Offline/Online Exhibition Opens in St. Petersburg with Installation from CYLAND

September 20, Cultural Center Gromov opens an exhibition in St. Petersburg including an installation from Anna Frants and CYLAND MediaArtLab. Entitled “Offline/Online”, the exhibition project explores the impact of new technologies on the development of art, art collecting, as well as on communication between art and its audience. Many works of mixed media featuring technologies of augmented and virtual reality are presented in the exhibition along with more traditional media like painting and sculpture.


Included in the exhibition is Trembling Creatures, an installation by Anna Frants and CYLAND MediaArtLab, playfully responding to a question from the great Russian literature: “Am I a trembling creature or have I the right?”

Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky pondered a question: “Am I a trembling creature or have I the right?” This installation answers positively both parts of this compound question: Yes, you are a trembling creature, and yes, you have the right… to tremble from any change in the world around you as do these hats felted by Hannes Kivits, Estonian artist… and set into moving or, rather, into trembling by any motion or gesture of the viewer. Perhaps, they literally follow the mandate of the Apostle Paul and “work out their salvation with fear and trembling”. Or they remind us that life is movement unlike, for instance, immovable stones above the Arctic Circle that, ironically, served as an inspiration for this work.

Curated by Antonio Geusa, Marina Alvitre and Ivan Puzyrev, Offline/Online is open for free admission at the Cultural Center Gromov (Gromova 4, St. Petersburg) from September 20 to December 6, 2019. For more information, visit

CC Gromov was conceived as a multi-purpose venue for concerts, exhibitions, theater productions, seminars, round-table discussions, meet-the-artist sessions, business meetings and other events. The two-level exhibition space, the stage and auditorium with a seating capacity of 150 are suitable for any kind of chamber events.