Cultural heritage – a white elephant or a nation’s capital?


This kind of question was raised during Very Digital Residencies in Odesa and Kharkiv. Curators stated that methods of cultural heritage preservation, old narratives and visual symbols of Ukraine require a synchronization with the current times.

For the first time in Ukraine the full cycle of digital production is used at a sculptural residence that rethinks the material cultural heritage. Odesa curators Fedor Boitsov, Dmitry Dokunov, Alik Kadum and Arkadiy Marshak combined 3D scanning, 3D modeling, molding, 3D printing, CNC milling, casting with epoxy resins into a production cycle of the art objects. For two months, residents scan and model, cast and polish reimagined images of the city.

The Kharkiv residence focuses on media art, augmented and virtual reality, project mapping and audio-visual shows. Curator Roman Minin rethinks the monumental art of murals and bas-reliefs in the context of modern technology. Roman Borozentsev and Vlas Belov oversee the creation of animations, game spaces for VR and AR. Kharkiv residents paint, work with 3D and 2D graphics, rethink the heritage of famous people of the city and places where they lived and worked.

The residence concludes with an exhibition of sculptures, media art and art objects created during the project.

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