Не бойся

On May 17th, 2014, as an alternative to the official program of Museum Night in St. Petersburg, Russia, the curatorial team VOLNA organized an event that brought together fans of audio-visual and musical art.

“Не бойся” (“don’t be afraid” in Russian) was a hybrid party with a special dramaturgy, and audiovisual exhibition, the center of which was a large-scale spatial video installation, developed by a team of Austrian video artists called Neon Golden.

Specifically for “Не бойся”, the founder of the collective Stefan Kainbacher and media artist Hannes Hilpold developed the concept of a spatial light installation encompassing 48 m2. The installation was composed of 1,344 pieces forming a complex negative-positive parametric structure on both sides of a later partition wall of the old mansion’s ballroom. The sculpture acted as a unique three-dimensional screen while creating the illusion that this dividing wall had ceased to exist.

Throughout the course of the night, Russian musicians performed on a stage with a unique and complex design created by Neon Golden. Precise synchronization of the projections simulated the presence of a virtual architecture responsive to the music being performed by leading figures on the Russian beat-scene, including the debut performance of mysterious hip-hop producer Oligarkh (who blew up the internet with his album "Land and Freedom"), one of the most prolific new Russian musicians Micah Archangel (whose projects include Laric Surapov, Miiisha, party projects Canicool and Cops on Fire); stars of Russian juke music Raumskaya, 21 Outside and others.

The title of the party “Не бойся” is less a call to not fear the outside world as a friendly invitation to abstract oneself from ordinary perception and plunge into the stream of new visual reality, music, light and video.

The unique experience of creating such a stage-design involving world-famous artists is a new format for the Russian audiovisual subculture. The event was attended by 1,500 people.

“Не бойся” marked the start of a campaign to promote new forms of digital art by organizing events and interactions that promote new artistic forms in the city.


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