Festival with public art installation:
ID: E15.2


Art Prospect
Pro_spectus project

September 17 — 20, 2015

Yarky Hostel & Space, Novorossiyskaya street, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Pro_spectus group:
Andrei Dureiko, Igor Savchenko, Sergey Shabohin

Lizaveta Matveeva

Group 705, group Bouillon, media-art laboratory CYLAND, project Elastic City, group Flux Factory, Kendal Henry, Jess Hirsch, group/gallery PARAZIT, project pro_spectus (Andrei Dureika, Igor Savchenko, Sergey Shabohin), creative manufactory P.T.H., group SEVER–7, group Trial Version, group Gorod Ustinov
Public-art site-specific installation ST()RE #7: Gold Censorship

Sergey Shabohin
ST()RE #7. Gold Censorship,
Saint Petersburg, Russia,

The project pro_spectus consists of three individual works by Belarusian artists:

Sergey ShabohinGold Censorship (ST()RE #7), 2015

Andrei Dureika Punctuation, 2015

Igor SavchenkoAttempts at Connotative Translation, 2015

Pro_spectus explication:
Andrei Dureika, Igor Savchenko, and Sergey Shabohin are not a group in the classical sense of that term, but will nevertheless present three projects at Art Prospect. The three projects have the joint title ‘pro_spectus’ (from the Latin prospicere), meaning ‘view of the future’, ‘view of development’, ‘planning the future’, ‘project prospect’. The realized project is an attempt to collaborate by three independent Belarussian artists who not only work separately, but at the time when they were creating the project, were living in different countries (a situation which is becoming typical of today’s art scene).

The three projects (Attempts at Connotative Translation, Punctuation, and Gold Censorship) likewise have in common the linear character in which they are laid out along Novorossiyskaya street. The works have been translated into a horizontal plane, with each plane continuing the form delineated by its neighbour: phrases inscribed in the asphalt in the case of Igor Savchenko, red dots in the case of Andrei Dureika, and in the case of Sergey Shabohin the continuation of these dots and a horizontal display showing artefacts commemorating place and people.

The 4th ART PROSPECT Festival was supported by the St Petersburg Culture Committee and jointly organized by CEC ArtsLink and Yarky Hostel & Space. The Festival theme was ‘Games’ and included primarily art groups and artists working in the field of participatory art (i.e. art in which the audience is regarded as a co-author of and full participant in the act of creation). Viewed in the context of contemporary art and collective identity, the concept of play allowed the artists to investigate interaction as experience and practice, and confront participants with a variety of interesting questions: What historical role has been played by artists’ associations in Russia and abroad? What does contemporary art have to do with the concept of the ‘collective’? And how can local communities who have no connection with the world of art be involved in the process of creating a work of art? The festival aimed to find points of contact between the collective and the artistic by using the concept of play as a way of rethinking social and aesthetic interaction.

The Festival included artists and arts collectives from St Petersburg, Izhevsk, Moscow, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Georgia, Italy, and the USA, including Flux Factory, Elastic City, Trial Version, Bouillon Group, Cyland Media Art Lab, Jess Hirsch, Kendal Henry, Kollektivnye deystviya, Sever-7, Obiedenenie Parazit, Gorod Ustinov, Gruppa 705, and Tvorcheskaya manufaktura PTKh.

The participants presented installations, objects, and interactive media projects, and participated in a series of masterclasses, tours, and performances. The works were displayed at Yarky Hostel & Space, on the grounds of the State Academy of Forestry, and in inner courtyards ulitsa Novosibirskaya.

Special projects at this year’s festival included a performance by the Italian art group Trial Version (as part of the Arts for the City program), and an exhibition by the art group Kollektivnye deystviya, which was shown at Lyuda Gallery in October 2015.