press release

Electric Visions is the first large-scale video project which brings together Russian and Nordic artists and is the result of a collaboration between three institutions and four curators. The video programs are listed in the catalogue in the chronological order in which they were compiled: the video art of Finland, of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and, finally, of Russia. In December 2003, Electric Visions received it premier at Dom Kino (the House of Cinema) in St. Petersburg. The programme represents the first important festival of Russian and Nordic video art and will tour Russia and the Nordic Countries over the next several years.

An initiative of The Nordic Council of Ministers, this program was inaugrated in the spring of 2003 when Kirsi Vakiparta, head of the distribution centre for Finnish media art AV-ARKKI, visited St. Petersburg to lecture on contemporary Finish video art. Next, Lars Bang Larsen, an independent curator from Copenhagen, joined the project and kindly agreed to make a selection of videos by Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish artists. Our initial intention was to present the Russian public with the video art of northern European countries but it soon became clear that we and our neighbours shared a mutual curiosity about each others contemporary practice. And so the third, Russian, section of the program was begun with the selection being made by the curators Marina Koldobskaya and Maria Korosteleva of the St. Petersburg Center of Contemporary Art.

The history of Russian video art spans little over 10 years time. At the beginning of the 90s, when Finish video art had already reached maturity, Russian artists were still just beginning to discover the video camera as an artistic tool.

Since then, Russian video art has little by little come into its own while a new generation of artists has appeared in northern Europe. The most significant recent development here has been the appearance of an environment for the creation and appreciation of video art and the new opportunities artists have to engage in an international dialogue. This program, which we are pleased to bring to your attention, is the direct result of this ongoing discourse.

Maria Korosteleva

Curators: Kirsi Vakiparta (Finnish program) Lars Bang Larsen (Nordic program) Marina Koldobskaya Maria Korosteleva

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Electric Visions
Kuratoren: Kirsi Vakiparta, Lars Bang Larsen, Marina Koldobskaya, Maria Korosteleva

mit Victor Alimpiev, The Blue Noses Group, Blue Soup Group  (Alex Dobrov, Daniel Lebedev), Jakob S. Boeskov, Pirjetta Brander, Dmitry Bulnygin, Vladimir Bustrov, Kalle Brolin / Eva Linder, Elina Brotherus, Gor Chahal, Aristarkh Chernishev / Vladislav Efimov, Escape Group  (Valeriy Ayzenberg, Anton Litvin, Bogdan Mamonov, Liza Morozova), Kajsa Dahlberg, Maria Duncker, Gadar Eide Einarsson, Factory of Founded Clothes (Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya) & Zaplya (Olga Egorova)), Unn Fahlström, Lyudmila Gorlova, Dmitry Gutov & Radek Community , Hanna Haaslahti, Gun Holmström, Maxim Iliukhin, Johan Jonason & Emil Olofsson, Ragnar Jonasson, Jesper Just, Boris Kazakov, Kristine Kemp, Anna Kolosova, Oleg Kulik, Petra Lindholm, Ann Lislegaard, Anton Litvin, MAK & Moses, Viacheslav Mizin, Elena Nasanen, New Stupids  (Vladimir Kozin, Vadim Flyagin), Pink Twins  (Juha Vehvilainen / Vesa Vehvilainen), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Aurora Reinhard, Seppo Renvall, Simo Rouhiainen, Pekka Sassi, Alli Savolainen, Egill Saebjörnsson, Alexander Shaburov, Kirill Shamanov, Dmitry Shubin, Space Campaign , Yuri Vasiliev, Vadim Vyazantsev / Sergei Zhilin / Dimitry Karpov, Dmitry Vilensky, Oliver Whitehead ...