Yearly Archives: 2013

«Catboom!» video sculpture was premiered at Multivision’s «Motion of image and image of motion» exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art «Erarta» on November 6th. On 12 Nov 2013, it was donated to Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Center. «Catboom!» was created by Nieto (France) coauthored with Russian artists during his 31.10-04. 11 master class at the International Festival of Animation arts «Multivision» in «LenDoc» Open Film studio. More about:

Group of authors:

Director: Nieto
Art Directors: Claire Pedot, Marie-Lou Chabert
Cameramen: Vladimir Boykov, Evgeny Khromov
Animation: Ekaterina Anikona, Alexandra Balazh, Sergey Dragunov, Natalia Gabis, Alexandra Kakora, Olga Korshunova, Olga Mishina, Ildar Yakubov
Decoration set: Maria Varakhalina, Tatyana Grinevich, Anna Martinenko, Natalia Polyakova, Vasiliy Trushin, Irina Chernokozova, Maria Piotrovskaya
Casting: Praskovia Shishkoyedova
Starring (cats): Zarathustra, Ryzhik, Butch, Dusia, Hemmingway, Duchesse, Baby Miu, Olivia, Businka-Sharmanka, Aunt Mary, Eric, Loochick, Cleopatra, Macoto, Teddy, Mauritius, Marcus, Brava Do Familly Stars, Trotting Track Anabel, Mitja, Katé, Zabava, Musja-Pusja, Hummer, Kesha, Fenya, Tasya, Tiamo, Charlita Sanchitos, Chaplin, Advocate, Marquise, Poozia, Malick, Bagheera
Coordinator: Daria Demchenko
Production: Teresa Longo
Creative Producer: Svetlana Petrova
Produced by: Multivision Festival

«Catboom!» is an artistic investigation of the phenomenon of cats’ popularity on the Internet. A pillar of modern Internet culture, the cat became it’s a totemic animal. It dwells in the Net in millions of shapes and faces – pictures, animated GIF’s, videos. «Catboom!» is an eclectic and complex sculpture covered with mosaics of changing cat images, it hypnotizes the viewer with the magic of this mysterious creature, deified by ancient Egyptians (forefathers of mathematics) and becoming again the object of worshiping in our digital age.
Not a wide-known fact, but at the dawn of both photography and cinematography, cats images were quite popular with the founders of these genres, as well. This suggests a speculation that phenomenal popularity of cats in the net is the sign of new media art emerging. «Catboom!» is one of its first pieces.
French film director, animator, video artist, an award winner of short film and animation festivals in Clermont-Ferrand, Odense, Brussels, Stuttgart and others, Nieto is most known for his short paradox films, made for CANAL+, where he acted as Professor Nieto staging walk on thin ice pseudoscientific experiments featuring various animals.
During Multivision Festival Nieto held a master class for students and young professionals of filmmaking, animation, and theater. This workshop was devoted to the creation of video mapping stage design, special effects, and the combination of live video shooting and animation. It resulted in a new piece of art – a video installation. All participants were asked to bring different objects, which served as material for the creation of a surreal assemblage. Then no less surreal video footage, created of cats filmed at “green screen”, was projected on it using the 3Dmapping technique.
The theme of cats was suggested by «Multivision» festival president Svetlana Petrova, who was personally involved in creation of «Catboom!» along with Zarathustra the Cat, the hero of her World Wide Web famous Fat Cat Art project – experimental creation of an internet-meme, spreading information on art history in the form of LOLcats (funny pictures of cats in the net). As Nieto’s art featured different animals before it was natural to treat a new animal theme.
In order to attract cat performers for «Catboom», Multivision Festival launched a cats casting viral campaign, with over 1000 of Saint-Petersburg cats participating, including some spectacular feline personas: residents of Cats Republic, the St-Petersburg branch of «Cats Museum», along with the Hermitage cats. About 30 cats were selected.
The result of 25 humans and 36 cat’s joint efforts, «Сatboom!» is a collective portrait of cats and humans in the cultural context of precise place and time – St.Petersburg, Russia 2013. Not only the result is important in that work: making-of process is a performance investigating creativity in the age of viral reality.

As a performance, “Catboom!” can be held in another time and place that would result in another cat video installation. The audience can be widened: more humans in cats from all over the world can be involved via the Internet.

