Theater under Cameras with Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov
An ongoing project launched by Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov in 2014, Theater under Cameras is a series of videos shot on city webcams. In 2019, the project was shortlisted for the Innovation Prize—Russia’s state award in contemporary art. Most of the videos document the Cherepanovs’ own performances, but some of them have captured other people, animals, or weather phenomena.
The artists will present their videos and speak about the making of Theater under Cameras, explain how similar videos can be produced, and offer several simple scenarios for collective actions or performances that can be shot using a program. Three days after the workshop, participants will be sent a link to an edited video.
Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov work as a duo as well as independently under various names, including Cick in Dunt, Tagil Group, Yugo-Zapad [Southwest], and Beskonechny Chastny Sektor [Endless Private Sector]. Their practice encompasses performance, video art, installation, street art, and painting. They are known for their self-organized projects involving many other artists as well as for their research into art communities and street art. They collect works by contemporary artists and have taken part in the 4th and 5th Ural Industrial Biennials. They live and work in Yekaterinburg.