For one day, the Chornobyl exclusion zone became the country’s cultural center country and attracted attention of about 200 journalists from leading Ukrainian and world media.
Last Thursday, in Pripyat, within international art project ARTEFACT and under support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine and Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the similarly-named digital sculpture was activated.
According to Valeriy Korshunov, ARTEFACT author, the main objective was to attract public attention to the issue of conscious information consumption and dissemination. The project touches important issues of the information age: fake news, information manipulation, media literacy.
The Chornobyl zone was chosen not by chance to implement the project because according to its curator, Svitlana Korshunova, the Chornobyl accident was not only a catastrophe but also complete information blockade. To implement the idea, almost half a million hryvnias were spent. The money were provided by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.
Within the ARTEFACT art project, a number of other accompanying measures will be implemented successively, in particular making a soundtrack for digital-sculptures, forming sound library “Sounds of Chornobyl”, lectures for young people and employees of creative industries, interactive exhibitions and communications at Ukrainian music festivals.
Christophe Hetier, Grammy-awarded French composer, also participated in the event. He jointly with Ukrainian artist RASSVET composed supporting music for the sculpture. Subsequently, according to the author, a soundtrack will be recorded. It will include the sounds of Chornobyl.
“The exclusion zone has been associated with grief, heroic struggle and human fate for several decades. Today, the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management jointly with other profile departments, do everything they can to make this area as safe as possible. We are doing everything to turn the exclusion zone into an environmentally safe area, and I am convinced that ARTEFACT opening in Pripyat is the first step to this”, SAEZ First Deputy Head Oleh Nesvit said.
Along with ARTEFACT activation in Pripyat, life became active for one day, and each of present persons felt that the exclusion zone in the near future could change our attitude and it is quite possible that people would be here again.
Already next year the sculpture will travel around the world and as an art exhibition will take part in the most massive festivals.