Andrei Severny (filmmaker)

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Andrei Severny
Andrei Severny in 2013.jpg
Andrei Severny in 2013
Born (1977-09-01) September 1, 1977 (age 39)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation Director, Screenwriter, Photographer
Years active 1997-present

Andrei Severny (Russian: Андрей Северный; born September 1, 1977) is a contemporary filmmaker, screenwriter, photographer and visual artist. Severny's films include Buried Seeds, Inside Risk: Shadows of Medellin, Gravitation: Variation in Time and Space, Condition, Teaching to See, Disparaît, v and Tom on Mars. Maintaining a strong and recognizable visual style he explores human perception, psychology, and neuroscience.[1] His works operate on multiple levels engaging both intuition and intellect. His stories seamlessly integrate scientific analysis, reveal scholarly explanations or Severny's vision of the future.[2]


Andrei Severny was born in 1977 in Moscow, Russia and spent his early childhood years in Egypt.[3] He is a grandson of Andrei Severny, the Soviet astronomer.[4] He moved to New York in 2004.[5]


Severny's earliest published work was a series of atmospheric urban stills in Monitor[6][7] magazine from 2000 to 2005. During this period his work was also exhibited in Moscow and at His photographs have been published in Vogue, Elle, The Financial Times[8] and The Wall Street Journal.[9]


Andrei Severny takes pictures of the desert in Baja California, Mexico

Severny's films juxtapose poetry with technology, architecture and landscape.[10] In 2005, his short films Tom on Mars and Disparaît, v, screened at festivals in London, New York City, Barcelona, Milan,[11] Kolkata, and Avignon.

In 2007 Severny began a collaboration with Edward Tufte, a world renown expert on information design and data visualization, on a series of films on art and science.[12] As part of this collaboration in 2012 Severny made a documentary film Teaching to See[13][14] about teaching and design of Inge Druckrey, which includes visual insights from her colleague Kris Holmes and former students Ken Carbone, Chris Myers and Nancy Mayer.[15]

Filmmaker Amir Naderi was the producer[16] and co-editor of Severny's feature film Condition, which tells the story of a doctor and patient escaping a catastrophe looking for salvation in nature and sound.[17] The film premiered at the 29th Torino Film Festival in 2011, where it received a special mention by the Gandhi Glasses Award along with Werner Herzog's Into The Abyss.[18]

In 2013 Severny works on a documentary based on the calligraphy of Kris Holmes and the research of her husband Charles Bigelow. This film studies different cultural aspects of writing and explores its relationship to rhythm and motion in music and dance.[19]

Film Director Andrei Severny and Diana Vishneva on the set of Gravitation: Variation in Time and Space

In 2013 Severny also started to develop his feature-length sci-fi film - to be shot in Spanish, on location in Mexico - called Zona del Silencio; a story about a journalist who gets involved in a series of mysterious events that parallel with his dangerous love affair.[20]

In 2015 Severny collaborated with ballerina Diana Vishneva creating an art film Gravitation: Variation in Time and Space.[21] Black and white experimental film premiered at the Marfa Film Festival are received international awards.[22][23]

In 2016 Severny co-directed and edited an innovative interactive documentary Inside Risk: Shadows of Medellin, based on a true story of kidnapping that took place in Colombia in 1986. [24]

In 2017 Andrei Severny is working on a feature-length documentary Buried Seeds, based on a life journey of chef Vikas Khanna. [25][26]

Art installations[edit]

Minamo video installation, New York City

At least as far back as 2007, Severny began experimenting with video sequences of light and water. From these, he developed a series of video installations called Minamo, meaning water surface or face of the water in Japanese. Abstract, colorful water surfaces slowly move in the dark. Minamo was first shown in 2009 at the Webster Hall in New York on 39 plasma screens. In 2010 Minamo was part of Nuit Blanche New York. In summer 2011 it was presented at SET Gallery[27] and in October 2011 at the New York Aquarium as part of Art On Brighton exhibition.[28]

In 2009 he began work on a reflection on the life and music of atonal pioneer Arnold Shoenberg. The multiscreen rear-projection installation shows vivid, fast moving images generated by video feedback of pointing a camera into a screen, creating an infinite loop of mostly abstract images. The work, Intravertigo, was shown outdoors on three screens as part of Nuit Blanche New York 2011.[29]


PlayGround art salon in New York city founded and curated by Andrei Severny.

