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A special L.A.S.E.R. on Russia's alternative media art with artists and curators of the Russian scene:

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Description:  This special L.A.S.E.R. will feature five presentations and a discussion with Nina Czegledy (Media Artist and Curator) Anna Frants (Media Artist and Curator) Elena Gubanova (Media Artist and Curator) Natalia Kolodzei (Curator and Art Historian) Olga Shishko (Curator and Art Historian)

Nina Czegledy is an independent curator, media artist, researcher, educator , originally from Eastern Europe and from a science background, currently based in Toronto, Canada. She collaborates internationally on art and science, has published widely in books and journals and has curated many international interdisciplinary exhibitions and conferences.

Anna Frants is an artist and curator who commutes between St Petersburg and  New York. In 2006 she co-founded the international media lab "CYLAND", which since 2007 holds the annual "Cyfest", the largest cyberart festival in Eastern Europe. Frants’ interactive installations have been showcased in both Russia and the USA, and at other major venues all over the world.

Elena Gubanova is an artist and curator based in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Yerevan, Armenia.  Her works have been exhibited at major Russian and foreign venues, and she has participated in the Venezia Biennale since 2011 and in Russia’s CYFEST. She works in collaboration with Ivan Govorkov.

Natalia Kolodzei, an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, is a curator and art historian specializing on the art of Russia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She is Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation  and co- owner of the Kolodzei Collection of Eastern European Art. She has curated over 80 art exhibitions in Russia, Europe and the US.

Olga Shishko is a media art specialist who curated several influential events in Moscow in the 1990s  and co-founded the MediaArtLab Center for Culture and Art, which for 16 years organized the Media Forum as part of the Moscow International Film Festival,  before moving to Venice, where she lives and works now, researching the development of media art in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, inventors and scholars in a variety of disciplines for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.

The Stanford LASERs are co-sponsored by the deans of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

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