November 08, 2011
CYBERFEST 11 ST. PETERSBURG
Digital artist and theorist Zoran Poposki will present a video performance at the 11 CYBERFEST International Cyber Art Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 18-23 November 2011. The work will be shown as part of Not So Distant Memory, a video program curated by Boshko Boskovic.
The 11. festival edition is dedicated to the theme Show Us Your Tongue, and includes: exhibitions (media installations and interactive objects), media performances, sound art, educational program (lectures, workshops, movies), video art program, media art for children, and media opera.
According to the statement by the curator Marina Koldobskaya:"Tongues could be simple or complex, archaic or modern, alive and dead, one’s own and somebody else’s. One’s own, native tongue, is, as a rule, but one. We acquire it practically at birth and lose it together with life. If the tongue is lost, everything collapses. Many tongues are not better than one – even builders of the Tower of Babel realized that. The contemporary art is similar to that great construction – tongues got mixed. It has been a few generations already, starting with Pop Art, that artists have been using the language of mass culture and politics, sociology and psychoanalysis, journalism and advertisement, glossy photo and traditional painting, design and graffiti, theater and film, street activism and academic studies, business and outsiderism. A word emerges when a phenomenon emerges; a statement – when there is something to say; a tongue – when there is a community. The international art crown today is not unlike the population of Diaspora: people talk each in their own way, each does his own thing and each lives in his own conditions – and it is no longer really clear what characteristics and what common belief make people recognize their own kind. For how long will art preserve itself without its own speech? And what is capable of giving new vocabulary, syntax and grammar to the contemporary art that has been for several generations already leading the unenviable life of mocker, parodist, doppelganger of the “real life”? New technologies that change the civilization before our own eyes is a challenge that will have to be met; a reality that is worthy of discussion; unlimited possibilities that are impossible not to use. One should answer the question: will the art remain the mocker that would everlastingly stick out its tongue to the “big boys” or will it acquire its own tongue, on which it will say most important words – to itself and to everyone."