9-11 November 2016 International Video Art Festival VIDEOFORMA 4
Colour Vision exhibition 9-26 November 2016


● Curated by Viсtoria Ilyushkina and Olesya Turkina
● Angelika Ramlow / Arsenal / Institute for Film and Video Art / Berlin
● Kristín Scheving / Vasulka Chamber / Islandia


The mission of the 4th International Video Art Festival VIDEOFORMA and Colour Vision exhibition is to throw a bridge between classic avant-garde of the 1960s and the experiments of the 1990-2000s, as well as the searches of contemporary artists in different genres: animation, video performance, documentary. For the first time Saint Petersburg will see the retrospective of video art pioneers, Steina and Woody Vasulka. The programme will be presented by Kristin Scheving, curator of Electronic and Digital Art Centre of Island and director of Vasulka Chamber Fund. It is the first time when The Orchard Street documentary by Ken Jacobs, independent filmmaker and classic of American avant-garde, will be screened in St-Petersburg. It was originally shot on 16mm in 1955 and edited in 2014, and now the film belongs to the Arsenal archive collection. Experiments with found tape are presented in films by Boris Kazakov, Leningrad underground filmmaker of 1990-2000s. He was one of the first artists who started scraping old celluloid 35mm films and writing on them with aniline dye, creating unusually colourful, light, and rhythmical images. His animation works Titan's Sirens, Dog, Eye can be defined as moving paintings.

Colour Vision exhibition will show the works of Russian classics of contemporary video art. Famous "Pirate Television" by Yuris Lesnik and Vladislav Mamyashev-Monroe produssed by Timur Novikov. Films of Olga Tobreluts, New Academia artist. Project of "Eros Arrow" full-length film (1993) by Engineers of Arts Group: Inal Savchenkov and Franz Rodwalt was designed in cooperation with Sergey Kuryokhin, set to his music, and shot on 35mm film. The Speed of Disappearance (2015) video by Ludmila Belova is a reflection on disappearance of tangible forms and their transformation into a digital stream of reality images, where colour can be transformed and adjusted until it disappears completely Works of young artists, stars of national video art: Maxim Svishёv, winner of Innovation prize, Tatyana Akhmetgalieva, winner of Kuryokhin prize. Key feature of their works is colour. Maxim Svishёv creates collages in the form of 3-4D animation and interactive installations. Tatyana Akhmetgalieva experiments with layers and computer effects in video.

Angelika Ramlow will present the programme of Arsenal / Institute for Film and Video Art/ Berlin/ video archive. Arsenal is one of the biggest international archive of independent and experimental films and video art. Its collection consists of more than 10 000 works and 3000 are in active distribution. The programme includes documentaries, first shown at Forum Expanded (Berlin) and at Oberhausen-62 Festival in 2016 and belonging to contemporary filmmakers: Ayman Nahle, Assaf Gruber, Volker Sattel.

At the exhibition Arsenal will present Wolfgang Lehmann's film DRAGONFLIES WITH BIRDS AND SNAKE/TROLLSLÄNDOR MED FÅGLAR OCH ORM, shot on 16mm film. It is a fascinating, incredibly vivid meditation on insects. "The Pink Detachment" by Jen Liu is an update of a Model Opera from China' s Cultural Revolution. The artist plays with the meanings of pink colour "pinko", proposing to solve crises with hot-dog production.

Multichannel video installation by Pim Zwier was created at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt, based on architectural and natural landscape of the city and inspired by technology of colour separation, designed by Russian chemist and researcher Prokudin-Gorskii at the beginning of the 20th century. This work visualizes the movement of time through color . The Festival will also include workshops with artists Pim Zwier, Boris Kazakov.


International Video Art Festival VIDEOFORMA 4 schedule:

● 9 November
○ 19.00 Festival opening
■ Kristín Scheving / Vasulka Chamber – Opening speech
○ 20:00 Vasulka Chamber /Islandia/ programme screening
■ Grazing (ocean sounds) by Woody Vasulka, from 1976
■ Cantaloup by Steina, 1980
■ Noisefields, by Steina & Woody Vasulka, 1974
■ Violin Power by Steina, 1969 - 1978
■ Soundsize, by Steina & Woody Vasulka, 1974
■ Artifacts by Woody Vasulka, 1980
■ Orbital Obsession by Steina, 1977

● 10 November
○ 19.00 Lecture by Angelika Ramlow / Arsenal / Institute for Film and Video Art / Berlin /
○ 20.00 Screeing Program Arsenal distribution @ Oberhausen Arsenal / Institute for Film and Video Art / curated by Angelika Ramlow
■ Ayman Nahle/ NOW: END OF SEASON/ Lebanon, 2015
■ Assaf Gruber/ The Right/ Germany, 2015
■ Volker Sattel/ LA CUPOLA / Germany, 2016
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■ Ken Jacobs/ Orchard Street /1955-2014
■ Wolfgang Lehmann / "Troll sländor med Fåglar och Orm", 2012
■ Jen Liu' s film "The Pink Detachment", 2015

● 11 November
■ Multiscreen installation Pim Zwier "Kronstadt", 2016
○ 16.00 Pim Zwier – Artist talks
○ 17.30 Boris Kazakov - Workshop

Colour vision exhibition
● Steina and Woody Vasulka
● Ken Jacobs
● Boris Kazakov, New Composers: Valeriy Alakhov
● "Pirate Television" by Yuris Lesnik and Vladislav Mamyashev-Monroe, Timur Novikov
● Olga Tobreluts and Ivetta Pomerantseva
● Engineers of Arts Group: Inal Savchenkov and Franz Rodwalt
● Maxim Svishёv
● Tatyana Akhmetgalieva and Victor Mazin
● Ayman Nahle
● Assaf Gruber
● Volker Sattel
● Wolfgang Lehmann
● Jen Liu
● Pim Zwier
● Ludmila Belova


International festival "Videoforma" - is an important promoter of contemporary forms of art and culture in St. Petersburg. Festival takes place in the Contemporary Art Center named after Sergey Kuryokhin since 2010. The festival is supported by the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg.

Curators Victoria Ilyushkina & Olesya Turkina.
During the International Festival "Videoforma" was attended by many famous artists and independent filmmakers from all over the world These included such important figures , as Harry Hill (USA), Bartana Yael (Israel), Arthur Zhmievsky (Poland) , Walid Raad (Lebanon / USA), Albert Serra (Spain), Harun Farocki (Germany), Roy Villevoye (Netherlands), Artur Żmijewski (Poland), Adel Abidin (Iraq / Finland), Laure Prouvost (France), Ho Tzu Nyen (Germany) , Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium) and Russian artists and groups: Provmiza, FNO , Victor Alimpiev, Yuri Vassilyev, Maxim Svishev, Ludmila Belova, and many other.

The subject of the 2011 Festival was "Intolerance". The theme of the Festival was not just chosen as a mark of respect to the masterpiece of 20th century cinematography Intolerance (David Griffith, 1916).The subject of the 2015 Festival was "The border of the Sound".

Videoforma 4 - "Colour vision".

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