Modern nuclear technologies are demonstrated at a techno-art exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod

The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Oleg Berkovich, Vice President for Digitalization of JSC ASE EC Olga Tolstunova, Special Representative of the Department for Interaction with Regions of Rostom State Corporation in the Volga Federal District Roman Skudnyakov, exhibition curator, Russian graphic artist and designer Igor Gurovich, head of the Volga-Vyatka branch of the Pushkin Museum imp. A.S. Pushkin – Arsenal Anna Gore.

The techno-art exhibition dedicated to innovations, engineering of the future and the people who create it is the result of a collaboration between design engineers of the nuclear industry and the iconic designer Igor Gurovich.

The central element of the installation is a significant mechanism of a nuclear power plant – a low-pressure steam turbine. “At a nuclear power plant, the main unit is considered to be the reactor, while the turbine captivates with its beauty,” one of its authors, engineer of JSC Atomenergoproekt, Mikhail Gallo, presented the object. – It is very pleasant that the nuclear industry is finding new forms of communication through art. I am glad that such an object has appeared here, in Nizhny Novgorod, and I hope that similar art objects will appear in other nuclear cities. ”

The guests plunged into the atmosphere of the exhibition, becoming spectators of a theatrical performance in the genre of verbatim from director Boris Ruiz, a graduate of the director’s laboratory under the direction of Konstantin Bogomolov on the basis of the Moscow Art Theater. Chekhov. “We borrowed the main ideas for the performance at the exhibition. Just as the artists of the last century depicted the world of the future in their covers, so we imagined what the world and people would be like after us. That is, we can say that we were ahead of our time in every sense, ”the director is sure.

The performance uses the works of Vygotsky, Belmont, Bryson and the reflections of artists and artists about atoms, atomic technologies, and the operation of a nuclear reactor. This is an attempt to explain technological processes in the language of art.

The production team of the play included theater and film costume designer Varvara Plavinskaya (Moscow), lighting designer Vladimir Duron (Moscow). The soundtrack was written by the popular Moscow DJ Maxim Van.

The event continued with a panel discussion. Olga Tolstunova, Oleg Berkovich, Igor Gurovich and Anna Gur discussed digital technologies, engineering and their connection with contemporary art.

Olga Tolstunova highlighted the main directions of digitalization in ASE and emphasized that digital technologies allow avoiding routine work, so that engineers can focus on creativity in order to create unique models.

“Combining nuclear technology with creativity is a part of contemporary art. What the engineers did together with the artist Igor Gurovich is very relevant. Art teaches to dream, teaches a new language. At the same time, it is important to ground the ability to dream on the technologies that we have now. The combination of scientific and creative insight in this project is logical, ”says Oleg Berkovich.

“I am very fortunate to work with nuclear engineers. This is a completely different way of thinking, a huge intellect, a different understanding of materiality and processes beyond the artist’s control. It was useful and exciting, ”said Igor Gurovich.

As Anna Gore noted, today the key word that connects both artists and engineers was sounded – this is imagination. “It is most important. And for the past, and for the present, and for the future creative development, ”she summed up.

A part of the exposition of the exhibition were video installations illustrating Multi-D-design technologies. They are displayed on modern exhibition surfaces – interactive cubes.

The uniqueness of the exposition is added by a selection of covers of the popular science magazine “Technics for Youth” from the period of 1940-1970s, original in design and design, from the collection of the Moscow Design Museum. Many of the cover authors had a technical background. Among them are aerobatics pilot, glider designer Konstantin Artseulov and engineer Nikolai Kolchitsky, whose works are on display at the exhibition.

The covers of Techniques for Youth have participated in many exhibitions in Russia and abroad: Automobiles: Accelerating the Modern World at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2020), Industrial Design and Nonconformist at the Zimmerit Art Museum (New Brunswick, 2020) –2021), “Into the Unknown” at the Barbican Exhibition Center (London, 2019), “Soviet Design 1959–80” at the Design Museum (Brussels, 2017) and others.

The educational space of the exposition will host online lectures on the relationship between engineering and design, urbanism and contemporary art. Among the invited experts are designer, graphic artist Igor Gurovich, historian of engineering, project manager “Moscow through the eyes of an engineer” Aerate Bagautdinov, chief designer of the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre Stephan Ulyanov, deputy director for science of the Moscow Design Museum Olga Druzhinina, founder and director of LABORATORIA Art & Science Space Daria Parkhomenko. All lectures will be broadcast online.

The project was organized by the Nuclear Energy Information Center of Nizhny Novgorod (ICAE) with the support of the Engineering Division of ROSATOM. The opening of the “Engineering as Art” exhibition was the final event of the “Digital Industry of Industrial Russia” conference taking place in Nizhny Novgorod.

The period of the exhibition is from September 25 to October 4, 2020.

Exhibition address – Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin, building 6.

The entrance to the exhibition is free..

The Nizhny Novgorod Nuclear Energy Information Center (ICAE) is a multifunctional communication space equipped with educational interactive exhibits, a panoramic cinema and a set of multimedia and interactive programs about science and high technologies. ICAE is not only a platform, but also a community of people interested in progress. All activities of the center are free of charge.

Igor Gurovich is a cult designer, founder of Ostengruppe, one of the most famous Russian design bureaus. Ostengruppe took part in the design of the Moscow International Film Festival, Kantar, Golden Eagle. Igor Gurovich – laureate of ten professional awards; supervised the creation of the corporate identity for the Russian Olympic team.