vitaa-the CITY

VITAA-THE CITY EXHIBITION © Kirill Ratman / Goethe-Institut St. Petersburg

Willkommen BEI unseren „Citizens”!

Für 6 Wochen versammelten sich 12 Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus der ganzen europäischen Welt unter einem virtuellen Dach in St. Petersburg – auf #VirtualSPAR 

Sie erarbeiteten gemeinsam den Inhalt und das Konzept einer virtuellen Ausstellung „The City“, die bis zum Dezember 2021 ihren Standort auf dem weltweiten Web unter dem Link gefunden hat. „The City“ ist sehr multidisziplinär und sehr intermedial, denn jede und jeder von ihren „Citizens“ hat bereits eigene mediale Handschrift im fluiden Element der „digital art“, die eigene Geographie und kulturelle Umgebung hat.

Die kurzen Bios unten gewähren Ihnen erste Einblicke in die „Fenster“ unserer virtuellen Metropole. Und der Podcast, den während der Residenzzeit erstellt wurde, bietet weitere Erkundungsmöglichkeiten der geographischen und künstlerischen Spezifik jeder und jedes unserer Ex-Resident*innen an. In dem Begleitsprogramm der Ausstellung, das auf dem Mainpage abrufbar ist, werden kurze Führungen über die verschiedenen „analogen“ Umgebungen und die digitalen Welten unserer Künstlerinnen und Künstler gegeben. Es findet sich schließlich in der virtuellen Hallen unserer Ausstellung auch ein "lection room", wo die Künstler*innen und Expert*innen die Perspektiven auf Koalitionen zwischen analogen und virtuellen Realitäten durch künstlerische Interventionen im Stadtraum gemeinsam erwägen.

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Und hier erfahren Sie mehr über die virtuelle Residenzen und die #VirtualSPAR (die „hosts“ für unsere „City“)

Die virtuelle Residenz VITAA (Virtual Artists´ Assembly) ist ein gemeinsames Projekt des EUNIC Clusters in St. Petersburg in Zusammenarbeit mit St. Petersburg Art Residency (SPAR). Das Projekt wird durch  EUNIC gefördert, sowie durch das Generalkonsulat der Niederlande, das Danish Cultural Institute, das Goethe-Institut, das Institut Français, das Finnish Institute und das Instituto Italiano di Cultura in St. Petersburg. Das Projekt wird auf Englisch geführt. Kuratorin: Anastasia Patsey.

Welcome BY our "Citizens"!

For 6 weeks, 12 artists from all over the European world gathered under their common virtual roof in St. Petersburg –  the #VirtualSPAR 

Together they developed the content and the concept of the virtual exhibition „The City“, which recived its location on the worldwide web at till 30.11.2021. „The City" is very multidisciplinary and very intermedia project, because each of its „Citizens“ already has her or his own medial signature in the fluid element of „digital art“, which has its own geography and cultural environment.

The short bios below give you a first glimpse into the „windows“ of our virtual metropolis. And the podcast, which was made within the residency runtime, gives some further opportunities for exploration of the „living in The City“. Furthermore you could join our public program (see the schedule at which includes short tours through the so different „analog“ environments and the digital worlds of our artists. And last but not least there is the lection room in the exhibition virtual hall, where the perspectives on coalitions between analog and virtual realities by artistic interventions in the urban space was being discussed by the artists and experts.

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And learn more about the virtual residencies and the #VirtualSPAR (the "hosts" of our "City").

The virtual residency VITAA (Virtual Artists' Assembly) is a joint project of the EUNIC Cluster in St. Petersburg in cooperation with St. Petersburg Art Residency (SPAR). The project is co-financed by EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture — is Europe’s network of national cultural institutes and organisations, with 36 members from all 28 EU member states), the Consulate General of the Netherlands, the Danish Cultural Institute, the Goethe-Institut, the Institut Français, the Finnish Institute and the Instituto Italiano di Cultura in St. Petersburg. The project runs in English. Curator: Anastasia Patsey.

The Citizens

Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy © Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy Luke Conroy (Australia, 1990) is a visual artist, sociologist and teacher. Anne Fehres (The Netherlands, 1988) is a visual artist and filmmaker. Working together since 2016, the artist currently live and work in The Hague, The Netherlands.

"we predominantly work digitally, across photography, graphic design, video, animation and sound, with outcomes in both online and physical installations."
Nanda Raemansky © Nanda Raemansky Nanda Raemansky (1980), a Belgian multidisciplinairy visual artist, from the Dutch bordervillage Eede.

"I am interrested in the concept of freedom and like to search for signs of freedom - or the lack of it -  preferrably in our surroundings."
Daniele Leonardo Daniele Leonardo I dealt with and delved into -studying or practicing- most art disciplinarities and applications, following a conceptual or thematic lead. Questioning or reversing this very system is now part of the process as well.

