Life: Science version—ScienceArtFest
From 24 March to 17 April, the Dynasty Foundation will hold this large-scale popular science festival in Moscow for the second time with the organizational help of the 21 agency.
Its main theme is LIFE in the basic meaning of this word and in all scientific aspects of this phenomenon that are studied by modern science, such as the origin of life, structure of cells and living matter, evolution process, emergence of consciousness, artificial intelligence, and life prolongation.
Famous scientists and artists from Russia, the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Portugal, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, and the Czech Republic will come to Moscow to tell and show what science knows about life today.
The first international popular science festival ScienceArtFest was held by the Dynasty Foundation in 2009; it lasted two weeks and was visited by 15,000 people.
- More about the ScienceArtFest (in Russian)
- Festival sites
Moscow Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD
Polytechnic Museum Lecture Hall (in Russian)
ARTPLAY Design Center on the Yausa (in Russian)
At the opening of the ScienceArtFest, a multimedia performance of the Russian Engineering Theater AKHE will be shown 25 March at the Artplay Design Center on Yausa river.
WINZAVOD White wine section 2–17 April 2011
For 16 days the white wine section will become a gigantic labyrinth for school children, students, and adults to explore.
The main hero of the exhibition is the elementary unit of living organisms—a cell. What cells can there be? How are they made? And how do they work? What cells constitute human beings? Neurons should be mentioned separately. What is the way they are connected together that creates a complex network, the brain, thus making thinking and consciousness possible. And what does consciousness offer us—artificial intelligence, artificial life, or maybe immortality?
Visitors will be able to acquaint themselves in a play format with contemporary methods of perceiving reality, with natural mechanisms concealed from our view, and with the way scientists work at disclosing nature's secrets.
The exposition offers spectators a visualization of the actual scientific picture of the world through direct contact with modern scientific methods and technologies from computer simulation and virtual immersion to participation in real laboratory experiments.
Scientists from the leading institutes and artists specializing in science-art working with technological and biological objects participated in creating this exhibition. Here are the names of some of the artists: Louis-Philippe Demers (Singapore), Leonel Moura (Portugal), Ralf Baecker (Germany), Byeong Sam Jeon (South Korea), Julian Oliver (New Zealand), Karolina Sobecka (USA), Masato Sekine (Japan), Jamie O'Shea (USA), Dmitri Bulatov (Russia), Aleksei Chebikin (Russia), Dmitri Kavarga (Russia), Elena Kavarga (Russia), Vladimir Grig (Russia), Evgeni Strelkov (Russia), Maksim Lushchik (Russia), Eva Degtyaryova (Russia), Semyon Motolyanets (Russia).
At the opening April 1, the Tiller Girls robo-group will give a robo-concert, staged by the artists and musicians from Singapore and Germany Louis-Philippe Demers, Philip Schulze, and Armin Purkrabek.
The artists' presentations will be held April 2.
WINZAVOD Red wine section 27 March–3 April 2011
The exposition will consist of exhibits made by Russian science museums and scientific organizations in the framework of the Dynasty Foundation XXI science museum grant competition.
The goal of the competition is to foster the emergence in Russia of new (innovative) museum exhibit formats—interactive displays that give visitors, especially children and students, the chance to learn about science while having fun. The competition has been conducted by the Dynasty Foundation since 2006. During these years, 50 projects from different regions of the country have received support.
The visitors of the festival will have an opportunity to meet the leaders and author groups of the projects.
General information partner of the festival:
Publishing house “Kommersant.”
The following organizations helped organize the festival:
Embassy of the United States, Moscow, Russia; British Council; Instituto Camões (Portugal); Department of Science, Technology, and Cosmos of the French Embassy in Russia “Universcience”; French National Center for Developing Culture, Science, and Technology; Institute of Cytology, RAS (Saint Petersburg); the Dokuchaev Central Soil Museum (Saint Petersburg); Institute of Human Brain, RAS (Saint Petersburg); Vavilov Institute of General Genetics RAS (Moscow); Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology (Moscow); Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Northwest Branch, RAMS (Saint Petersburg); Department of Histology and Cytology, Biology and Soil Faculty, Saint Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg); non-governmental research organization “Biomedical center”; Voronezh State University; Institute for Molecular Biology and Regional Ecology of the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod; Science for Life Prolongation Foundation (Moscow); Dirizhabl Studio (Nizhny Novgorod); State Center for Modern Art (Kaliningrad department).
Elementy, Vokrug sveta journal, informational agency Gif.ru, Cinefantom-week, Echo Moskvi radio.