7th International Public Art Festival
Art Prospect: Treasure Hunt
An online-offline festival
In 2020, the 7th International Public Art Festival Art Prospect simultaneously brings together 23 cities and 13 countries in an online-offline format. The festival showcases augmented reality works at the Ivan Gaza Palace of Culture (St. Petersburg), as well as interventions viewable both online and offline. This new format allows us to host scheduled events despite the COVID-19 pandemic by abiding by safety guidelines, and to significantly expand the festival audience. Art Prospect’s theme for 2020 is Treasure Hunt. Treasure is a metaphor for a “new age”, for our artists’ emotions and experiences while isolated and their interpretation of the boundaries between public and private.
The festival features over 50 artists, including Sarah Burrell (Melbourne, Australia), Nadya Sayapina (Minsk, Belarus), Mikheil Sulakauri (Tbilisi, Georgia), Pasha Cas (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Diana U (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), Vladimir Seleznyov (Yekaterinburg, Russia), Dagnini (Moscow, Russia), Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai (St. Petersburg, Russia), Vladimir Abikh (St. Petersburg, Russia), Fedor Dubrovin (Chuvash Republic, Russia), Navid Tschopp (Zurich, Switzerland), Annie Albagli (San Francisco, California, USA), Andy Graydon (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), Ed Woodham (New York, USA), Khurshed Rasulzade (Dushanbe, Tajikistan), Vakhid Kazimov (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), and Victoria Myronyuk (Kolomyia, Ukraine). The full list of artists.
During the festival dates (October 15–18, 2020), residents in each of the participating artists’ cities will be able to see in person works (interventions) that the artists have created in their own public/visible yet private zones – balconies, windows, yards and courtyards – or while socially distancing (on bridges, at intersections, in the mountains). All the projects can also be viewed on the Art Prospect website, www.artprospect.org and on Instagram streams (@art_prospect) beginning on October 15.
Augmented reality works (video, animation, sound art) can be viewed in St. Petersburg from October 15–18 onsite at the Ivan Gaza Palace of Culture (72 Stachek Avenue). These works can be seen using a mobile phone camera and our official app. The app is currently only available in Russian for download in the Russian Google Play Store and App Store.
Art Prospect Festival On-line Public Discussions
Zoom events will be live streamed at www.cecartslink.org.
To participate in the question and answer sessions, please register for the events at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artslink-assembly-2020-radical-hospitality-october-12-november-13-tickets-122581413307
October 15 11:00–12:30 EST
Inside Out: ART PROSPECT 2020. How social distancing, COVID-19 and digital technology are changing our understanding of public space
Moderator: Kendal Henry (USA)
Participants: Art Prospect artists from St. Petersburg (Russia), Yekaterinburg (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), San Francisco (CA)
October 16 11:00–12:30 EST
Presentation of the publication “Miracle or Misunderstanding: socially engaged art in the countries of the ART PROSPECT network. Field reports from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine”
Publisher: CEC ArtsLink, New York (USA), St. Petersburg (Russia)
Moderator: Viktor Misiano (Russia/Italy)
About the Festival
Art Prospect is an annual public art festival founded in 2012 by the nonprofit organization CEC ArtsLink. The Festival transforms familiar urban landscapes, filling streets, courtyards, parks, and other public spaces with contemporary art works. The Festival has featured work by more than 250 artists from 20 countries around the world and more than 30,000 people have attended its events in a variety of neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. The Art Prospect Festival has also taken place in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Kyiv (Ukraine).
The Art Prospect Festival is supported by the Ivan Gaza Palace of Culture, the Trust for Mutual Understand, Pro Helvetia Moscow, OCA, FRAME, Kettering Family Foundation, ProArte Foundation, and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
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