Anton Lapov (Ukraine) is an artist, independent curator and museologist. His practice follows a multidisciplinary approach based on his interest in new media, creative coding, digital humanities and experimental museology. He is constantly in search of non-conventional forms of exhibitional representation and seeks to avoid the logic of instrumentalisation through the creation of procedural communicative situations. In addition to being involved in the sphere of artistic/curatorial production he also conducts research into the history of Ukrainian sound-art/electronic music and local artistic communities of Eastern Ukraine.
During his residency Anton will continue his research into the peculiarities of the functioning of the art system with a focus on the interrelations between archives of art institutions, private (luxury) collecting and the logic of art-market expertise. With the high rate of the digitisation of cultural-economical processes Anton is also invesitigating the possibility of developing an algorithmic toolbox for critical evaluation of contemporary cultural production.
Anton holds an MA (Hons) in prehistory and archaeology from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He continued his art education through participation in the courses, Media Art for Practitioners, New Art School, Kiev, 2013 and the 4th Moscow Curatorial Summer School, 2015.
Selected publications include: Lapov, A & Kantsedal, S. (2016). Topographic survey of Ukrainian sociocultural landscape: Description cards for the European cultural agents, in Let us say this again, opaquely. A natural oasis? A transnational research programme 2016-2017. Milano: Postmedia Books, 2016, pp. 83-105; Lapov, A (2016). To the history of art-collective in Donbas (2000-2016), in Degree of dependence. Wroclaw: BWA Awangarda Gallery; Lapov, A (2016). After ‘New Media’: some analytical categories of contemporary culture, in Almanac of cultural studies, vol.2, Kyiv, pp.41-45; Lapov, A (2015). Hackerspaces as sociocultural phenomenon, in Almanac of cultural studies, vol.1, Kyiv, 2015, pp.74-78.
Selected exhibitions (as an artist): 17th Media-Art Biennale WRO 2017: Draft Systems, WRO art centre, Wroclaw, Poland 2017; ‘Showcase of Ukrainian Media-art’, Electromuseum, Moscow, Russia 2016; ‘Mental Game’in scope of 5th Mediations Biennale, MONA Inner Spaces/Tandem Studio, Poznan, Poland 2016; ‘Warning!’, FLUSS, Schloss Wolkersdorf, Austria 2015; ‘Hard Land’, Mala Galereya of Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Selected exhibitions (as a curator): ‘Future Perfect’, URBAN library, Lviv, Ukraine 2017; ‘Method’, Gallery at Master Class house, Kyiv, Ukraine 2015; ‘Common Frontier’, in scope of Kyiv Biennale, ‘School of Kyiv’, 33 Soshenko Street Art Studio, Kyiv, Ukraine 2013; ‘Depressusrization of Museum Universum’ (interdisciplinary project), Luhansk, Ukraine.
Awards: ‘Visible Award 2017’, nomination (with art-group Critical Archiving Laboratory) 2015; Special Prize on MUHi-2015 competition (Young Ukrainian Artists) with art-group Supovoy Nabor.
Residencies/Scholarships: SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residency Programme, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK 2017; Gaude Polonia scholarship, WRO art center, Wroclaw, Poland.