Retrospective Show of Video Programs Screened at CYFEST Festivals 2012–2015


Youth Educational Centre of the State Hermitage Museum

From the video archive of CYLAND MediaArtLab
Curated by Victoria Ilyushkina


The CYLAND Video Archive has been in operation since 2008. This is the first archive of this kind in Russia: all the works that are gathered in it are accessible for view in the internet. The archive’s basis was composed of video works of the artists who participated in CYFEST festivals that had been held by CYLAND MediaArtLab since 2007. Among them are Ludmila Belova (Russia), Alina and Jeff Bliumis (USA), Vladimir Bystrov (Russia), Yuriy Vassiliev (Russia), Anna Jermolaewa (Austria), Maxim Ilyukhin (Russia), Boris Kazakov (Russia), Anna Kolosova (Russia), Yulia Lanina (Russia-USA), Olga Lovtsyus (Sweden), Vladimir Logutov (Russia), Dmitri Lurie (Norway), Konstantin Mitenev (Russia), Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva (Russia), Maxim Svischev (Russia), Vladimir Smirnov-Lilo (Russia), Anna Frants (Russia-USA), Masha Sha (Russia-USA), Kirill Shuvalov (Ukraine), FNO Group (“Factory of Found Clothing”, Russia), Blue Noses Group (Russia), Ne v Focuse Group (Russia) and others.

The video archive was conceived as a platform for networking and interaction of artists, computer programmers, videographers, engineers, artteachers and curators from various countries. Its main objectives are to become a vehicle for the exchange of professional information and to provide artists with an opportunity to promote their works. The collection of CYLAND MediaArtLab includes video art, experimental films, computer graphics, 3D animation, stop-motion animation, poetic video, video documentation of art and education projects in the field of cutting-edge technologies. Currently, the collection comprises over 400 videos by approximately 100 artists and art groups from Russia as well as 30 artists from other countries. Exhibitions and screenings of programs from CYLAND Video Archive have been held in Great Britain, France, Brazil, Turkey, America, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Eastern Europe.

For each CYFEST, the video archive’s curator Victoria Ilyushkina selects works for the international competition video program whose concept corresponds to a current slogan of the festival. This program is a philosophical statement of sorts; it aims to reflect the changes that take place in our mind and perception of the reality around us and the virtual reality as affected by digital technologies. The artist’s outlook is a sensitive barometer of those changes.

In addition to this, CYFEST festivals have organized screenings of the international video programs that were done by curators from different countries: “A Short Term Effect”, 2010, curator Olga Jürgenson (Great Britain); “Not So Distant Memory”, 2011, curator Boshko Boscovic (USA); “Action Planning: Reaction”, 2011, curators Natalia Prikhodko (Russia) and Yulia Garbuzova (France); “Cross-Over”, 2012, curator Miguel Petchkovsky Morais (Brazil-Netherlands).

As part of CYFEST video programs, works of many renowned foreign artists have been showcased, including Reynold Reynolds (Germany), Laure Prouvost(UK), Andrea Acosta (Germany), Mariateresa Sartori (Italy), Francesca Fini (Italy), Anna Yermolaewa (Austria), Pink Twins Group (Finland), Anssi Kasitonni (Finland), Alex Villar (Brazil-USA), Fernanda d’Agostino (USA), Fernando Velazquez (Brazil) and others.

Currently, due the collection’s growth and the rapid development of technologies, the archive uses the platform Ascribe for the storage and demonstration of video works. This platform allows to register the digital copyright and to store files for an unlimited number of years. The archive consists of two parts: the first is the work on the site with an open access, and the second is the data base for professionals and curators that is accessible at aspecial request. Plans of CYLAND Video Archive include the creation and cataloging of a largest data base of international and Russian digital art.

For the tenth CYFEST, a retrospective show has been prepared that consists of several video programs that participated in the festivals of past years.

“Way Up”, 2012:

Mariateresa Sartori (Italy)
Francesca Fini (Italy)
Anna Jermolaewa (Austria)
Tina Willgren (Sweden)
Joaquin Palencia (Philippines)
Rimas Sakalauskas (Lithuania)
Heini Aho (Finland)
Pink Twins Group (Finland)
Loudwig van Ludens (Germany)
Anssi Kasitonni (Finland)
Natalia Abalakova, Anatoliy Zhigalov (Russia)

“Changing Landscapes 2”, 2013

Boris Kazakov (Russia)
Anton Khlabov (Russia)
Masha Sha (Russia)
Maxim Svischev (Russia)
“Upward!” Community (Russia)
Yuriy Vassiliev (Russia)
Laboratory of Poetry Actionism (Russia)
Soap Group (Russia)
Ludmila Belova (Russia)
Dimitri Lurie (Norway)
Daria Pisareva, Таnya Akhmetgalieva (Russia)
Victoria Begalskaya (Russia)

“Universe in Your Pocket”, 2014

Anna Jermolaewa (Austria)
Francesca Fini (Italy)
Marcantonio Lunardi (Italy)
Mark Salvatus (Philippines)
AUJIK (Japan)
Rasmus Albertsen (Denmark)
Yuriy Vassiliev (Russia)
Alena Tereshko (Russia)
Mauricio Sanhueza (Peru)
Sandrine Deumier, Alx P.op (France)
Yannis Kranidiotis (Greece)
Arya Sukapura Putra (Indonesia)
Jean-Michel Rolland (France)
Eleonore Joulin (Belgium)
Maria Korporal (Germany)
Luda Kartoshkina (Russia)
Emilija Skarnulyte (Lithuania)
Ryo Ikeshiro (UK)

“Modus Operandi”, 2015

Eden Mitsenmacher (Israel)
Jeroen van Loon (Netherlands)
Nelmarie du Preez (South Africa)
Egor Kraft (Russia)
Blanca Rego (Spain)
Michael Wirthig (Austria)
Veronika Reichl (USA-Germany)
Luigia Cardarelli (Italy)
Felice Hapetzeder (Sweden)
Silvia Winkler (Austria), Stefan Koeperl (Germany)
Martina Menegon (Italy)
Nicholas Steindorf (USA)
Francesc Martí (Spain)
claRa apaRicio yoldi (Spain
)Anthony Stephenson (USA)
Oleg Elagin (Russia)
Myriam Thyes (Switzerland-Germany)
Lei Lei (China)
Sebastián Mira (Colombia)
Jeroen Cluckers (Belgium)
Michael Beitz (USA)

About the curator

Victoria Ilyushkina 
Artist, curator. Born in 1971 in Leningrad, USSR. Graduated from the Ilya Repin State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Pro Arte Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia). Her projects are the search for synthesis between contemporary choreography, painting, audio and video. Her works were exhibited at the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Anna Akhmatova Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), ART re.FLEX Gallery (St. Petersburg, Russia), Galerie Iragui (Moscow, Russia), Pfeister Gallery (Gudhjem, Denmark). She participated in the Manifesta 10 Biennale Parallel Program (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014), ”On My Way”exhibition at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy, parallel to the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015) and the 6th Moscow Biennale Special Project “Urbi et Orbi” (Moscow, Russia, 2015). Since 2008 Victoria Ilyushkina has worked as curator for the CYLAND Video Archive and the Cyfest video programs. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.