EXPO 2017 opens with ARTISTS & ROBOTS

Release Date: 14 June 2017
  • Avantgarde in the EXPO art pavilion

The World Exhibition opened on Saturday in Kazachstan’s capital attended by more than 10,000 visitors. It addresses humankind’s greatest challenge of our times – energy supplying in the future. Scenarios are developed in five theme areas illustrating what life might look like for humankind in the future. The extent to which artificial intelligence can influence, enhance or replace human creativity in the future is addressed in the EXPO art pavilion, where the world’s first international group exhibition on Robotic Art is being presented, accompanied by thrilling live acts and film presentations in the adjoining Creative Energy Area. National company Astana EXPO-2017 commissioned the international creative agency Avantgarde with execution and overall coordination.

Making a statement and pointing the way – the World Exhibition in Astana aims to raise a new awareness across borders for the future of energy supplying on our planet and presents fictitious worlds showing life in the future. And how will art and culture develop in all of this? Avantgarde teamed up with Art Visit, a local event agency to develop an interactive programme for the Creative Energy Area adjoining the art pavilion. Dinara Amangildina, CEO ART Visit, and her team explore these questions with spectacular performances designed to raise a new and lasting awareness of the subject. “We are doing our utmost to make a visit to the EXPO Contemporary Art Center an unforgettable experience.”

EXPO art pavilion and the Creative Energy Area

The art pavilion nestles at the heart of the 113 hectare EXPO grounds. There, 17 artists from 13 countries show their works, which were created with the help of algorithms and computer-animated programs.

The exhibition is curated by participating artist Miguel Chevalier in cooperation with Jérôme Neutres from the RMN - Grand Palais in Paris, which is responsible for the artistic components of the EXPO 2017 in Astana. The Garage Museum, Moscow developed an extensive supporting programme with creative people from all over the world for different target and age groups, including children’s workshops and an inclusion programme. Adjoining the art pavilion, the Creative  Energy Area is not only a place to chill and reflect, but also to provide new creative impulses with theatre, music, literature and film performances. Quayola’s robot is another crowd-puller there.

Artists in the EXPO art pavilion

Memo Akten, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, Michel Bret & Edmond Couchot, Miguel Chevalier, Demian Conrad (Automatico), Elias Crespin, Michael Hansmeyer, Raquel Kogan, Peter Kogler, LAb[au] (Laboratory of Architecture and Urbanism), Sonia Laugier & François Brument (Inflexions), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Leonel Moura, Nervous System, Quayola, Stelarc, Patrick Tresset.

Artists in the Creative Energy Area

The live programme mainly features young Kazachstan artists like singers and authors Galymzhan Moldanazar and Akmaral Zykaeva, who combine  traditional regional music elements with contemporary western influences from funk, fold, electro and pop music. Other acts include City & Shivers, an Indie band from Kazachstan, who are now based in England to bring their style of music to audiences in the western world.

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