Deadline: 14th January 2021

Project description

This call proposal reunites a series of cultural events in Europe and the world in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Chornobyl accident and the presentation of new modern cultural projects of Chornobyl.

We are looking for potential partners sought include cultural and Arts organizations working broadly around New Media Arts, Audio-visual Arts, Arts and Technology, Virtual Reality, including multidisciplinary organisations (e.g. Science and Arts).

These may include profit organisation, universities, museums, galleries, festivals, research networks, platforms, collectives, etc

The project involves:

– Virtual exhibition ARTEFACT CHORNOBYL 34.

– Real exhibition ARTEFACT CHERNOBYL 34, which took place in 2019.

– mobile application with augmented reality and historical documents.

– Real artifacts from the exposition of the National Museum of Chornobyl.

– Online meetings on rethinking historical traumas through art, digital art in social projects, lessons from Chornobyl during the COVID19 pandemic.

ARTEFACT: Chornobyl 34

– The first virtual exhibition of Chornobyl in the world, designed for viewing in VR-devices or helmets and from any browser online, was presented in autumn 2020 at the eleventh MADATAC media art festival in Spain with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of borders, more than 100 Ukrainian artists took part in it virtually, for which they developed a new digital Chornobyl, in which more than 50 exhibits were presented. These are well-known virtual locations of Chornobyl, which can now be immersed in a VR device or helmet.

Among them there are works by famous Ukrainian artists, such as the Chornobyl series of Maria Primachenko, who, by the way, lived on the border with the Exclusion Zone; a series of prophetic paintings by Ivan Marchuk; 3D photography by Arsen Savadov, as well as new names in Ukrainian art and media art. All exhibits are represented by separate virtual spaces created just for them, and you can dive into them from anywhere in the world just from a computer browser or smartphone. The most interesting exhibits are also sold separately on Unreal Engine technology (high quality and photorealistic) and can be presented offline in the format of an exhibition or area with VR-helmets.

Terms of agreement that are offered on this proposal to the partners

From our side:

– We will translate all the content of the exhibition into the local language of the partner.

– We will develop the plan of the exhibition, the number of exhibits, the route of the visitor (according to which exhibit is opened to the visitor, where the real exhibits are involved, where are the historical materials from the application, where is the possibility to use VR helmets or devices, etc).

– We will send a box with printed documents on Chornobyl, photos, materials of exhibits for the exposition, etc. These materials will be enough to place on the proposed location and decorate it in the Chornobyl theme.

– We can provide to the partner with all the content to make a real exhibition if the partner has their own VR glasses, monitors and projectors.

– We will select lecturers and hold conferences.

– We will make international publications in the media.

From the partner’s side:

– Finds a location for the event for 2-3 weeks (interested in partners who already have a location or can get it for free).

– Administer the exhibition.

– Are engaged in promotion in the local cultural environment.

– Promote visits to the exhibition offline and online.

If quarantine restrictions or lockdown are imposed, the event can only take place virtually. Partners will receive 4,000 € to promote a virtual exhibition. The partner as well can additionally attract its own or other funding and expand to a mixed &virtual and real exhibition. We are interested and looking for partners with whom we will be able to establish a continued collaboration for some years and, if possible, apply as partners for Creative Europe projects beginning in autumn 2021.

It would be good if the partner in the framework of national and international cooperation projects can be a legal entity on all forms of ownership, registered for at least two years on the date of the competition and with relevant experience in the field of culture and art.

From the partner we will need:

– Portfolio of the organization.

– Proposed locations for the exhibition with footage.

– Invited involved media that can write about the exhibition.

– Resume of the head of the organization.

– Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with our organization.

This project will run from June to October 2021 (five months) and is planned to involve 5-6 partner countries. The proposed deadline for receiving an affirmative response from partners must be before January 14.