Egor Kraft

Egor Kraft

Egor Kraft

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.

Education

2017 Strelka Institute / New Normal / Postgrad Research
2017 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna / Art & Media / Mag.
2015 Central St. Martins College London / Fine Art / Grant
2011 Moscow Rodchenko Art School / BA Media Art
2008 Gerlesborg Fine Art School, Sweden / Foundation

Solo Shows

2019 Content Aware Studies / Alexander Levy, Berlin, DE
2018 Ákkta / Anna Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg, RUS
2018 Vienna Contemporary, Solo Booth / Vienna, AUT
2014 Wanderings 2.0 / Rundum, Tallinn, EST
2012 Now is Just Right Now / Taiga, St.Petersburg, RUS
2008 State of Mine / Gerlesborgskolan, SWE

Selected Group Shows

2019 Neg­a­tive Space. Tra­jec­to­ries of Sculp­ture, ZKM, Karl­sruhe, Germany
2019 WRO Bi­en­nale 2019, Wrocław, Poland
2019 Writ­ing the His­tory of the Fu­ture, ZKM, Karl­sruhe, Germany
2019 Non-Aligned Net­works, Val­letta Con­tem­po­rary, Malta
2018 Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
2018 Daemons in the Machine, MMOMA, Moscow
2018 Science Fest, St. Petersburg
2018 Pulsar Art Prize, Paris
2018 Open Codes, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2018 Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
2018 Obsolete Progress, Polytechnic Museum, Moscow
2018 Paradoxical hybrids, Electromuseum, Moscow
2018 Innovation as Method, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
2018 Future Unhuman, Quartariata, St. Petersburg
2018 Social_Media, Museum of Communications, St. Petersburg
2018 Museum Prototype #3, Kuryokhin Center, St. Petersburg
2018 Cyberfest 11, St. Petersburg, Stieglitz Academy, St. Petersburg
2017 Prototype #4, Kuryokhin Center, St. Petersburg
2017 Ambient Intelligence, screening at Enclave Gallery, London
2017 Parallel Vienna, Format.strk statement, Vienna
2017 The New Normal Showcase, Strelka Institute, Moscow
2017 Innovation State Art Prize Show, MUAR, Moscow
2017 Citizen 6, Video Programme, Art Athens, Athens
2016 Kosmos.Love, Artplay, Moscow, St. Petersburg
2016 Corridor I: Onkalo, Insitu, Berlin
2016 Art Prospect, Public Art Festival, St.-Petersburg
2016 How We Became Each Other, Moscow
2016 Then We Would Not Know It, Moscow
2016 All Eyes On Me, Pechersky Gallery, Moscow
2016 Itnéraire Bis, Salon-de-Provence, France
2016 Rodchenko Art School 10 Years, MAMM, Moscow
2016 Deep In side, V Moscow Biennale for Young Art
2016 Playroom, Union Studios, London
2015 On the trail of "Pop Mechanics", Kuryokhin Center, St.Petersburg
2015 Resultart, Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg 
2015 What to say when there's nothing to, Udarnik
2014 Born in the USSR, Gallery Elena Schukina, London 
2014 Printed Matter, Manifesta 10 Parallel Programme, St. Petersburg
2013 Pop Up, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow 
2013 No Translation, Museum for Applied Arts, Moscow 
2013 Art En Face, Manezh, St. Peterburg
2012 5th Inter¬tional Art Moves Festival, Toruń, Poland
2012 Origynalcopy, Fluc am Praterstern, Vienna 
2012 Apocalypse & Rebirth, Museum of Russian Art, Kiev
2011 Insight & Foresight, Garage Museum, Moscow 
2011 No Limitation, Presidential library, St Petersburg 
2011 INDI_VISUAL, MAMM, Moscow
2011 The Ribbons, Sydney
2011 Infiltration Series 6, Paradiso, Netherlands
2010 Media Act, Zhir Gallery, Vinzavod, Moscow 
2010 II Young Art Biennale "Qui vive?", Moscow
2008 Art Parade, Loft Etazhi, St. Petersburg
2008 Errorism, Ptmz, St. Petersburg

Awards and honours

2019 In­no­va­tion State Prize, Artist of the year nom­i­nee, Russia
2019 STARTS Res­i­den­cies fel­low, EU
2019 Kuryokhin Prize nom­i­nee, Russia
2018 Pul­sar Prize Fi­nal­ist, France
2017 In­cluded in the New East 100, a list of peo­ple and pro­jects shap­ing our world to­day by Calvert Jour­nal, UK
2017 In­no­va­tion State Prize, New Gen­er­a­tion nom­i­nee, Russia
2015 Nova Art Prize nom­i­nee, Russia
2014 Cre­ative En­ter­prise Award nom­i­nee, UK
2014 Kuryokhin Prize nom­i­nee, Russia