CYFEST (Cyberfest), the biggest Russian art and technology festival, created by the St. Peter- sburg Cyber Media Art Lab, will be held for the first time in Italy, in Caserta. From June 22nd to July 1st, the Royal Palace of Caserta will host the final stage of the XI edition of this traveling Fe- stival, which started in November 2017 in New York (USA) and had its main event in St. Peter- sburg (RU), with stops in Beijing (CH) and Brighton (UK).
The protagonists of the exhibition will be the artists Anna Frants, Donato Piccolo, Alexandra De- mentieva, Licia Galizia and Michelangelo Lupone, Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov, Franz Ce- rami, Daniele Spanò, Aleksey Grachev and Sergey Komarov, Maurizio Chiantone.
In line with the concept of Cyfest 2017-2018, “Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness”, the Caserta exhibition invites artists to reflect on the influence of technology on life today.
Man has always tried to control and predict the weather conditions, unpredictable by nature, a metaphor of the future. However, in the modern era, Man has modified, through irresponsible behavior, even the planetary climate. At the same time digital is a ubiquitous cloud that permeates and modifies, as if wearing Kantian lenses, all aspects of social life: from work, to communication, to personal relationships, to intimate ones. We live in parallel worlds, in “private clouds”, the “Public cloud”, “community clouds” and “hybrid clouds”. The only one who uses the digital consciously, bending it to his needs and answering his own questions, is the artist, who, through new technologies, tries to re-create, reco- ver and arouse, what is most profoundly human: doubt, feeling and emotion.
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