About MediaArtLab

About MediaArtLab

MediaArtLab Center for Art and Culture 

Centre for art and culture MediaArtLab was founded as an independent organisation in 1999 with the intention to build a bridge between activities in the fields of culture and new information and communication technologies. It was the first Russian institution that started exploring media art in Russia.

At the present date MediaArtLab is one of the leading organisations in the field of media art. Our main priorities are to develop interdisciplinary educational projects in the art of new technologies and media culture and to organise events popularising new methods and ideas in exploiting new technologiespotential or presenting separate periods and trends in media culture appropriation. 

For the past 16 years MediaArtLab conducted educational programs all-over Russia, as well as numerous large-scale exhibitions at various partner venues (Moscow MOMA, Centre for contemporary culture Garage, Ekaterina cultural Foundation and many others).

In 2012 MediaArtLab became a partner of Museum Exhibition Association Manege and organised together more than 30 exhibitions and special programs. The list of the main MediaArtLab projects includes: Media Forum of the Moscow International Film Festival, International symposium for media culture “Pro&Contra”,  educational program «Projections of the Avant-Garde», Open school MANEGE/MediaArtLab, platform for young talents development «Great expectations» and many others.

















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Mobile Cinema at St. Petersburg, Palace Square

Mobile cinema at St. Petersburg, Palace Square

21—25 June, 2012
St. Petersburg, Palace Square
Collaboration with JSC "Rostelecom"

From 21 to 25 June 2012 in St. Petersburg in Palace Square was built a unique structure - a mobile glass pavilion. All the day it worked as a news center, but in the evening turned into an art object – works of Russian and foreign media and video artists were projected on its walls. The program included works by: Francois Vogel, Tony Hill, Ilya Korobkov, Paul Clipson, Erik Olofsen, Perry Bard, Galina Shevchenko, Arev Manoukian, Roman Mokrov, Nina Kurtela, Robert Arnold, Chris Oakley, Evann Siebens.

François Vogel 

François Vogel is a French photographer and filmmaker, born 1971. Until 1993 he studied in the video department of the fine arts faculty at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) while taking courses in Applied Computer Programming at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. 1994-95 editor and cartoon animator for the Fearless Studio, Paris. 1995-96 studied at the Atelier d'Images et d'Informatique de l'ENSAD, 2D and 3D animation specialist at Mikros image (Paris) in 1996. His artistic work with the medium video, begun in 1991, has gradually evolved into an experimentation crossing borders between video, animation and photography.

Faux plafond

1999, 5'30”

During the night of a full moon, a couple can’t get to sleep. A series of domestic incidents will propel the man and woman into a curious trip to the moon. A real or virtual trip... Only the spectator will be able to tell.

Ilya Korobkov 

Born in 1970. Lives in Moscow. Videoartist, independent publisher and lecturer in the Moscow’s Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia. Member of independent group of video artists called VIDIOT, producer and publisher of the videomagazine with the same name.

To joy

2009, 5'50"

The artist draws a parallel between the struggle of the Soviet people for a new equitable world, where all people are brothers, and the new united Europe - the community of responsible citizens that create and propagate human values. It’s no accident that the "Ode to Joy" was chosen as the anthem of united Europe. It’s a fragment of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. And it was inspired by the ode by Friedrich Schiller, which glorify brotherhood and unity of people.

Tony Hill

Born in London in 1946, studied Architecture and Sculpture. He taught film and video from 1982 until 2002 at the University of Derby becoming Professor of Film and has been teaching at Plymouth College of Art since 2004. Tony makes experimental short films that are somewhere between sculpture and cinema. He also works with installations, photography and sound. He has presented his work at many Art Galleries and in Film Festivals worldwide.

He’s the winner of the Deutscher Videokunstpreis 1993 & the Audience Prize at Chateauroux with the film “A Short History of the Wheel”. Also video was broadcasted in Germany, Finland, Holland, Australia, France, Spain and the UK. Screened at many festivals worldwide.

A Short History of the Wheel

1992, 1’00”

An exercise in visual relativity in the form of a journey through space and time with the wheel. Starting with a primitive hand-drawn cart and moving through horsepower and machine age tractor and car to the ultimate wheeled transport, the bicycle.

Perry Bard

Perry is an artist who works with electronic media and lives in New York. Her public video installations are site specific and address cultural history and memory, often involving local community members in the production process. She has exhibited video and installations internationally at Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sao Paolo Biennial, VideoBrasil, 25th Viper, Switzerland amongst others. 

Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake


This web and public space project is a participatory video shot by people around the world who are invited to record images interpreting the original script of Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera and upload them to site dziga.perrybard.net. Anyone can upload footage. When the work streams your contribution becomes part of a worldwide montage, in Vertov’s terms the “decoding of life as it is”.

