Curator: Katerina Chuchalina
The 'Grain' Pavilion, All-Russian Exhibition Center, Moscow 2014
Group show 'ik-00'
Collateral project of the XIV Venice Biennale of Architecture
Casa dei Tre Oci, Judecca 2014
Note. A scientist who recognizes the mundane and the obvious in natural phenomena often turns out to be a charlatan, a wrongheaded researcher. His mistakes become his contribution to science.
Note. The creators of “Star Road” look through the city walls. The pioneers, as they call themselves, have mapped a route across an Italian town Biella in a form of a five-pointed star.
Ist Bergen Assembly 'Monday Begins on Saturday'
Contributors: Anastasia Potemkina, Ekaterina Zavyalova, Alexey Buldakov
Permanenten (Kode 1), Bergen, Norway, 2013
On natural selection in Khoroshevo-Mnevniki district of Moscow. Text from the catalogue of the Ist Bergen Assembly 'Monday Begins on Saturday'.
on the exhibition 'Frontier'
Made by Anastasia Potemkina, Alexey Buldakov
Art&Science Lab, Moscow, 2013
Collective show 'The Way of Enthusiasts'
Collateral project of the XIII Venice Biennale of Architrecture
Contributors: Anastasia Potemkina,
Ekaterina Zavyalova, Alexey Buldakov
Palazzo dei Tre Oci, Judecca, Venice, 2012
Presidium of False Calculations
Contributors: Anastasia Potemkina, Dmitriy
Potemkin, Alexey Buldakov
Museum of Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship, Moscow 2012
The Park of Urban Fauna is dedicated to wild animals for which the city has become a natural habitat.
A sketch of an urban sculpture to be installed in places where pigeons are numerous.
Collateral program of the IV Moscow Biennale
Potemkina, Dmitriy Potemkin, Alexey Buldakov
Art Squat Forum, Mosow 2011
Video by Anastasia Potemkina
New Leaders of Regional Development
In Russia, three million square kilometers – 18% of the country's territory – is taken up by tundra. A typical tundra can be seen on the Taimyr Peninsula – the northernmost peninsula in Asia.
All year round it remains fettered in perpetual ice. In the summer, the earth thaws down to a depth of a half a meter at most, and the tundra changes into a ravine dappled with lakes and swamps under a cover of moss and lichen. Beneath this runs a layer of ice that can be as much as a kilometer and a half thick. The permafrost is an inheritance from the glacier that was here millions of years ago. This ice stores information on what things were like here in time immemorial. The bodies of animals who lived then repose within it. It is unlikely that in the near future these icy chronicles will be read through, as the ice is eternal and is not about to melt.
The penetrating frost and strong winds challenge the hardiest animals of the planet. Reindeer, foxes, bighorn sheep, wolves, lemmings, and hares are typical inhabitants of the Russian tundra.
The ever-cold mineral veins conceal such useful resources as apatites and nepholites, copper, iron ore, oil, gas, coal, diamond, gold and other nonferrous metals, and salt. The natural riches of this land have yet to be fully enumerated and investigated. It is part of the world's heritage with immense potential.
Due to the harsh climate, the colonization of the tundra took many centuries and still cannot be considered fully complete. The last wave of colonization of the tundra took place in the first half of the 20th century. Larger populations of human beings appeared in this time than in the whole history of the permafrost.
It was hard for people to survive in such difficult conditions. In this harsh region of ice and lichen, the cold undermines every human activity. His life stops opposing the laws of physics, fighting against them to evade death. To the contrary, death appears a particular manifestation of these laws. But they did everything they could to get used to local conditions, and left behind themselves a huge number of settlements suitable for new colonization.
The new leaders of regional development see the cold as their main ally. For this new wave of colonization, we make use of what is in abundance. The northern wind, the cold of Arctic lakes, and the ever frozen earth. These conditions are perfect for creating what could be thought of as the most ecologically friendly data-center. Using renewable energy sources, our data center will become a shelter for technological innovations such as wind energy and water cooling.
Usually data centers use 30 times more power than does an average office building. The growing use of information technology is causing power consumption to double every three years. People have increasing demand for data. Data centers have increasing demand for electricity. Electricity is the main source of greenhouse gases. Every company should address this issue!
Our solution has three key advantages. The first is one of the design's most efficient features – an on-site combined cooling and power system. We are using 100% renewable energy of two types, wind and hydroelectric. The second is a reliable network topology. The third is a modern multiterabit and multiredundant cable system connecting the bases of the North Sea Route and all the large centers of population in Siberia and areas of natural-resource management, servicing one of the most promising and rapidly growing markets of data.
But what makes this data center even more unique is that it will double as a research lab. We do not intend to use it as just a production data center. We intend to use it as a living test bench, in which we can try out various technologies and optimize them in real time. University students, professors, and researchers also benefit. They have the chance to learn about sustainability from a big picture perspective, as well as the nuts and bolts of how to build sustainable facilities and structures. In terms of modeling and understanding energy use, this process applies not only to data centers, but to buildings in general. This may help a network appear of completely autonomous colonies, a sophisticated modern society with a wealth of IT professionals and engineers. The data center will be furnished with a laboratory for investigation of the influence of heat on the local climate and the lives of local fauna and flora. The heat given out by equipment in working with data allows experiments to be carried out with local elevations of temperature in the environment. This will create conditions in which new animal species will survive and help the people who live there. The presence in the tundra of scientific colonies will allow work to be commenced on the grandiose ecological experiment of restoring the biodiversity of the Pleistocene.
Collective show 'ik-00'
Collateral program of the XIV Venice Biennale of Architecture
Curator: Katerina Chuchalina
Palazzo dei Tre Oci, Judekka 2014