Egor Kraft announced as winner of the 2018/2019 Garage Art & Technology grant program
The results of the 2018/2019 Garage Art & Technology grant program, carried out in partnership with BMW Group, have been announced.
The program of grants was launched by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012 in order to create a system of complex support for emerging Russian artists and is currently the only initiative of its kind in the country. Established in 2016, the Art & Technology grant program is designed to aid individual and collective art projects in the field of IT, engineering, and science art.
Artist Egor Kraft has become its laureate in 2019. He will receive a monthly award of 30,000 rubles and an opportunity to realize his project Content Aware Studie dedicated to the reconstruction of history and collective social memory. Content Aware Studie questions the objectivity of research in the field of history and the necessity of studying it in the context of contemporary ethics, philosophy, and anthropology. Egor Kraft will also visit the BMW Museum located at BMW Munich headquarter and consult with BMW experts regarding the implementation of his project.
Egor Kraft (b. 1986, Leningrad), interdisciplinary artist and researcher. Graduate of Gerlesborg School of Fine Arts (Sweden, 2008), Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia (2011) and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Media Arts, 2014). Selected personal shows: Ákkta, Anna Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg (2018); Content Award Studies, Alexander Levy Gallery, Berlin (2019). Selected group shows: 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016); Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness, Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg (2018); Innovation as an Artistic Technique, The State Hermitage, St. Petersburg (2018); Ars Electronica Festival, Linz (2018); Negative Space. Trajectories of Sculpture, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2019). He lives and works in Moscow and Vienna.
The expert committee of the 2018/2019 Art & Technology grant program featured:
Anton Belov, Director, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art;
Dmitry Bulatov, curator at the Baltic Branch of National Centre for Contemporary Art, ROSIZO, artist;
Valentin Diaconov, curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art;
Оlga Shishko, Head of the Department of Film and Media Art at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
Image: Linux based server equipped with multiple GPUs performing general adversarial machine training during the exhibition “Content Aware Studies” at Alexander Levy Gallery, Berlin, Germany. 2019
Courtesy of the artist