The 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art entitled Clouds⇄Forests is a proposition at a time of crisis to instigate the establishment of new relationships in our world. Since ancient times, tribes sharing common mediation functions have been established on the basis of shared environments: land, climate, and such corporeal conditions. They share certain knowledge, aesthetics and a lifestyle fostered by land/forests. If represented by the metaphor of a forest, they would resemble a collection of trees growing in a common environment.
Over the past three decades, such tribes have been leaving the forests and have started creating new assembly points in the Internet or “Cloud“ space. As the forests engender such clouds, new media has become personal spaces imbued with the mechanisms of animism, thereby creating life in all manner of things in new technologies: from information to bacteria. At the same time, a particularly young cloud tribe from the post-Internet generation tends to return to the ground/the forest in order to explore other physical realities and seek cultural roots.
These two directions - one “from the Forests to Clouds” and the other “from the Clouds to Forests” - creates a single circular ecosystem. This circulation of the eco-system in the metaphors of Clouds and Forests unleashes a new wind of change to the existing system of art, society and the environment.