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PRO&CONTRA International Symposium
Moscow, October 8-11 2011; Krasnoyarsk, October 14-16 2011

The project is realized with Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation support
Under the patronage of Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation
Organized by "MediaArtLab" Centre for Art and Culture
Co-organized by Artplay on Yauza Design Centre
Partners: Royal Netherlands Embassy, Goethe Institut, Moskau, Austrian Cultural Forum

2011 Theme: Total Observer

“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


General partner

Under the patronage of

Supported by

Open Society Institute


Площадка проведения


October 8

12.30 PRO&CONTRA OF MEDIA CULTURE press-conference

15.00 Symposium opening

Opening word by Joseph Backstein (Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Commissar), Irina Prokhorova (Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, Director) and Olga Shishko (“Pro&Contra”, Art director).

15.30 GLOBAL MEDIA section

Peter Weibel (Art historian, Artist, Curator of the main project of the 4th Moscow Biennale, ZKM Director, Germany) — From visual media to social media;

Joseph Backstein (Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Commissar) — Dialectics of the new media;

Olof van Winden (Director of Montevideo - Netherlands Media Arts Institute, Founder/Director TodaysArt Festival) — Media Arts and Digital Culture: General Remarks;

Olga Shishko (“Pro&Contra”, Art director, art critic, MediaArtLab director) — Media Invasion: practices, methods and spaces.

17.00 Symposium’s Special Projects

German Cultural Centre (Goethe-Institut) in Moscow presents:
Michaela Melian (Germany) “Panopticum”.

The Royal Netherlands Embassy presents:
V2_lab at V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Netherlands (Wearable Technology, Augmented Reality, Environment)

Austrian Cultural forum presents:
NEXT IDEA | Ars Electronica (Austria) award winners.

Pro&Contra Open Call. Projects of 2011 nominees.
in the cource of presentation Alla Zagaykevich (Ukraine) Sound performance «Dérive».


Discussion panel, moderated by Karina Karaeva

Boris Debackere (Art director of V2_lab at Unstable Media Institute, Netherlands) — Augmented Dreams;
Kirill Razlogov (Professor, Director of Russian Institute for Cultural Research, Russia) — The future of screen and post-screen forms of creation;
Karina Karaeva (Head of Cinema and Video Art Department at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Russia) — The trick of the screen media. Death of idea;
Constantine Bokhorov (PhD in Cultural Studies, curator, Russia) — Interactive media — between attractiveness and social criticism. 


Presentation and discussion. Projects of the 2011 nominees.

Where the dogs run — "Precipitate", Olga Kiseleva — "Conquistadors at the North Pole", Dmitry Bulnygin — "Flowers", Gor Chahal "Free Love", Taus Makhacheva — "Bullet", Fedorova Tatyana — "I want to London", Natalia Arefieva, Anna Kolosova — "H2Opera", Anna Khodorkovskaya — "Bears". 


Best art-works of Japan Media Arts Festival, Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), LOOP Festival (Spain). 

October 9

A tour (for participants of the symposium) through the 4th Moscow Biennale’s main project (“Changing the worlds”) together with the Moscow Biennale’s Commissar Joseph Backstein and Curator Peter Weibel.

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;
Attila Nemes (Program counsellor of The Kitchen medialab Centre, Hungary) — The only spicy innovation lab;
Dmitry Galkin (professor, media researcher, University of Tomsk, Russia) — Ideal subject of artificial life and aesthetics of hybrid media; 
Daria Parkhomenko (Director, curator LABORATORIA Art&Science Space, Russia) — Case study: Analysis of trends and winners in the nomination Hybrid Art at Ars Electronica Festival 2011.


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).
Online participants: Dietmar Offenhuber (artist, Austria), Oron Catts (Art Director of the «SimbioticA» Laboratory, Australia), Ksenia Fedorova (Senior Researcher, Ekaterinburg branch of the NCCA).

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". 