In partnership with the French Institute in Saint-Petersburg
Supported by North-Western Branch of NCCA

Photos of “Catboom!” video installation at the Erarta Museum
Making of “Catboom!”
Cats – stars of “Catboom!”, photos

Catboom! the film was created from the shots taken during the work on the installation

Catboom!: film

«Catboom!» video sculpture created at Multivision 2013

The winners of the XI International Festival of Animation Arts “Multivision”!

The professional Jury announced winners at 10 November. The Festival Jury are the animated film directors Konstantin Bronzit and Ilya Maximov; Andrey Sikorsky, an animated film artist; Alyona Minina, a film director, Nikolay Kopeikin, an artist, Anastasia Kurekhina, the director of the Contemporary Art Center named for Sergey Kurekhin.  
The winners of the festival are:

Sherlock Holmes and Little Chimney Sweeps (dir. Alexander Bubnov /Ukraine/2012/33’54)
•     The Best Story
Women’s letters (dir. Augusto Zanovello/France/2013/11’19)
•     The Best Visual Imagery
The Banquet of the Concubine (dir. Hefang Wei/France/2012/12’30)
•    The Best Film for Children
Snowflake (dir. Наталья Чернышова/Россия/2012/5’41)
•     The Best Experimental Animation 
Lonely Bones (dir.. Rosto/France/ Netherlands/2013/9’28)
•     The Best Video Installation 
Danse Macabre (dir. Boris Labbé/France/2013)
•     The Best Student Animation
Rhapsodie (dir. Charlotte Cambon De La Valette, Stéphanie Mercier, Soizic Mouton, Marion Roussel/France/2012/2’54)
•    «For a woman’s view of a man’s life»
Bear me (dir. Katarzyna Wilk/Germany/2012/5’44)
•     «For musical video that is better than music»
Lap me up (dir. Дмитрий Высоцкий/Россия/2013/3’48)
•     «For kindness»
Flying Animals /Hose is not the same – Flying animals (dir.. Джангир Сулейманов/Россия/2013/6’30)
•     «For intellectual humour»
Atomic Forest / My Michelle (dir. Алексей Лебедев/Россия/2013/22’07)
•     «For nostalgia»
OBNTZBNCHA (dir. Максим Лущик/Россия/2012/9’02)
•     «For the true fairy tail»
Poppety in the Fall (dir. Pierre-Luc Granjon, Antoine Lanciaux/France/2012/26’)
•     «For the thrilling and expressive atmosphere»
Feral (dir. Daniel Sousa/2012/USA/12’46)
•     «For the most serene film»
Navajo Song (dir. Роман Соколов/Россия/2012/6’30)
Best film made by children – animations by Da studio, Russia

We recall the winners of our summer competition of animations in public space:
at Multi-Bridge Saint-Petersburg-Amsterdam
The winners of the International competition “Life and the City” were:
Best International film (Eur 500 Prize  from True Scary TV channel)
“My mum is an airplane” Director: Yulia Aronova, Russia
“Macropolis” Director:  Joel Simon, UK
Best Russian film
“My mum is an airplane” Director: Yulia Aronova, Russia
Best Dutch film
“Snapshot” “Director: Arthur Van Merwijk, Netherlands
The Best  “Cats and the City” animated viral film
“Double Trouble – Simon’s Cat” Director:  Simon Tofield, UK

Official selection of the festival

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Congratulations for the winners of Multivision Festival 2013!

We are waiting your new works at the next edition! 
To remember: the deadline for entries to Multivision 2014 is at the 1st July 2014

The entry forms for next year is available already now at the competition section of the site

The animation film competition at Multi-Bridge Saint-Petersburg-Amsterdam, at 2 cities, 2 bridges, 2 screens united by video bridge:


The winners of “Life and the City” competiton

The compettion program was screened at night 19 to 20 July in St.Petersburg at the Troitsky Bridge and in Amsterdam at Magere Brug, competition was showed there by KLIK! festival. The screens on the bridges were connected by video bridge. The Jury chose winners: Best International Film Award, Prize 500 euros from True Scare TV Channel, shared My Mum is aeroplane by Julia Aronova, Russia (she is also awarded as the Best Russian film) and Macropolis by Joel Simon, UK. The Best Dutch Film Is Snapshot by Arthur van Merwijk. Russian 2 TV Channel about the screening

The 1st step in the selection of the 11th International Festival of Animation Arts “Multivision” – Street Art animation

Dear friends, we announce hereby selection at the 1st step of our festival – Street Art animation competition at our summer open air project graFFFest. We remind you that we are still accepting entries to our main festival at November till 15 August!

