Anna Frants

Reflection on Life No. 125082

Installation, 2013

Metallic conveyor belt, 3D print, arduino, hand-knitting

Robotics and Computer Programming: Alexey Grachev

Supported by CYLAND Media Art Lab 

Yuz Aleshkovsky is said to have made the following schedule for his son’s edification:

8:00 wake up
8:05 brush teeth
8:15 reflect on life
8:30 have breakfast
And so on.

In the work Reflection on Life No. 125082 the numbering is provisional; let’s say that it starts from the date of birth No. 0, and the image in the Reflection on Life No. 1 should probably be seen upside down, the way a baby is supposed to see it…

Do the “exercises of reflection on life” make us better, wiser or kinder? I don’t know. Let’s leave that to Aleshkovsky’s son.

I still think that Reflection on Life No. 1 is akin to Reflection on Life No. 125082; needless to say, this is true if one doesn’t delve into the RULES OF THE GAME that by now have been committed to memory.

— Anna Frants

Anna Frants (Russia–USA)

Artist, curator in the field of media art. Born in 1965 in Leningrad, USSR. She graduated from the Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design (Leningrad, USSR) and Pratt Institute (New York, USA). Cofounder of the nonprofit cultural foundation St. Petersburg Arts Project, CYLAND Media Art Lab and Cyfest festival. Frants’ interactive installations have been showcased at Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Russia), Video Guerrilha Festival (Brazil), Manifesta 10 Biennale (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014), Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany) and at other major venues all over the world. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), Sergey Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Kolodzei Art Foundation (New York, USA) as well as in numerous private collections. Lives and works in New York, USA, and St. Petersburg, Russia.