Thursday 22 May 2014 - 00:00 to Sunday 25 May 2014 - 00:00
Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga Oblast, Russia

British Council, FutureEverything and Nikola-Lenivets art park present Culture Shift Russia: Digital Emulsion workshop which will take place at Nikola-Lenivets from 22 to 25 May 2014.

This is a second event in the framework of Culture Shift Russia programme which was successfully launched at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in September 2013. After the first laboratory which was devoted to the smart use of the open data by various cultural institutions we are moving from the general idea of combining art and culture with digital technologies to the very particular practical subject.

This time the participants of the workshop will create generative visual installations at the large scale festival, The Night of New Media which will take place in Nikola-Lenivets on 5 July 2014. Hundreds of people will join together for the all-night long show to celebrate the possibilities of new media art in natural environment. The main point of attraction will be an architectural object called Universal Mind where the DJs and electronic musicians from all over the world will be playing and where the laser show will be held.

The participants of Culture Shift Russia: Digital Emulsion, which will be a 48-hour long intensive workshop, will work out creative concepts and prototypes for the festival together with British artists Kimchi and Chips (Mimi Son and Elliot Woods) and a senior member of FutureEverything, the R&D hub for digital culture, Tom Higham.

One of the key tools used will be vvvv technology, alongside custom built Digital Emulsion shaders.

The author(s) of the best concept will come back to Nikola-Lenivets in July to perform their installations at the Night of New Media with Kimchi and Chips.

Apart from the workshop there will be a number of seminars and practical sessions on vvvv and other technical aspects.


We invite specialists with dispersion of skills and interest in:

graphics: timeline animation, physical modelling (sculpture and craft);

code: shaders, VVVV;

mathematics: multiview geometry and volumetric rendering.

You will have a unique chance to:

  • apply your skills on practice;
  • take part in the international ambitious project;
  • present your work at one of the most significant Russian media arts events;
  • work within the international team of experts and colleagues;
  • feel the creative spirit of Nikola-Lenivets art park which is a great source of inspiration.

If you would like to take part in the workshop, please complete the application form here.


Tom Higham
Tom is Executive Producer at FutureEverything. He will be leading and facilitating the Art Lab. 

Elliot Woods
Elliot Woods is a digital media artist, technologist, curator, educator from Manchester UK. He creates provocations towards future interactions between humans and socio-visual design technologies (principally projectors, cameras and graphical computation). Towards this goal, Elliot co-founded Kimchi and Chips, an experimental art / design / technology studio based in Seoul. He is known for transforming a tree into an addressable array of voxels and for throwing augmented fireballs. He is a curator of the ScreenLab Residency and ScreenLab Conference programmes, which develop digital media arts practice, and encourage the dialogue between digital and contemporary art cultures. He applies his academic background in physics to produce sense-able interfaces with abstract systems, whilst applying a methodical approach to artistic enquiry. Elliot is a contributor to the open Frameworks project (a ubiquitous toolkit for creative coding), and an open source contributor to the VVVV platform. His code is available open source and for free on GitHub.

Mimi Son
Mimi Son studied Interaction Design at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design since finished her MA degree of Interaction Design at the Landsdown Centre of Middlesex University in London. She has been teaching Interactive Storytelling at Kaywon School of Art and Design (Korea) for six years and has been working as an art director in her own studio. Her artwork has been exhibited in Seoul, Tokyo, Barcelona and Arhus in Denmark. She is currently researching emotional and tangible interaction for future life and the effects of technology from a creative approach. She is interested in exploring her surroundings with her eyes shining before creating something interactive and funny based on narrative snippets from her life.


* Please note if you want to take part in Culture Shift Russia: Digital Emulsion, you must commit to attend the whole programme. This includes Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The workshop will take place in Nikola-Lenivets.

22 May — Arrival at Nikola-Lenivets, accommodation, reception.

23 to 24 May — Culture Shift main research and preparation work.

25 May — Presentation of works, transfer to Moscow.

More detailed schedules will be sent to the participants closer to the event.

Transfer, accommodation (hostel) and meals during the event will be provided for the participants for free as well as the vvvv platforms and custom softwares. If you require any specific equipment please feel free to take it with you. As the event will take several days, please take all the necessary things to feel comfortable.

Participation in the workshop will be free of charge. 

The workshop will be in English with no translation.

For more detailed information please feel free to contact Lidia Khesed at or + 7 (495) 287 18 04.

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