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April 12, 7 pm
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MSc in Art&Science
The first master's program in art & science in Russia based on the convergence of the latest achievements in the field of high tech and applied artistic practice.

The Master's program gives opportunities to conduct research and create projects in the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Choose from 3 majors
Digital Art: The New Spatial
Technological Art: Towards A New Intelligence
Bioart: Biomedia And The New Nature
Who can apply?
Graduates of creative, engineering, and humanities majors with experience and an interest in creative practice at the intersection of new technologies, science, and art
Humanities researchers aiming to analyze science- and technological art from a theoretical viewpoint
Curators and art professionals eager to explore the specifics of curatorship and exhibition production in art&science
The Art&Science program aims to create the conditions in which we can foster individuals who are innovators, creators, and active members of society – simply put, future leaders.
Dimitri Ozerkov
Head of the Art & Science Master's program, art historian, curator, head of Hermitage Museum's Department of Contemporary Art, director of the Hermitage 20/21 Project
Who can apply?
The Art&Science program aims to create the conditions in which we can foster individuals who are innovators, creators, and active members of society – simply put, future leaders.
Dmitriy Ozerkov
Head of the Art & Science Master's program, art historian, curator, head of Hermitage Museum's Department of Contemporary Art, director of the Hermitage 20/21 Project
32
tuition-free
15
262,000
rubles yearly tuition
International program
in English
full-time studies
State-recognized Master's degree
free-based
Benefits
Work alongside professional artists, scientists, and curators
Enjoy access to ITMO University's state-of-the-art laboratories and research centers
Become a part of the artistic and scientific community
Present a creative or curatorial projects at Russian and international venues
Study in English within a multicultural environment

Artistic studios

During their studies, the students will work with professional artists to create individual and group projects in the studio format.

Working in a studio allows students to interact with artists in an informal setting and receive feedback on their projects, suggestions on open calls to apply for, and advice on building their portfolio

Artistic studios

During their studies, the students will work with professional artists to create individual and group projects in the studio format.

Working in a studio allows students to interact with artists in an informal setting and receive feedback on their projects, suggestions on open calls to apply for, and advice on building their portfolio
Dmitry Morozov (::vtol::)
Boris Shershenkov
Ippolit Markelov
Helena Nikonole
Ildar Iakubov
Natalia Fedorova
Dmitry Morozov (::vtol::), a transdisciplinary artist and researcher, an inventor of musical instruments and creator of art objects.
The studio deals with the widest range of creative and organizational tasks necessary for artists' professional development and growth. Each of the students proposes a new idea and receives extensive feedback from both the teacher and fellow students. This allows you to quickly develop and learn about the complex "production" process of new projects. The main emphasis is on a balanced approach to the creative process in the context of art & science practices; projects must meet certain genre criteria, be relevant and technically/conceptually feasible.
Boris Shershenkov, a PhD, sound artist, engineer, media archeologist and designer of musical instruments.
The studio focuses on sound as a physical phenomenon and a special form of temporal existence of information. Students examine the physical and psychoacoustic features of sound; its use as a tool that opens up new ways of interacting with the objects and processes that exist in the outside world, physics of motion, space, environment, and human memory; the relationship between the auditory and the visual in the context of electronic synesthesia and media archaeology; as well as performative techniques of experimental and technological art that flourished in art & science.
Ippolit Markelov, a PhD, artist, and founder of Science Art group 18 apples.
The studio's goal is to develop ideas for art projects in the field of bioart and prepare them for practical implementation. Together with Ippolit, students nurture teamwork skills and study the basic methods of creative and scientific research, critical thinking, experiments planning, and project management.
Helena Nikonole, a media artist, independent curator, and educator whose field of interest embraces hybrid art, the new aesthetics, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence.
Helena Nikonole's studio deals with hybrid arts and artificial intelligence in arts. During the seminars, students explore possible strategies for art & science practices and develop critical approaches to technologies. A substantial part of the work in the studio is devoted to discussions of students' projects as well as practical aspects such as an eventual visual representation of the project and preparation of documentation.
Ildar Iakubov, a media artist, curator of the art program of Science Fest and the educational program of the Festival of Light, as well as the Episode media project.
Media artist, researcher of linguistic media art and curator of the 101 Mediapoetry Festival.
At the studio, students work with a specific topos and examine its geological, ecological, and social history. Together with Natalia, students study texts on environmental philosophy (Timothy Morton, Ben Woodard, Bruno Latour) and the history of technology (Gilbert Simondon, Georges Canguilhem, Vilém Flusser, Friedrich A. Kittler), as well as work with archival records and maps. In addition, students are engaged in field research and collection of documentation on-site. For example, in 2020, the subject of their study was the Sestroretskoye Swamp nature reserve. Thus, the site becomes a scenario for the creation of collective artwork.
Speakers and curators
Dimitri Ozerkov
Head of the Art & Science Master's program, art historian, curator, head of Hermitage Museum's Department of Contemporary Art, director of the Hermitage 20/21 Project
Maria Kuptsova
Curator of the Art & Science major "Technological Art: Towards a New Intelligence", transdisciplinary artist and researcher exploring new forms of technology, intelligence and aesthetics. Head of Design Innovation at ITMOTECH, research associate at the University of Innsbruck, artist and co-curator of -Digitocene.Net
Vadim Smakhtin
Curator of the Arts & Science major "Digital Art: The New Spatial", creative engineer who works at the edges of the data visualization, urbanism, and virtual reality disciplines. CTO of Habidatum, and co-curator of -Digitocene.Net
Laura Rodriguez Torres
Curator of the Arts & Science major "Bioart: Biomedia and the New Nature", independent artist, biotechnologist, developer of popular sci-art workshops, interested in the empathy towards all the species
Natalia Fedorova
Media artist, researcher of linguistic media art and curator of the 101 Mediapoetry Festival
Ildar Iakubov
Media artist, curator of the art program of Science Fest, educational program of the Festival of Light, and the Episode media project.
Ippolit Markelov
a PhD, a biologist and artist studying the problem of interspecies communication, and the founder of Science Art group "18 apples"
Daria Mille
Curator and research associate at the ZKM | Center Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. Her research interests focus especially on the topics related to the intersection of art, science and technology, (also in the historical perspective), cultural and artistic implications of digitization, artistic positions of the 1960s, and contemporary art.
Dmitry Morozov
Transdisciplinary artist and researcher. He focuses on contemporary media arts including sound, robotics and installation, placing special emphasis on the link between emergent systems and new kinds of technological synthesis.
Ekaterina Nikitina
PhD in Literary Studies (The University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland), expert in biotechnology ethics, researcher in the field of posthumanism.
Helena Nikonole
A new media artist, independent curator, and educator whose field of interest embraces hybrid art, the new aesthetics, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence.
Robertina Šebjanič
Artist and researcher. Robertina Šebjanič focuses her research on the cultural, political and ecological realities of aquatic ecosystems, using this as a starting point to investigate and address philosophical questions about the intersection of art, science and technology.
Boris Shershenkov
Engineer and sound artist, media archaeologist and musical instrument designer. He is engaged in a variety of activities in the field of experimental electronic music and known as the author of sound installations and audiovisual performances and as curator of concert programs, exhibitions and educational projects
Lyndsey Walsh
American artist, designer, writer, researcher, and cultural worker based in Berlin, Germany. While easily disgruntled by labels, Lyndsey primarily categorizes her visual creative practice within the realms of biological art and bio-design.
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Student projects
FAQ
Which proficiency level of English is required to enroll into the Master’s program?
B2 and higher.
Can I apply to the program with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in any specialty?
Yes
In which format is the graduation project undertaken?
You have three options for choosing the implementation of your graduation project:

