Art Prospect Festival

Global Art Lab's International Festival of Public Art
September 12-15, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia

The second international public art festival Art Prospect (September 12-15, 2013) showcased the original work of fifteen artists and art collectives from Russia, the Netherlands and the United States responding to the theme “the Artist as Urban Gardener.” Using various art forms, including collage, sculpture, video, and performance, the artists transformed Liteiny Prospect into an interactive space for creative dialogue with residents about the urban environment. The theme encouraged artists and the community to creatively address how we can make our urban environment greener and environmentally sustainable and to consider the relationship between what we consume and how it is created.

As part of the cultural program of NLRF2013, a yearlong celebration of relations between the Netherlands and Russia, the Dutch creative collective Cascoland in collaboration with Pink Pony Express created the site specific work “Mobile Plant Sanatorium" for Art Prospect. A collective of artists, architects, designers and performers, Cascoland worked with local residents to build and present the installation.

Other festival participants included St. Petersburg artists Stas Bags, Ludmila Belova, Petr Belyi, Alexander Gart, Maria Godovannaya, the international theatre group “Light People,” Alexander Morozov, group “Pprofessors,” Vitaly Pushnitsky, Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, art group “Y,” and Petr Shvetsov.

Art Prospect’s educational program included a panel presentation by participating artists and a workshop on September 9-10 by New York based artist Jason Eppink at New Holland. The results of the workshop, “Solar Projections”, were exhibited during the festival.

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