Galina Shevchenko

Galina is a Moscow born, Chicago based multimedia artist. The artist, VJ, works in the genre of video art. Galina's work has been shown at numerous venues nationally and internationally, including international Art Fairs in Miami and Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Berlin’s Director’s Lounge Video Festival, New York’s Red Shift Film Festival, Chicago’s Motion Graphics Festival, Media ART LAB segment of Moscow International Film Festival, where her work took a second Prize in 2007. 

Dancing with Mondrian

In collaboration with Spencer Baker

2006, 4’44’’
Geometry and flesh, muscul curves and perfect rectangles clash and dissolve in this infinite tease. Echoes of modernity and traces of classical past coexist and feed each other with moves and volumes, lines and shadows, emotions and jestures.

Arev Manoukian

Raised in a family of artists and engineers in Montreal, Arev Manoukian plays with art and technology to tell stories in ways that challenge his imagination. After studying film in Toronto, Arev soon began directing music videos for local bands which went to air on Much Music. Lately, he has directed interactive jobs for clients such as Mazda, Axe, Wrigley Gum, 20th Century Fox and the NFL. Arev directed Nokia's interactive commercial "The Passenger", a Cannes Cyber Lions and One Show finalist.

Nuit Blanche

2009, 4’41”

Nuit Blanche explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy.

Roman Mokrow

Born in 1986 in Elektrougli, Russia. He has graduated from the School of Contemporary Art "Free Workshops" in the MMSI and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA Moscow). He was one of the finalists and received a special award in the national competition for contemporary art "Innovation" 2012 and Special jury mention in International Festival of Video Art "NOW & POTOM'12", MMOMA. In 2012 artist had solo exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Also he participated in several group exhibitions in the NCCA, CHA, MMOMA, etc.

The Endless Story

2011, 6’44”

Every day Moscow takes in thousands and thousands of people, who come here with different goals. Often a trip to Moscow is the road to happiness. Or the search for happiness. But if you ride Russian Railways' trains into Moscow from the suburbs, it's an expensive one too, and most people are forced to find a way to avoid that, such as holes in the fence. There is the endless melancholic stream of people go through it. They don’t think about the problem. They  united only in its determination to get to Moscow.

Nina Kurtela

Nina is a performance artist born in 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia (former Yugoslavia). She works and lives between Berlin and Zagreb and thinking and creating in relation between visual arts, video, performance and contemporary dance and choreography.


Durational performance 22.02.2010 – 07.08. 2010

2010, 8'15”

Documentation of durational performance took place in a space that has been reconstructed from an old warehouse into dance center in Wedding, Berlin. She was taking every working day around 200 portrait photos in transforming surrounding of construction site from exactly the same position, placing herself in the middle of the site.

Chris Oakley

Chris lives and works in Great Britain. Holding a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Time-Based Media. He resumed his career as an artist in 2003, since which time he has exhibited works in video widely across Europe and worldwide. Recent achievements include exhibition at MoCA Los Angeles and the installation of work at Transmadiale’05 in Berlin.

The Catalogue

2004, 5’30”

“The Catalogue” is a symbolic rendering of the logic of a computerized market research system, which classifies individuals using a wide variety of data in order to assess their buying power and their future needs. The identity of each individual is reduced to the analysis and prediction of his or her consumption habits. The title of the work highlights the fact that each individual who meets the automatic eye of the video camera is entered in a database, a catalogue in which each person must be assigned to predetermined categories, thus assuming his or her place in the system

Paul Clipson

Paul is an San Francisco based artist and director of experimental cinema exclusively with a Super8 camera. . His works usually include the projected installation, as well as joint performances with the use of sound, often improvised.

Light from the Mesa

2010, 6'00 "

The film is based on the format of Super 8 film. It consists largely of improvisation. The artist creates an image-illusion show of music and poetry, mesmerizing and bewitching the viewer. So, blind symbiosis of sound and image forming unity with the assembled audience, which is considered as a witness.

Robert Arnold

Robert was born in 1954 in New Jersey, USA, and lives in Boston where he teaches film at Boston University. He obtained a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois in 1977, an MA from the University of Iowa in 1980 and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Iowa in 1994. His works have been widely exhibited and he has received numerous awards, including the Best Animated/Experiment Film, Boston Underground Film Festival (2002); Grand Prix, Video forms International Video & Multimedia Festival, France (2000); Best Experimental Film, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden (1999). 

The Morphology of Desire

1998, 5’45”

Video explores romantic love in popular culture illustrated on the covers of dime-store, romance novels.

