NON STOP MEDIA Biennale
Youth Projects Festival
[Open Competition of Art Projects]
Sponsored by the Kharkiv Municipal
Founded in 2003/Biannual format since 2006
Participants: Young artists from CIS and East European countries
NON STOP art movement:
topicality, new speeds, contrast of events flashing by, pilot
creative opportunities, breathtaking development of leading-edge
information technology. A blitz-format marathon showing of
competition projects combines all kinds of young artistic
activities, including painting, graphics, photography and
multimedia, sculpture, posters, prints, installations, objects,
performances, and video-art.
Mission: development, support,
and integration of the youth modern artistic creative work
in Kharkiv, which defines the cultural and analytical potential
of the country.
Goal: creating a Center of Modern
Art in our city
o Provoking and stimulating young artists to project-based
o Identifying, supporting, and developing young talents;
o Experience-sharing with foreign artists and art institutions;
o Attracting artistic youth from different parts of Ukraine,
CIS, and Europe for boosting cultural contacts and links within
youth art movement;
o Youth artists' gaining the creative and project and exhibition
o Raising the image and cultural level of the City of Kharkiv
and Ukraine in general, by promoting and popularizing the
modern young art;
o Creating a favorable environment for effective interaction
between the representatives of different cultural groups (visual
arts, literature, music, theater, cinema).
-organizing the exhibition projects;
-holding a competition under the guidance of high-profile
-conducting an awards ceremony;
-preparing and conducting out-of-competition satellite events;
-publishing an exhibition catalogue, CD, and information and
-conducting master-classes of outstanding domestic and foreign
artists, photographers, and designers;
-conducting a final conference of arts critics.
young artists and authors (16 to 30 years old). Every participant
in the competition program will have his or her own, nearly
week-long personal exhibition arranged on the premises of
the Art Gallery. The three top winners of the competition
will be offered by the Gallery an opportunity to exhibit their
projects as individual and groups events in Kyiv and other
cities around the country
The jury: the leadings specialists in the area of contemporary
visual arts, prominent artists, arts critics, and curators.
The key criteria for evaluation of works presented to the
competition include project thinking and professionalism in
realizing the project idea.
The festival machine is driven by a sparse staff of the Municipal
Gallery and young, active arts critics led by experienced
teachers of the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts,
as well as a numerous team of volunteers.
- The dynamics of showing the exhibition projects is presented
in a non-stop format. Displays in the Gallery are changed
every four days during a month, with three to five art projects
per one Festival shift. Thus, the 2006 Festival displayed
23 exhibition projects overall. Festival's most popular techniques
and genres include photography, graphics, and video art.
- Extensive geography of participants: Ukraine (Kharkiv,
Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kherson, Crimea, Luhansk),
Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, USA.
- Well-respected panel of jurors. Some of the previous jurors
include: Serhiy Bratkov (Kharkiv-Moscow), Vlodko Kaufman (Lviv),
Pavlo Makov (Kharkiv), Oleksandr Ridny (Kharkiv), Oleksandr
Solovyov (Kyiv), Oleksiy Tytarenko (Kyiv), Tetyana Tumasyan
- A wide audience. According to estimates of the Organizing
Committee, about 15,000 people have visited, saw or heard
the Biennale events. The Kharkiv youth was also incredibly
active not just as spectators, but as project helpers. Young
people have offered hospitable volunteer accommodations for
out-of-town participants, helped with organization and advertising
of Festival's art events.
- Active participation of partners. Besides the Municipal
Gallery premises, the Festival program has also made use of
a number of partner venues, with various satellite events
vigorously rolling through Bomer Movie Theater, Actor's House
stage, RodDom and Churchill clubs.
- Successful delivery of a number of highly-desired professional
training events, master classes for young artists, roundtables,
and public discussion of projects with participation of young
art critics, authors themselves, experienced masters of visual
arts, journalists, and all art lovers. The master class conducted
by a well-known artist, member of Festival's jury Pavlo Makov
was a milestone event in 2006.
- Especially cool design and proprietary style, including
catalogues, booklets, playbills, posters, flyers, invitation
cards, and Festival programs (2003, 2004, 2006).
- Striking cultural satellite events. For instance, in the
most recent Festival: two "sold out" concerts by
5'NIZZA band; a literary Non-Stop event with participation
of Irena Karpa, Sofiya Andrukhovych, and a cult-status author
Lyubko Deresh moderated by Serhiy Zhadan; Young Cinema Evening
showing short feature films made by students from Kyiv (with
Anastasiya Nikolayeva as curator); performances by a popular
Theater 19, and other events.
Non Stop is becoming a systemic rather than one-time event.
Notably, it is the only one of its kind in the country, taking
into account its age group. Being systemic involves the Force
of Repeated Strikes, Correction of those in reaching the target,
the Weakness is in allowing it to be taken for granted, in
diluting the strength for the sake of mass participation.
In my opinion, the selection for the 2nd Non Stop has helped
in identifying the movement leaders (very few and far apart,
but they are here), full of energy mass-scale participation
bordering on "crowd scene"; infatuation for photography's
accessibility and reluctance to make an effort for something
serious, deep, eternal, etc.
But my "old man's grumbling" notwithstanding, I
want to write it in capitals (with emphasis on the second
syllable): "Guys, Our Engine Is Steaming Forward."
Non Stop lived
Non Stop lives
Non Stop will live
As a citizen, I am happy about the organizers'
insatiable appetite for creating, building a cultural environment,
keeping the steam under pressure for geniuses to be able practicing
their artistic whistle.
You deserve a medal for this!
