Theme and artists of the MIFF Media Forum are announced

    For twelve years Media Forum has brought new media art to the Russian audience. It presented an avant-garde trend in the works of artists, performers, video artists and animation-makers experimenting with language, context and techniques of electronic and digital mass media. Theme of the Media Forum 2011 – «Expanded cinema». The MIFF Media Forum exhibitions at Moscow Museum of Modern Art (13 June - 3 July 2011) and at Garage Center of Contemporary Culture (24 June - 24 July 2011) presents works by artists that deny all canons and traditions and destroy the traditional structure of film. It's important for us how the artist breaks space whether it is screen or reality, social or virtual space. Media art and video art now make it possible to break and transform space. The works selected give an extra dimension to the film festival and open new opportunities to analyze and evaluate the prospects of cinema expansion and creation of more complex forms of perception by means of contemporary art. Exhibitions curators: Olga Shishko (art critic, curator, founder and director of Moscow Center for art and culture MediaArtLab, Art Director of MIFF Media Forum), Kirill Razlogov (professor, art critic, Director of Russian Institute of Culture, Program Director of the Moscow International Film Festival) At the exhibition at Garage Center of Contemporary Culture will be shown three magnificent projects: the European debut of Yang Fudong's The Fifth Night (2010), the most recent work by Eija-Liisa Ahtila Annunciation (2010) and a real video bestseller by Isaac Julien. At the exhibition at Moscow Museum of Modern Art the idea of «expanded cinema» will be visualized with works by such artists as Fiona Tan (the Netherlands), Leslie Thornton (USA), Doug Aitken (USA), Gary Hill (USA), Keren Cytter (Israel/Germany), Anri Sala (Albania/France), Johanna Billing (Sweden). Also the program will include the life multimedia performance of Ryoji Ikeda (Japan) at the Opening ceremony and a series of artists talk and lectures at the Center for contemporary culture Garage (24 June – 28 July 2011).