The First Virtual Chernobyl Exhibition Presented During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
ARTEFACT: Chernobyl is the first in the world virtual exhibition dedicated to the Chernobyl accident that was created for an online experience and in VR headsets, presented on MADATAC XI festival with the support of the Cultural Foundation of Ukraine.
The exhibits of ARTEFACT: Chernobyl are very diverse works. Among the artists you may know are Arsen Savadov, Maria Primachenko, Ivan Marchuk, Spartak Khachanov and Alevtina Kakhidze, as well as the artworks of young artists, whose names are new in Ukrainian media art. More than 100 Ukrainian artists have been working on creating ARTEFACT: Chernobyl, so that more than 50 new artworks will be seen by the whole world online and completely free from the PC. The works created with VR and AR technologies, laser and video installations, neurointerface technology and parametric architecture are now also completely transmitted to cyberspace. All these artworks are also presented in separate virtual spaces with their own atmosphere and senses. Everyone can visit them using a PC or smartphone, but maximum immersion can be obtained only with VR headsets. With a new form they acquired new characteristics and context. ARTEFACT is an innovative Ukrainian social and cultural project that with the new technologies of contemporary art draws attention to important issues, based on the example of the Chernobyl accident. The artists invite us to rethink the tragedy of our past. The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is an example of the informational catastrophe within one state that can have consequences for the whole world. The project is implemented with the support of the Cultural Foundation of Ukraine, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Ukrainian State Agency for the Management of Exclusion Zones, the National Chernobyl Museum, the European Chernobyl Institute and the Center PRYPYAT.com.