  1. An individual research paper
  2. An art project exhibited by Art.ITMO.Residency or any other space
  3. Curatorial project
Is it possible to spend a semester abroad while studying at the program?
Of course! ITMO University holds its internal competition for international academic exchange applicants twice a year: in September (for exchanges in the following spring semester) and in February (for exchanges in the following fall semester). You also have a chance to get financial support for short-term trips (such as internships, workshops, conferences, competitions, summer and winter schools) of up to 70% of expenses and 70,000 rubles. Preference is given to tuition-free students.
Can I apply for a state-funded seat if I am not a citizen of Russia?
Foreign citizens from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as compatriots (CIS) can apply for a state-funded seast on an equal basis with citizens of the Russian Federation. The competition for state-funded seats is common. Foreign citizens of non-CIS countries should pay tuition fees. Foreign citizens have the right to enroll in tuition-free positions of ITMO University’s Master’s programs through the Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency as part of a Russian Government scholarship.
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Premasters course
Art&Science Premasters is an intensive free course to help you prepare for the entrance exams. The course is held online in English and is designed for those who want to learn more about art&science, the history of this field's development, the media in which artists create their works, and the philosophical concepts that lie at the foundation of science art.

As part of the course, you'll learn about the key subjects from the list of entrance exam questions, hone your English skills, and learn plenty of new things about the intersection of science and art.

Please complete the form to participate in the course and we'll get in touch with you before the course begins.
Open Day
Learn more about the program and Bioart major from the curator, speakers and the students. Enjoy the bioart workshop (available for offline participants)
If you are interested to know more about the opportunities that the Art&Science master's program can give you to develop a an artistic and scientific career, join us!

We will have a brief lecture about bioart and its fundaments, our current students will present their projects working with living systems and you will understand the job perspectives of this specialization and how to apply to the master program. The participants will have a first hand artistic practice with living organisms in a small workshop part of the Open day.

The presentation and workshop will be delivered in AIR Gallery of ITMO University and streamed in our YouTube channel for questions about admissions.
Register to save your offline place.
Join the Open Day!
April 12, 7 pm, Moscow Time
We in Media
About the Center
Art & Science Center is a platform for fostering transdisciplinary dialogue between the art and science community. The Center manages the first in Russia Master's program in Arts & Science and AIR (Art.ITMO.Residency).

