During the fellowship hosted by the RIXC Center for New Media Culture, Riga, Latvia, the Ukrainian artists Oleksandr Sirous, Dmytro Tentiuk, Danil Siabro will create Decentraland media installation seeking to challenge the centralized systems that suppress individuality and create a monopolistic system of information dissemination through neural networks, discovering the problems of the arrangement of resource and exchange systems and the imperfection of centralization and dependence on one resource or another showed by the full-scale invasion in Ukraine. The artists emphasize the control of information resources and their link to physical resources, focusing on challenging the centralization of the internet, suppression of individuality through neural networks, and exploring microbiological and chaotic systems. The artists use the CELLO programming language which is essentially a programming language to design computational circuits in living cells to merge digital and biological realms for interactive artistic experiences, highlighting the potential of decentralized living systems. Decentraland challenges centralization in information dissemination and explores alternative approaches to empower individuals and challenge established power structures.
Oleksandr Sirous is a sound and media artist who works with big data sets and the principles of interaction and communication in web environments. He also creates complex simulation environments using AI. His background in animation and comics has influenced his practice, leading him to constantly seek a non-trivial approach to storytelling and composition in media works. Recently, due to his work with game engines, he has turned more and more to the culture of video games and various game mechanics and new rules of interaction, thus finding new approaches at the intersection of the already established approaches in media art and video games.
Dmytro Tentiuk is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and designer living in Kyiv. His work takes the shape of videos, installations, and audiovisual performances. By making use o new media and technology, his work investigates the border between the digital world and reality. He was born in 1997 in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2018 he created the project “OTY.10”, focusing on the synthesis of visual and sound practices, the creation of audiovisual installations and audio performance. Has been an active sound artist since 2019. In 2019 he graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (easel graphics department), Kyiv. Now he is a postgraduate student of the theory and history of art department of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Since 2020 – Member of the formation ‘Photinus studio’. Since 2020 – Co-founder and member of the ‘_mediaklub’ formation. Lives and works in Kyiv.Danil Siabro is an interdisciplinary artist, programmer and educator from Mykolaiv (Ukraine) living in Kyiv, Ukraine. He’s fascinated by technology’s historical, filmic, fictional, gamified, decentralized. He often examines ‘tools’ from different perspectives and feels the joy of exploring them in connection to a larger context, often with humor. Often in collaborations, his work takes the forms of videos, installations, and audiovisual performances experimenting with a variety of new media and technology, investigating connection with the digital world and reality which is getting thinner every day. He helped with the technical development of such artists as Ivan Svitlichniy, SVITER art-group, Olexandr Sirous, Evgeniy Arlov, Igor Sokolov, Georgy Potopalskiy. He has exhibited and performed at media art festivals, cultural venues and including for example Kyiv Academy of Media Arts (UA), DNIPROPOP Festival (UA), etc. Until 2021, he worked in the field of cinema, has a lot of experience in film production, and has worked on a large number of non-trivial creative projects in administrative and other departments.As a child, he studied to be a theater actor and has experience in filming and acting in theater. In 2020, he received a master’s degree from the Kyiv National University of Film, Television and Theater (production department). In 2018, he also graduated from the Kyiv Computer Academy “Step” (developer). Danil also writes various audio works and has experience with a number of programs for creating and working with audio. Since 2021 – Member of the formation ‘Photinus