Interdisciplinary artist Egor Kraft (b. 1986 in St. Petersburg, Russia) currently lives and works in Moscow, Vienna and Berlin.
Having acquired his basic education in Fine Arts in Swedish foundation Art School Gerlesborgsskolan, he continued studies in Arts & Digital Media at the Moscow Rodchenko Art School (BA), The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (MA), followed by an Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London (MA scholarshipand) and lastly ‘The New Normal’ Postgraduate research programme at Strelka Institute in Moscow.
He participated in The 5th and 2nd Moscow International Biennials for Young Art, 1st Ukranian Biennale ‘Arsenale’, Manifesta 10, Parallel Vienna, ‘Innovation as Method’ in Hermitage Museum, ‘Open Codes’ in ZKM, Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Ars Electronica 2018 and many other international shows, screenings and festivals across Australia, Europe, South America, US and the UK.
Egor has held three solo exhibitions in Sweden, Russia and Estonia and was nominated for various prizes including the State Innovation Art Prize (New Generation), Kuryokhin Prize (Young Artist of the Year), Creative Enterprise Award initiated by University of Arts, London and the Pulsar Prize, Paris.
His works are included in private and museum collections in Russia, Europe and US, he worked on commissioned projects for Moscow Tretyakov State Gallery, Vienna Art Fair and Hermitage Museum.
In 2017 he was included in the New East 100, a list of people, places and projects shaping our world today by London based Calvert Journal.
Description of practice
How does one distinguish between the real and virtual? Is virtual as real as anything else we might consider? Should one ponder this question: given that virtuality is just a surface effect produced by actual causal interactions at the material level, isn’t there’s a chain of bulky physical processes behind every apparently virtual event? Taking place in geopolitical environment ‘the virtual’ plays an enormous role in the organisation of physical matter and space, governing it in accordance to the principles and protocols operating on mathematical logic, semiotics of code, discrete order and quantified variables. Thus at the level of potentialities just about anything becomes augmented with such discrete processes. The question in focus here is: how we; as beings with tendencies to think and act according to our own, seemingly irrational, internal, hidden and subconscious reasoning; will co-exist with a ubiquitous machinic rationality? Towards which we are headed at the accelerating pace of the Anthropocene.
In my current practice I often explore the emerging territories and possibilities of communication and their correlations to topics such as information, identity, chaos vs. order, time and perception. I aim to juxtapose these perennial questions to the ways in which we organise power and infrastructures, and explore the roles of contemporary technologies in these processes. As an artistic method I look for ways to produce work which sit on the boundaries between reality and its misrepresentation, exploring reality’s perversion and the consequences. I raise questions about representations of reality and their impossible task, due to the nature of communication as a flawed means. I’m interested in investigating how media advancements affect and influence our fragmented perception of reality and intervene with its seemingly invincible logic, while shaping economies, politics, morals, ethic and aesthetic values.
2008 State of Mine / Gerlesborgskolan, SWE
2012 Now is Just Right Now / Taiga, St.Petersburg, RUS
2014 Wanderings 2.0 / Rundum, Tallinn, EST
Selected Group Shows
Errorism / Ptmz, St. Petersburg, RUS
Art Parade / Loft Etazhi, St. Petersburg, RUS
II Young Art Biennale “Qui vive?” / Moscow, RUS
Media Act / Zhir Gallery, Vinzavod, Moscow, RUS
Infiltration Series 6 / Paradiso, NLD
The Ribbons / Sydney, AUS
INDI_VISUAL / MAMM, Moscow, RUS
No Limitation / Presidential library, St Petersburg, RUS
Insight & Foresight / Garage Museum, Moscow, RUS
Apocalypse & Rebirth / Museum of Russian Art, Kiev, UKR
Originalcopy / Fluc am Praterstern, Vienna, AUT
5th International Art Moves Festival / Toruń, POL
Art En Face / Manezh, St. Petersburg, RUS
No Translation / Museum for Applied Arts, Moscow, RUS
Pop Up / State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, RUS
Printed Matter / Manifesta 10 Parallel Programme / St. Petersburg, RUS
Born in the USSR / Gallery Elena Schukina / London, UK
What to say when there’s nothing to / Udarnik, Moscow
Resultart / Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, RUS
On the trail of "Pop Mechanics” / Kuryokhin Center, St.Petersburg
Playroom / Union Studios, London, UK
Deep Inside, V Moscow Biennale for Young Art
Rodchenko Art School 10 Years / MAMM / Moscow RUS
Itinéraire Bis / Salon-de-Provence FRA
All Eyes On Me / Pechersky Gallery / Moscow RUS
Then We Would Not Know It / Moscow RUS
How We Became Each Other / Moscow RUS
Art Prospect / Public Art Festival / St.-Petersburg RUS
Corridor I: Onkalo / Insitu, Berlin GER
Kosmos.Love / Artplay, Moscow / St. Petersburg RUS
Citizen 6, Video Programme, Art Athens / Athens GRC
Innovation State Art Prize Show / MUAR, Moscow RUS
The New Normal Showcase / Strelka Institute, Moscow RUS
Parallel Vienna / Format.strk statement / Vienna, AUT
Ambient Intelligence / screening at Enclave Gallery / London, UK
Prototype #4 / Kuryokhin Center, St. Petersburg RUS
Cyberfest 11, St. Petersburg / Stieglitz Academy, St. Petersburg, RUS
Museum Prototype #3 / Kuryokhin Center, St. Petersburg RUS
Social_Media / Museum of Communications, St. Petersburg, RUS
Future Unhuman / Quartariata, St. Petersburg, RUS
Innovation as Method / Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, RUS
Paradoxical hybrids / Electromuseum, Moscow, RUS
Obsolete Progress / Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, RUS
Ars Electronica / Linz, AUST
Open Codes / ZKM, Karlsruhe, DEU
Pulsar Art Prize / Paris, FRA
Science Fest 2018 / St. Petersburg, RUS
Daemons in the Machine, MMOMA, Moscow, RUS
Impakt Festival / Utrecht, NLD
Ákkta / Anna Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg, RUS
New Condition of Alive / PERMM, Perm, RUS