AUCA Public Art Program – ARTYSTAN

Video interview with Karen Davidov about ARTYSTAN and TOPOGRAFICA project is prepared by me as a collaboration with AUCA Public Art Program and contribution to my Multimedia Skills course.

Beneath you could find my article, which was published in The New Star – independent student newspaper of American University of Central Asia.

Once ants were around kicking out from their cozy nest. Ants Lord as truly leader should have solved that problem, he hold a consultation with his counselors and decided to leave lovely home. Lord ordered Ant Workers with main Ant Architect in charge to create new residence. Ant Workers started work on wasteland and when whole Ant Colony came, amazing castle was waiting for them. Concrete walls and open space is expecting to being filled up with special Art Works. Still Ant Architects mind is very hard to understand, all of this labyrinths and fancy pieces, but one thing we can say for sure, he is perfecting and trying to make us(ants) feel ourselves as good as in old place, and even better.
It is long laborious project, and definitely it is worthy of all positive adjectives in the world.
But nothing is perfect; we are just always trying to get closer to this ideality by doing little steps.

We, the ant community, have the frame, and even furniture for use, but eyes always need things to admire. Everyone could find an inspiration in others’ work. I am here to introduce something awesome for art lovers.

The first little-big step is AUCA Public Art Program. The AUCA Public Art Program aims to provide students, faculty and the general public a campus enriched with unique artworks that reflect, connect and integrate local, regional and international culture. The new building will provide a showcase for new work, through temporary and permanent installations, in indoor and outdoor spaces, throughout the main campus. (info ARTYSTAN.COM)

The “Artystan” project, implemented by the American University of Central Asia in partnership with HMA2Architects and supported by The Christensen Fund would bring together artists, artisans, designers and curators from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the United States to create several public art works at the new AUCA campus.
With some of artists and their works you are already familiar: Rafael Vargas-Suarez, did you heard about him? no? you should! Just because you look at his piece of art on the main wall of the central atrium in the new AUCA campus every day.


I hope you know at least Marat Raimkulov,  the founder of Creative Group 705, a physicist and artist, working in the format of black and white graphics and draw animation, in cafeteria he left for us a cool white whale named Moby Dick.

Topografica – YES, I also thought there was a mistake in spelling, but it is not the only one word in this word, oddly.

Here is the formula:
Topography + Graphics + CA (Central Asia)

My Favorite Wikipedia explains:
Topography is a field of geoscience and planetary science comprising the study of surface shape and features of the Earth and other observable astronomical objects including planets, moons, and asteroids.
Graphics (from Greek γραφικός graphikos, ‘something written’ e.g. autograph) are visual images or designs on some surface, such as a wall, canvas, screen, paper, or stone to inform, illustrate, or entertain. Graphics (linguistics) – set of writing tools – letters, punctuation, etc.

An artist is a citizen of the world who looks at the situation from the outside and at the same time, he – like an ant, resides in the folds of the terrain leaving the graphic marks on the surface.

Participants of Typograhica came here in Bishkek from different regions of Central Asia to transmit specific pressure of private view, targeting, pulsating place and connection to the international art scene.


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