Aristarkh Chernyshev

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Aristarkh Chernyshev

Aristarkh Chernyshev (b. 1968, Lugansk) is one of the pioneers of media art in Russia. He graduated from the Bauman Moscow Higher Technical University with a degree in mechanical engineering, working as a designer of satellite systems. In 2005, together with Alexei Shulgin, he organised the Electroboutique studio gallery at Art Strelka. Since 2011 he has been teaching media art at the Rodchenko Art School. In 2014, together with Alexei Shulgin, he organised the Electromuseum.

Chernyshev creates media sculptures, interactive objects, mixed media objects that combine 3D printing and other technologies, videos and conceptual projects in the field of sci-fi and speculative art. The subject of his work is information in a broad sense: in his projects he conceptualises and deconstructs information flows, creates concepts of gadgets and new services related to the development of social networks, genetic engineering and other technologies.

His artworks from 2005–2018 are in collections of the Multimedia Art Museum, the Museum of Moscow, Stella Art Foundation and Ekaterina Foundation. Installations created together with Vladislav Efimov in 1994–2004 are in collections of the NCCA and MMOMA. The works of Electroboutique were exhibited at the Science Museum (London), Trondheim Electronic Arts Center, Norwegian Telecom Museum (Oslo), ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. The artist has participated in the 4th Moscow Biennale, the 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Transmediale, and other numerous festivals.

In 2009, Electroboutique won the Kandinsky prize in the Media Art Project of the Year category.