Sergei PROVOROV (Russia)
Sergei Provorov (1970, Gorkij, Russia) – poet, artist, performer. The sphere of his professional artistic interests comprises of video and audio-art, performance and installation. Besides the technological and actional trends, he is deeply involved in the visual poetry and graphics, where he uses original thermal treatment. Since 1993 till 1996 he hosted (jointly with G. Myznikova) periodical experimental program on the Nizhny Novgorod TV. He is the director of a number of films, among them are the following ones: The Motion (4’, 1993), Offenbach (5’, 1993), Demontage (25’, 1994), Line. Structure (13’, 1994), Engraving (4’, 1995), Labour and mode of Life (15’, 1996), Constructs and materials (4’, 1997), Counting the harvest (4’, Austria, 1998), Hunter Ivan Belliledinov (jointly with the video-group “Podryadchik”, 22’, 1999), 20.21 (23’, Russia – Sweden, 1999). He has made several commercials: Stream of Beverages (1997), SL-Graphic Arts (1997), Salon “Golfstream”(1998), Sports shop “Champion 1”, “Champion 2”, “Champion 3” (1999), Optician’s-Cronos (2000). Provorov conducted a number of solo exhibitions and shows both in Russia and abroad, including such as: Experimentelle video- und audioarbeiten (jointly with G. Myznikova, Basis Wien-Kulturkontakt, Vienna, 1998), Ivan Belliledinov (National Centre for Contemporary Art, Nizhny Novgorod, 1999), Provorov, Myznikova. Audio-videoworkers (TV-gallery, Moscow, 1999), Provorov. Termostamp (Open Society Institute, Nizhny Novgorod, 2000), 20.21 (Open Society Institute, Nizhny Novgorod, 2000). He participated in international festivals of poetry and video art, including such as: Festival of videoart, computer animation and interactive synthesis (Moscow, 1994), Video-art Festival Exotic (Sotschi, 1994), International Festival “Video-Expedition in the performance world” (Artpool, Budapest, 1995), Festival Alternativa 4 (Tyrgy Muresh, 1996), Verlibr International Festival (Moscow, 1989, 1992), and also in the program shows at the Institute of Cinematography (Nice, 1996), Tiroler Landes-Museum (Video-dialogue, Innsbruck, 1996), Central Artists’ House (Non-Fiction, Moscow, 1999), etc. In his action productions, including such as Derizab (destruction of the literary magazine “Dirizabl” during its presentation, 1994), Minute of attention (fainting at the exhibition “Modern Russian Avant-Guard,” 1998), Alternative readings (3 minutes of hysterical laughter during the poet L. Rubinstein’s performance, 1998) and others, Provorov focuses on the direct creative devices, having shocking impact on the audience, often realised in the context of other, more traditional artistic events. “He is attracted to the traditions of the Russian avant-garde of the 1910s-20s, that the author takes into account more often than the contemporary artistic process, which he tries to argue with” (A. Gore, NCCA, Russia). Provorov is the author of about thirty book-art productions, and of more than 200 graphic sheets. His audio productions were broadcast on the following radio stations: Rendezvous (Nizhny Novgorod), Ermatel (Novosibirsk), ORF (Vienna). In 1998 he received a grant for films and audio productions making (Kulturkontakt, Vienna). Sergei Provorov lives and works in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).