Anna Frants
from series “Coordinate system”
Installation, 2023

Arduino C, Python; Raspberry Pi 3, Arduino controllers; micro projectors, media players, LED strip; artificial plastic rock, podium

Engineers: Philipp Avetisov, Denis Andreev, Eugene Ovsyannikov, Dmitry Shirokov
Video engineer: Alexander Bochkov
Supported by CYLAND MediaArtLab

In her work “Obstinacy and Persistence”, Anna Frants reflects on these apparent synonyms. Obstinacy is common to both humans and animals, and even more so to the latter, since the saying goes “obstinate as a mule”, and not the other way around. As for persistence, it is mainly characteristic of people who possess this quality, helping them to win at any work, even as meaningless as the one Sisyphus had. Camus, however, believed that the Sisyphean labor has as much meaning as most of our contemporary jobs in factories or offices. An obstinate creature will make every effort to not budge. But a persistent person will be moving forward or upward, overcoming all the obstacles and being guided by a star in the sky or, by flickers of light running up the tamarind seedpod.

Anna Frants is an artist, curator in the field of media art. She graduated from the Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design (Leningrad, USSR) and Pratt Institute (New York, USA). Founder of the nonprofit cultural foundation Cyland Foundation Inc. Cofounder of CYLAND MediaArtLab and CYFEST. Frants’ interactive installations have been showcased at Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), Video Guerrilha Festival (Brazil), Manifesta 10 Biennale (2014, St. Petersburg, Russia), Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany), Hatcham Church Gallery, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), Dartington Estate (UK), Ca’ Foscari Zattere Cultural Flow Zone (Venice, Italy), MAXXI Museum (Rome, Italy), National Arts Club (New York, USA) and at other major venues all over the world. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), Sergey Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Kolodzei Art Foundation (New York, USA) as well as in numerous private collections. She lives and works in Miami, USA.

Participation in Exhibitions:
September 2-18,
15th International Media Art Festival “Cyberfest”

In Russian