MADATAC 12th edition has Ukraine as the official guest country and dedicates a special section to Ukrainian with the exhibition of their audiovisual works and installations. In this context the work of APF Fellow at Iméra and grantee of Culture Moves Europe at MADATAC, Oksana Chepelyk, is being celebrated.

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The Garden of Divine Songs, by Oksana Chepelyk

Oksana Chepelyk is set to take part in MADATAC 12, an exciting event showcasing cutting-edge digital art and contemporary technologies. This year’s MADATAC 12, scheduled from October 22 to 29, 2023, promises to be a remarkable showcase of artistic expression and innovation. Oksana Chepelyk’s involvement in this event builds on her previous collaborations with MADATAC, demonstrating the fruitful results of her work and her commitment to the art world.

Earlier in February 2023, Oksana Chepelyk’s films were featured at ARCOmadrid as part of a Video Art Project titled “ART FOR FREEDOM – 2023.” Her collaboration with MADATAC and its founder, Iury Lech, has led to the presentation of the project “Espace Ocean: Waters Come Into My Soul.” This project includes audiovisual installations like “On the Edge” and “Ecocide” in collaboration with IMBE and MIO from Aix-Marseille University.

MADATAC 12 will be a significant event that offers a platform for artists like Oksana Chepelyk to showcase their work. This edition of MADATAC will be held in a biennial format, allowing for the optimization of resources and the consolidation of the Transmadatac Virtual Space, providing online access to the festival’s content.

The highlight of this year’s MADATAC is its dedication to Ukraine as the official guest country. The event will feature a special section dedicated to artists from Ukraine who have been affected by war. Oksana Chepelyk will be contributing to this by exhibiting her audiovisual works and installations, showing her support and cooperation to empower Ukraine’s new digital media artists.

MADATAC 12 will officially open on October 25 at the NH Collection Eurobuilding in Madrid. The opening will feature a “videodome site-specific” works session, providing a unique way to experience audiovisual art on the largest dome LED screen in Europe. The event will showcase works by artists from different countries and include electrifying music by DJ Microchica.

The theme for MADATAC 12 is “ECO HYBRID ART ABOUT WAR.” This theme emphasizes the fusion of art and technology in addressing the ecological and hybrid warfare challenges of our time. The event will mark the beginning of a new biennial format for the festival to enhance its impact and reach.

Oksana Chepelyk’s contributions to MADATAC 12 will be diverse and impactful. Her 35 mm film, “Chronicles from Fortinbras,” will be presented at Sala Berlanga. Additionally, her media installation, “Liquid Modernity – Liquid Ethics,” will be on display at NH Collection Eurobuilding. Lastly, her immersive environment, “The Garden of Divine Songs” after Hrygorii Skovoroda, will be showcased at Quinta del Sordo.

“Chronicles from Fortinbras” is a film that reflects the cultural and societal situation in Ukraine during the 90s. It blends philosophical quotes with feminist themes, creating a timeless cultural narrative. Oksana Chepelyk’s work is a powerful commentary on the contemporary issues faced by Ukraine.

Her media installation, “Liquid Modernity – Liquid Ethics,” explores the concept of fluidity in a rapidly changing world. It references philosopher Zygmunt Bauman’s idea of “Liquid Modernity” and incorporates AI and soundscape elements. This work is a reflection on the uncertainties and fluidity of the 21st century.

“The Garden of Divine Songs” is an immersive environment dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian philosopher Hryhorii Skovoroda. This project reflects Skovoroda’s philosophy and includes references to the recent history of Ukraine. It explores themes of nature, existence, and freedom, creating a unique and thought-provoking experience for viewers.

In addition to her individual contributions, Oksana Chepelyk will also be part of the “ART FOR FREEDOM” project at Sala Berlanga, which supports Ukraine and Georgia in their fight for freedom. Her video statement, “Ukrainian Golgotha,” is a poignant reflection on art, life, and politics in the context of contemporary events in Ukraine.


Oksana Chepelyk is currently an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at Iméra, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University 2023-2024.
Her participation at MADATAC is supported by the House of Europe program Culture Moves Europe funded by the European Union Implemented by the Goethe Institut.

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