Alexey Tokmakov and Alexander Batalov
Alexey was born в 1986 in Nizhny Tagil, Alexander – in 1988 in Irbit, both are currently living and working in Nizhny Tagil.
Participants of the main project at the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (2017) as members of the GKP GROUP.
Members of the GKP GROUP that they created together with Anna and Vitaly Cherepanov, Ksenia Koshurnikova, Angelina Kotova, Maria Belova, Vladimir Dobrov, Yulia Klimovskiy. Organizers of the independent KUBIVA Gallery (2014-2017), and the Art-Lebyaga District in Nizhny Tagil. Participated in exhibitions and public art festivals in Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk.
Automated Art Machine, 2016
The Automated Art Machine or Bankomart is the first machine that sells artworks. The object ensures that the consumer does not have to spend time and effort on finding and procuring a work of art. With a single bank note (from 50 up to 5000 ₽) the user can obtain a personalized piece. However, the focal point is that there are no options to change the artwork manually. This ensures a certain element of unpredictability. The price that the user pays does not actually correspond to the quality of the piece. Thus, the value of a piece is very much in the eye of the beholder.
The Automated Art Machine can be installed in a gallery or, say, on a city street to provide potential customers with an opportunity to buy an artwork with little difficulty.
There are three modifications of the Automated Art Machine available. The machine currently operates in the Yeltsin Center Gallery (Yekaterinburg), the Victoria Gallery (Samara), and the People’s Gallery (Nizhny Tagil). Since 2015 the Automated Art Machine was presented at numerous exhibitions of the KUBIVA Gallery (Nizhny Tagil), ROSIZO Ural National Center of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg), Ural Vision Gallery (Yekaterinburg), Yeltsin Center Gallery (Yekaterinburg).
5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art Preview