The ninth “Cyberfest” at the Hermitage bids farewell to analog culture. At the festival, pianos are chopped with axes, shattered cathode-ray tubes are displayed, and there is a longing for a non-digital era. However, since last year, only a fraction of “Cyberfest,” conceived by Saint Petersburg natives Anna Frants and Marina Koldobskaya, can be seen at the Hermitage. In 2014, the main venue moved to Berlin, and this year to Bogota. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty to impress in Saint Petersburg.
The unfashionable house, reflecting a romantic Edwardian style, located at 2 East 63rd Street in New York, stands in a highly respectable location, just a block and a half from Fifth Avenue and Central Park. But its prestigious geography is not the only notable aspect. The 1921 mansion, distinct from its contemporaries for its expansive width of nearly forty meters, was designed by architect Friedrich Sterner. Unlike neighboring buildings built vertically due to the extraordinary cost of land, Sterner’s design sprawls horizontally. Its three visible stories from the street, with a fourth only visible from the rear, defy local standards with a spacious inner courtyard featuring a fountain, surrounded by rooms on the first floor.
At the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the “Timekeeper” exhibition features installations by contemporary Belgian and American artists, exploring the theme of time. This five-day exhibition includes the works of Anna Frants, Alexandra Dementieva, Arno Jacobs, and Koen Theys.
from May 30 to June 3
Location: Youth Center halls of the State Hermitage in the Main Headquarters
The “Timekeeper” International Multimedia Project will be presented in the Youth Center halls of the State Hermitage Museum in the Main Headquarters.
Participants: Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium), Arnold Jacobs (Belgium), Anna Frants (USA-Russia), Koen Theys (Belgium), and a collection of time-related letters by Lea Sturtridge (USA-Germany).
Curator: Sofia Kudryavtseva.
Time, relentless and indifferent, serves as a driving force. It compels humans to seek understanding and to be understood, drives them to create something more significant than themselves, and defines their purpose.
The works displayed at the exhibition, far removed from daily anger and immediate reactions to current events, gain significance today as History reasserts its demands on each of us. Reflections on Time are more relevant than ever.
An article by Silvia Bertoletti describes the traveling group exhibition about Time
Posted on: 8 August 2012
A traveling group exhibition examining the presence of past, present and future… between St Petersburg, Brussels, Istanbul, Berlin and Brooklyn. Three artists developed the theme of Time in its different dimensions (the present, the past and the future): Alexandra Dementieva, Anna Frants & Aernoudt Jacobs.