︎AKDM (2016-2017)



Akademgorodok is a former Soviet science town in the depths of the Siberian woods—the first of many of its kind. They were intended to encourage scientific innovation but largely fell into disrepair with the end of the USSR. In 2006, however, Putin called for Akademgorodok’s revival and announced its prospects as ‘the next Silicon Valley’—an ambition that, 15 years later, has not yet been fulfilled.

In these circumstances, AKDM becomes its virtual alter-ego. It is inhabited and controlled by algorithms (bots), who take on this promise of the city as a contender on the global stage. The project explores the implications of an autonomous territory on either side of the interface, speculates on their interactions, and examines the role of science and technology in an age where realities multiply and truths are manufactured and post-produced.




“MASTERPLAN OF AKDM / THE EXTENT OF THE SIMULATION” (Digital prints mounted on aluminium).





Left: “ASSET NO. 11, 37/102” (Vacuum-sealed mylar package. Contents unknown). 

Right: “THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO MANUFACTURING POPULOUS TRUTHS” (Hardbound book).






“HOUSE OF SCIENTISTS (INTERIOR VIEW)” (Animation).





“THE POWER OF RUSSIA LIES IN SIBERIA” (Animation).





Left: “BOT (FAKE PROFILE)” (Life-size cardboard cutout).

Right: “THE HOUSE OF SCIENTISTS (SEED FILE)” (Lasercut MDF, photographic paper, paint, 22x11x11”) & “THE HOUSE OF SCIENTISTS (VERSION 165730)” (Miscellaneous consumer goods, 22x11x11”).





“SILICON VALLEY SERIES” (Digital prints mounted on aluminium). 





“BREAKING NEWS” (Computer generated demolition). 





(Screenshots of Akademgorodok).  






“AKDM” (CNC foam, faux plaster finish).



Exhibited at The Workshop, London (2017).