Secret Objects, Places of Delight
A filmic journey to Russia’s secret science cities.
The short film, produced for us by Russian artist and photographer Andrey Yagubsky, will be shown during the symposium ANDROID PARANOID.
Arsamas-16, Moskow-269 – There are numerous legends surrounding the Russian science cities: insular, high security zones that are known to just a few. Hidden deep in the forest, given fake names and absent from any maps. They were created during the Cold War, mostly linked to the Soviet atomic bomb project. There were no less than 65 cities and settlements during the Soviet era. Today, around 40 of them remain as “closed administrative territorial entities”. Some of them were opened during Perestroika and are classified as “Naukograd” or “science city”. Examples include Chernogolovka and Dubna.