Alexandra Dementieva and Anne Marie Maes at CYFEST-14: Ferment in Yerevan

True to its nomadic character, CYFEST-14, after its first visit to Dartington last September, will be presented for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia from 10 to 25 October. Alexandra Dementieva and AnneMarie Maes figure amongst the 30 artists from 7 countries that work around the festival’s theme Ferment.

As Anna Frants, founder of CYLAND MediaArtLab, artist, and one of the curators of the festival states on this year’s theme

“Fermentation in the conventional sense is a technological process in the 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 ‘ferment’ over the years, acquiring various degrees of intensity and transforming from young and raw to mellowed and mature.”

AnneMarie Maes, Sensorial Skin, details during installation, 2022

Alexandra Dementieva, Sleeper, Interactive sound installation; tapestry, AR, 2015–2017

The central venue of the festival in Yerevan is the HayArt Cultural Center — a multifunctional space that features the entire spectrum of contemporary culture – from visual, performance and digital art and photography to architecture, experimental film, electronic and classical music.

​The partner of the “Digital Fermentation” video program will be the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art NPAK

Mariateresa Sartori
The Pathetics, video, 2018–2022

The artists include AnneMarie Maes, artist, biotechnologist, author of a series of techno-organic objects on the basis of bacteria, algae and plants, Marin Kasimir, multidisciplinary artist and researcher into photographic vision, Mariateresa Sartori, an artist who combines neurobiology, music and sound in her works, the Where Dogs Run group, pioneers of science art, William Latham, artist, professor of computer art and game development at Goldsmith College, and Luca Forcucci, artist, composer and researcher into the relationships between sound, consciousness, perception, memory and the body.

Curators: Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Victoria Ilyushkina, Sergei Komarov, Natalia Kolodzei. 

CYFEST is organized by the CYLAND Media Art Lab and One Market Data Yerevan.

HayArt Cultural Center

7a Mashtots Ave. Yerevan, Armenia

10-25 October 2022

Mon–Sun: 11:00 – 19:00

Find more info in English and Armenian here.

— Featured image: Marin Kasimir, Edition, 2019

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