Art & Science Center is a structural unit at ITMO University, Russia's top higher education institution and one of the top universities in the world. With over 120 years of experience propelling it forward, ITMO is a trailblazer in all things IT, robotics, quantum science and photonics.

The Art & Science Center is a place for cooperation, research, new projects and ideas. We are open to collaboration with artists, researchers, curators, and entrepreneurs.
Our team
Aliya Sakhariyeva
Head of the Art & Science Center
Lina Kipriushina
Coordinator of the Master's program
Khristina Ots
Curator at Art.ITMO.Residency
Aleksei Feskov
Manager of the Art.ITMO.Residency (technical issues)
Viktoria Romanova
Coordinator at Art.ITMO.Residency
Anna Kaplan
Project manager at the Art.ITMO.Residency
Karina Marenich
Manager,
communication with students
Ethan Avilla
Teaching assistant, Video production manager
Ekaterina Yudaeva
SMM manager
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Content Oriented Web
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Digital Art:
The New Spatial
Digital Art is a discipline of quantification. It quantifies and digitalizes the surrounding information, transforming it into byte sized messages, crossing the class and agency boundaries. The city, the nature, the body, the text it all become bits, transferring from one atomic piece into another. The networks forming new communal, distributed and duplicated, they are the ecosystems that we work with. The natural species are the same informational material as a synthetic once, communicating through the digital commune, forming an ecosystemic interactions that we build the datascapes from.

The target of a digital art specialization is to build a flat space for multiagent communication. The space will live as a series of artworks, ranging from mobile applications for communicating with natural agents through digital networks to vr and augmented reality applications, integrated into common city environments. The Digital Art specialisation will explore how Virtual and Augmented reality systems can be used for extending spatial properties of our surrounding environments. Students will learn such skills as 3d modelling, extended reality applications engineering, 3d scanning, data processing, virtual architecture and critical technological thinking.
Vadim Smakhtin—a creative engineer who works at the edges of the data visualization, urbanism, and virtual reality disciplines. Curator of the Arts & Science major "Digital Art: The New Spatial", CTO of Habidatum, and co-curator of –Digitocene.Net.
Vadim Smakhtin
curator
Technological Art: Towards A New Intelligence
"We live in an age of neo-mechanism, in which technical objects are becoming organic" (Hui, 2019). Progress in genetic engineering, synthetic biology, rapid development of autonomous robotics and artificial neural networks develop a new sensibility towards the algorithmical, technological, geological and biological other. Bio-artificial intelligence involves all aspects of planetary communication, interspecies interaction, as well as spatial and material organisation. Today's omnipresent, systemic and intelligent technologies are actualising a new kind of cognitive noosphere which is embodied in profound material transformations that involve the structures of our brains, bodies, the spaces we inhabit and the ecosystems we belong to.

Technological art is a multidisciplinary and practice-oriented major which integrates advanced technologies and ubiquitous computing into its basis in order to open the possibilities of a new found aesthetic and bio-machinic intelligence. Shaped around the contemporary aspects of art and technology, the program explores intelligent algorithms through their convergence with non-human intelligence with an aim to explore other forms of expression in the artistic research. As a part of the major, students explore a set of skills and techniques such as machine learning and advanced computation, material programming and bio-digital fabrication, physical computing and immersive interfaces, tangible media and robotic automation, audio and visual synthesis, as well as gain theoretical knowledge in the fields of contemporary art and technology.
Maria Kuptsova—a transdisciplinary artist and researcher exploring new forms of technology, intelligence and aesthetics. Curator of the Art & Science major "Technological Art: Towards a New Intelligence", head of Design Innovation at ITMOTECH, research associate at the University of Innsbruck and co-curator of –Digitocene.Net.
Maria Kuptsova
curator
Content Oriented Web
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Bioart: Biomedia And The New Nature
Bioart is a contemporary art form that adapts scientific methods, biology, ecology, and biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning) to explore living systems as artistic subjects. It quantifies and exposes the biological relationships and with other artificial and technological entities from a biological approach.

Bioart major is an Interdisciplinary program that blurs the boundaries between art and modern biology by making a strong emphasis on philosophical, societal, and environmental issues of the current world. Bioart plays an important role in critical thinking, by challenging emerging life science applications, stimulating scientific thinking, and contributing to new research questions and new technologies.

The use of life sciences as inspiration and technology for the production of artworks allows students to create projects related to the philosophical tendencies of interspecies communication, posthumanism, synthetic machines, and biopolitics, bringing up ethical, social, and aesthetic inquiries.
Laura Rodriguez Torres—an independent artist, biotechnologist. Curator of the Arts & Science major "Bioart: Biomedia and the New Nature", developer of popular sci-art workshops, interested in the empathy towards all the species.
Laura Rodriguez Torres
curator
Content Oriented Web
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