of the “Volga-Volga” film (the original by Alexandrov). This film received a number of awards, including Kandinsky award.
Art expert, curator. Her research activities focus on different aspects of contemporary media art (Art on the Net, Video, Cyberculture, etc.), professor of Media Culture at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES). Founder and Director of the Center of Culture and Art «MediaArtLab», an integrated research within contemporary art involving media technologies. Director of the Media Forum — one of the official programs of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF).