Corruption: byte by byte

by Andrey Chugunov

Andrey Chugunov

Thinking about the current state of the Russian repressive regime there were several interrelated processes that were insensibly leading to this point: corruption, censorship and repressions. The work is based on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists dataset of bank leaks, exposing shady patterns of offshore capital ownership. The data connected to Russian offshore  stakeholders  are  read  byte  by  byte,  with  the  size  of  each  byte  affecting  the  light  flashes’  brightness  and  sound  characteristics.  Each  reading  cycle  corrupts the information until the files are completely erased. Information about corruption decomposes itself in time as if it was corrupted from the inside.

Artist Bio

Andrey Chugunov is an interdisciplinary artist that works at the intersection of digital and analogue media. He combines sound art, light installation, generative graphics, technological sculpture, media performances and readymade in his practice. He researches topics of mortality, temporality, autonomy, and memory decay from the perspective of meditative media. Andrey won the “New Faces” award in the Art division at the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival in 2018. He is a nominee of the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award personally in the category “Science Art” in 2020 and as part of 4g art group in the category “Art in Public Space” in 2018.