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The first official mobile app Chernobyl App with AR technology

Ukrainian Artefact art-project presented the first official mobile app Chernobyl App with AR technology – a full-fledged information resource on the history of Chernobyl and the current state of the Exclusion Zone includes practical information for travelers and AR portals that allow users to visit Chernobyl remotely from anywhere in the world.

Today Chernobyl is one of the most exciting places in the world, attracting more than 100 thousand tourists in a year 80% of whom are foreigners. Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is currently the principal historical monument, a center of scientific research, a place of inspiration for the artists.

Among exciting features of an app:
  1. AR content with unique activations and portals to different spots in Chernobyl;
  2. authentic tours in exclusion zone with audio-guide from witnesses of events;
  3. map of radioactive pollution;
  4. media gallery with archive materials and exclusive content;
  5. the cultural legacy of Chernobyl, stories of the people, and current cultural events.
The team of the project seeks to change the current perception of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – from the post-apocalyptic park of the Soviet Union to the Zone of Cultural and Scientific Research and Innovation, which preserves this unique experience for the whole world. “We need to share and discuss such sensitive topics in order to learn Chernobyl lessons and prevent the history of one of the biggest informational disasters from repeating itself.”
Interesting facts:
  • The Chernobyl App team became the participant of the S+T+ARTS – (Science, Technology & the Arts) – an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program that supports collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers, and researchers to develop more creative, inclusive, and sustainable technologies.
  • In 2018 the Artefact created an international cultural and social art project ARTEFACT live that showcases an object of new media art – a digital sculpture that combines art and technology – in Chernobyl for the first time.

The project is implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, the Chernobyl National Museum, the Center Pripyat.com. and the NGO European Institute of Chernobyl.