“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
One of the special projects of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary art, the PRO&CONTRA Symposium is organized by MediaArtLab Centre for Contemporary Art and Culture. Held for the second time this year,. PRO&CONTRA is a special space open for discussions, talks, free interaction of artists, curators, journalists, students and all interested in learning more about the most avant-garde and hi-tech in contemporary creativity.
PRO&CONTRA includes talks by theoreticians and practitioners of media art, a special Open Call prize for media art projects, an exhibition project and workshops for budding artists, panels, screenings of world media festivals’ programmes and night performances by sound artists.
1. PRO&CONTRA OPEN CALL
Projects by Russian and CIS artists researching various kinds of new media art in four nominations: Tactical Media, Interactive Media, Hybrid Media and Sound Art. The competition’s aim is to lay bare the connections between art, politics, economics and technology and to present the most interesting borderline projects.
2. SPECIAL EVENTS
German Cultural Centre (Goethe-Institut) in Moscow presents:
The Royal Netherlands Embassy presents:
Austrian Cultural forum presents:
3. CULTURAL INCUBATOR — CONFERENCE
The PRO&CONTRA Symposium consists of seven sections which include talks by theoreticians, artists, curators and public figures, as well as discussions, classes on various subjects and a presentation programme.
GLOBAL MEDIA section
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...
SCREEN AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA section
Media art draws its participants into an active interaction with an object of art, using various audiovisual means including video, technical vision technologies, telecommunications, sensory feedback devices, acoustic characteristics, performance basis, site-specific and theatre experiments.
HYBRID MEDIA section
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 kind 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, multi user environments, virtual environments and so on.
TACTICAL MEDIA section
Media activism projects aim to change social life, namely media interventions of public space, locative media, digital communities, creative interfaces for social networks and communicative communities, art in the form of video games.
MEDIA FESTIVALS section
SOUND ART section
Performances using digital and electro acoustic technologies, demonstrating new experimental methods of processing and visualization of sound processes, using situational potential of a live performance, radio, net and interactive and self-generating music, sound sculptures and sound installations expanding our concept of the nature of sound and its perception.
4. VIDEO FESTIVALS’ NIGHT
The program of best works is presented by: Japan Media arts festival, Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), LOOP Festival (Spain).
5. ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
PRO&CONTRA OF MEDIA CULTURE PRESS-CONFERENCE
Participants — members of the board of experts:
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).
Panel discussion "Media art and interdisciplinary practice: The problem of teaching".
Moderated by Asya Silaeva (MediaArtLab Center, Russia).
Participants: Alexander Evangely (The Rodchenko Moscow School of photography and Multimedia, Russia), Daria Paramonova (Strelka: Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Russia), Svetlana Maiborodskaya (Communications Academy, Russia), Alexander Mishin (British Higher School of Art&Design, Russia), Vlad Sevetsev (Audiovisual Academy, Russia), Olga Shishko (MediaArtLab CAC, Russia), Daria Kamyshnikova (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Free Workshops program, Russia), Dmitry Galkin (University of Tomsk, Russia), Arseny Zhilyaev (Winzavod Centre of Contemporary Art, Start, Russia).