OFFLINE: The main project of 3d Artmossphere Biennale
The 3rd. biennale ARTMOSSPHERE opened at WINZAVOD
The exhibition of street wave artists will present works by 40 Russian and foreign authors created during the art-residence in Moscow.
The main project of the biennale ARTMOSSPHERE was shown from August 31 to October 14 at the Grand Wine Warehouse of Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art. Special projects will be situated in the Red Hall and at the street space of the art center. All the works of the main project will be created by participants directly in Moscow, in the format of an art residence.
ARTMOSSPHERE is the first and only Russian biennale, which acquaints the wide audience with the most outstanding representatives of street art from all over the world. The Biennale once again took place in the format of a group exhibition of street wave artists who entered the field of contemporary art from the graffiti scene and other art practices of working with the urban space.
The exposition was formed throughout the open call for artists. The applications were evaluated by an international jury with competences in street art and urban contemporary art.
Sofia Trotsenko, president of the Winzavod Foundation for Support of Contemporary Art: «The Biennale is interesting to us, first and foremost, as a project that reinterprets contemporary art regarding subculture and street culture in particular».
Among the participants of the main project there are new names as well as well-known players on the international scene: the permanent guest of the biennale Martha Cooper — a legendary photojournalist, who recorded the genesis of graffiti culture in the New York subway, representatives of the Scandinavian graffiti scene Finsta (Sweden) and EGS (Finland), American artist FAITH XLVII, Englishman James Jessop, and Polish graffiti artist Zbiok. Among the Russian participants are already known on the art scene Alexey Luka, Anatoly Akue, Ivan Nainty, Vladimir Abich and others, as well as the art group «ZLYE» from Yekaterinburg and Eldar Ganeev from the Krasnodar art group ZIP.
The theme of the main project and the biennale ARTMOSSPHERE-2018 sounds like OFFLINE. It is dictated by the fatigue of the growing information flow in the world where physical reality acquires the status of an eventual periphery — communication, cognition, sex, war and even art today are mostly «online». Organizers of biennale suggested artists to formulate a worthy response to the challenges of the digital world, relying on the DNA of free and independent street culture. The theme of the Biennale, initially not typical for street art, put artists in the situation of searching for unusual approaches and techniques for them, giving the exposition the nature of research and experiment. In accordance with the type of artistic reaction to the theme of the biennale, the exposition is divided into several sections-categories: ONLINE, POST-INTERNET and OFFLINE.
Section ONLINE thematically combines the work of authors who analyze the negative impact of digital technology on a person, criticizing the impossibility of a genuine dialogue on the web and total immersion in the virtual world. Some artists work in the aesthetics of POST-INTERNET, deliberately embodying the characteristic «digital visualness» in traditional media, such as painting or sculpture. The most numerous category of participants is OFFLINE, there are artists who completely excluded the use of digital technologies in their works: they are inspired by real urban landscapes and natural materials, retrograde communication methods and life before the Internet.
Part of the projects will be located in the street space of the art center. A Spanish artist Spy spreads in the yard of the Winzavod a 16. meters in diameter lawn for relaxation. Eugene Muluk from St. Petersburg will create a picturesque mural at the junction of abstraction and figurative, and the New York king of street bombing Faust will make a new colorful layer of the WALL project, which will become for 5 months the Wall of Conscience, depicting a huge calligraphic tag. Artist Dagnini will arrange a computer solitaire game right on the green grid of scaffolding, covering one of the walls of contemporary art center, scaling the computer screen in space.
For the first time in the biennale ARTMOSSPHERE in the Red Hall will be presented a research project Street art in Russia from the 1980s to 2010, its curators are the artist Dmitry Aske and co-founder of the Partizaning.org, the teacher of the Russian State University of Humanities (RSUH) Anton Polsky. The exhibition will cover 4 decades of Russian graffiti, street art and street wave art. A unique archive of photographs, videos, sketches and other artifacts will tell about the life stages of development, processes and trends in street art from the mid-1980s to nowadays. The project will be the first such a precedent in Russia. The materials will be included later in the printed edition Encyclopedia of Russian street art.
Within the framework of the special program of the biennale ARTMOSSPHERE there will be such events as the first personal museum exhibition of the American artist Shepard Fairey in Moscow Museum of Modern art (MMOMA), the annual graffiti jam in Gorky Park and the street art documentary film festival StreetDoc. Also in the framework of the project will be created 3 murals made by street art stars as Shepard Fairey and artists from Madrid – 3TTMAN and Okuda.
You can find the program and participants of the biennale on the website http://2018.artmossphere.ru/
The Biennale is supported by partners: QIWI, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, installment cards «Conscience», S7 Airlines and RuArts Foundation.