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Anastasia Skabelkina - new media artist, independent curator.

Founder and curator of new media art festival "METAXIS" & MR exhibition "Expansion of Reality", new media art critic.

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Anastasia Skabelkina, through digital art, shows the viewer that the physical reality can be changeable and dual. She conveys this idea through an aesthetic she calls futuristic, using terms like abstract futurism and digital mysticism.

These terms manifest in her works as a constant fluidity of imagery. The ability to alter perception through light, and the notion that our ingrained perception is not the sole norm but can be easily transformed through technology. In this regard, digital technologies showcase the potential of playing with reality. Here, the solid can become fluid, and the stable can become dynamic. Anastasia utilizes the inherent quality of digital art's transformation and mutation as a visual technique aimed at expanding our worldview.

Expanding one's worldview has the paramount importance to Anastasia, as it provides an opportunity to evoke our best qualities and transform fear and aggression into love and harmony. In the artist's view, there is more within us than we can express while we are confined by our familiar world or everyday circumstances.

Art serves as the trigger with which we can interact to expand our potential for self-expression and our finest qualities. Essentially, it is the therapeutic power of art that, in Anastasia's perspective, can be maximized through digital environments that enable interactive engagement. The action prompted by a digital art installation encourages the viewer to discover new possibilities within themselves and to realize the interconnectedness of all people, the ability to transition into the digital space and become a part of the artwork. Thus, the elevated becomes an integral part of the individual.

Embracing duality in art and the opportunity to interact with the environment are the mechanics that help the viewer come to themselves through manifestation. Anastasia feels the importance of these practices through her own experience. For many years, the artist encountered various environments where the individual's identity was suppressed, hindering its expression and revelation. The attempt to break free from such an environment led to the idea of shaping a space in art where the artwork visually and through human participation, on one hand, negates the past experience of unequivocal perception, and on the other hand, offers engagement in something new, where the individual feels their uniqueness. In this sense, the artist seeks to create a world of the future, where new technologies are not a threat but serve as a guide to self-discovery and societal harmony.

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EXHIBITIONS / LIVE PERFORMANCES

2023 immersive art installation "Individual Diversity (I.D)" exhibition "Technology and Humanity Canvas" Kanvas gallery, Dubai

2023 monumental installation "Endless Now" Zaryadye park, Moscow

2022  AR sculpture "Aeonic" exhibition "Digital Mechanics". Sergei Kuryokhin`s Center of Contemporary Art, SPb

2022  interactive installation "Balance of Chaos" exhibition "Expansion of Reality". M'ARS, Moscow

2021  light sculpture "Eden Shard" exhibition "Expansion of Reality". Laboratory PromTechDesign, SPb

2021  light installation "Avangard" new media art festival "Wonder of Light". Peter-Pavel's Fortress, SPb

2020  audiovisual performance festival "METAXIS". Lumiere Hall, SPb

2020  installation "Universe of Phosphene" exhibition "Reset". M'ARS, Moscow

2019  full-dome audiovisual performance "Temple of Phosphene" festival "Episode". Planetarium №1, SPb

2019  3D mapping "Temple of Phosphene" festival "The night of light". Gatchina

2019  full-dome art show "Ballet in the Planetarium" Saint-Petersburg planetarium.

2018  3D mapping "Opus111" festival "The night of light". Gatchina

2018  interactive installation "Constancy of Variability" festival "METAXIS". Kvadrat, SPb

2017  interactive installation "To be continued" festival "Science fest". Lumyer Hall, SPb

CURATION

2022 23.04 - 16.11 curator of MR exhibition "Expansion of Reality" (M'ARS, Moscow)

2022 14.05 - 21.05 curator of new media art festival "METAXIS - Earth" (Planetarium 1, SPb, Nizhniy Novgorod, Yerevan)

2021 29.11 - 24.12 curator of MR exhibition "Expansion of Reality" (Laboratory PromTechDesign, SPb)

2021 14.04 curator of new media art festival "METAXIS - Space" (Planetarium 1, SPb)

2020 10.10 curator of media happening "METAXIS" (Lumiere Hall, SPb)

2020 10.10 curator of Techno Artists Meetup (Lumiere Hall, SPb)

2020  curator of digital art installations for the exhibition "Reset" (M'ARS, Moscow)

2019 09.10 curator of new media art festival "METAXIS - art gathering". (SPb)

2018 01.02 curator of new media art festival "METAXIS". (Kvadrat, SPb)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Since 2021  founder and curator of MR exhibition "Expansion of Reality"

Since 2018  founder and curator of new media art festival METAXIS

2020 - 2022  "New media art" course author, curator and teacher (Sky University, SPb)

2016 - 2022  founder, curator and teacher of new media art lab OPUS111

2015 - 2016  PR in academy of audiovisual arts "Mediacultura" (SPb)

EDUCATION

2013 - 2015  master of arts. St. Petersburg state University, Faculty of liberal arts and Sciences.

2007 - 2012  specialist in PR. Ural Federal University. Faculty of journalism.

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