September 11-27 2009


DAKHA BRAKHA became the winner of the Grand Prix of Sergey Kurekhin’s Prize “Pop-Mechanics”

On the March 25 in St. Petersburg has taken place the Sergey Kurekhin’s Prize award ceremony in the sphere of Contemporary Art named "Pop-Mechanics”.  The Winner of the Grand Prix became the Ukrainian ethno-chaos band "Dakha Brakha" for the synthetic project involving a live musical component.  There were four nominees for a prize, three of them will present their works at the International Festival of Contemporary Art GOGOLFEST 2010.

This year the jury of “Pop Mechanics" included music critic Artemiy Troitskiy, gallery owner Marat Gelman, music critic Alexander Kan, producer Andrew Tropillo, former member of the "Aquarium” band  Vsevolod Gakkel, the department head of the latest trends of the Russian Museum Alexander Borovsky, Director Eugene Yufit and other prominent arts and culture figures.

Prize for the best poetic performance was given to Andrey Bartenev from Moscow. He presented  his work "Wash your hands until you get holes" based on the fairy tale "Moidodyr" by Korney Chukovsky.The prize for the best curatorial project was given to Agatha Jordan and Elena Oleinikova’s Permian project “B.U. Kashkin fest". The best piece of visual art installation was named "Silence" by Peter White from St.Petersburg.

Special Jury Prize "For the contribution to the development of modern art" was given to composer Oleg Karavaychuk. In individual categories "Electro-Mechanics" and "Ethno-Mechanics" were named the best group "Uniquetunes" and singer Sainkho Namtchylak respectively. In addition, a special prize "SKIF" was given posthumously to Boris Rayskin as an ideologist and founder of the music festival.

The best candidates of Sergei Kurekhin’s Prize will be presented to Kyiv public this year. In particular, GOGOLFEST 2010 will showcase the works of nearly all the nominees for the main prize "Pop Mechanics" - "White rainbow over the table. Musical of the obsolete products” by
Andrey Bartenev and Katerina Bochavar (who is also the curator of the Visual Art Projects program of GOGOLFEST 2010), the performance LIQUID THEATRE (Russia) and Sergey Kurekhin’s Prize Grand Prix winner - musical group "Dakha Brakha”.