vtol: TECHNE

Interfacing the Reality
Project Type:

375 sq. m.

28 items

National Centre for Contemporary Arts
Scope of works:

Interpretative planing


Exhibition design and Creative direction

Graphic design

Project management

National Centre for Contemporary Arts
May – July 2019
The project team:

Julia Napolova

Anastasia Mokhova

Elizaveta Tsaplina

VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) is an aircraft which can hover, take off and land vertically. It is as well the pen name of Dmitry Morozov, Russian transdisciplinary artist. In his work he focuses on contemporary media arts, such as sound, robotics and installation. He highlights the connection between emergent systems and new kinds of technological synthesis, which he finds essential nowadays.

«Interfacing the Reality» is the first personal exhibition of Morozov aka ::vtol::. It is not a mere collection of his works — but a unique conceptual space, consistent with Morozov’s artistic vision. It is a «total installation», with its elements representing the machinery which is way out of human control. Such machinery operates according to its own irrational, «jailbroken» logic.

Morozov’s «nom de guerre» is what actually inspired our artistic solution. We arranged the exhibition space as an aircraft cabin — with seat rows, aircraft wings, cargo bay and a cockpit. The latter serves as proper platform to observe the central work from — «Mayak» (The Lighthouse). The exhibition style is rather laconic: we mostly turned it black and white, with the exception of tin foil which we used for the «fuselage». The visitors are guided by the cabin lights; these lights also replicate the logo of the exhibition.