ACTIVITY

Today the Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age project is available in two versions: as a printed anthology with two enclosed DVD-ROMs with forty five documentaries (for computer use only) and as an art exhibition of documentary films (in the form of separate videoinstallations) about implemented artworks. 

The first volume of the Evolution Haute Couture anthology (Volume 1 — Practice) is a printed catalogue in English/Russian, where a reader will find articles about the project, practical parts with descriptions and photographs of artworks and comprehensive biographies of artists. A specially prepared bibliography, webliography and extensive glossary will promote further acquaintance of the audience with state-of-art techno-biological art. Together with printed publication there are two enclosed DVD-ROMs with 45 films, each of them documents in detail creation and production of artistic projects, described in the book. The presentation of the first volume of the Evolution Haute Couture anthology took place in the frames of the «NON/FICTION» 11th International Fair of High-Quality Fiction and non-fiction (02.12.-06.12.2009,Moscow, Russia). 

The art exhibition Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age, on the basis of the project of the same name, is a unique collection of documentary films about artworks recently created using the latest twenty-first century technologies: artificial life, robotics, bio and genetic engineering. Today the collection consists of 45 documentary films in English; each of them is served with Russian subtitles. The presentation of the project was held in the frames of XXX Moscow International Film Festival, and art exhibitions in Kaliningrad, Moscow and Sankt-Petersburg, carried out at international contemporary art festivals and conferences in Berlin, Tomsk, Yekaterinburg and Petrozavodsk

The Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age project together with «BioMediale. Contemporary Society and Genomic Culture,», a theoretical anthology published by Dmitry Bulatov earlier, gives a comprehensive overview of the current stage of experimental art and promotes creative dialogue among artists from different countries, it also awakens understanding of original language of contemporary technological art in audience. 

Items of the video selection were demonstrated: 

— in the frames of the IX MediaForum 2008 – one of the official programs of the XXX Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF). ( «Era» Foundation, video screening, coordinator Olga Shishko, Media-Art-Lab, 23.06.-26.06.2008, Moscow, Russia);

— at the Tomsk State University (video show, lectures, seminar) in the frames of the international conference «Construction of Human» (the House of Scientists, 12-14.06.08, Dr. Irina Melik-Gaykazyan, Ph.D., TSPU, Tomsk, Russia);

— in the frames of International Festival «Days of Science» (Dinasty Foundation of non-profit programmes, lecture and video screening, the House of Scientists of the RAS, coordinator Irina Aktuganova, 21.04-23.04.08, St. Petersburg, Russia);

— at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad branch, Russia), International Exhibition, «Evolution Haute Couture: Contemporary Art in the Post-Biological Age,» (Download press-release, pdf) together with the Kaliningrad Art Gallery, 08.08.08-28.08.08, Kaliningrad, Russia);

— at the A. M. Gorky Ural State University (lecture and presentation, coordinator Dr. Tamara Galeeva, Ph.D., URSU) in the frames of the International Conference «Cultural Identities in the National and Global Contexts», 16-19.10.08, Yekaterinburg, Russia);

— in the frames of the International project «In Transition Russia» (non-commercial video screening, «Salut» Cinema, 18.10.08, coordinator Alisa Prudnikova, EB NCCA, Yekaterinburg, Russia);

— at the International Exhibition, «Science As Suspense» (exhibition and conference, the «Winzavod» Centre for Contemporary Arts, 15.03.09-30.03.09, Moscow, Russia);

— at the Exhibition of nominees of the National Prize for achievements in contemporary visual arts «Innovation» (curator Irina Gorlova, video show, NCCA, 11.03.-05.03.09, Moscow, Russia);

— at the A. M. Gorky Ural State University (lecture and presentation, coordinator Dr. Tamara Galeeva, Ph.D., URSU) in the frames of the partner programme in the sci-art sphere, 2-4.09.09, Yekaterinburg);

— as the Special Art Project in the frames of the Third Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (LABORATORIA Art&Science Space, coordinator Darya Parkhomenko, 22.09.-08.11.2009, Moscow, Russia);

— as a part of the art exhibition, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the «Pushkinskaya, 10» Art Centre (The Central Exhibition Hall «Manez», video show, coordinator Irina Aktuganova, 24.10.09-08.11.09, St. Petersburg, Russia);

— in the frames of the Fourth International Triennial of Arts «Prints» (Media-centre «Exit»), curators Maria Yufa and Sergey Terentyev, video show, 10-13.11.09, Petrozavodsk, Russia);

— in the frames of «NON/FICTION» 11th International Fair for High-Quality Fiction and non-fiction (video screening, 02.12.-06.12.2009, Moscow, Russia).