CYFEST-14: Ferment, Arizona, USA

Vasilii Bakanov and Andrew Strokov (Russia), Slow burning. Still Life (open-ended), installation, 2020 (edition of 2021). CYFEST-14, HayArt Cultural Center. Photograph by Ann Prilutckaia. 

As part of Emerge: A Festival of Futures, 2022

Arizona, United States


November 14-20, 2022


ASU MIX Center

50 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona

Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Mon-Sun

Admission free


Philipp Avetisov, Vasilii Bakanov, Alexander Bochkov, Alexandra Dementieva, Anna Frants, Ivan Govorkov, Alexey Grachev, Elena Gubanova, Ivan Karpov, Katran, Alexandra Lerman, Oleg Malenok, Andrew Strokov. 


Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Lydia Griaznova.  


November 18 — Exhibition presentation 

November 19 — Opening of Emerge: A Festival of Futures

Workshops by СYLAND’s artists and engineers Alexander Bochkov, Sergey Komarov, and Philipp Avetisov on creative use of LiDAR, found tapes, and experimental video and sound mixing.

Performance by ​​Alexey Grachev, Alexander Bochkov, and Sergey Komarov, Symphony for bicycles.

LASER Talk ASU-CYLAND: Fermentation featuring Anne Marie Maes, Jenny Strickland, Sara El-Sayed, and Natalia Kolodzei. 

CYLAND Media Art Lab, in partnership with Arizona State University, the Mesa Arts Center, the City of Mesa, and Leonardo ISAST present CYFEST-14: Ferment. 

CYFEST-14 is collaborating with Emerge: A Festival of Futures, and extends its program with a 7-day thematic media art exhibition, interdisciplinary workshops on creative use of technologies, experimental video and sound mixing, and a LASER Talk ASU-CYLAND online discussion featuring Anne Marie Maes, Jenny Strickland, Sara El-Sayed, and Natalia Kolodzei. 

CYFEST-14: Ferment Arizona showcases works of thirteen artists, most of them developed out of CYLAND’s long-term collaborative programs to demonstrate how meaningful art can be to communicate complex stories while bringing forth deeper connection and understanding to our hybrid “fermented” environments. Some of these artworks are on loan from the Kolodzei Art Foundation and provided specifically for the exhibition.

“Fermentation as a natural process might be an entry point in seeking new approaches to perceive the world and to devise alternative attitudes of how to live here differently. To be able to respect life as it is and share the world with others seems to be an essential feature and an ongoing training process in an ever-changing world. Sometimes a radical step will not be another leap in progress made in a blink of the eye, but will take place extremely slowly, with a long-standing accumulation of energy. Where there was once a sharply-focused vision with a well-planned horizon of the future, there will be a wide-angle observation of ways to exist ‘other than me’ — planetary, existentially, organically. 

“We are inevitably part of the world of many forms and ways of lives, despite how individual and separated our own life might feel sometimes. How could we be conscious and responsible actors in this process? Art might not provide straightforward and exact answers, but it may offer some clues about the directions where these answers could be located.” — Anna Frants, Lydia Griaznova, CYLAND Media Art Lab Curators.

The exhibition is supported by One Market Data. 


Alexander Bochkov, Scan for fun 

November 19, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM MST


Workshop on creative use of LiDAR by an engineer, 3D modeler, and media artist Alexander Bochkov.

Using LiDAR is a simple way to move our life and surrounding environment to a 3D space. It is also a way to extend artistic practice or advertise brand content. 

The workshop includes a tutorial that will allow you to become familiar with creative LiDAR tools available on your phone. You will learn how to collect 3D objects from real surroundings, import and transform the received data, and use it in art projects (VR / AR / graphic textures).

Sergey Komarov, Lost Tapes

November 19, 2022, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM MST


Workshop on experimental sound art techniques with sound artist, curator, engineer, and computer programmer Sergey Komarov.

The workshop is designed to search for found sound art in a very narrow format — on old cassette tapes from flea markets and attics. The quality doesn’t matter. The worse the better! During the workshop, participants will be able to try to find and subjectify unusual soundings on usual recordings, reflecting on them based on their own experience. The most interesting results will probably join the CYLAND Media Art Lab sound art archive:

Philipp Avetisov, Visualization of sound and audialization of images. Principles, patterns, algorithms

November 19, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MST


Workshop on experimental video and sound mixing with artist and engineer Philipp Avetisov.

During this workshop, you will learn about the basic principles, patterns, and algorithms of audio-visual artistic production as well as tools for creating audible images and visible sounds. 


Alexey Grachev, Alexander Bochkov, and Sergey Komarov, Symphony for bicycles

The artists on the bikes regulate the sound and rhythm by their pedaling, and together create the final work. How the “symphony” is performed depends on the motion of both cyclists. The intentions and aspirations of the participant acquire sonic expression. They may become synchronized, and try to turn the pedals in the same rhythm, to be in harmony. Or they may intentionally disturb this and cause harmonic fluctuations, creating complex combinations of sounds that arise when movements are not synchronized. 

CYLAND is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by independent artists and curators. For over 13 years, CYLAND has been dedicated to supporting the production and exhibition of New Media Art. We promote the emergence of new forms of art and high technology interactions, develop professional connections between artists, curators, engineers and programmers around the world and expose wide audiences to works in the field of robotics, video art, sound art and net art. Emerging or established, local or international, our selected artists are provided with resources, from technicians to equipment and professional development. Over the years, CYLAND has held the annual CYFEST, organizing and participating in various exhibition projects around the world, working on sound and video art archives.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation, a 501(c)(3) US-based non-profit corporation founded in 1991, arranges art exhibitions in museums, universities and cultural centers throughout the United States and Europe. Its Board of Directors includes distinguished business, diplomatic and cultural figures in US-European relations. The Kolodzei Art Foundation also arranges cultural exchanges and publishes books on art. 

Leonardo/ISAST LASER Talks are a program of international gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, humanists and technologists for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of LASER is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building. In September 2020, CYLAND Media Art Lab became the official representative of Leonardo/ISAST LASER Talks.