WATER. INFINITE LOOP

 

Curated by French architect Simon Jacquemin and Slovenian artist Martin Bricelj Baraga

 

Water is the key structural basement of Almaty urban design. Water acts as a threat and conversely a crucial operational and institutional factor in the cities and cityscapes. Water as the core motif of ARTBAT FEST 2018 appears to be an open and appealing challenge for a wide range of potential participants. Since water is an essential resource and integral vital component for all the living, it brings up the issues of geopolitics, power engineering, recreation and entertainment, science, and spirituality. Besides, it encourages attention of the audience to the cycles of matter. There were 6 art installations along the Esentai river form Satpayev St to Kurmangazy St, as well as 4 more installations in other areas of the city. The artists from Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Italy and other countries worked for this exhibition tour, two of the art works were produced by the curators of public art project in collaboration.

WATERSTREAM

 

Curators: Martin Bricelj Baraga, MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art (Slovenia), Simon Lacquemin, Bellastock (France) in cooperation with ARTECITYA.

Project participants: MoTA&Bellastock (France, Slovenia), BridA art group (Slovenia), Asel Eszhanova and Sergey Kravchenko (Kazakhstan and Belarus), Aida Isakhankyzy (Kazakhstan), Masayoshi Fujita (Japan), Nazira Karimova, Anvar Musrepov, Arman Sein (Kazakhstan), Martin Bricelj Baraga (Slovenia), Marco Barotti (Italy), Yelena Vorobyova and Victor Vorobyov (Kazakhstan), Matthew Robinson, Ben Nathan (UK and Germany)

 

Water stream is the main theme for 2018 public art project. The project curators French architect Simon Jacquemin and Slovenian artist Martin Bricelj Baraga are convinced that water has a special status in Almaty, so all the project installations are either way related to water.

 

Waterstream public art project was launched in Almaty under ARTBAT FEST 9 and was involved in the ARTECITYA international European program.

 

Water is the key structural basement of Almaty urban design. Water acts as a threat and conversely a crucial structural and institutional factor in the cities and cityscapes. Water as the core motif of ARTBAT FEST 2018 appears to be an open and appealing challenge for a wide range of potential participants. Since water is an essential resource and integral vital component for all the living, it brings up the issues of geopolitics, power engineering, recreation and entertainment, science, and spirituality. Besides, it encourages attention of the audience to the cycles of matter. There were 6 art installations along the Esentai river form Satpayev St to Kurmangazy St, as well as 4 more installations in other areas of the city. The artists from Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Italy and other countries worked for this exhibition tour, two of the art works were produced by the curators of public art project together.

ARTECITYA is a collaboration between 10 cities and 9 institutions that work in the sphere of urban art and urban design. Each of the participants carries out their own projects; for example architectural laboratory Bellastock (Paris) held series of Temporary city festivals located near Paris. KUNSTrePUBLIK Center for Art and Urbanistics (Berlin) developed a residency program for artists from different countries to stay in Berlin for some time, share ideas and create new projects. MoTA museum (Slovenia) and Bellastock laboratory (France) were involved in CCEA project by non-governmental association of architects for transformation of the central viaduct in Prague.

MICROWORLDS

A project of young Kazakhstani artists within the educational program School of Artistic Gesture 

Project participants: Altynai Imanbekova,  Ilyas Kurmangaliev,  Tamina Ospanova, Dalilah Kanagat, Gafurova Marina

 

The identity of the city is read from its center. The central districts keep in themselves the memory of events and city madmen, buildings of Soviet modernism and Stalinist Empire style, traces of past ideologies and the propaganda of national ideas. In the case of Almaty, the so-called “golden square”, as a place of attraction, has gathered around itself the main components of visual and semantic identity, which is being built in the minds of citizens and internal migrants.


The general concept of the exhibition "Microworlds" casts doubt on the prevailing stereotypes through a slice of reality, moving away from the general to the particular, and offers a study of the periphery - microdistricts for the manifestation of program (ideological?) Identification of the area.

