50th Anniversary in St-Petersburg at CYFEST11 | Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

50th Anniversary in St-Petersburg at CYFEST11

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Artworks and lectures from the Leonardo Network will present at CYFEST 2018 with the theme Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Leonardo Journal.


2–12 February 2018

Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness

This year's CYFEST experience will include artwork from the Leonardo community including Managing Director Danielle Siembieda and artist Janine Randerson. 

Janine Randerson will present Albedo of Clouds; Danielle Siembieda will exhibit Building User Response Gadgets and Alan Boldon will give a lecture on A Radical Approach to Learning: Facilitating Collective Intelligence.

Exhibition will be February 3–12

Youth Educational Center at the State Hermitage

Exhibition Project “Proxima” curated by Sofia Kudryavtseva, Elena Gubanova, Anna Zavediy. Lectures

St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya pl., 6–8

Full Program Details Here.

Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design (Henry Hall)

2 PM — Workshop of Janine Randerson "Cloud Worlds: Recent Digital Art from Aotearoa-New Zealand"

Janine Randerson adopts weather as primary material for sensory experiences. This installation included the contributions of scientists, programmers, instrument technicians, social online networks and the vagaries of the weather itself. The project suggests that creative engagement with meteorological science can activate eco-political “networks” in Latour’s sense, productive of knowledge and potentially transformative. In such “meteorological art”, digital networks not only distribute facts about atmospheric data; they also generate affective forms. Weather instrumentation and media art are united in the pursuit of a creative outcome.

4:30 PM — Lecture of Danielle Siembieda "Re-imagining the Future of Collaborative Communities"

“BURG” (Building User Response Gadgets) is an artwork that anthropomorphizes a building by connecting energy systems (cold water, steam and electricity) with human-body systems (cardiovascular and respiratory systems). The overall objective for “BURG” is to create an aesthetic system for people to understand their building’s needs. Part of the purpose of the project is to design an interface for an EIS System that will ultimately lead to behavioral change or action.

St. Petersburg, Solyanoy per., 13–15

Youth Educational Center at the State Hermitage

6:30 PM — Lecture of Alan Boldon "A Radical Approach to Learning: Facilitating Collective Intelligence"

Alan Boldon will talk about the international network of learning labs he is establishing with partners across the world. The overarching aim of the project is to define a method for facilitating interdisciplinary and intercultural enquiry. The labs will draw together leading figures from many disciplines, worldviews and cultural backgrounds to consider some of the great challenges of our time. Working solutions to complex problems will be circulated around the network and tested out in different contexts.

St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya pl., 6–8





Founded in 2007, CYLAND is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the intersection of Art :: Tech through an annual international festival, visual exhibitions, sound art, video art, and educational programming. CYFEST (Formerly called “CYBERFEST”) began their annual festival in 2007, in St Petersburg, Russia. Over the following editions, this event grew to be housed across the world's most prestigious institutions.


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About Leonardo/ISAST
50 Years of Celebrating the Community

Almost half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time: offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision: to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics, and the field has gained momentum in recent years.

Leonardo's anniversary celebrations are made possible by our international partners and led by the 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Nina Czegledy.


February 2nd, 2018 2:00 PM to February 12th, 2018 8:00 PM
47 Moika Embankment
The State Hermitage Youth Education Center
Russian Federation
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