NEWSLETTER, March2021

Integrated Arts in the Anthropocene Age
Sustainable Acts Revisited

Integrated Arts in the Anthropocene Age
Elena Anosova, Liubov Furs, Ayar Kuo, Vlad Nekrasov, Valentin Usvanov.
Sustainable Acts Revisited
Ann Hofkin Ginsburg, Jonee Kulman Brigham, Moira Bateman, James Brenner & Liz Dodson, Jacqueline B. Ultan, Regina Flannagan, Virajita Singh, John Schuerman, Diane Willow.

Artistic and Cultural Exchanges Between Minnesota and Akademgorodok, Russia

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American Siberian Education Foundation

and

the Integral Museum of Akademgorodok

Time: Thursday, April 15, 10 am CST in Minnesota = 10 pm in Novosibirsk

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: April 15, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


https://stthomas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkfu-spzwqHtd0fK8Lvbp76Be9yCh3aRka


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

You can also RSVP to a9shemyakin@stthomas.edu for more information, or if you are interested, but your registration link does not work.

Agenda:

10:00-10:05 Introduction (Shemyakin)


10:05-10:15 Presentation of Sustainable Acts Revisited (Roslye Ultan, curator and Deborah Ultan, virtual exhibition design)


10:15-10:25 Presentation of Integrated Arts in the Anthropocene Age (Maria Zavialova and Anton Niyazov, curators, Geoff Evans, virtual exhibition design)


10:25-10:30 Introduction of the panelists (Shemyakin) John Shuerman, Diane Willow +2 TBD
Artists speaking:


10:30-10:45 Artist’s Interaction with Nature


10:45-11:00 Artist’s Mission in a Transforming World


11:00-11:15 Q&A (questions addressed in Chat)

Moderators: Shemyakin, Zavialova, Evans.

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Human Shadow on Land
Courtesy American Siberian Education Foundation

Introducing Our Friends and Partners: ArtWeek
AS AN INTRO

“Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously…hands on to others the feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them” – as formulated by Lev Tolstoy. And we believe that this is with art that one should be infected…and charged. That is exactly why the role of art in today’s world is so important. That is why we develop our story…

Our project is five years old. In 2016 we held our first ArtWeek – an exhibition of contemporary art by some young creators from Novosibirsk. It ran for four days and included many activities including some brave experiments in the spheres of painting, graphics, sculpture, music, photography and video. The value of the event was not only in its installations and performances, but also in its educational and learning aspects. Our curators and representatives of many different arts offered master classes, workshops, webinars and meetings.

WHO ARE WE?
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After the first ArtWeek, we were in an active search for five years. We looked for new forms, styles, sites. We organized artistic parties and cultural events wrapped up as entertainment. These were local one-time events, but this is how we gained our experience. On one hand we expanded our links in the city’s cultural media, and on the other we have developed contacts in the business circles involved in art projects. We also learnt important aspects of art event organization: development of our own style and design, public relation skills, support of municipal institutions, assessing prospective sites by their technical characteristics, logistics and potential. As a result, we are ready to plan a large-scale event.

WHAT DO WE PLAN?

In 2021 we decided to use all our experience, links, knowledge and support to organize a high impact art festival for our region. It will be unique in three ways:

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1. Scale. We have formed a large team of organizers, invite many participants, prepare a vast location, pack the program with various events and expect many guests!
2. Purpose. We merge multiple formats and styles under one umbrella. We can understand the festival as a cultural cluster and as an entertainment space. We want to prove that art can be unique, deep, controversial, nonstandard, but most importantly: accessible, light and happy. We want to provide a cultural relaxation in the literal sense: enlightenment with a smile.
3. Look into the future. Now we feel we are ready not for a one-time event only, but for a grand festival with follow-up and repercussions for many years ahead. Our supertask is creating an art festival on a national scale. We even have a name: “Biennale of Free Siberian Art”. We believe

that it will find home in Novosibirsk: a city of youth, scientists, creators, new ideas and profound minds.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT?

We are not looking for sponsors in the traditional sense of the word. We are looking for like-minded people. Our partners share our attitude towards the importance of art and culture in our region. We are looking for beauty and novelty around us. Our partners are emotional and intellectual leaders, trailblazers, dreamers. Together with our partners, we dream big and will achieve a lot.
Becoming a partner in the project, you will acquire a new non-trivial and progressive publicity. Becoming a sponsor, you will help fostering art and culture in the region, you become a participant in the future and a vehicle of change. You announce to the world your open mind and your flexibility.

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Kate Vaghina, Margo Moreva

Novosibirsk