Memory Square

Presentation of the book of Tigran Amiryan

“Memory Square” is the name of the book, which was prepared by the Armenian researcher and art curator Tigran Amiryan within the framework of the Art Prospect (CEC Artslink) residence. The residence program was implemented for a month in Almaty on the basis of the Eurasian Cultural Alliance foundation. The presentation of art research took place at the 9th International Contemporary Art Festival ARTBAT FEST.

 

Within the framework of the project, Tigran offers a visual-narrative sketch dedicated to the building of the former NKVD in Almaty as an architectural artifact, where the common memory of the tragic past of the city is concentrated. The main problem, to which the author of the book returns, is the question of the formation of a museum in an era when museums are increasingly losing their connection with real life, becoming a warehouse-storage or attraction for tourists. In parallel, we are increasingly faced with the issue of memory, which, on the one hand, lends itself to natural destruction/oblivion, on the other hand, it is regularly traumatized due to the lack of ways of articulating a private or shared past.

During the years of the Great Terror, Kazakhstan became one big camp for those who were exiled here on trumped-up cases. In the center of Almaty, the building that housed the headquarters of the NKVD is still preserved. It is known that in this building not only decisions were made about the fate of often innocent people, but also executions (executions) were carried out in the basements of the house. For almost 20 years, activists have not been able to make the building become a museum in memory of political repression.

ART with/out THE CITY

International Symposium

For two days, the participants of the International Symposium Art with/out the City? talked about the role of art in the urban environment. Experts from the Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, France, Slovenia, Germany, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan shared their ideas.

We discussed:

- can art be profitable and self-supporting?

- can art influence the life of the city?

- Should the artist follow the preferences of the public?

- and many many others.

Conditional Boundaries

Project by art group Hutkasmachnaa 

Terrenkur. Almaty is lined with borders, on both sides of which there are living people. Tall, deaf, concrete, metal, factory, homemade, with sharp peaks, barbed wire and without - fences cut the city into reservations and blocks, into corridors and labyrinths, inside which something happens. The desire to protect one's own boundaries is as understandable as the desire to look beyond them without violating them. What is there? Most likely, the same sky, the same trees, the same people. With conditional boundaries beyond which it is impossible to look.

 

Art - a group from Minsk Hutkasmachnaa ("fast - tasty" - in Belarusian) quickly walked the magic of the first level along the fences and walls along Malaya Almatinka.

Physical boundaries were not violated.

Exhibitions within the framework of the festival

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Almaty-Zurich Transcultural Exhibition

Villa Boutiques & Restaurants

Curators: Peter Traenkle, Rada Leu

08/28/2018

Group exhibition of Indian artists

Villa boutiques&restaurants

(Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Curator: Bayan Shaikh

Project Director: Vladislav Sludskiy 

08/25 – 09/09/2018

Group exhibition of graduates of the School of Artistic Gesture 

Alatau Subway Station

(Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Curator: Dilda Ramazan

08/25/2018

A project of young Kazakhstani artists within the School of Artistic Gesture 

Central Exhibition Hall

(Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Curator: Kambucha

08/25/2018-09/14/2018

ARTBAT FEST 8 September 1-30, 2017

Curator of the festival: @artbatfestbot (telegram-bot)

The future sprouts from the past, piercing us in the present.

The end of the last century was marked by ubiquitous domestication of digital devices. Pictures and music, stacked in 8bit packets of information, captured the world and formed a peculiar aesthetics. And now, our heart brims with warmth of nostalgia any time we meet something that has a similar encryption code, even it only imitates the outlines.

 

The 8bit world captured us playfully through pokemons, Tetris and Mario. Some iconic institutions, such as MoMA, have included these games in their permanent collections. The virtual world where the princess is saved from captivity in the castle or tanks are fighting on the battlefield has ceased to be just a game for us. It has become an integral part of our everyday life.

