CYFEST-14: Ferment, Dartington


‘CYFEST-14: Ferment’ takes place from 17th to 27th September, and examines the theme of fermentation through the dual lenses of art and science. Through art installations, workshops and talks, we will be exploring the metamorphoses that fermentation represents.

CYFEST-14 is collaborating with Dartington Trust, a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre site near Totnes, in Devon, and the experimental art installations will be dotted around the estate for the full ten days of the festival. Audiences will also be able to participate in fermentation talks and workshops, watch films and enjoy food, music and lively discussions. 


Dartington is delighted to collaborate with Cyland, curators of Cyfest-14, for this year’s arts & ecology festival, Ferment.

Based in St. Petersburg, Russia, Cyland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the intersection of art and technology through an annual international festival, visual exhibitions, sound art, video art, and educational programming. Their artists have taken a fresh perspective on the theme of fermentation and we’re excited to share their installations and performances with you here at Dartington.

Natasha Rivett-Carnac, Curator Arts & Ecology, Dartington Trust

Fermentation in the conventional sense is a technological process in food industry. However, if we give it some thought, practically everything that happens over time to animate, inanimate and even strictly material objects falls under this definition. Wine undergoes a long process of change of state from ripe grapes to beverages of various degree of sweetness and strength. Human relationships also get ‘fermented’ over the years, acquiring various degrees of intensity and transforming from young and raw to mellowed and mature.

The world culinary art is abundant with recipes based on fermentation processes: pickled vegetables and mushrooms, beer, salted fish in the north and air-dried meat and fruit, fish sauce of Greek cuisine in the south. Cosmetologists of the entire world have long been trying to stop or at least slow down the ‘fermentation’ process of human beauty.

Cosmetologists of the entire world have long been trying to stop or at least slow down the ‘fermentation’ process of human beauty.

But the process of all these metamorphoses is quite a lot of fun, it is often picturesque, it even has an interesting sound to it, and it has inspired quite a few artists all over the world. Authors of the works showcased at the festival Cyfest-14: Ferment call to each other with changes to things live and dead, color and smell, sounds and impressions.

Anna Frants, Curator, Cyland MediaArtLab

Featuring artworks by Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, Alexandra Dementieva, Alexey Grachev, Sergey Komarov, Vasily Bakanov, Victoria Ilyushkina, Wouter Van Veldhoven, Oleg Malenok, Alexander Bochkov, Andrey Strokov.


BPM — Blobs Per Minute, sound installation — Oleg Malenok, Vasily Bakanov, Alexey Grachev, Andrei Strokov, Alexander Bochkov, 2021
Light That’s Been Shed, site-specific object — Elena Gubanova, Ivan Govorkov, 2000
Quantum, sound installation — Alexey Grachev and Sergey Komarov, 2017
Slow Burning, intermedia installation — Vasilii Bakanov, 2020
Source of Energy, Symbiosis Light sculpture with living entity — Alexandra Dementieva, 2021
The Process. Darnitsa Bread, audio-visual installation — Victoria Ilyushkina, 2021



Symphony for 2 Bicycles, performance, interactive sound installation — Alexey Grachev, Alexander Bochkov, 2021
Artists Union. Sketching English Countryside, performance — Anna Frants, 2021
Subjectivization of Sound, performance, — Alexey Grachev and Sergey Komarov, 2015



curated by Victoria Ilyushkina

The CYLAND Video Archive will present ‘Digital Fermentation’, a video art program of 9 works, from the
first films by underground Saint Petersburg filmmakers of the 1990s to contemporary artists working with digital video and the transformation of various media genres: found footage, animation, installation, dance, etc. The program demonstrates experiments by artists to shift the boundaries of perceiving reality, and to examine the “human” and “non-human” through the use of new digital technologies. 

Featuring videos by: Boris Kazakov, Evgeny Yufit, Anya Tsyrlina, Maya Popova, Vika Ilyushkina, Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Dana Levy, Francesca Fini, Alexandra Lerman, Alena Tereshko.

Boris Kazakov — Nestlings of the Sea, 1996, 05:39
Evgeny Yufit — Woodcutter, 1985, 06:00
Anya Tsyrlina — All other things equal, 2020, 19:32
Vika Ilyushkina & Maya Popova — Acrobatic Sketch, 2012, 07:29
Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Disappearing Staircases, 2015, 04:28
Dana Levy, Emerging From the Swamp, 2016, 04:00
Francesca Fini, Skinned, 2018, 07:24
Alexandra Lerman, The Return of the Return of the Giant Hogweed, 2019, 04:00
Alena Tereshko, Field, 2015, 05:44



In January 2022, the MA in Arts and Ecology will begin at Dartington Arts School. As a space for dialogue and exploration, we are establishing a residency alongside the academic programme. We are inviting applications for a three-week residency at Dartington, starting on 6 September and leading up to the CYFEST 14: Ferment festival. Find out more >

IMG_3775 By Alexandra Dementieva*Photo by Alexandra Dementieva

Dartington Trust is a centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200 acre site near Totnes, in Devon. Throughout our history we have drawn leading artists and thinkers including Bernard Leach, composer Igor Stravinsky, cellist Jacqueline du Pre, musician Ravi Shankar, playwright Bernard Shaw and environmental activist Vandana Shiva.

“Today, we are: Schumacher CollegeDartington Arts School, Research in Practice, and Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs

— a social-enterprise hub for like-minded organisations and charities

— a place for nature with range of conservation, agroforestry and sustainable food-growing projects.

— a creative community with a year-round programme of art and craft short courses, theatre, music and dance events as well as a wide selection of films at the independent Barn Cinema.

We are also an award-winning destination with woodland walks, riverside trails, cafés, and restaurants and family-friendly activities.”