The Petersburg Biennale of Computer
Due ~ 2002
demo-song from Rolamd PMA-5
Initial spadework was recently begun
on development of an unprecedented international exhibition of
computer graphics to be put up in 2002 at the Pushkinskaya-10
Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Artists and galleries
from all continents are being invited to participate, with about
1000 works eventually expected to exhibit, in what is intended
to be the first of an ongoing series of biennales.
Amongst the individuals most prominently at the helm of this
endeavour is the extraordinary Scientist, Programmer and Artist
Afanassy Pud, who featured in our last gazette and appears separately
on this one again, sharing techniques.
[**for information on how to participate, see text at bottom]
In a forerunner to this first projected biennale, Afanassy
and his associates have already staged a major exhibition of
computer graphics created by artists of group DIGITAL (Russia)
and PODGallery (USA), in the "Museum of Nonconformism Art"
at the same Center in early 2001. Uniting the artists was just
the single fact that all of their exhibited works were made on
computers, thus allowing a rather wide spectrum of computer creativity
to be represented before the spectator.
Selection of artists and works was and is taken very seriously
in all of this. Digital Art has only now begun to develop in
Russia, and not enough professional artists are engaged in it
as yet. It was therefore even more interesting to arrange an
exhibition together with PODGallery. In the event, selection
of artists from PODGallery was first made by Afanassy, and then
the selection of the works of these artists to be exhibited was
made by Kevin Mutch ~ director of gallery [**see page-bottom
The exhibition proceeded 2 weeks with quite substantial success
as the first exhibition of digital art on such a scale and of
such high quality in Russia ~ 43 works from 31 artists were exposed.
The images accompanying this article are all drawn from this
1_1 ~ Anrey Polushkin
bottles ~ Nikolaj Bogomolov
"Druids_Dawn" ~ Anna Zibrova
"Eye" ~ Jaroslav Gopak
**PARTICIPATION IN THE BIENNALE
For the upcoming Biennale, the following fundamental rules
have been outlined to help optimize and manage participation:
1. Stage of selection of works
At this stage, every artist sends to the organizing committee,
2 files in jpg format of no more than 30kb each, or the Web address
where it is possible to view the works. After the review of works
by the organizing committee, a decision about involvement of
the artist in the Biennale will be taken and an invitation and
program of the Biennale will be sent to each artist. All conditions
of participation in the exhibition will be detailed in the invitation.
Some principles are given below.
2. Participation to the Biennale
In this case, after having been invited, the artist sends 1 or
2 files in tiff or jpg formats of such dimensions that it will
be possible to print works of good quality. The printing is made
at the expense of Biennale. In case the jury recognizes it necessary,
the participant gives work for printing of a calendar (only 12
artists from all participants). After the Biennale, the printed
work (not files) becomes the property of the sponsors.
2.2. Paid participation
The artist prints work her/himself, and pays it's insurance and
mail services. After completion of the exhibition, the works
will be sent back to the artist. The artist does not take part
to the award program. The works cannot be printed in a calendar.
All copyrights are saved. An exception is made for the works
selected for printing in the calendar.
Curators of galleries of digital art! Your gallery can be
represented as a whole. But the final selection of works is to
be made by the organizing committee. Principles of selection
are the same for galleries and independent artists.
Send works and all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.apud.narod.ru/
"PODGallery is an experimental fine art website run
out of New York City's Spectra Digital Arts Gallery. PODGallery
is experimental in two basic ways: 1. Rather than confine itself
to a single vision of what "art" should be, PODGallery
sets up a large number of categories of art, and accepts a wide
variety of art into them. In this sense, PODGallery's model is
closer to a bookstore or music store than a traditional art gallery.
At a time when more and more "fine" artists are
beginning to notice and use the incredible range of formal possibilities
provided by digital imaging, this issue of the "authentic
original object" may prove to be digital art's central challenge
to the established order. PODGallery believes that by offering
digital artists and photographers an opportunity to sell their
work to a vastly wider audience, an audience perhaps of art "fans"
rather than wealthy collectors, it may yet prove possible to
rescue art from the position of being, as the New York Times
recently said, "... a luxury liner on a cruise to nowhere."
~ Kevin Mutch, Director
for more info.:
Scientist & Artist
St. Petersburg, 192286
tel: 78-121 739537