 

In parallel with these processes, which were superficial back then and are fundamental now, the game, as interpreted by the Norvegian (and clever) philosopher Johan Huizinga, is disappearing from our society. The game for him is that irrational, subtle boundary between competition, myth, science, faith, law, military affairs and other social vertical phenomena that one had to imagine first in order to construct later. The Homo Ludens ceases to be, and the rational, with its rhetoric of perception of the world and actions, starts to dominate, putting aside the paradigm of "frivolity," an almost comic attitude to reality. Huizinga believed that the element of the game still remains in poetry, and we believe that contemporary art is a myth-making process in the broad sense – an attempt to involve the world in playing a game and force it to step back from the rational and look irrationally, from outside, at what is happening.

ARTBAT FEST 8 offers artists and viewers to interpret the body of the city as a playing space and the disappearance thereof. Participants of the festival play with the city and with each other. Breaking away from the rational perception of the world, they are trying to create a "playground" for the viewer, where both of them could reflect on the current functioning of the game and on what games today form that which was once inseparable from the formation of almost all social processes.

At the end of the 20th century, we played computer games built on 8bit graphics, and 8bit music came from the speakers. The 8bit world responds with a romanticized nostalgia for the beginning of the era of computers and robots. Can we take these technological changes as the basis for a new big game? Is there a competitive component in Counter Strike and what is the uniqueness of the biological machine as compared the electronic computer? It seems that the difference lies in generating ideas, but aren't these processes mechanized as well?

The new ARTBAT FEST festival wants to talk with you about the fact that life is a game programmed by us for us and with the participation of ourselves. We should not take it too seriously, although it certainly should be taken seriously.

ALMAPOLIA

Interactive game in the framework of ARTBAT FEST 8bit

Location: Arman cinemacenter (104, Dostyk)
02–30.09.2017 

This year we offer the citizens to become involved in interactive public project "AMAPOLIA". This game is based on the example of the well-known strategy "Monopoly". "AMAPOLIA" is a type of Almaty as a creative hub where every street is the gallery, design shop, architectural office, virtual games studio, and other entities that create intellectual property. Through the format of the game, we want to attract Almaty residents to the development of the creative industry, to make them feel part of the city, taking responsibility for decision-making.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Participants:

Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine),

Lado Lomitashvili (Georgia)

Location: Art Center at Almaty Arena

14.08–03.09.2017 

 

The project was implemented within the framework of the ART PROSPECT Residency program
General partner: International organization CEC ArtsLink

The ART PROSPECT Residency program provides opportunities for artists and curators to conduct research, create new work, collaborate with the local arts community, and create special projects in partnership with local arts organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Each two-four week residency is individually designed to enable visiting artists and curators to learn about the local arts community, develop their own work, and share information about their work and culture with local audiences.

Lado Lomitashvili (Georgia) 

Project: With his architectural background and a special interest in the public space, Lomitashvili is interested in getting acquainted with Kazakhstan, its culture, and historical architectural and spatial artefacts in close collaboration with the local community. As an emerging artist, he also considers it very important to engage in an exchange of experience with colleagues at an international level.

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Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine) 

Project: During her residence in Almaty, Oksana Chepelyk plans to continue her “City Code” research. The city as a neural network, the new nervous system of the urban landscape, requires identification of its words, signs and images. In Almaty, the artist intends to collaborate with local partners and communities to create her own vision of one of the eight districts of Kazakhstan’s cultural capital by video mapping the “City Code”. This work will be presented in the public art programme of the annual Festival of Contemporary Art ARTBAT FEST, dedicated to the city of Almaty, its spirit and citizens. 

A SERIES OF PERFORMANCES

Location: Art Center at the Almaty Arena

Dates of the event: 02.09.2017

 

British actor and performer Roger Hill, who arrived in Almaty at the invitation of the British Council, held a master class for young Kazakhstan artists and actors. The results of the workshop were shown at the opening of the festival.