The youth. They are smart, active, creative, and in their
majority have great time at Non Stop themselves, and torment
us, the spectators with this, which is not a small feat. Therefore,
they also deserve a medal.
The mature, the skillful, the elderly. You have done little
as "guru-producers", you recruited no armies, and
won no victories under any flags whatsoever.
You are not getting any medal.
As years go by, I still fail to comprehend in what way this
art, thoughts, feelings of somebody who is over 40 might be
better than similar feelings and thoughts, let alone the so-called
art, of those younger than 40, 30, 20 or 10. Indeed. So, why
do I have to choose someone and reject someone else. The so-called
wisdom, let alone talent, is not always an age-dependent quality.
Therefore, girls and boys, do not wait for somebody to choose
you. Life has already chosen you. So, follow your way, without
looking back. If you are strong, you will always have a company
of likely-minded people, age notwithstanding. As for everything
else - you'll get it on the way.
The bright colors of summer spread around the city are shimmering
in various hues at the Municipal Gallery. The Chernishevsky
Street probably needs all road traffic to be blocked. Day
in and day out, art lovers gather in unusual motley flocks
just on the pavement. These are mostly young, bright-eyed,
with hair in all hues, clothed in canvas mantles, strange
knitted caps, and sneakers. It is not clear where they come
from, but their destination is obvious. Its here, where exhibitions
are changing like in kaleidoscope every four days. Avant-garde
films are being shown. Here is the 5'NIZZA band, who could
recently only be seen on TV, are playing live at the entrance.
A guitar, two microphones. The virtuoso Babkin. San, who is
conjuring sounds and images, not experienced anywhere else
in the world, except, maybe, the coast of Jamaica. But that's
a long way from here. And this is here and now. Moreover,
In the Gallery itself, several displays are shown continuously
and simultaneously. Even in the basement, which has on display
the projects, which had to be exhibited just across the road,
in a tent camp, which has never materialized. Sponsors (who
will remain unnamed here) have not delivered. Still, there
is place enough for all. Even for the musicians and fans of
a sunny Dja Pre band.
Spectators filled the room to overflowing, sitting in aisles
and on the floor below the screen. They responded riotously
- clapping their hands, laughing, commenting out loud.
From a stream of funny, tragic, and philosophical stories,
a clip by Oleksandr Anpilohov about uncontrollable speeds
with a silent denouement stuck to memory. A documentary about
today's young pioneers was also impressive, narrating about
a transformation of the recent past into an absurd parody.
The young artists and young spectators have found and understood
each other. Of course, they have done this with the help of
an indefatigable Muse, a patroness of avant-garde art, and
Director of the Municipal Gallery, Tetyana Tumasyan.
Non Stop Media I - 2003:
Young authors from Kharkiv and Kyiv took part in the festival
of projects, with 15 projects and actions, including:
The veterans of youth exhibition movement: Iryna Olenina and
Yury Kruchak, Olena and Tetyana Polyashchenko, Viktoria and
Vladyslav Yurashko, Rashid Orudzhev;
Gallery's standing partners in the Youth Affiliate program
- Naprotiv Association of Young Artists: Bella Lohacheva,
Stanislav Zvolsky, Volodymyr Radlinsky, Lyudmyla Sukhorukova,
a team of graphics students guided by the Merited Artist of
Ukraine, Professor Oleh Veklenko: Tetyana Borzunova, Maria
Norazyan, Ilya Pavlov;
Students, students engaged in degree work, and graduates of
other departments of the Kharkiv Academy, including those
of easel painting and monumental and decorative painting;
easel graphics and sculpture: Vadym Desyatnikov, Olena Holoborod'ko,
Yulia Landina, and Anna Pushkaryova.
Participants also included even younger artists - Academy's
freshmen. For example, Mikola Ridny, a freshman at the Department
of Sculpture, whose exhibiting debut took place at the Cultural
Heroes Festival of Modern Art.
Non Stop Media II - 2004:
Festivals' core program included 15 visual projects by young
authors from Kharkiv, Moscow, and Kyiv, selected by professional
jury out of 35 projects submitted for the competition. Festival's
exhibition program embraced a marathon of projects, both individual
and team ones, all presented in the Municipal Gallery, with
regular change of displays in every two to three days.
The out-of-competition agenda included a multitude of actions,
happenings, and art events of city's young art: performances
by youth collectives of Theater 19, White Theater, and San-San
Theater, musical bands, a literary soiree with prominent poets,
including Serhiy Zhadan from Kharkiv, Andriy Kurkov from Kyiv,
Non Stop Media III - 2006:
23 projects presented by young artists from Kharkiv, Kyiv,
Odesa, Kherson, Luhansk, Moscow, Samara, and Beograd (Serbia)
plus Festival's special project (Ukraine, Slovakia, USA) plus
The 2006 Festival hosted master classes by prominent artists
who were also Jury members, roundtables, and public discussion
of projects with participation of young art critics, authors,
experienced masters of contemporary fine arts, journalists,
and all art lovers. It is also important that the discussions
were traditionally attended by young art theorists, art critics,
students of the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts,
who will be defining the cultural and analytical scene in
the country in the coming years.
As usual, NON STOP MEDIA does not limit its festival agenda
to visual arts. The program offers diverse musical, literary,
and theatrical actions. Performances by Theater 19, popular
band 5'NIZZA, and prominent Ukrainian poet Serhiy Bazhan have
already become traditional events for the Festival. A Young
Ukrainian Cinema showing of short films made by students of
the Kyiv Cinema and TV Institute have become an interesting
innovation in this year's cultural agenda of the Festival.
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