The theme of the festival for 2018 is “Food for Thought.”
Food is just as important a cultural practice as architecture, painting, or music. Throughout world history, food has been a key component of important rituals and holidays. It has forged lasting social ties, symbolized abundance and status, and emerged as a subject of mass consumption, advertising, and even art, from cave paintings to pop-art and the performances of Rirkrit Tiravanija.
The festival featured artists and artist collectives from Russia, the US, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Poland. They presented installations and objects and interactive media projects, and also led a series of workshops, guided tours, and performances.
The works created for the festival were placed throughout the Posadsky Municipal District (Petrograd Side).
Since the beginning of September, the festival has been accompanied by a parallel program of events. The program is aimed at fostering communication between artists and their audience through lively and interactive event formats. Artists, curators, and residents discussed public art, street art, and urban art; the interrelations between city and art; and artists’ visions of space, viewers’ expectations, and residents’ questions about how to participate. There were also artist talks at the open-air communal kitchen, wandering teas, artistic excursions, interactive lectures, and film screenings. This approach provided everyone with some Food for Thought and for discussion.