Participants:
Roger Hill
Aigerim Ospanova
Ramil Niyazov
Evgenia Babich
Ekaterina Nikonorova
Adiya Mussina
Bekarys Boranbayev (the german group)
Daniya Absalyamova (the german group)

Exhibitions within the framework of the festival

Kazakhstan-Swiss exhibition
Vzletnaya art space 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Curators: Peter Traenkle, Rada Leu
08/09 – 17/09/2017
Kazakhstan-Russian exhibition
Almaty art center
(Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Curator: Yuliya Grachikova
02/09 – 16/09/2017
Exhibition of Young Artists
Cinemacenter Arman 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Curators: Vladislav Sludskiy,
Yuliya Sorokina
01/09 – 17/09/2018

ARTBAT FEST 7

 September 1-30, 2016

CITY IN MOTION

The still anthropomorphic structure of the city – roads, intersections, architecture – comes alive, gets filled with the energy of modern art. The immediate live action of the artist happening here and now, their interaction with the reality around them, with the citizens, sets the whole urban landscape into motion.

In 2016, the annual International Festival ARTBAT FEST decided to experiment and reformatted its structure. The festival public art program included a series of Kazakhstan and foreign performances and happenings held in the city space.

PERFORMANCES

Dates of the event:  02–03.09.2016

 

In 2016, the annual International Festival ARTBAT FEST decided to experiment and reformatted its structure. The festival public art program included a series of Kazakhstan and foreign performances and happenings held in the city space.

Participants:

Alexey Martins (Russia)

Sergey Kasich (Russia) 

Waldemar Tatarczuk (Poland)

Slava PTRK (Russia)

PNI Art-group (Kazakhstan)

Gaini Chagataeva (Kazakhstan)

Syrlybek Bekbotaev (Kazakhstan)

ALEXEY MARTINS FEAT. SYRLYBEK BEKBOTAEV

How to tell Kazakhstani city of about art

 

For several days the artists act as taxi drivers and transport their passengers to their destinations around the city free of charge; instead of taking money they tell people about art.

How To Tell About Art is a performance by two artists Alexey Martins and Igor Lazarev; it is aimed to examine a possible dialogue between ‘complicated art’ and different audience. The art project explores a major issue on the role of contemporary art in post-Soviet society. For several days the artists act as taxi drivers and transport their passengers to their destinations around the city free of charge; instead of taking money they tell people about art. A strategy for increased involvement allows an artist to act far beyond museum space and to take his own initiative to approach the audience, and not the other way. Art intervention into community might be different; besides offensive actions there are other ones that on the contrary follow the ideas of commonality and view it as an instrument of social ‘superconnections’, transferring the act of an art work observing into a joint experience, and turning a viewer into a coauthor. Working within the aesthetics of cooperation the project is an attempt not only to provide better access to contemporary art, but to consider a dialogue as a sole artistic utterance.

SERGEY KASICH

Oral Pong, Virtual Escape v., Fingertips

The program of ARTBAT FEST included a short retrospective of selected multimedia performances by Sergey Kasich since 2013.


Sergey Kasich is one of the representatives of the Russian sound art community. The author who creatively works with modern technologies to make hybrid works of contemporary art and has a particularly keen interest in sound and its derivatives.
 

"Oral Pong" was created in 2014 for the Festival of Media Performance of the Platform Project (Vinzavod, Moscow). Two local musicians participated in the performance along with the author. The only score of the piece is the interface of PONG (one of the first computer games), in which all actions are controlled only by the sounds of musical instruments. Thus, a new piece of music is created each time, which, however, is not an improvisation.
 

"Virtual Escape v." was originally created in 2013, but has been repeatedly modified since. In this performance, the author uses a computer game engine as well, a most advanced this time. He creates a virtual 3D space where each object is a specific sound. And during the performance, he actually travels with the audience throughout this world of sound objects, following the virtual choreography plan, which at the same time creates a sound composition in time.