Erik Olofsen

Born in 1970 in the Netherlands. His works usually integrate different medias such as sculpture, video, photographs and sound. Olofsen graduated from the Rietveld Academy in 1998 and was an artist in residence at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam, IASPIS in Stockholm, Chambre Blanche in Quebec, Bilbao Arte and CEAC in Xiamen. His works were internationally shown in institutions such as GEM Museum in Den Haag, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Tirana Biennial, ARoS kunstmuseum in Aarhus, KulturBahnhof in Kassel. He has received several awards including the prestigious Dutch Prix de Rome for sculpture/installation in 2003, the Golden Cube for best installation at the Kasseler Documentarfilm und Videofest in 2007, the Spanish Vida 08 international prize of Fundacion Telefonica in 2005.

In Places
2004. 4’ 30’’

A man jumps from the sky, but it remains safe and without any scathe. Town buildings from foam soften his fall.

Evann Siebens

Born in Canada. Lives and works in USA. Evann specializes in making media about movement. Her short films, documentaries and media installations have been shown at venues such as Eyebeam, Centre Pompidou, MOMA, The Hammer Museum, Lincoln Centre. A former dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and the Bonn Ballet in Germany, Evann graduated from New York University. Now based in Vancouver, Evann recently co-curated and shared artistic direction for ContainR, featured during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Evann recently attended a residency in London, England at Acme and, along with her partner Keith H Doyle exhibited a media installation at the HotShoe Gallery, London. 


2003, 10’00’’

A lone man in an overcoat and bowler hat is obscurely displaced as he dances on a deserted windy beach, over a grassy knoll and through a crowded street. The figure represents Magritte's familiar symbol of the "Everyman." Kinetic and fast, the film uses surrealist techniques, frames within frames, dynamic text, and familiar objects that float around the dancer—an apple, a pipe, an umbrella—to transform the image beyond the real. The live dancer, represented by the same "Everyman," also comments on the signifier versus the signified, the danced image versus the dancer. Michel Foucault's text «Ceci n'est pas une pipe» is referenced by transposing words and images into code patterns from programming language in order to explore the distinction between similitude and resemblance.

Museum of Screen Culture

The Museum of screen culture MediaArtLab

Organized by: the MediaArtLab Centre for Art and Culture, the Museum and Exhibition Center «Manege»
Exposition opens on November, 29
The Museum and Exhibition Center «Manege»
(Moscow, Manegnaja Square 1), Ground floor

The MediaArtLab Centre for Art and Culture was founded more than twelve years ago. It was the first Russian institution that started exploring media art in Russia. Since its foundation the Centre has implemented a set of projects: the Media Forum MIFF (a festival within a festival, a major review of world video and media art with large-scale exhibitions realized in partnership with various Moscow art venues as part of Media Forum), symposium «Pro&Contra», «MediaArtClub» and «NonStop-Media» projects, «Tranzitland» and «Expanded Cinema» exhibitions and many other projects.

Nowadays the Center is gaining its own exhibition space in the Museum and Exhibition Center «Manege» and is providing access to its media archives — the large collection of media art, which have been forming since the foundation of the organization in 1991. This archive contains more than 2000 items — from works of the media art pioneers to recent works of video art, archival documents and so on.

The new Museum will be the platform for the carrying experimental exhibitions, shows, multimedia performances; it is going to be a kind of interactive laboratory which will be an educational center as well and will allow presenting the basic stages of media art history.

The activities of the Museum will not be isolated only inside its space. We plan to start a major regional educational project in collaboration with leading Russian Universities, to create moveable mobile exhibition projects and also to expand into urban space with the Media Facades and Mobile Cinema projects.

Besides, we plan to realize major exhibition projects of Russian and Western artists in the mail hall of the Museum and Exhibition Center «Manege» as part of the Museum’s activities. Our plans for the near future include an exposition within the MIFF Media Forum on controlled cinema and montage, a multimedia show by Peter Greenaway on the Golden Age of Russian and Dutch art, the State of Image exhibition of Zbigniew Rybczynski and Gábor Bódy and many others.

The main departments of the Museum of screen culture MediaArtLab:

  • Media Gallery with zones various at their functions and access to the MediaArtLab archive;
  • Educationalprograms with laboratories, workshops, lectures, conferences;
  • Exhibition Space with a regularly changing exhibition — a platform to present up to date media art projects.

History of the project

The Museum of Screen Culture is the result of a long intensive work of the MediaArtLab Centre for arts and culture. Collection of media art has been forming over more than ten years in one of the main priorities of the Center — the establishing of an audiovisual archive of media culture, collecting and turning into museum works of contemporary art associated with new technologies (video art, net art, sound art, software art, CD -ROM art, interactive art).

MediaArtLab activities from the outset aimed at promoting contemporary art, forming the cultural context, and providing of open access to the media culture heritage of our time, theoretical and critical texts about it. The first step in creating professionally annotated collection of media art with public access was the MEDIATEKA (Media Library) in 2000. It consisted of Russian, European and American artists’ works, including the pioneers of video art. There are texts, collection of video art (from the 60’s to the present day), CD-ROM-art and works of net art — altogether more than 2000 objects.