Severny also curates an art salon, PlayGround,[30] that he founded in 2009, selecting some of the most creative professionals who show their work on a large screen or perform live. His guests have included Doug Fitch, Paul Lewis, Miru Kim, Asa Mader, Tristan Perich, Niloufar Talebi, Aurélia Thiérrée, Malika Zarra, Clarina Bezzola, Vicky Colombet, Edouard Getaz and Ji Lee.[31]



  • 2016 - Demolden Gallery, Saragossa, Spain[33]
  • 2013 - IFP Media Center, New York, USA[34]
  • 2011 - Nuit Blanche, New York, USA
  • 2011 - SET Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2011 - New York Aquarium, New York, USA
  • 2010 - Nuit Blanche, New York, USA


  1. ^ Kulesh, Alina (2013-04-02). "workspaces: Andrei Severny". Frank, art & style journal. Genteel. Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Milano Film Festival - Director: Andrei Severny". Milano Film Festival. 2013-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Andrei Severny - guest speaker at NYFA". New York Film Academy. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Sun King". Pablo Goldbarg - Realfiction. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  5. ^ "CONDITION-29th Torino Film Festival". Torino Film Festival. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  6. ^ Monitor magazine
  7. ^ Selected publications of Andrei Severny's photo series at Monitor magazine
  8. ^ "Edward Tufte". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  9. ^ "How We Live". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Cool sites". Filmmaker Magazine. IFP. 2007-10-24. 
  11. ^ Disparait, v at Milano Film Festival 2005 Archived November 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Edward Tufte's webpage featuring short films created with Andrei Severny
  13. ^ "Teaching to See" documentary film
  14. ^ Vanhemert, Kyle (2012-08-28). "A 40-Minute Crash Course In Design Thinking". FastCompany. Mansueto Ventures LLC. 
  15. ^ Almquist, Jan (2014-07-10). "Perceiving Deeply". The Design Observer. Observer Omnimedia LLC. 
  16. ^ "Open Societies". Virtual Embassy of the United States - 2014-07-10. 
  17. ^ Weissberg, Jay (2011-12-09). "Review of Condition". Variety. Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  18. ^ 29th Torino Film Festival Awards
  19. ^ Kulesh, Alina (2013-04-02). "workspaces: Andrei Severny". Frank, art & style journal. Genteel. Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. 
  20. ^ Kulesh, Alina (2013-04-02). "workspaces: Andrei Severny". Frank, art & style journal. Genteel. Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. 
  21. ^ "Gravitation | Marfa Film Festival". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  22. ^ User, Super. "Mexico International Film Festival | Mexico Film Festivals - 2016 Winners". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  23. ^ User, Super. "Canada International Film Festival | Screenplay Contest - 2016". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  24. ^ "InsideRiks". Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  25. ^ "The Times of India". Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  26. ^ "MTTN". Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  27. ^ SET Gallery presents Minamo by Andrei Severny July 9-August 29 Archived February 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Art On Brighton October 1-2, 2011 Archived February 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Nuit Blanche New York, October 1st 2011 Archived November 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ PlayGround
  31. ^ "PlayGround 6". Chashama. 2010-01-16. 
  32. ^ "The Times of India". Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  33. ^ "INAUGURACIÓN: lunes 20 de junio, 20.30 h. | Andrei Severny - Gravitation:". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  34. ^ "Wcityaction". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 

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