20 years in 13 countries

Aristarkh Chernyshev


Aristarkh Chernyshev



Born in Voroshilovgrad, USSR, in 1968. Graduated from The Moscow State Technical University in 1991. He has been working in-between new media and contemporary art since early 90’s. From 1996 to 2005 he has produced several interactive installations together with Vladislav Efimov. From 2000 to 2004 he was running Media Lab at the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow. Aristarkh has participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals both in Russia and internationally. In 2004 he has co-founded Electroboutique gallery in Moscow. His works appear on major International art fairs. Aristarkh Chernyshev lives and works in Moscow.



NCNTNO (No Color, No Taste, No Odor, or Critical Update)
3D Animation

The project is devoted to a critical comprehending of modernity and the designing of elements of the present by extrapolating the current technological state of society to the near future; as well as the inevitability of technological changes in society that will entail a change in its social structure. A society in which people do not suffer from diseases, live a full spiritual and physical life – this is the ideal to which we aspire. It is a society that is economically self-regulating through “smart” algorithms based on neural networks and other mathematical and statistical algorithms that analyze big data, which, in turn, are provided by information operators and large social networks.

The project “No Color, No Taste, No Odor, or Critical Update” demonstrates one of the possible scenarios in which social networks will provide not only information and communication, not only the possibility of augmented reality, but also the physical distribution of various goods and services. One of these services is “Critical Update”, which is similar to updating the operating system of a smartphone or a computer, except that it applies to a person. This is a utopian model of the functioning of the body, as the shell of our personality, which is constantly in need of repair, patches and replacement of worn-out blocks. Despite all the negative consequences of the current technological revolution, it has a definite plus, and it lies in the fact that a particular person has accumulated a lot of information to quickly update his body and keep it in working condition, just all this information is not combined and scattered across the cloud repositories of various corporations and government agencies. In my project, I propose to merge all this personal data and provide access to them by their rightful owner. This will provide a breakthrough in the field of efficient use of their own hidden opportunities, about which a person is not even aware Based on the collected data, as well as data that supply autonomous diagnostic systems embedded in the body, an individual patch is made for each individual person. The “Critical Update” itself is a gel that allows air to pass through and contains a set of nanobots that restore worn organs and tissues. The gel is introduced into the body by inhalation and absorption through the mucous membrane of the mouth, nose and eyes. Inhalation provides a direct hit into the blood through the lungs, and the circulatory system carries the specialized nanorobots to those organs and parts of the body for which they are responsible for restoring.


PiO v1.1
3D Animation

Without noticing it, a person lives in symbiosis with many microorganisms that make up the flora of their intestines and skin. These microorganisms help them digest food and protect the skin. In the post-Anthropocene era, when the Internet of things, the Internet of animals, the Internet of non-human entities and agents already exist, the time has come to bring the symbiosis of humans and other organisms, including those created by humans themselves, to a new level. PiO (Personal Informational Organism) is such an organism.

PiO is a hybrid of a genetically modified leech and a smartphone that lives on a person’s body, feeds on his blood, and in return provides informational inclusion and reverent concern for the health of the donor owner. PiO has the ability to continuously monitor the human body, the data is being accumulated in the cloud service and, based on their analysis, PiO can produce various substances and enter them directly into the blood. PiO is an ongoing project, eventually intended to be presented in the format of a concept store promoting promising technologies and services. Below is a promotional description of PiO.


PiO – Your personal informational organism. PiO – Your inseparable friend and adviser. PiO – Your personal trainer. PiO – Your personal doctor. PiO – Your guardian angel

A team of dozens of bioengineers, neuroprogrammers, biochemists, pharmacists, immunologists, biochip and cutting-edge software developers worked in laboratories to build an organism capable of providing all your needs for information, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, security, and even needs that you don’t know you have yet.

Forget about the constant search for a charger, you no longer need wires! This new, unusual device is a hybrid of a leech and a smartphone; it feeds on the blood of the owner, thereby maintaining its working capability: simultaneously it collects medical data (e.g.,monitoring heart rate and blood pressure, carrying out blood tests); if necessary, it can synthesize various substances, such as insulin, and introduce them into the blood of the owner.

All the data collected is integrated into a single cloud-based data system about your health. It includes data obtained in other institutions, private clinics, dentists’ offices and other specialists. The data is analyzed by the latest self-learning software based on artificial intelligence. The result of this analysis is a regular Update, which is sent to PiO, and it, in turn, produces the necessary substances in its body and injects them into your bloodstream.

We have added two eye-cameras in the updated version so that you can make video calls and participate in video chats and conferences. Thus, your body is under constant unobtrusive observation and gentle care, and your mind is always in touch with the information universe!


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PiO v1.1

All sessions by Aristarkh Chernyshev

12 Oct 2023
19:00 - 21:00

15 Oct 2023
11:00 - 18:00