International Media Art Festival CYFEST 15: Vulnerability at Deering Estate

International Media Art Festival CYFEST 15: Vulnerability at Deering Estate

Deering Estate is proud to present the International Media Art Festival CYFEST15: Vulnerability at Deering Estate, organized by CYLAND Media Art Lab and CYLAND Foundation Inc. The exhibition will run from December 1, 2023 – January 3, 2024, at the Deering Estate outdoor grounds and third floor of the Stone House. The opening event is on Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free with RSVP online.

The exhibition comprises three layers—media installation, sound, and performance—that invoke technologies developed to rediscover and affect space. The Deering Estate, a historical landmark with over 450 acres of natural landscape, including eight native ecosystems, will host a series of works expanding on the festival’s theme of Vulnerability. These pieces created with CYLAND Media Art Lab engineers will be in dialogue with the historical context of the place, irrevocably connected both to the past and future, the urban and natural.

This exhibition is an invitation, while following the route from one artwork to another, to take a closer look at the issue of how we are included in the world. At the Deering Estate, we featured the works of artists who closely collaborated with the CYLAND Media Art Lab. At the core of CYLAND is the creation of media art in close dialogue between artists and engineers.

CYFEST 15 at the Deering Estate is designed to be placed in spaces with characteristic sensibility and meaning, such as historic buildings or natural environments. It is envisaged as a cross-disciplinary and multi-sensory exhibition that stimulates the perception of the artwork’s idea via different senses and experiences.

A public presentation and performance program will take place on Sunday, December 10, 2023, in the Deering Estate’s Palm Grove and the in the Visitor Center’s theater. Children are invited to participate in the media installation "Artists Union" by Anna Frants by interacting with the drawing machines at the Visitor Center foyer from 2 to 8 pm during opening day events.

This project is made possible in collaboration with the Kolodzei Art Foundation.
The project's general sponsor is One Market Data.


George Bagdasarov, Todd Barton, Rumore Bianco, Anthony Bisset, Bred Blondie (Gleb Glonti), Vasilii Bakanov & Andrew Strokov, Alexander Bochkov, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Sam Conran, CYLAND Audio Archive, Alexandra Dementieva, Lena Filatova, Anna Frants, Glia/Bugaev, Jonáš Gruska, Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, Alexey Grachev, A. Nigh Herndon, Sergey Komarov & Alexey Grachev, Sergey Komarov & Lydia Griaznova, Max Kuiper and Thorsten Soltau, Luke Lund, Yoshio Machida, Gustavo Matamoros, Nao Nishihara, Akira Rabelais, Thorsten Soltau, Esther & Nikolaj Søndergaard, Vasily Stepanov, Hans Tammen, Sashash Ulz, Peter Vogel, Ruslan Yusipov, Zov, and Miami's Subtropics 2023 Marathon participants (TBA).


Melissa Diaz, Liliam Dominguez, Anna Frants, Gustavo Matamoros, Sergey Komarov, Lydia Griaznova

Age Appropriateness: All ages

Additional Information
CYFEST, one of the biggest international media art festivals in Eastern Europe, was founded by a group of independent artists and curators in 2007. Since its inception in 2007, CYFEST’s main concerns have been to examine the dialogue between various visual languages and technology cultures, and thus to explore a way of communing with both art professionals and scientific communities. CYFEST unites artists, curators, educators, engineers, programmers, and media activists all over the world, and creates an inclusive platform for mapping, mediation, and documentation of new media art on different regional and international levels.

CYFEST is one of the world’s few nomadic cultural events: throughout the year, festival projects are presented at leading cultural institutions around the world. Each year, the festival program includes several exhibition projects, sound art, video and educational programs.

CYFEST 15: Vulnerability is a series of traveling exhibitions hosted worldwide by prominent cultural and public institutions. Under the theme of vulnerability, CYFEST 15 showcases artworks that explore and reflect on vulnerability from a range of points of view — from the fragility of an ecosystem to the vulnerability of memory, from the preservation of becoming old media art to the state of equilibrium being within nature- and techno- worlds. CYFEST 15 took place in Yerevan, Armenia, this September and will continue in Venice, Italy, in 2024.


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