Conception of ARTZOND festival
A bit of history.
The first festival was implemented in 2004, then called Artcontcept.
The following festivals were held in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010. In 2008 the festival was renamed Artzond.
Festival ARTZOND is a real independent Fest, as for all the time of the event, we could not get any financial supporting from the authorities, although we applied for grants to the Department of Culture Saint-Petersburg (2008 and 2010). The costs of holding the festival always were minimal, and it was support of certain people who are not indifferent to the process of formation of the environment of conceptual art in Russia, and also contributions of participants (authors) of festival.
Some good artists got interest and participated at tthe festival - Christo (Christo Yavashev) and Jean-Claude (Jean-Claude de Gilbon), pupils and followers of J. Boyce, who presented their work, as well as documentaries about his teacher. And all the authors are talented and interesting in their creative manifestations.
We decided to revive this project, as we believe that the process of formation of conceptual art is still a relevant.
Remains an "open" question - What is actually and what must be a "conceptual", nor only under the terms but in a fact ??
A rhetorical question, and there are many opinions and positions on this matter, known approvals by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys, the masters in this field. But the world is moving and time did not stop. And we want to show and understand how the process is moving steadily forward, and is it moving at all, and whether updates (upgrades) theory and practice.
These are the aims of the festival.
Categories of Festival
I. "Inst-Perf-Act" (I-P-A) - installation, performance, action,object, happening, dance.
II. "Mega-Sound" - works in any musical genre, DJ productions and voice experiments..
III. "Video-Nonevideo" - photo, cinema, video, movie, multimedia.
IV. "Alpha - Betha" - prose, verses, art-critic (art critical probing), document.
V. "Some-Thing" - this category is for artists who think their work doesn't fit in any of the previous categories.
VI. Concept-Archive - Shows of archive of the festival.
One important aspect of the festival will be "Art Laboratories". Artists who participate will exhibit two types of work:
1. Works the artist created before the festival, and, exhibited at the festival.
2. Works created in a collaborative way during the Art Laboratory
Experts for Festival
Alexander Bashirov - film-actor, film-director, (St.Petersburg)
Jenia Glükk - DJ for the radio "ROCKS", (St.Petersburg)
Leo Königsberg - artist, curator, (Berlin)
Sergey Kovalskiy - artist, curator at the Art Center "Pushkinskaja -10," (St.Petersburg)
Marc Salmon - script-writer, film-director, (Paris)
Ossi Kajas - photografer, gallerist, curator, (Helsinki)
Management of Festival
Director, curator - Andrey Efi
Art Director - Svetlana Nezabudkina
Producer - Elena Shalina
Executive Producer - Marina Natalchenko
Coordinator - Sajana Kuzhuget