Art Night Venezia 2017, AES+F, video-installation


At 10.30pm, the Venetian Art Night shines with “PSYCHOSIS”, the video-installation especially designed by the Russian collective AES+F for Art Night and inspired from Sarah Kane’s last play, ‘4.48 psychosis’ (1999).

AES+F’s works combine photos, videos and animation with more traditional media such as painting, drawing, and sculpture, creating monumental video-installations. Through their visionary hyperrealism they are able to design visual stories that explore our contemporary society’s values, vices and conflicts in a global scale with explicit references to art history. 


Famous for their participations to the last Venetian Biennali, their monumental and colorful video-installations, full of characters and allegories in preparation for upcoming disasters, the Russian collective has been active since 1987 and participated to hundreds of exhibits around the world since 1989. It was initially formed by conceptual architects Tatiana Arzamasova (1955) and Lev Evzovich (1958) and by multidisciplinary designer Evgeny Svyatsky (1957). The group grew larger and changed its name to AES+F, acronym of the four artists and of photographer Vladimir Fridkes (1956) who joined in 1995. AES+F was part of the Russian Pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennale with the provocatory  "Last Riot ", first of three multichannel large scale video-installations which defined the AES+F aesthetics. " The Feast of Trimalchio ", the second piece of the series, was presented in Venice in 2009 and the last, "Allegoria Sacra", debuted at the 4th Mosca Biennale in 2011. In 2015 AES+F presented their new project, "Inverso Mundus ", within the 56th Venice Biennale. They participated to other events and biennali, in Adeilade, Havana, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Lille, Lyon, Melbourne, Sydney and Toronto. The works of AES+F have been exhibited in monographic exhibitions in such prestigious venues as the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kiasma museum (Helsinki), Tate (London), Museo Thyssen Bornemisza (Madrid), the Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg) and many more. The group was awarded with the Sergey Kuryokhin  Price (2011) and the first Kandinsky price (2012).




6pm START: Opening - Distribution of free gadgets
Inauguration in presence of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Michele Bugliesi and of the heads of the institutions involved.
“Reading Attack” Azione pubblica a sorpresa! *
Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. Marcel Proust
*Contact us and we will tell you how to become part of the Art Night 

Open exhibitions

“Hybris and monsters in contemporary art” curated by Silvia Burini, Giuseppe Barbieri, Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova

The project in the Ca' Foscari library exhibition hall, organized by MediaArtLab CYLAND, includes works by 19 artists from Italy, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and the United States. The project examines one of the fundamental mechanisms of society - the connection of what cannot be connected, the problems in the relationships between “one's own" and that of "others", blurring the limits of well-defined concepts. In the exhibition, new technologies and old media create a space where the specific territory of the works is not set, enabling them to combine and influence each other, creating new "hybrid fruits" of the perception of art. Structured cyberspaces, post-Soviet reflections, geometrical and classical hybrids, art and life - all this diversity of works presented by artists suggests how releveant this topic was 5,000 years ago and how it still is today.
CYLAND is a non-profit organization aiming at developing the dialogue between art and technology through a yearly international festival, exhibitions, art and educational programmes.

CFZ Ca’ Foscari Zattere /Cultural Flow Zone Dorsoduro 1392, 6pm-Midnight

“VALERY KOSHLYAKOV-We have never stopped building utopia” curated by Danilo Eccher, with the support of the Russian Impressionism Museum (Moscow) and scientific direction by Silvia Burini and Giuseppe Barbieri.

