Karina Golubenko is a Berlin-based designer and art director working with interactive web, moving image and futurescaping. She explores platforms and subversive technologies, unpacking their political and cultural implications.

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Carbosyn, 2021
film

a speculative film that envisions a post-work world placed inside of an air-scarcity future

The film suggests a comprehensive vision of ecological reconstruction that goes with a radical restructuring of the world. A transition to a post-carbon mode of production comes along with deploying new technologies at massive scale while dismantling the old power structures.The all-encompassing Internet of Carbon evolves a planetary infrastructure: from plants, forests and transport routes to farms, households and individuals – all is monitored for the decentralised system to track and account the carbon data. In the film, energy is extremely political. It raises the question of who should control the infrastructure, or rather the infrastructure is in control of our existence.
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credits
role: direction, script, video production with: Anatoli Belikov, Igor Bruso, Daria Luchinina, Mihaela Todirascu
Strelka.com, 2020–2021
website

a new design system for Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design

Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design is a non-profit institution that promotes change in Russia through a wide range of educational activities, including multidisciplinary academic programme, a public programme, book publishing, etc.
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credits
role: online identity, UX/UI design system with: Anna Kulachek,Vyacheslav Novoseltsev
In the Same Bot, 2020–2021
interactive game

a chatbot that simulates the creation of an exhibition at a pavilion at the Venice Biennale through interactions with the many people and circumstances circling around cultural institutions

The user can choose three missions to play: a participating artist, the commissioner, or an intern working at the Pavilion. From these three unique perspectives the user takes on mini quests that, step-by-step, bring the exhibition closer to reality.The chatbot exposes the internal mechanism of big cultural events like the Biennale, and reveals their limitations and possibilities, urging for a more meaningful and open model of organising such institutions.
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credits
role: co-production, research, UX/UI design with: lion&unicorn (multidisciplinary collective), Daria Nasonova, Dima Vesnin
New Urgency, 2020
web archive

an online platform for accumulation of knowledge centred around critical design & fiction

Through aggregation of links it aims to map out an emerging network of practices that respond to urgent issues in unconventional ways. All content is filtered by format and by theme in a chronological order, providing either a link, or pdf to the original source. The selection is based on the careful research, reflection and structuring of the ideas into the cloud of tags.
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credits
role: founder with: Vasilisa Karelova (code)
Air Kiss, 2017–2018
film, video installation

a film that narrates an end point of governance-through-artificial-intelligence; a hypothetical in which there is no longer any distinction between a citizen’s subjectivity and *plasma*, the adaptive system which continually modulates and re-calibrates collective rule

AI is in fact a human-machine symbiosis, an emergent phenomenon that governs itself. AI trained by the historical human archive predicts the nature of the next human experience, tailored for the experiencer. The result is a perception design project folding in on itself in a continuous feedback loop. Air Kiss is a collaborative final project that was developed within the New Normal postgraduate programme at Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design.
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credits
role: co-direction, research, script, production with: Pekka Airaxin, Egor Kraft, Alina Kvirkvelia
A Speculative Research on Matter, 2018
book

a compilation of texts and expert interviews conducted along with the production of the film Air Kiss

The book touches on various themes explored in the film, such as AI governance, platform aesthetics, future urban infrastructures and algorithmic decision-making. The content is divided into few chapters, each of them is devoted to a specific topic discussed with an invited expert. Among them – Benjamin Bratton, Daniel van der Velden (Metahaven), Keller Easterling and Geoff Manaugh. The book was presented as a part of Air Kiss video installation at Impakt Festival (Utrecht) and Anna Nova Gallery (St. Petersburg) in 2018.
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credits
role: research, editorial, design with: Pekka Airaxin, Egor Kraft, Alina Kvirkvelia
Russian Virtual Pavilion , 2018
VR installation

the VR installation Free the Space at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018 launched the activity of the Virtual Russian Pavilion — a free, independent and open platform for regular exhibitions in the mediums of virtual and augmented reality

Responding to the theme of the biennale, Free the Space became a critical manifesto for a free, independent and open Russian Pavilion. (:lion:&:unicorn:) is an independent group that was founded in 2018 by Anton Kalgaev, Ivan Kuryachiy, Karina Golubenko, Liza Dorrer, Maria Kachalova, Maria Kosareva and Pekka Airaxin.
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5th ural industrial biennale of contemporary art , 2019
website

a website for 5th edition of the largest international project in the field of contemporary art in the Russia

The simple folder-like design concept is driven by the need of flexibility to fit a vast amount of content into easily navigated platform, where every page is accessible within one click.
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strelka shop , 2019
website

a website for an online shop of Strelka Institute featuring its books and merch

The design of the website sticks to the original Strelka identity by OK-RM and preserves its visual heritage while enabling interactivity for a better user experience.
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credits
role: web design with: Anna Kulachek (art direction)
Black Arctic, 2017
film

a short film about AI operating system functioning autonomously in the near-future Arctic exclusion zone

Russia’s high-risk bet paid off: the Arctic has boomed and it runs on Russian infrastructure. Above the 60th parallel, oil and shipping logistics are now fully automated and self-optimising. Growth seems unstoppable. Until the accident occurs – and the Arctic turns into a desolate landscape where machines keep operating in closed loop. Isolated in the Black Arctic AI is awaiting for shipping delivery details from the unidentified user. The film is the outcome of the workshop by Liam Young in the framework of the New Normal think-tank (Strelka Instititute of Media, Architecture and Design).
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creative production at marka, 2017–2019
events, website

creative conception of cultural marketing projects for leading Russian and international partners and institutions

Supporting the production department through creative concepts development, trends research and brand integration strategy, working closely with designers, copywriters and executive producers, as well as art direction of the company’s website redesign.
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credits
role: creative production, art direction for: marka
Tinkoff Journal, 2018–2019
illustrations

illustrations for the most popular Russian online magazine about money

On the freelance basis I created digital illustrations and interactive tests using the media of collage and 3D.
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credits
role: freelance designer for: Tinkoff Journal