“Art is for taking the spirit out of the real”
Evgeny Lukuta © Evgeny Lukuta Evgeny Lukuta, transdisciplinary artist, designer and Media Industry Engineer, Master of Digital Arts, graduate of the Vladivostok School of Contemporary Art in the direction of "Curatorship in the digital space" from the Goethe Institute, participant of - a decentralized community of artists who explore the world in the interaction of natural and digital in search of new post-natural and post-digital ethics and aesthetics. Originally from Siberia, lived in the Far East, is now localized and works in St. Petersburg.

"the interaction and dichotomy of virtual and real environments, intelligent technologies, synthetic recognition, data-informed urbanism".
Filippo Fabbri © Filippo Fabbri Filippo Fabbri (France): As a composer, a sound-artist and a physicist, I am deeply affected by the evolution of the contemporary urban spaces. The sonic signatures of the various entities evolving within a city system constitute a magmatic, pulsating meta-material, that I need to understand, to live, to integrate and to be part of. The structured multiple surfaces of this meta-material exhibit specific functional and expressive properties and behaviours, that require proper languages and representations in order to grasp the complexity of their entangled interactions.

"exploring the connection/disconnection of multi-dimensional nodes that characterise the urban meta-surfaces, especially in relation to digital relationships and experiences among humans, in the hope to find a way to re-establish the broken and the damaged links and to propose new structures of convergence".
Ildar Iakubov @ Ildar Iakubov Ildar Iakubov is an artist, curator and educator, focused on so called "new media". 

I believe in the unification of knowlegdge, meaning that art, science and technology belong to a mutual field, that is to be explored as a whole. My curiosity and motivation are geared towards designing and prototyping new modes of cultural production and consumption.
Jarkko Räsänen © Johnny Korkman Jarkko Räsänen is a digital artist working between Helsinki and Berlin and focusing mostly in photography, digital painting, video and sound art.

"I specialize currently in artistic programming. I feel it allows an unique artistic language not limited by commercial software. I am interested in studying the expressive potential of photographic file and disconnecting the concept of realism from it."
Lesya Ilenok © Katya Pryanik Olesya Ilenok is an interdisciplinary artist. Explores the urban environment using analog and digital tools in her work. She works in various techniques: generative graphics and sound, dynamic light, clay sculpture, photography, collage, stencil, video. 

"I always liked to work with a local context, which often flows into a global one... Now I focus on the synthesis of urban space and the digitalization of our time, I am looking for similar semiotics, semantic and visual codes, their integration into each other."
Marie-Eve Levasseur ©Marie-EveLevasseur Marie-Eve Levasseur (*1985, Canada) lives and works in Germany. She studied visual and media art in Montreal as well as in Leipzig. She works with video, installation, sculpture and 3D animation, among other techniques.

"I deal with intimacy, interactions and non-human ecosystems... The method I use feeds from feminist science fiction and its emancipatory potential."
Natalia Tikhonova © Alexander Lavrentiev Natalia Tikhonova 1986, RF, currently lives and works in St Petersburg. She is multidisciplinary artist, curator and media-researcher. She acquired her first education in theoretical physics, and after that in the field of art in Roerich Art College and School for young artists at Pro Arte Foundation. Her art projeсts participated in various shows in Russia and abroad, including Ural Industrial Biennale and Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Natalia is an active participant of russian art scene and organized multiple curatorial projects at the intersection of arts, technology and community-based art.

"My main interests are coming from the hybrid environment, regime and metastable states, with their instability and fluidity and its paradoxes of stop and move at the same time... I try to define these processes by examining post-soviet, traumas, militarism, mass media, propaganda, collective memory using personal reflections, affective domains and analytic methods."
Scenocosme : Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt © Scenocosme The couple artists Gregory Lasserre and Anais met den Ancxt work under the name Scenocosme. Their works came from possible hybridizations between the technology and living world (plants, stones, water, wood, humans.,..). Their artworks are exhibited in numerous museums, contemporary art centres and digital art festivals in the world.

"Our works came from possible hybridizations between the living world and technology which meeting points incite them to invent sensitive and poetic languages."
Sisters Hope - Wa(l)king Copenhagen. © TheIdianalindhardt Sisters Hope is an award-winning international performance group based in Copenhagen. Their work unfolds at the intersection of performance art, research and activism and intervenes into different everyday life contexts and institutions. The work is highly immersive and sense-stimulating and applies interactivity to create transformative encounters and create poetic universes that one can not only participate in, but inhabit.

"Our ambition is to make the sensuous and poetic accessible to as many people as possible - to 'democratize the aesthetic'."