Biennial “Art For The Future” in Moscow opened

Stanza, The Reader, 2015 - Courtesy of the Artist

On 21 December 2021, the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow opens the first International Biennale ‘Art for the Future’. The Biennale will present art projects based on the latest Industry 4.0 technologies (neural networks, robotics, 3D animation, virtual and augmented reality), reflecting the changes that technology brings to the life of every person and society. Interactive installations will allow viewers to become accomplices in the creative process.

The Biennale will be held at the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow. At the end of the ‘Art for the Future’ festival in Moscow (until 03/04/2022), the works showcased at the Biennale will tour the Russian regions to the end of 2022.

As part of the Biennale, the digital platform artforthefuture.art will be launched, presenting Russian and foreign digital art. The Biennale will be accompanied by a wide-ranging offline and online educational programme in the field of art, new technologies and fundamental science.

The ‘Art for the Future’ Biennale opens in the Year of Science and Technology. Its task is to give new impetus to interdisciplinary interaction in the realms of art, science and innovative technologies.

Art has always depended on the level of technological progress, appropriating the results of scientific and technical achievements and thereby expanding its own arsenal of expressive media. This is how new types of art were born, for example, photography, cinema, video art, Internet art, etc.

The art of the 21st century is turning to rapidly developing modern technologies and undergoing radical changes before our very eyes. The methodology of creating an art object, the form of presentation, the methods and channels of communication with the viewer are fundamentally changing. The spheres to which artists are drawn for creative reflection are expanding. The changes taking place thanks to the technologies of Industry 4.0 and rapid acceleration of the rhythms of life lead to art becoming more focused on the problem of the future, and the creation of utopian models of the future linked to the challenges of our time: environmental problems, space exploration, the digitalisation of reality, widespread introduction of neural networks, and so on.

The offline programme of the Biennale involves 60 projects, 23 of which are projects by foreign participants, including such stars of world contemporary art as: Israeli artist Michal Rovner, the international art collective teamLab, British artists Stanza, Antony Gormley, Philip Colbert, Ed Fornieles and Random International, Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, etc. Iconic figures in Russian contemporary art are taking part in the Biennale: the AES+F group, Pavel Pepperstein, Aristarkh Chernyshev and others. Among the Russian artists are 16 graduates from the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia who have received Russian and international acclaim: Mikhail Maksimov, Anna Rotaenko, Natalia Alfutova, Valentin Fetisov, etc.; Dmitry Kavka, widely known for his Internet art and post-Internet art projects, artists from St. Petersburg Maxim Zmeyev and YOmoYO (Maxim Svishchev), Krasnodar artist Ekaterina Popovich, the Endless Attractions Museum creative duo (Anastasia Krokhaleva and Denis Perevalov) from Ekaterinburg, artist Kira Weinstein from Veliky Novgorod, Anna Tolkacheva from Nizhny Novgorod, Katya Pryanik from Pushkino, and so on.

Many works in the Biennale were created by creative groups that include scientists and specialists in new technologies, as well as artists, for example the project by 2010 Nobel Prize winner in physics Konstantin Novoselov made in collaboration with artist Kate Daudy and the Stain Studio, which is presented at the Biennale by the Aksenov Family Foundation, and also projects by 18apples, teamLab, Workshop 15, etc.

Some of the projects on show were devised specifically for the Biennale: ‘Super Consumer’ by Aristarkh Chernyshev, ‘the Network’ by Anna Rotaenko, ‘Mushroom Fountain and Heavenly Petri Bowl’ by Paruyr Davtyan, ‘Thicket’ by Sergei Shutov, ‘Work on Iron’ by Dmitry Kavka, ‘adad’ by ::vtol:: (Dmitry Morozov), etc.

The parallel programme of the Biennale will include projects to be presented at the ‘Future Acceptance Laboratory’ (VDNKh, Pavilion No. 2) and the exhibition ‘Code of Art’ at the GROUND Solyanka Gallery (curator: Helena Nikonole).

In March 2022 an international symposium of the same name will be held as part of the Biennale ‘Art for the Future’.

Master classes by Russian and international artists and special educational programmes for children are also planned as part of the Biennale.




21 December 2021 — 3 April 2022

Art director of the Biennale: Olga Sviblova

Curators: Anna Zaitseva, Alexei Shulgin, Maria Lavrova

Curators of the online programme: Oksana Chvyakina, Vladislav Alexandrov

We would like to thank Daniel Birnbaum and Peter Weibel for their expert assistance.

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