The films selected for the Street Animation Competition at graFFFest will be screened at Multi-Brdge St.Petersburg – Amsterdam, in the unique open-air “cinema hall” in the very heart of St. Petersburg and Amsterdam on the night of July of 19 to 20. Read more:

The lifted section of the Troitsky drawbridge facing the Hermitage museum would then become a screen for cine-street-art in St.Petersburg. The screen will measure over 400 square meters, rising high above the city streets. Tens of thousands city residents and guests will be our audience. In Amsterdam film competitions will be screened at Magere Brug by our partner festival KLIK! The screens at the bridges will be united by video bridge and audience in both cities can see each other and share their love to animation!. Admission free.
Cats and the City competition is a section of previous one and will be screened there also.

The screening begins 19 July at 23.00 at Amsterdam and at 01.00 in St.Petersburg by direct videobridge between the cities. The winner will be announced there and will be awarded with the prize 500 euro by TV channel “True Scare TV”

Competitions selection:
Best “Life and the City” short animated film

«Моя мама самолет»/My mum is an aeroplane (реж. Ю.Аронова/Россия /2012/6’45’)
My mum is an aeroplane, my dad is a steamboat.

Variety (реж. Roelof van den Bergh /2008/Netherlands/ 4’45)
A young plate spinner starts his act by placing his parents on two of his plates…

It’s A Dog’s Life (реж. J.Rembauville, N.Bianco-Levrin/France/Canada /2012/7’46’)
This evening, the dog Fifi is forced to read its newspaper under the table during the dinner…

«Хавай меня, хавай»/Lap me up (реж. Д.Высоцкий/Россия/3’49)
Aquarium music video “Lap me up”. A magical mystery tour of a yellow hippie bus…

Odd Sound Out (реж. P.Sihm/Denmark/2013/6’30)
Trootpout is part of a small band of invisible creatures that play the mood quiet young man named Olaf…

Macropolis (реж. J.Simon/UK/2013/7’05’)
Discarded from a factory production line and coming to life, two disabled squeaky toys rebel…

Time to go (реж. D.Prendergast/Australia/2012/3’14)
A curious stop-motion blue octopus into the streets and alleyways, for Wax Tailor’s latest single «Time To Go».

The butterfly effect (реж. D.Sumich /UK/2012/3’04)
An ordinary looking guy wakes up one morning, but an extraordinary sequence of events draws him into a journey of mayhem on the streets of San Francisco.

Linear (реж. A.Admoni/Brazil/2012/6’00’)
The line is a dot that went for a walk.

Snapshot (реж. A.Van Merwijk/Netherlands/2012/2’30)
An idyllic clearing in a forest seems the perfect spot to photograph animals in their natural habitat, but a well-meaning couple of day trippers misses everything that takes place right under their noses.

Out from the Deep (реж. K.Novakovic/ Croatia/2013/ 6’46’)
The Good Old Swing Octopus comes to the rescue! Out from the depths of the sea, it brings life to our faded city souls.

Yonalure:moment to moment (реж A.Nakata, Y. Sakitani /Japan/2011/ 7’52)
A big white globe appears in a town. It has round eyes and a pointed nose. And houses begin to move all at once.

Facepad (реж. A. Géré/ France/2011/1’50)
Facepad, une tentative de séduction faite de transformations et de références d’une nouvelle époque. Une fable classique revisitée.

The Employment (реж. S.Bou Grasso/ Argentina/ 2008/ 6’20)
A man performs his usual trip to work, immersed in a world where the use of people as objects is an everyday thing

Things you’d better not mix up (реж. J.Lieuwma/ Netherlands/2010/1’10)
A series of things you’d better not mix up.

The Best “Cats and the City” animated viral film selection:

Double Trouble – Simon’s Cat dir. Simon Tofield UK 2011
Welcome to Kitty City dir. Cyriak Harris UK 2011
Stray dir. Guy Collins Australia 2011
Real-Life Nyan Cat dir. Calvin Sang New Zealand 2011
ROLLIN` SAFARI – what if animals were round? (dir. Kyra Buschor, Anna Habermehl, Constantin Päplow / Germany, 2012)

Watch how it was in 2012: