ARTEFACT has set a record with the largest digital sculpture “Chornobyl Radiance”
On October 23, ARTEFACT artists set a new record for Ukraine by creating the largest Chornobyl Luminous sculpture, which is also the largest laser installation in Ukraine, at the Chornobyl Arc. The “Chornobyl Luminosity” could be watched for about an hour during the shooting of the documentary art-film “Artifacts of Chornobyl” by director Valery Korshunov. The record is registered by the Book of Records of Ukraine.
The sculpture was created by film director and project author Valery Korshunov and media artist Yaroslav Kostenko. The presentation began with a theatrical performance after which for almost an hour in the complete darkness of the Chernobyl zone, DUGA shone. It has become a grand art object – a digital installation “Chornobyl Radiance” and for the first time in its existence radiated light and music. The event was attended by more than 40 representatives of Ukrainian and foreign media, as well as several filming groups who recorded this historic event for documentary films.
The arc-based radar station “Doug” is a Soviet station for the early detection of launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, which was secretly built in the classified town of Chernobyl-2. Abroad, it was called the “Russian Woodpecker” for the characteristic sound heard around the world when it switched on. Its dimensions are 690 * 135 meters – impressive, it is one of the most recognizable symbols of Chernobyl and Soviet propaganda.
Thanks to the laser installation “Chornobyl Radiance” “, DUGA has become a unique and largest media art object of Ukraine and has shined with new meanings. It gave a new signal to the world about the liberation of Ukraine from the Soviet past and the realization of its own uniqueness. At the same time, thanks to the latest technologies, the art of Doug did not change its historical appearance. The digital installation was complemented by a special soundtrack based on the sounds of Chornobyl, created by the musician Rassvet for the documentary. The main purpose of the project is to rethink the Chornobyl tragedy in the past of the Ukrainian nation and to search for new cultural meanings of the present.
“Today, we are creating the largest laser installation in Ukraine to show that spooky symbols of the Soviet Union can become powerful art objects in modern Ukraine. Chernobyl is our past that we cannot change. However, we need to formulate our own messages to change Ukraine’s perception in the context of the Chernobyl tragedy now and in the future. The best form, understood for the whole world, is art. For the second year, we are creating digital artifacts of Chernobyl for the purpose of rethinking not only atomic but also informational catastrophe, ”said Valeriy Korshunov, the author of the idea, director and producer of the movie“ Chornobyl Artifacts.
At the end of this landmark cultural event, representatives of the Book of Records of Ukraine recorded a record and presented diplomas to project organizers Svetlana and Valeriy Korshunov and representatives of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund Bohdan Androsyuk. Shooting on this day will be the final part of the documentary art film Chornobyl Artifacts, which is referenced by the Strugatsky Brothers’ Tale Picnic on the Sidelines when objects called artifacts appeared in the exclusion zone.
After the HBO series, Chornobyl has caught the attention of the world. Right now, it is important to create our own cultural products to respond to Ukrainians’ current perception of Chornobyl and to show that Ukraine not only survived the atomic tragedy but has learned to live with it and has unique experiences that are important to share with the world.
“A huge thank you to the authors of the ARTEFACT project for unforgettable impressions and emotions! Grandiosely! I hope that your vivid message about rethinking the mistakes of the past, the unacceptable repetition of devastating catastrophes caused by man, and the conscious spread of information felt on the other side of the planet (satellites are always alert) countries right here, in the exclusion zone, at the Doug object – a symbol of the total secrecy of the Soviet past. It is secrecy and the resulting information manipulation that is the main lesson of Chornobyl to make the modern world aware! We are with you, we always support those who carry the Radiance! ”- Anna Korolevska, Scientific Director of the Chernobyl Museum and Chief Expert on Chernobyl Themes.
The documentary art-film “Artifacts of Chernobyl” deals with contemporary cultural artifacts around Chernobyl. The film answers the question of why to do large-scale cultural projects in Chernobyl to draw attention to media literacy and fake news today. The authors conducted a great deal of research on the information component of the Chernobyl tragedy and its impact on contemporary culture.
The documentary art-cinema project “Chornobyl Artifacts” received support and the highest score according to the experts of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund in the competition among 170 projects. Chornobyl Artifacts will be produced in 3 languages and presented on Ukrainian television and at several international festivals.
The film is made with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Ministry of Information Policy, the Ministry of Energy and the Environment, the Ukrainian Institute, the SBU Sectoral State Archive, the State Agency for the Exclusion Zone Management, the Chornobyl Museum, Media Center Prix yat Kom.