CMD+R AVAIR presentation Tuesday July 7 at ZERO1 Garage

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Ars Virtua Artist In Residence (AVAIR) Presentation
6pm, July 7, ZERO1 Garage, San José

How would you survive if the world as we know it ended? Do you have the knowledge and skills for a comfortable life without the technological support of the network? How would you adapt to the changing world? Artists group Chaika, Muftakhova, Naymushin, Rokotyan and Koturgina respond to this premise in their residency in the virtual environment/game-space of Minecraft. The artists model different versions of survival scenarios in an artificially made post-apocalyptic reality.

The artists construct different restrictive conditions including survival in a glitchy world, and survival without the help of Google. Adaptation and working together become crucial in a crazy artificial generative glitchy world of code with blocks, diamond and gold everywhere. Come to see them and listen to their story!

This project is an unofficial extension of the Valley to Valley project from the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial and the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. The work continues with a project at the next Ural Industrial Biennial this September in Ekaterinburg Russia.

Artists: Zhenya Chaika (Женя Чайка), Rigina Muftakhova (Ригина Муфтахова), Sergey Naymushin (Сергей Наймушин), Nikita Rokotyan (Никита Рокотян), Irina Kotyurgina (Ирина Котюргина)

Ars Virtua was founded in 2005 to look critically at emerging virtual environments and has funded residencies and art projects in Second Life, World of Warcraft, City of Heroes and Minecraft.

“AVAIR” was originally a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Ars Virtua is grateful for the support of San José State University, and ZERO1.

Artist Info:

Zhenya Chaika
Philosopher / Art manager / Curator
Curator of Artists in residences program of Ural Industrial Biennale since 2012. She has been involved in work within the industrial context of Ural region since 2008, when she coordinated French participation in the first “Art-Zavod” festival.

Nikita Rokotyan
Digital artist / PhD in Physics
Explores the border between physical and digital worlds by creating interactive installations and participating in various art projects.
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Sergei Naimushin
MA Philosophy, his profession is CEO of the advertising agency. He has participated in different projects in the field of contemporary art (as a member of Ars Virtua). His creative and professional interests are in the field of communications and new media.

Irina Kotyurgina
Art historian / Freelance graphic designer
Irina was an organizer and a participant of several projects which are related to new media and interdisciplinary art. Her interests include: research of mutual influence between new technologies and art, interaction between art and design. Irina also works as a graphic designer and an artist. She is a member of Ars Virtua, as well as individual projects with Nikita Rokotyan and other artists.

Rigina Muftakhova
Journalist/ Sociologist/ Culturologist
Interests: arts and culture of North Africa and the Middle East, artistic culture of Islam, ethnic communities and international relation/interethnic relations. Member of the research team of the project mezhdistsplinarnoy V2V “Valley of the valley”, realized in the framework of Art residences within the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennale.