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April 12, 7 pm
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Learn more about the program and Bioart major from the curator, speakers and the students. Enjoy the bioart workshop (available for offline participants)
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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.
The program includes:
Key theoretical and practical modules
Artistic studios with professional artists
Elective modules:
Bioart
AI in art
Robotic art
Hybrid ecologies
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
10
275,000
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
Speakers
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
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.
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"
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
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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Got questions?
Let's Art&Science!
All Master's students of ITMO University, regardless of their specialization, can present an art project as their graduation thesis with support from the Art & Science Center.

This initiative is meant for projects that apply modern technologies and scientific advances to develop an original artistic concept. The resulting art object is to be presented at the graduation theses exhibition of the Art & Science program at Art.ITMO.Residency in May-June 2022.

In 2021, those who had joined the initiative earlier successfully defended their theses as art projects and presented them together with the Master's students of the Art & Science program at the STAGE technological art exhibition.


Find more information about this initiative here


In October, we will hold a series of educational events and will share useful information that will help you realize if such a thesis format works for you and compile a compelling application, if that is the case.

Subscribe to our newsletter, if you don't have a team and are looking for like-minded people to form one, or if you simply want to learn more about the field of art & science!

Register for our events on November 5 and 6 to learn more about Art&Science, details of the exhibition process and to get to know the curator of the AIR space
At the online meetings, you can ask your questions and find a team to work on the art project together with.

Application deadline: November 10
Let's Art&Science!
Feel free to join our Telegram chat, contact us via email at art@itmo.ru (with the subject line Art Project as Thesis), and visit our lectures!
ВКР как арт-проект
Все магистранты Университета ИТМО, вне зависимости от специализации могут реализовать выпускную квалификационную работу в формате арт-проекта на базе центра Центр Art & Science.

Данная инициатива предполагает создание работы, которая задействует современные технологии и научные разработки, а также обладает оригинальной художественной концепцией. Итогом работы станет объект, который магистранты смогут представить на выставке дипломных работ выпускников магистратуры Art & Science в Art.ITMO.Residency (май-июнь 2022г.).

В 2021 году участники инициативы успешно защитили свои ВКР в формате арт-проекта и выставили свои работы совместно с дипломными проектами студентов магистратуры Art & Science на выставке технологического искусства STAGE


Подробнее об инициативе вы можете прочитать в презентации


Также в рамках инициативы «ВКР как арт-проект» в октябре мы проведём ряд образовательных мероприятий и подготовим полезные материалы, которые позволят вам не только понять, подходит ли формат данной инициативы для вашей дипломной работы, но и качественно оформить заявку на участие.

Регистрируйтесь на мероприятия 5 и 6 ноября, чтобы узнать больше про Art&Science и нюансы выставочного процесса, а также познакомиться с куратором пространства AIR
В рамках онлайн-встреч вы сможете задать все интересующие вас вопросы и найти команду для реализации своей ВКР как арт-проект.

Подать заявку на ВКР как арт-проект можно по ссылке: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrTsInp9AKwwROl6W8V2-SrWJFNn9zcutUIdx4hP4IsKitsg/viewform
Us in the 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
Elizaveta Menis
Head of the Art & Science Center
Lina Kipriushina
Curator of educational projects
Aliya Sakhariyeva
Curator of educational projects
Khristina Ots
Curator of art projects
Aleksei Feskov
Technical director
Anna Kaplan
Curator of public programs
Galina Alferova
Coordinator of artistic studios
Yana Sazanskaya
Administrative issues
Ekaterina Yudaeva
SMM and communications
Contact us
Art&Science News
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
Make great presentations, longreads, and landing pages, as well as photo stories, blogs, lookbooks, and all other kinds of content oriented projects.
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
Make great presentations, longreads, and landing pages, as well as photo stories, blogs, lookbooks, and all other kinds of content oriented projects.
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If you're interested in the Art & Science Master's program, submit your application here or email us at art@itmo.ru
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If you're interested in the Art & Science Master's program, submit your application here or email us at art@itmo.ru
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If you're interested in the Art & Science Master's program, submit your application here or email us at art@itmo.ru
Application form
To participate in the Open Day, we ask you to provide some brief information about yourself by answering two questions. On July 24, one hour before the start of the Open Day, we will send you a link to your email address. By clicking on the link, you will be able to connect to our Open Day on Zoom.

After filling out the form, don't forget to add the event to your calendar :)