Anna Frants (Russia-USA)
On the Lookout

Multimedia installation, 2014
Supported by CYLAND Media Art Lab

From Wikipedia: If paranoia transforms into persecutory delusion or persecution mania, one talks about an isolated delusional disorder. Delusional Disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by the presence of a well-systematized domineering delusion, but, unlike schizophrenia, devoid of quirkiness.

Legend says that the expression "even walls have ears" goes back to Dionysius I, the tyrant of Syracuse who lived in the 5th century BC and was the first to come up with the ingenious method of eavesdropping. It is true that Dionysius I did not end well: he was poisoned, and his son Dionysius II ascended the throne. The tyrant's apprehension was not groundless. The work On the Lookout is the reflections on the subject of organization of a human soul. Could it be that paranoia starts when "on the lookout" and "apprehension" take up residence in the same body? Where does madness start and non-madness end?

Anna Frants

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), Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany) and at other major venues all over the world. The artist’s works are in the collections of 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.