Teddy Lo (LEDARTIS) (Hong Kong);
Alex Umansky, Sergei Ogirya — "House in the street".

October 10

14.00 GLOBAL MEDIA section

Alexey Shulgin (Artist, Russia), Elena Аrtemenko (The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, Russia) — Artlet, Art of the Globalized World;
Andrey Parshikov (Curator, art critic, Russia) — Sentimental video as a way to combat fashizoid optics;
Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez (Media-artist and researcher, Germany/ Brazil) — Digital Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagic Re-Manisesto  of the Digital Age  

A film by The Yes Men group (USA): The Yes Men save the world (2009).

16.00 TACTICAL MEDIA section

Reports, the co-curator: Tatiana Volkova.

Ivan Zasursky (Head of New Media and Communication Theory Department, Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University, Russia) — The borders of Tactical Media and independent journalism;
Andrey Velikanov (Artist, philosopher, art theoretician, lecturer, Russia) — The artist in the mediaspace. Liberty and responsibility. Is everything allowed? Between productive provocation and disorderly conduct.;
Tatiana Volkova (Director of ZHIR gallery, Russia) — The development of tactical media in Russia


Panel discussion.
Moderated by Tatiana Volkova, Ivan Zasursky.

Participants: Dmitry Model (Media activist, Russia), Andrey Velikanov (Artist, philosopher, art theoretician, lecturer, Russia), Alexandre Bidin (Media activist, Russia), Artem Loskutov (Media activist, Russia), Roman Minaev (Media artist, Russia), Anton Nikolaev (Artist, Russia), Victoria Lomasko (artist, Russia), Dmitry Zhvania (mediaaktivist, Russia).
Online participants: The YES MAN (USA), Avram Finkelstein (Activist, USA).

20.00 Pro&Contra OpenCall/TACTICAL MEDIA

Presentation and discussion. Projects of the 2011 nominees.

Victoria Lomasko, Anton Nikolaev — "Forbidden Art", Anne Brochet — "Wikiantipedia", art-m2 — "GLOBAL ART PROJECT", Gregory Charushin — "Pink Fountain". 

22.00 Video Programme "MEDIA KICK"



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), Boris Debackere, Olof van Winden - Netherlands Media Art Institutes.

16.00 MEDIA FESTIVALS section

Martin Honzik (Head of Festival/Prix department, Austria) — Prix Ars Electronica;

Remco Schuurbiers (Co-director of CTM) — Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, Netherlands/Germany;

Boris Debackere (Art director of V2_lab at V2_Unstable Media Institute, Netherlands) — Critical issue on media festivals;

Emilio Alvarez (LOOP festival director) — LOOP,

Olof van Winden (Director of Montevideo - Netherlands Media Arts Institute, Founder/Director TodaysArt Festival) -TodaysArt Festival. 

17.30 SOUND ART section

The co-curator Sergey Kasich (Sound-artist, curator, Russia).

Presentations, lectures. 

Michaela Melian (Artist, Germany) — Speicher;
Parl Christian Bjørn Vester — GOODIEPAL (artist, musician, hacker, Denmark) — Performance 

20.00 Pro&Contra OpenCall — SOUND ART

Presentation and discussion. Projects of the 2011 nominees.

Yury Kalendarev — "The Standing Wave", Ludmila Belova, programming by Sergey Komarov, Alexey Grachyov, Cyland — "A Time Capsule", Denis Perevalov, Nina Rizhskaya, Igor Sodazot — "Spherephonograph", Valery Aizenberg — "Simone speaks Russian".

21.00 Pro&Contra Syposium Closing

Performances by:

"SHVEITSARIA" ("Switzerland") Group (Alexey Zagniy, Lev Rubinshteyn, Maria Chuykova, Russia);
"EVEREST" Group (Switzerland);
Residents of the SoundArtist.ru community (Oleg Makarov & Patrick K.-H.,:: vtol::, Kurt Liedwart, Kasich).