Vlad Kononkov

Vlad Kononkov — media-artist, based in Vladivostok, Russia.

In his artistic practice, he works on group and individual projects in the field of technological art, media art and sound art. Currently, he is engaged in interdisciplinary research of interspecific communication within the framework of the master's program «Digital Art».

In his media art practice, he uses modern technological mediums and work with a local context to reinterpret the communication and interaction of human and non-human agents. To realize the possibility of interaction with non-human agents on an equal footing, it seems important to study the intersection points of the perceptual systems of such agents, and then use it as the basis for a communication system on «nobody’s land».

He is concerned about global environmental problems, such as the extinction of rare species of animals, and the key to their solution he sees a change in attitude towards the biological species that inhabit the planet (the transition from exploitation to coexistence), as well as the solution of local problems. He uses machine learning technologies and technological mediums to reinterpret and process data obtained from nature, as well as simulate and predict the behavior of living systems. He sees this as an actual way of conveying the importance of solving existing problems to people and understanding specifics of such problems.

In his projects, he strives to collaborate with researchers and scientists from different fields, as well as with other artists, in order to work more deeply and more precisely with local issues and concepts.

He participated at the international exhibition project «Brave New World» (Vladivostok, 2020), his projects were included in the compilation «The Aesthetics of Biodiversity», which brings together the works of digital artists exploring environmental issues (Global Youth Academy, 2020) and exhibited at exhibitions such as «Waiting for the New Nature» (VR-exhibition, 2020) and 2020 «Collaboration technologies» (Vladivostok, 2020).