During the 11th festival, MADATAC Ukrainian project ARTEFACT presents the first virtual media art exhibition dedicated to the Chernobyl accident and designed for VR headsets – ARTEFACT: Chornobyl. 

The exhibition includes 10 of the best artworks from the last year exhibition ARTEFACT: Chernobyl 33 will also be presented on MADATAC. It was the first media art exhibition dedicated to the accident of Chernobyl and presented in Kyiv River Port in 2019. The works created with VR and AR technologies, laser and video installations, neuro interface technology and parametric architecture are now also completely transmitted to cyberspace. With a new form they acquired new characteristics and context.

In 2020 more than 100 artists had been working in virtual art residency ARTEFACT, creating more than 50 new media art objects for the MADATAC festival, dedicated to the disaster in Chernobyl in 1986. 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.

Through new technologies in contemporary art, the ARTEFACT project 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 ARTEFACT project considers the disaster on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant not only as a man-made, but as an informational catastrophe, full of disinformation, fake news and propaganda with the purpose to cover the real dimensions of the disaster. 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.

Here you can see Forum information outline, video, and pictures that could be used in publication on the event.