Taking this direction MedArtLab has realized a number of exhibitions and educational projects both in Russia and abroad. Among them: the annual festival Media Forum of Moscow International Film Festival, an international interdisciplinary symposium Pro&Contra; network regional project «NonStopMedia»; educational project «Poliekran» (with the NCCA, Nizhny Novgorod), distance course «Media Culture/Modern Art» (created for The MSSES, Faculty of cultural management), as well as many workshops, demonstrations, discussions and debates.

Concept of The Museum of screen culture was first presented in 2007 within the parallel program of 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2007. MediaArtLab held the project «Media Museum Virtual Theatre» at the Theatre of Nations. For two nights the audience acquainted with a range of films reflecting the development of media technologies and it’s shift from theater to cinema and back to theater. Also there were presented a number of contemporary plastic performances joining dance with the media context, and performances in which the role of the media is reduced to auxiliary props and investigated with spectacular artistic strategies. Additionally the project included the «Virtual theatre, technology and artist» exhibition.

The next stage in the development of the media museum concept was the large-scale exhibition held at the site of the «Factory Project» in the NCCA festival «Collections» in 2008. It was realized with the support of the «A Changing Museum in a Changing World» competition for museum projects by Vladimir Potanin Foundation. The exhibition «Media Museum» was not only presentation of the MediaArtLab collection, but it also laid down the key directions for the future work on the project. Media Museum was presented as a type of mobile art institution, a kind of interactive laboratory that allows empirical and experimental way to comprehend the basics of media universe and media culture, develop and build philosophical concepts expressed in the material world images.

Also, the project has published the catalog «MEDIAMUSEUM» representing collection of media art, accompanied by original texts by the MediaArtLab experts. Full electronic version of the catalog is available at www.mediamuseum.ru. Also on this site the user will find additional texts about media culture, artworks descriptions, 3D models of key works in the story of media art, information about network projects, etc.


Open school MediaArtLab    

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Open school MediaArtLab
is an innovative project for Russia to prepare new generation of contemporary artists and curators. The backbone of the education is a cross-disciplinary approach with practical, exploratory nature.

Open school MediaArtLab is a kind of laboratory, flexible structure, which comprises intensive theoretical and practical work with up-to-date ideas, issues, and projects in the field of modern media culture. The work of the faculty is organized around some topic divergent for each group of students. The major of educational and research work are visual, performative and audio practices as well as projects at the junction of science and art. 

Our main goal is to investigate theoretical, technological, and conceptual aspects of contemporary visual and media culture. This knowledge can be applied by students during the preparation of their personal and group projects.

The most important part of the education is realization of students’ projects with its intervention into city life, mass media, and the Internet, as well as inclusion into exhibition projects by MediaArtLab and other Russian and foreign institutions.

Subject 2013–2015: «Visual experiment»

Open school Manege/MediaArtLab was a collaborative project by MediaArtLab and Moscow Manege. The main subject of the first School programme was «Visual experiment». Course was dedicated to issues of moving image and new visuality.

Programme consisted of three parts:

  1. Theory
    Lectures by researchers, curators, artists in the field of contemporary visual culture, philosophy and history of media art. The main theoretical issues were: theory and practice of contemporary art, new visuality in contemporary culture and media, video art and cinema, media art and social practices. 
  2. Practice
    Workshops by Russian and foreign artists, directors and curators which give students great variety of skills useful for their future projects. 
  3. Project development
    On the basis of theoretical and practical knowledge students were able to choose ther own media and artistic language. They had a lot of chances to present their ideas on the one-day exhibitions during the Course. Also a few big projects were realised, the most important of them are two exhibitions: "Post-digital. Different Borders" and "Disturbances in the state of things".

Exhibition Projects

Media project “Immersions into the Future”
October 31 - November 2, 2013
Crocus Expo
as a part of the Open Innovations Forum

Organizers: MEC «Manege», centre for culture and art « MediaArtLab», Museum of screen culture «Manege/MediaArtLab»

Curator: Olga Shishko (art critic, curator, MediaArtLab founder and director, art director of the MIFF Media Forum of the , director of the Museum of screen culture Manege/MediaArtLab)

Producer:  Elena Rumyantseva (program director of the Museum of Screen Culture Manege/MediaArtLab and the MIFF Media Forum)

Participants: Where the Dogs Run (Russia), Dmitry Kavarga (Russia), Sergey Katran (Russia), Alexandra Dementyeva (Russia-Belgium), Boris Debackere (the Netherlands-Belgium), Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov (Russia), Yury Ankarani (Italy), Vladimir Potapov (Russia), Dmitry Bulatov and Alexey Chebykin (Russia), ABC (Russia).

Architect: Dina Karaman


Educational Projects