"Any artistic project in an urban environment is aimed at a manifestation of the urban aura. The required multiplicity and comprehension of creative activity is brought through the dialogue with the spirit of location, immersion into its historicity, existence, sensibility and meaningfulness.
Though contemporary art exists above geographical and administrative borders, its natural mission is to find a universal potential in the local context. Based on the figure of the nomad, fundamental for the history and identity of Kazakstan one might assume that the generalized perception of nomadic relationships with the space, time and society could and should enrich the creative content of festival artworks. However, in case of the megapolis of Almaty the key component is the fact that art nomadism is located in the urban environment.
The meeting of the Nomad and the City with their fundamental philosophical differences is an intense challenge to the creativity of artists and expert knowledge of city people. How can one combine now the external space of the nomadic steppe and the internal space of a city in the state, wild field and regularized policy, playing go and playing chess?
The most concise metaphors of smooth space are elements of water and air. Symbolically, air can be extracted and reactivated from a cultural layer of Almaty. The boundless steppe and high sky are those environmental features that are harder to experience in a crowded modern metropolis. However, all these contradictions can be a valuable creative resource for geniuses. They face a general challenge to settle in a neighborhood in the site of the city and the sky, which earlier was the roof of a nomad's home.