The first exhibition of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial After Us is being shown at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA).

The special project of 5th Ural Industrial Biennial After Us explores today’s reality and its substitutes: gadgets, neural networks, mass market products. The pieces featured at the exhibition draw attention to the interaction between humans and digital world, the boundaries of which are becoming less and less distinct day after day. Overproduction of goods and overflow of information on the Internet make artists turn to already existing objects. The objects taken out of everyday life turn into artefacts and precisely represent the reality here and now.

Bringing together the private and the public, Igor Samolet, an artist, creates an installation made of screenshots—an archive of today’s life within the eternally sprawling online here-and-now. The pt9 art-group enters into a long-standing discussion on the boundaries of human capabilities: do neural networks copy our cognitive mechanisms? Can a machine create something beautiful? Surge protectors in Lyudmila Kalinichenko’s piece emphasize and problematize the necessity of always keeping the appliances turned on in order to continue chatting in messengers and social networks. Yulia Vergazova shows malls as self-sustaining intergalactic spaceships where the might-have-been space conquerors indulge in obsessive consumption.

Communities on social networks, dialogues on Chatroulette, a flow of selfies—all of these influences our life and makes us leave our digital footprints in a potentially perpetual data system. The exhibition discusses immortality, a theme of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial, and makes a portrait of our today, which will be finished long after us.

CURATOR: Vladimir Seleznyov, a winner of 2019 Innovatsiya Prize for Artist of the Year, a winner of 2019 Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award for The Best Curatorial Project

PARTICIPANTS: Lyudmila Baronina, Yulia Vergazova, Alexander Veryovkin, Alina Desyatnichenko, Alexander Zaitsev, Oleg Zakharkin, Lyudmila Kalinichenko, Vladimir Logutov, Roman Minaev, Igor Samolet, Ivan Snigirev, Andrey Syailev, Egor Fedorychev, Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov, pt9 art-group

Photo by Ksenia Popova
Photo by Ksenia Popova
Photo by Ksenia Popova
Photo by Ksenia Popova
Photo by Ksenia Popova
Photo by Anna Marchenkova

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantine Sorokin

Address: Ural Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts under the State Museum and Exhibition Centre ‘ROSIZO’ (NCCA-ROSIZO), 19а Dobrolyubova str.

Opening Hours: August 2–October 20, Tuesday–Sunday 12:00 am–8:00 pm, Monday–closed
Free tours with an art mediator: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Admission: 150₽
Reduced admission: 100₽

The 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art is the largest international project in the sphere of contemporary art on the territory of Russia. In 2019, the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial will take place from September 12 to December 1, the Main Project of the Biennial will be located at two venues: Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant and Kolizey Cinema