The 11th CYFEST Special Exhibition Opens in Venice, Italy

September 28,  the 11th CYFEST presents a special exhibition at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. The main project of CYFEST11 is named “Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness”. Digital clouds are storages without forms and borders. There are private, public and hybrid clouds. The otherworld is built, new atmosphere for the existence of information in our lives is created. In August 2006 started Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) project and almost at once terms «cloud» and «cloud computing» appeared in one of the speeches of Eric Schmidt, head of Google. Since then we have been seeing numerous references to cloud computing in mass media and scientific publications of experts of Information Technology. Observing the evolution of cloud technologies and adapting scientific discoveries to creative processes 11 artists from 5 countries offer their own “weather forecast” to the public in Venice.

This year, CYFEST’s special exhibition coincides with series of events for the 150 anniversary of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. For more information on the anniversary visit



September 28—October 28, 2018

Tuesday—Saturday: 10AM to 6PM
Sunday: 3PM to 7PM
Free entrance

CFZ – Cultural Flow Zone, Zattere al Pontelungo, Dorsoduro 1392, Venezia

Exhibition Curators: Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Silvia Burini, Giuseppe Barbieri, Isabella Indolfi, Vlad Strukov

Artists: Marina Alekseeva (Russia), Oğuz Emre Bal (Turkey), Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium), Fabio Giampietro (Italy), Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia), Aleksey Grachev & Sergey Komarov (Russia), Donato Piccolo (Italy), Marco Nereo Rotelli (Italy), Anna Frants (Russia–USA)


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Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has dedicated attention and research to the field of relationships between new technologies (digital and multimedia), artistic and cultural heritage and contemporary artistic practice. This has been carried out through exhibitions (from the beginning of 2009), international conferences (in particular the cycle on “New Perspectives New Technologies”, 2011 and 2013), meetings and round tables, in which survey perspectives, specific devices and elaborate research projects were presented. A dialogue that has involved dozens of universities and research centers from every continent and in which artists, scholars and curators confronted. The fruitful relationship with CYLAND MediaArtLab started in 2011, coinciding with the 54th Biennial of Visual Arts.

On September 28th at 10.30 am, during the preview, of the exhibition WEATHER FORECAST: DIGITAL CLOUDINESS curators and artists organized a workshop open to everyone to discuss science applied to art and new technologies.

Speakers: Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium) and Vlad Strukov (UK)


Convergence as a new method

Human history gives many examples of how people are trying to understand and describe the world around us. Art and science play an important role in this process. The topics and methods have different traditions, and the target audiences are different, but the motivations and goals are basically the same. Several decades these two anthropological practices were separated and made their own ways till the 20th centaury.

Since 60th artists began to use different innovative technical tools invented by applied science  that enlarged their palette of activities but it brought to a crucial division on traditional arts and multimedia. And it was lasting nearly 50 years.

Nowadays there is an important shift to converge these two art practices and we see more and more works that use the both approaches in their creations: traditional sculpture materials as wood or clay, oil painting and drawing in combination with software and hardware.


Organs on Display: Technologizing the Body in Contemporary Art

(Human) body as a medium is used in a number of arts such as dance, performance and others. Technology is often imagined as something that exists in opposition to the human body, or even threatens it. Theories and projects exploring how the human body can be extended with the help of technologies are abundant. In this presentation, I consider how organs—the heart, lungs, and so on—can be used as a medium in contemporary art. More specifically, I look at how organs are technologized. For example, I discuss how organs are thought of as technologies of vision. I critically survey projects that use organs as elements of installations and display to portray technologies.

Participants: Marina Alekseeva, Giuseppe Barbieri, Silvia Burini, Alexandra Dementieva, Anna Frants, Ivan Govorkov, Aleksey Grachev, Elena Gubanova, Sergey Komarov, Marco Nereo Rotelli

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