December 1, 2023 – January 3, 2024, Miami, USA
Anna Frants, Artist Union. Still life, from the series “Matter of Chance”, media Installation, 2019. Photo: Jurgen Bunimovich
CYLAND Media Art Lab presents International Media Art Festival CYFEST 15: Vulnerability at Deering Estate.
The exhibition will run from December 1, 2023 – January 3, 2024, at the Deering Estate outdoor grounds and third floor of the Stone House.
The exhibition comprises three layers—media installation, sound, and performance—that invoke technologies developed to rediscover and affect space. The Deering Estate, a historical landmark with over 450 acres of natural landscape, including eight native ecosystems, will host a series of works expanding on the festival’s theme of Vulnerability. These pieces created with CYLAND Media Art Lab engineers will be in dialogue with the historical context of the place, irrevocably connected both to the past and future, the urban and natural.
This exhibition is an invitation, while following the route from one artwork to another, to take a closer look at the issue of how we are included in the world. At the Deering Estate, we featured the works of artists who closely collaborated with the CYLAND Media Art Lab. At the core of CYLAND is the creation of media art in close dialogue between artists and engineers.
CYFEST 15 at the Deering Estate is designed to be placed in spaces with characteristic sensibility and meaning, such as historic buildings or natural environments. It is envisaged as a cross-disciplinary and multi-sensory exhibition that stimulates the perception of the artwork’s idea via different senses and experiences.
A public presentation and performance program will take place on Sunday, December 10, 2023, in the Deering Estate’s Palm Grove and in the Visitor Center’s theater. Children are invited to participate in the media installation “Artists Union” by Anna Frants by interacting with the drawing machines at the Visitor Center foyer from 2 to 8 pm during opening day events.
This project is made possible in collaboration with the Kolodzei Art Foundation.
The project’s general sponsor is One Market Data.
CYFEST, one of the biggest international media art festivals in Eastern Europe, was founded by a group of independent artists and curators in 2007. Since its inception in 2007, CYFEST’s main concerns have been to examine the dialogue between various visual languages and technology cultures, and thus to explore a way of communing with both art professionals and scientific communities. CYFEST unites artists, curators, educators, engineers, programmers, and media activists all over the world, and creates an inclusive platform for mapping, mediation, and documentation of new media art on different regional and international levels.
CYFEST is one of the world’s few nomadic cultural events: throughout the year, festival projects are presented at leading cultural institutions around the world. Each year, the festival program includes several exhibition projects, sound art, video and educational programs.
CYFEST 15: Vulnerability is a series of traveling exhibitions hosted worldwide by prominent cultural and public institutions.
Under the theme of vulnerability, CYFEST 15 showcases artworks that explore and reflect on vulnerability from a range of points of view — from the fragility of an ecosystem to the vulnerability of memory, from the preservation of becoming old media art to the state of equilibrium being within nature- and techno- worlds. CYFEST 15 took place in Yerevan, Armenia, this September and will continue in Venice, Italy, and in New York, USA, in 2024.
ABOUT DEERING ESTATE
Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Miami, is a 21st Century house museum, cultural and ecological field station, and a national landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by the State of Florida and managed by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Deering Estate is designated as one of seven Miami Dade County “Heritage Parks” which have a vital role in our community’s history, environment and in providing recreational and cultural experiences.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.
ABOUT DEERING ESTATE FOUNDATION
For those who treasure the Deering Estate, who advocate for its preservation and wish to invest in its future, The Deering Estate Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and corporations alike to partake in membership, signature events, and one-of-a-kind experiences, all in service of providing vital funding and support to the Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the foundation fulfills its mission to uphold the legacy of Charles Deering’s cherished 1920s-era property, to provide funding for the cultural, educational and recreational experiences it offers, as well as its significant scientific and archaeological endeavors to conserve its diverse flora, fauna and the eight native ecosystems that thrive on its 450 acres, and to ensure its longevity as a prized American heritage site. Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic partner of the Deering Estate.