Cyfest Presents: Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness

Gallery 6–10pm
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Join us at the opening reception for free wine and beer, with artists in attendance, plus a special shorts block screening in our theater! RSVP here!

The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is proud to once again partner with Cyfest for our December 2017 exhibition. For the opening reception, there will be a screening program, a physical installation by Donato Piccolo, and a video installation created by Pratt Institute students.
All works are focused on the theme of "digital cloudiness."
To Touch The Sky
This annual Cyfest Digital Video Art program is a selection of 20 videos chosen from international submissions via an open call. 
2017's iteration explores the role of art in our current forecast, bringing into focus how artists absorb modern technologies as tools to create mirrors of our current selves, and in the process uncovering how we, the population at large, currently rely on augmentation through vast digital means.
"To Touch The Sky" will be screening at the opening reception only and features work from: Alexander Borisov (Russia), Mark Cypher (Australia), Kseniia Galkina (Russia), Ariane Loze (Belgium), Egor Kraft, Pekka Tynkkynen Alina Kvirkveliya & Karina Golubenko (Finland-Russia), Maxim Svishyov (Russia), Alexander Dupuis (USA), Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai (Russia), Ben Grosser (USA), Kuesti Fraun (Germany), Eden Mitsenmacher & Rebecca Tritschler (Netherlands), Dagnini (Russia), Greg Marshall (Canada), Andréa Stanislav (USA), AUJIK (Sweden), Tanya Akhmetgalieva (Russia), Alexander Senko (Russia), Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov (Russia), Andrey Kasay (Russia).
This program of the international video & media artworks is curated by Victoria Ilyushkina and features animated gifs, net art, 3D and stop-motion animation, cinema 4D, mockumentary and performance art, gaming, digital collage, and experimental films. 
Thinking The Unthinkable
Donato Piccolo's kinetic sculptural installation is an interaction between contemporary art, science, and new technology. It is a relationship between man and nature, with the intent of entering the mind of a modern Leonardo da Vinci. Starting from the automaton knight (also known as Leonardo's robot), a mechanical humanoid automaton designed by da Vinci in 1495, Piccolo tries to imagine what da Vinci would create today, reinterpreting and fulfilling the dreams of the Renaissance genius.
Unnatural Disasters
Unnatural Disasters is a collaborative work made specifically for the 27-screen video wall by Blake Marques Carrington's Interactive Studio I class at Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts. Taking inspiration from the festival theme of “Digital Cloudiness”, a team of 9 digital arts students explore ideas around pixelated nature, universal simulation, and the data cloud as a new form of environment. These young artists investigate possibilities for tearing open analog reality, finding consciousness and meditation in a torrent of data. 
Collaborating Artists:
Holly Adams
Tess Adams
Anthony Cavieles
Heidy Cordero-Arias
Lauren Dimaya
Michael Lee
Krystal Li
Jared Lynch
Naeem Murdic
About Cyfest
One of the largest international media art festivals, CYFEST was founded in St. Petersburg in 2007 by independent artists and curators. The festival promotes the emergence of new forms of art and high technology interactions, developing professional connections between artists, curators, engineers and programmers around the world and exposing wide audiences to the works in the field of robotics, video art, sound art and net art. Over the years, the festival has invited artists from Russia, USA, Germany, Japan, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Italy, the Philippines and other countries.

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