Koshlyakov, who lives between Paris and Moscow, has been exhibited in many prestigious venues: in Italy at the MACRO, in France at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and, naturally, in most of the major public Russian museums such as the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow or the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg. He has also exhibited his works in the Louvre in Paris, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. 
The Venice show features works which allude to the Italian city and its famous Palazzi, but the architecture of palaces and their interiors, whether Muscovite or Venetian, will be the exhibition’s backbone. Koshlyakov’s large paintings resemble, rather, stage scenery, as if we were in the audience at a play entitled The Seven Sisters of Moscow, in which the starring roles were played by Moscow’s famous Stalin-era skyscrapers, exemplars of socialist classicism. In a sense, we can talk about "gigantism" in Koshlyakov’s work: a paradoxical gigantism which employs a variety of recycled media, including cardboard, packing tape, plastic, and metal. His magnificent "panoramas" hence generate an impressive space that captivates the eyes and imaginations of viewers.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Exhibition Spaces, Dorsoduro 3246, 6pm-1am

Ca’rte Lab - Educational workshop
“A tutto cartone”

Educational workshop held at the Exhibition Spaces of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in the occasion of the exhibition “VALERY KOSHLYAKOV-We have never stopped building utopia”. Kids will be invited to look at the works and express their creativity.

Ca'rte Lab is the Ca’ Foscari logo for all activities and workshops for kids from 5 to 11 years of age dedicated to the exhibitions and events held or created by the University. 
Head of the project: Prof. Silvia Burini, Dr. Angela Bianco. 
Mandatory reservation:

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Exhibition Spaces, Dorsoduro 3246, 5pm

Ca’ Foscari Tour - visite guidate

“Voci dalla storia: in visita a Ca' Foscari con i personaggi del passato"
Evening guided tours with theatrical reading by Cantiere Teatro Ca’ Foscari to give a voice to some of the most fascinating characters of the building’s history and of the university’s. The tour will pass by the most prestigious rooms of the main seat, overlooking the Grand Canal.
Mandatory reservation On the event day please take the free ticket at the Ca’ Foscari Tour desk in the central seat. 

Ca’ Foscari Tour is a guide tour service of the university that was created in 2009 and is curated by the Public Relations Office. 

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Central Seat, Dorsoduro 3246, orario 6.30 (first round) 8pm (second round).

“PriZma” – Magazine

“PriZma si presenta vol.2” Presentation of the second paper edition of the cultural magazine PriZma. Readings and acoustic music.
PriZma is a students’ collective created in Venice in 2014 which established an independent magazine which evolved from a blog to a print version. The monthly themes are very diverse and intend to develop an open and constructive dialogue.

Cortile della Niobe, Exhibition Space, 7pm-8.30pm


“INSIDE LOVE LOVE INSIDE” by Antonio Nocera.

Antonio Nocera was invited by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice to present a preview of "Inside Love Love inside" to celebrate his 50 years as an artist: a bronze installation of ten sculptures he created in his London studio.

Ca’ Dolfin garden, 6pm-Midnight


“NOSTRO!” by artists Alvise Bittente e Marco Brosolo 

‘Recitativo musicale mostruosamente acustico, con accompagnamento digitale a lume di luce fredda’

CFZ Ca’ Foscari Zattere /Cultural Flow Zone Dorsoduro 1392, 8.30pm



inspired by Sarah Kane’s ‘4.48 psychosis’ 
AES+F, 2016-2017  Single channel 4K video
Concept and realization: AES+F
Music and sound effects: Dmitri Kourliandski
Production of this video was realized in frames of “Psychosis 4.48” a common project of Alexander Zeldovich and AES+F at Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, Moscow (2016) and with support of Ca’Foscari University Foundation, Venice (2017).
Produced by Boris Yukhananov
Production director of CGI and animation: Georgy Arzamasov with support of Scream School 
Modelling and animation: Marcin Solarz, Dmitry Vinogradov, Dmitry Sobolev, Alexei Pavlov
Visual compositor: Sergei Sinitsyn
© AES+F @aesplusf

Ca’ Foscari historic seat, Dorsoduro 3246, 10.30pm


 “Le petit déjeuner en blu” upon reservation

9am-10am Buongiorno!! arrivo ospiti 
10.45am Laboratorio “Piantala… là” (max 30) 
11am Simone RUGIATI evento libero
San Servolo island 9am-1pm

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