In Almaty, Sergey also showed the sound performance "Fingertips," implementing a special interface for multi-channel performances, which was created in 2016 for a concert with composer Kirill Shirokov at the Electrotheater (Moscow). The author presented to the audience a mixture of acusmatics and electroacoustic improvisation, using various sounds, including the sounds recorded in Almaty, distributing them in the space of a multi-channel sound system, this time not in a virtual environment, but the real one.

SLAVA PTRK

Optimization

 

The performance can be briefly described as playing a game of Jenga in a public space with the use of forbidden tricks. The artist creates a magnified copy of the classical Jenga and plays it with the visitors. The point is to play this game with random passers-by, using unusual means and forbidden tricks. For example, liquid nails, scotch tape, mounting foam. When the artist pulls out one of the cubes that can tear down the tower, he holds the remainder in place with glue or adhesive tape, liquid nails, or pours foam into the emptied spaces.


The performance is a metaphor for modern construction technologies in the post-Soviet space. Optimization saves money, effort and time. The optimization in this project happens by means of cutting (theft, plundering) the budget and "patching" the holes with the help of improvised means. The inspiration for the project was the new buildings that are constantly collapsing throughout the CIS, becoming unusable after several years of operation. The problem is universal and clear, as well as its visual demonstration during the performance.

PNI ART GROUP

Cell

Today's life is full of alienation. Even people who consider themselves to be close to each other, often turn out to be competing for a place in the sun. However, in the process of growth, the humanity has got the taste of various form of competition. Over time, it has increasingly come to the conclusion that the survival of man as a homo sapiens, rather than as an animal, is expedient through various forms of symbiosis. A couple of centuries ago, the theory of the social contract was formulated, which probed for a boundary between the individual freedoms and the individual’s duties to the society.


The performance took place in Almaty on September 3, 2016 at the opening of the artistic and research project "Symbiosis" in the Botanical Garden.

GAINI CHAGATAYEVA

Metamorphosis


with the participation of: Aura White, Alexey Shindin, Zitta Sultanbaeva, Ablikim Akmullaev


The coming of a butterfly out from a pupa is a metaphor for rebirth, a transition to a new, perfected state. As an artist who gives away his soul, setting the spirit free, the new form finds its starting point. However, we live in a world of illusory signs. The parts of the mechanism of life become an uninterrupted absorption of objects of consumption, which leads to the disappearance of the transcendent from the modern man’s view of the world, giving way to the absolute power of external illusory signs – "simulacra." The modern era is characterized by the feeling of the lost reality, which culminates in the destruction of the body, the return to the static state of the soul – the pupa.

EVENTS

EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCE "LENIN AND CHRIST"
705 Art Group

Date: 17.09.2017

Participants:

Sergey Lysenko, Rima Imankulova, Irina Gaisarova, Marat R, Karim Sadygaliev, Markos Cisneros, Rustam Abykeev.

In the film Interstellar, a scientist sends a group of cosmonauts to discover new territories suitable for human life. But, as it turns out, the scientist sends astronauts to death, for the sake of the birth of a great life. This line was used in the play "Lenin and Christ". Let us recall the horror that cosmonauts experience when they learn that in the scientist's project their life was sacrificed - total loneliness at the edge of the Universe and no help from Earth. Isn't that what the actor experiences on stage? Interstellar became the inspiration for the performance.

 

The play "Lenin and Christ" is about an actor, about a fiery game that flares up and burns the actor in the figurative and literal sense of the word, about the theater and about time, about time in general, about how it is experienced, stops and begins its course again, but also our specific time.

The play is shown with the support of: ARTBAT FEST, Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after Zhurgenov, DOEN Foundation, ArtsCollaboratory, Soros-Kyrgyzstan Foundation.

Movie "VOYAGE OF SIMA LEPESTKOVA"
Location: Tram depot

Date: 09.09.2016

Scriptwriter, director, director of photography, composer, producer: Ivan Besedin

Country: Kazakhstan

Genre: Drama

Running time: 39 minutes 10 seconds

Year: 2016

A moment comes in a person's life when, under the confluence of some seemingly quite ordinary circumstances, he understands how he actually lives. Suddenly he sees himself and his life in their true light. This is a moment of awakening of the soul, which requires a lot of courage from every person. The moment when everyone is his own merciless judge.

 

In the film "Sima Petestkova's Voyage" the director tells his truth about life, about a person, about his dignity and the true value of his life.

 

PLAY "COMMUNITY" 
Location: Tram depot

Date: 16.09.2016

Author's project of theater critic Olga Malysheva

Genre: Documentary performance
Director: Anton Dukravets
Starring: Anton Dukravets, Svetlana Skobina

The play is based on the author's correspondence with a refugee from Kazakhstan who ended up in the migration prison in Stockholm after four years of trying to obtain asylum in Sweden.
 

The character of "Community" Oleg, who has a real prototype, left the republic in 2012 with his partner Nikita, hiding from homophobia.

LECTURE BY MARIA VALYAEVA
"Genetics science art - hybridization of science and art" within the framework of the "Symbiosis" project
Location: Botanical Garden

Date: 09/22/2016

"Science art, or the art of research, is an interdisciplinary field that is being formed right now, in tune with the achievements of scientific and technological progress. Both components - science and art - are equivalent. An artist is not an interpreter of a scientist's work, but his companion and co-researcher."

Maria Valyaeva is a scientist, specialist in human genetics, an employee of the Research Institute of Problems of Biology and Biotechnology.

SPECIAL PROJECT "TO HORIZONS"
Location: Tram depot

Date: 18.09.2016

Aigerim Akenova (Texspire), Hive Studio of Innovations

Installation, augmented reality


A study of the nomad's travel and its expression of ID-ethics in modern life conditions.

Fashion - the installation invites viewers to embark on a journey through the prism of the past into the future using augmented reality.


The current topic of discussion in today's society is Life on Mars.

The designer asks how would the nomad go on this journey? What wisdom of traditions can a modern nomad adopt and reflect in his ID-ethics: Mentality? Love for Earth and respect for Heaven? Perception of all colors and textures of various landscapes? Ability to adapt to new realities? How then might this transformation in clothes look like?

This concept conveys the vision of transforming the design of an important attribute of the nomadic wardrobe - Shapan.


Aigerim Akenova is the founder of TEXSPIRE. Fashion expert, designer and researcher.

Hive Studio of Innovations develops applications using Augmented Reality technology.

CONCERT ON THE GRASS OF THE GROUP "HALYK PANK"
Location: Botanical Garden

Date: 09/30/2016

Members of the group: Yerzhan Khudaibergenov/guitar, Konstantin Timokhin/bass, Yuri Inyutin/drums

The concert was held within the framework of the finish of the artistic research project "Symbiosis" in the Botanical Garden. At the end of the concert, the last curatorial excursion of Yana Malinovskaya took place in the autumn twilight.

Exhibitions within the framework of the festival

Solo exhibition of Kuanysh Bazargaliev
Esentai Gallery
(Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Curator: Valeria Ibraeva
03–17/09/2016
Solo exhibition of Olya Kroitor
A. Kasteev State Museum of Arts
of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Curator: Vitaly Patsyukov
17/09 – 13/10/2016
Art and research project
Botanical Garden
(Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Curator: Yana Malinovskaya
03–30/09/2016
Tram depot 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Curator: Yuliya Sorokina
02–19/09/2016
Solo exhibition of Vladimir Potapov
Tengri Umai Gallery
(Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Curator: Vladislav Sludskiy
03–23/09/2016

Eurasian Cultural Alliance Public Association

Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty

Nurmakov str, 79

For all inquires please contact pr@cultura.kz