“Today media constructs reality. Digital technologies change the society, politics and economics, but we are also changing with them. Technologies are extensions of our nervous system. We mutate gradually and become part of it. Under the pressure of the infinite number of cameras, stucked in the web, on one hand, we loose our freedom. But on the other - we expand our rights day by day via technological innovations. Art is not an outsider now, it's a trendsetter with new ideas and introduction into various fields is not directly connected to it. Only art with its intuition and power of imagination not limited by either discourse, or status, or norm becomes able to perceive the vague outlines of the future...”
Olga Shishko, PRO&CONTRA curator
The PRO&CONTRA Symposium consists of six sections which include talks by theoreticians, artists, curators and public figures, as well as discussions, classes on various subjects and a presentation programme.
HYBRID MEDIA SECTION
Со-curated by Daria Parkhomenko, Director, curator of LABORATORIA Art&Science Space (Russia)
The main characteristics of hybrid art are its borderline nature, fluidity of forms, its use of research practices in which interdisciplinary creative groups are involved. Works of hybrid art are very sensitive to technological and scientific innovations and expand the borders of their comprehension. This type of art is frequently realized in the form of research or experiment, resulting in new forms: generative art, transgenic art, science-based performance strategies, robotic art, multiuser environments, virtual environments and so on.
In the course of the section’s work: talks by hybrid media theoreticians and practitioners, discussions of the subject and the best PRO&CONTRA OPEN CALL projects, presentation and discussion of VNEDRENIE (Introduction) science and art project.
15.00 HYBRID MEDIA SECTION
Moderated by Daria Parkhomenko
Dmitry Bulatov (curator of Kaliningrad department of National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Russia) — Techno-Biological Art: The new state of living;
17.00 HYBRID MEDIA SECTION — FROM AN IDEA TO THE EVOCATION
Panel discussion, moderators: Dmitry Bulatov, Daria Parkhomenko
Partisipants: Boris Debackere (V2 Unstable Media Institute, Netherlands), Kate Gandrabura (Special Projects Department, ROSNANO, Russia), Attila Nemes (The Kitchen medialab Centre, Hungary), Irina Aktuganova (Zimin Fund, Russia), Alexei Shulgin (Electroboutique, Russia), Alina Ignatova (MediaArtLab, Russia), Anna Belyaeva, Olga Barkovskaya (Independent curators, Russia), Mikhail Burtsev (Neurosciences department at the NBIC-centre — National Research Centre at Kurchatov Institute, Russia), Martin Honzik (Next Idea, Ars Electronica, Austria).
20.30 PRO&CONTRA OPENCALL — HYBRID MEDIA
Presentation and discussion. Projects of the 2011 nominees.
Julia Borovaya, Sergei Kasic, Vadim Smakhtin — "LIQUID ~ DO performance", Kawarga Dmitry — "Residual consciousnessstream-4", Bezshtanko Julia — "disappearance", Constantine Ager — "Memory of Rain".