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January 1st, 2004




International Photo-project

Relations between photo and time causes very contaversial issues. Photo records present time but it still has to be evidence of the past. How to discover time? How to take a sample of it? Photo-project “Contact in Time” tries to answer these questions.
The Project began in 2005 in St-Petersburg (Russia) and Tampere (Finland). 12 authors (students and young artists) - 6 from Russia and 6 from Finland – arranged for meeting in exact time on the 15th July 2005 – in the middle of Summer and year – at 12 p.m. sharp.
The exhibition “Contact in Time” was shown in two International photofestivals - “Backlight 2005” (Tampere, Finland) and “Autumn PhotoMaraphon” (St-Petersburg)
“Contact in Time 07/1” will start on 15th Aprill 2007 at 12.00 p.m. (Moscow time). Photographers from all parts of the World to get into contact in the middle of Spring.
The participants from different countries which are divided from each other by kilometers but connected by time go downtown for a walk, passing all the city crossroads with their cameras
The first shot: cameras click the shutters simultaneously – at the same hour, minute and second. Afterwards ‘contact-timers’ a minute apart take photos whatever attracts attention. Each photographer moves in her/his space, consequently, 7-minutes real time portrait of the World.
The exhibition “Contact in Time 07/1” will take place in the downtown of St-Petersburg – on the fence of the main Administrative Department of St-Petersburg State University.
The exhibition will consist of 12 banners (100x200 cm)

Saint-Peterburg: Tanya Ada-Idu, Oksana Devochkina, Alisa Solovyova, Nina Pechkovskaya, Nikita Timoshenko
Berlin: Eleonore de Montesquiou, Roxanne Billaboz
Jerusalem: Haim Pzah, Igor Farberov
Moscow: Galina Gankina
Izhevsk: Sergey Nagaev
Sofrino village: Pavel Nazarov

Kirill Shamanov
Anton Kalgaev

Kronshtadt’s museum of history, art and architecture

The video “Fototanki” represents the meditative change of images of Kronshtadt forts, accompanied with reciting stylized Japanese poems. Working on static image, when the picture in the shot is not moving, but lasting, gives an opportunity to reconsider the connection “shot-hieroglyph”, first discovered by S. Eizenstein, who was intensively studying Japan before his works in movie-art.



The Museum of the History of St Petersburg State University
Institute PRO ARTE
23 September - 22 October 2006

“Hic tuta perennat”
(“Here in safety I remain”)
The motto of SPb State University

The state university history museum has an interesting story. Peter The Great’s Collegias, that reflected the new form of Russian state organization, used to be here. Later they were replaced by the state university that followed the ideas of the Age of Enlightenment, then the place was occupied by the church, that brought God’s grace in there. After some time the laboratory, equipped with a huge air tunnel, replaced it. The next “resident” was the university club, and finally now – the museum. But it would be a delusion to think that all those times passed without leaving a trace. On the contrary, every period of its history exists here and now, capturing us like a ghost out of the dark.
Everything here is condemned to seem not what it really is. Not a museum – but a church, not a board of honour - but an iconostas, not an icon – but a portrait, not a portrait – but a chaotic set of letters, not even letters, but simple graphic symbols, that are nothing more than their own inscription. It is this paradox, that impersonates today - different for each of us.

Anton Kalgaev

Walk in museum

Dr. Faustroll experiments never had promising results, but instead they contained unbelievable possibilities. The main issue was to transform any fantasy into a unique intrancegressible law. Since the period of early avant-garde this exclusiveness of imaginary objects and actions has become one of the foundations of contemporary art.
Arbitrary combinations of objects still give way to uncontrollable and obscure energy in schizo. Today the daily life gives such opportunities. The idea to erect an electric crystal in the university museum, in the place where there used to be a church (nowadays the services are held on holidays and days-off) appeared naturally. These walls still keep the memory of not only civil servants, first “Russian” scientists, brought from Germany, the incense of church services. A physical laboratory with a huge air tunnel is told to have been here in soviet times. This hall is a pataphysical experiment itself and an ideal museum of modernity at the same time.
A jumble, where the remains of the soviet civilization are mixed up with new habits and things, with every new repetition of the recent pest becomes a new, yet not identified style. And now 40 years after the cybernetics epoch Jokonda in symbols and letters, created on the first computers, is back again in ASCII images.
The kitchen “icon” of soviet intellectual people of the time of engineering and technical revolution is looking at us from the pages of “Youth technique” and “Science and Life”, sending us another greeting from the beautiful and distant soviet past.
In this mess nothing else can an art lover (judge of art) do than to provide himself with peanuts of knowledge like a boy from a soviet movie magazine “I Want To Know Everything”. That would be easier for those who got astray in a museum, that lost the ability to show the reality in clear intelligible images.
Confusion, absent-mindedness, disconnectedness, rush are the topics of wandering in museum of modernity.
Following the “Big Glass” of Dushaine, or bachelor machines of Carrouge, the new artistic machine was born. Electric crystal grew up itself, without any interference. It represents a luminescent plane, made up from ASCII portraits. Its clear mechanical optics is another triumph of nihilism (negativism) and pataphysics.
The excitement of viewing the birth of an artistical machine infatuated many of Dr. Faustroll’s students and admirers. As a result today we can only value the surprise at every artists natural resorting to the machine of possibilities. ASCII is simple and available for anyone: it contains a number of operations that converse an image into symbols and signs. Plateresque soviet portraits of university luminaries from the Twelve Collegia building gallery in this new version will look like an amusing board of honour, designed in a European-style remodeling manner.

Stanislav Savitsky


Leonid Yatsenko
Exhibition on the fence of Twelve Collegia building
April 3 – May 3 2006

«As I am convinced in unity and continuity of the being, I supposed that if I take the geographical contour of some metaculture, it will be possible to see sooner or later a certain character within this geographical border which would correspond to the essence of people living there» - Leonid Yatsenko.
Exhibition “Geography” is dedicated to “Youth summit 2006”.
“Youth summit 2006: formation of global responsibility” is held by Saint-Petersburg state university and the State Palace of Congress from 3 to 9 April 2006. Partners of the project are Consulates of The Group of Eight and Alliance of students and postgraduates of SPbSU.

Curators: Anton Kalgaev, Petr Dmitriev.

The exhibition was repeated in the State Palace of Congress during the G8 Summit.

V. Putin & G. Bush



Actual art festival

12-15 of April 2005 as a part of interdisciplinary scientific forum “The global space of culture” will be held the festival of actual art “Subjective”. The festival presents current trends of contemporary audio-visual art – from video-art, music improvisatory avant-garde to media activism, and also the opinions of theoricians and experts of contemporary art.
The main goal of all the festivals arrangements – video shows, lectures by artists, art researchers and curators, discussions with a wide range of specialists – is not only to present different trends of contemporary art, but also to make them an object of intense philosophic and culturological reflexion. The central idea of the festival: if the tradition of analyzing works of contemporary art doesn’t yet exist, then the only knowledge about it that we possess is the conglomeration of opinions.
No principal difference exists between the opinion, expressed by means of art, and the opinion, that passed through several stages of theoretical proof. Art and it’s understanding are indivisible, and perfect theory is approximating to art.
“Subjective” is a universal space, where the atmosphere of mutual respect and amiability makes it possible not only to get acquainted with different points of view, but to express your own opinion as well.

SPb branch of National Centre for Contemporary Art, Student’s club “Feel good”.


Series of philosophical and musical performances.