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Date of Visit

24 to 28 October

Goal of the visit

Egor Kraft visits the Netherlands for Impakt Festival 2018 (24-28 October) where his installation Air Kiss is programmed. Air Kiss is a film and research pro­ject por­tray­ing a sce­nario where cit­i­zen­ship is a dig­i­tal mem­ber­ship – and own­er­ship – to a col­lec­tivized sys­tem in which gov­er­nance is exercised by an artificial intelligence (AI). The pro­ject ex­plores the so­cial, po­lit­i­cal and aes­thetic reper­cus­sions of al­go­rith­mic de­ci­sion-mak­ing ex­e­cuted based on cit­i­zens’ lo­ca­tion and be­hav­iour. It takes a crit­i­cal stand­point to­wards a fu­ture so­ci­ety –nei­ther a dystopia nor a utopia– where state and cor­po­rate gov­er­nance is ren­dered ob­so­lete through a col­lec­tively owned and glob­ally dis­trib­uted neural net­works which pro­vides state func­tions as a vir­tual ser­vice. Kraft visits the Netherlands through the Open Call of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s International Visitors Programme. 


In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Egor Kraft (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 and in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions, screen­ings and fes­ti­vals across Aus­tralia, Eu­rope, South Amer­ica, US and the UK.