ShadowMemory, curated by Katya Sivers and Elena Sudakova, explores new territories for contemporary art, interacting within both digital and physical space. Conceived in the form of an app which is linked to geolocation, ShadowMemory simultaneously acts as a multidisciplinary art exhibition, a tour, a game, and an immersive experience. Artists, designers, architects, film-makers and theatre directors are invited to develop unique routes to share them with audiences internationally. Informed by their creators’ artistic practices, themes of their work or simply their areas of interest, the routes offer new ways of seeing the world.
ShadowMemory bridges virtual and physical reality to help us experience urban environments in different and unexpected ways - as readymades, as constantly changing organisms, as allegories and as focal points of innumerable visible and invisible processes.
After selecting the route, the user is introduced to the main points of location, the approximate duration and the general boundaries of the route. The story unfolds with the help of texts, video and audio files and photographs, which become available as soon as the user arrives at new location. The duration of each walk is 1.5–2 hours; the length of the route is apprx 2,5 miles. Users need headphones and a charged phone for the walk.
In response to the Fourth Ural Industrial Biennial’s focus on work and play in the near future, two groundbreaking commissions will be presented, created by The Demolition Project and Sergey Kasich and Victor Murzikov, Blueprint and Phantasmarium of Victor M., which explore industrial environment of Yekaterinburg and propose immersive visions for its future.
Route # 1
Phantasmarium of Victor M.
Phantasmarium of Victor M. is an immersive project, inspired by the fantasy world of the famous Yekaterinburg horror
Part 1. The Zone of Silence We invite you to enter into a story that possibly took place in Yekaterinburg more than ten years ago. With every step on your journey the narrative will unfold, delivered to you by the author, Victor M. The route begins on the pedestrian bridge across the railroad that leads to the Tagilskaya Street: the quietest and strangest street in Yekaterinburg. What is hidden in the silence of this street? What will the dust of the pavement whisper to you?
Part 2. Small Island This time Victor M. will tell you a story about one of the islands in the Verkh-Isetskiy pond. But in order to hear it you will need to reach the island. This fantastic narrative about Yekaterinburg is hidden inside the abandoned lighthouse on the Small Island which is two hundred meters away by water from a Small Konnyi peninsula. You can either swim over or find a boat, or walk over ice. Don't forget the earphones.
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Blueprint explores Yekaterinburg’s hidden patterns, suggesting ways to read the city through clocks, codes, footsteps, light years, sound waves, particles and monuments. It begins just outside the Ural Instrument-Making Plant and ends a few meters from the starting point. Do things exist if they can’t be measured? Are you really here if you can’t be found on Google Maps? And if everything is moving, where is ‘here’?