CYBERFEST-2011 in the Hermitage Youth Education Center
On November 18-23, 2011, the Fifth Festival of Cybernetic Art CYBERFEST-2011 took place in the Hermitage Youth Education Center. The festival included lectures and master classes.
CYBERFEST is the only festival of cybernetic art in Russia, that is, art that combines living, biological, and bodily substance with computer technology. This year, the festival was attended by more than 80 artists from twelve countries, including the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
The Hermitage Youth Education Center presented the musical sculpture of the classic of European media art Peter Vogel, the Interactive Kiss installation by Canadian artists Jean Dubois and Chloe Lefebvre, the Contact Field installation by Belgian artist Alexandra Dementyeva, which had already been shown in Venice this year, and many other works of art.
The educational program included lectures by Phillip Niblock, Michael
Schumacher, Fred Forest and Sophie Laveau. Dorit Chrysler told the visitors
about the heritage of Lev Termen, and performed music on the termenvox,
an electrical musical instrument created in 1919 by Russian inventor Lev
Sergeevich Termen, which the performer plays by moving his or her hands
around the antennae of the device, changing the circuit capacitance and
thus the pitch. Sophie Laveau presented her Active Matrix interactive
installation, which allows the viewers to roam freely inside a 3D painting.
The only Russian expert in bioart, Dmitry Bulatov, gave a lecture about
the science of art and the technological unconscious. The program of Cyberfest-2011
culminated with a master class by