by Artem Konevskikh

The New Normal

The Mistress of the Copper Mountain, 2019

Colab with Nabi Agzamov, Antonia Burchard-Levine, Provides Ng, Alexey Yansitov

The Mistress of the Copper Mountain, patroness of the miners, long governed over the riches of the Urals. The miners worshipped her and gave her their offerings in exchange for taking pieces of her treasure. If her heart desired, she would grant the miners with plenty. But upon deceiving her, their fate would be thwarted. Along came the Grand Red Dream with its endless ambitions, bringing new technologies that would shape and change the mountains. The promises of this new dream lured the miners away from the mistress, and she soon risked being forgotten. But then came a new intelligence, and the mistress saw her chance to rise and return to prominence.

Project by The New Normal team made during the Urals field trip with speculative architect Liam Young.

Raznos / РАЗНОС, 2018

Colab with Thomas Grogan, Nataliya Mezhetskaya, Mikhail Anisimov, Paul Heinicker

This short video illustrates the potential and risks of remote viewing technologies in creating interest in labour activities. In this scenario, РАЗНОС is set up as a concept proposal looking at the commercial opportunities of blending ‘work’ and ‘culture’ through online platforms. The city of Magadan is taken as a case study and receives attention for future relations between its existing infrastructures and industries.

Situated on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, Magadan is victim of a decreasing population, however its geography and mining activity appear to be essential at a national scale. РАЗНОС looks at the possibilities Magadan could offer in hosting a new community of workers. It explores the use of citizenship as territorial placeholders by creating interests for the Magadan Oblast through social exposure and job opportunities.