June 15 - July 31, 2016

After Berlin, Bogota, New York, London, and St. Petersburg, the 9th CYFEST finally comes to Moscow with its dedicated exhibit opening June 15, 2016 at the GROUND Moscow.

This time CYLAND MediaArtLab will present ‘Wish You Were Here’, multimedia installations by Alexander Terebenin and ALEXANDER SHISHKIN-HOKUSAI, and ‘Subjectivization of Sound’, a performance/installation project by Alexey Grachev and Sergey Komarov.

Shishkin-­Hokusai structures a disaster by way of ambiguities and pretenses. Natural (wood) turns out to be artificial (plywood), hand­made (figures) ­ multimedia (video), narrative ­ plotless, real and tangible ­ virtual. In the environment from the computer game S.T.A.L.K.E.R., distinctive characters of Shishkin put on a show. They exchange retorts, but a conversation does not emerge. They simulate movements, and yet they are static. A dramatically unfolding action leads to nothing whatsoever. The virtual space is a reminder of the impending doom of civilization and, at the same time, a shooter game. The job of an artist is to turn the real space of tragedy and horror into the simulated space of stage. In this sense, the series of figures Summer Garden is especially characteristic. Mobile plywood statues are ready to reclaim any locale, from a lawn in the housing development to a virtual ruined radioactive factory, transforming it into a simulated space of culture ­ a ghost of St. Petersburg baroque park. (Alexander Dashevsky on ‘Wish You Were Here’ exhibition project)