Danila Tkachenko

  1. Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation. Russia, Moscow area, 2013

    Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation. Russia, Moscow area, 2013

    Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological research. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological research. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment. Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 2014

    Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment. Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 2014

    Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation. Russia, Moscow area, 2013

    Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation. Russia, Moscow area, 2013

    Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological research. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological research. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment. Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 2014

    Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment. Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 2014

    Former mining town which has been closed and made a bombing trial field. The building on the photo shows the cultural center, one of the objects for bombing. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Former mining town which has been closed and made a bombing trial field. The building on the photo shows the cultural center, one of the objects for bombing. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Pumpjacks on a spent oil field. Russia, Republic of Bashkortostan, 2014

    Pumpjacks on a spent oil field. Russia, Republic of Bashkortostan, 2014

    A city where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times. Was a closed city until 1992. Russia, Dzerzhinsky city, 2013

    A city where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times. Was a closed city until 1992. Russia, Dzerzhinsky city, 2013

    Screen for biological defence against radar radiation. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Screen for biological defence against radar radiation. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Deserted observatory. Kazakhstan, Almaty region, 2015

    Deserted observatory. Kazakhstan, Almaty region, 2015

    Water contamination test at the lake around the previously closed scientific city Chelyabinsk-40. In 1957 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl, but it stayed secret. The city is surrounded by the lakes which are until now contaminated with radiation. Russia, Chelyabinsk region, 2013

    Water contamination test at the lake around the previously closed scientific city Chelyabinsk-40. In 1957 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl, but it stayed secret. The city is surrounded by the lakes which are until now contaminated with radiation. Russia, Chelyabinsk region, 2013

    Test bench for missiles. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda Region, 2015

    Test bench for missiles. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda Region, 2015

    Former military base on an island, with an underground bunker. Russia, Leningrad region, 2013

    Former military base on an island, with an underground bunker. Russia, Leningrad region, 2013

    The world's largest diesel submarine. Russia, Samara region, 2013

    The world's largest diesel submarine. Russia, Samara region, 2013

    Landmark in the area of test underground explosions. Kazakhstan, Pavlodar Region, 2015

    Landmark in the area of test underground explosions. Kazakhstan, Pavlodar Region, 2015

    Antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and are deserted now. Russia, Arkhangelsk region, 2013

    Antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and are deserted now. Russia, Arkhangelsk region, 2013

    Secret city Chelyabinsk-40, which was not marked on the maps until 1994. The first Soviet nuclear bomb was created there. In 1964 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl. It stayed secret thanks to the fact that wind was blowing east. It is still impossible to enter the city unless one has special permission or relatives living there. Russia, Chelyabinsk region, 2013

    Secret city Chelyabinsk-40, which was not marked on the maps until 1994. The first Soviet nuclear bomb was created there. In 1964 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl. It stayed secret thanks to the fact that wind was blowing east. It is still impossible to enter the city unless one has special permission or relatives living there. Russia, Chelyabinsk region, 2013

    Stages of the space rockets. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda region, 2013

    Stages of the space rockets. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda region, 2013

    Boiler house of a closed aerodrome. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Boiler house of a closed aerodrome. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Headquarters of Communist Party. Bulgaria, Yugoiztochen region, 2015

    Headquarters of Communist Party. Bulgaria, Yugoiztochen region, 2015

    Waste storage of rocket fuel. Russia, Republic of Komi, 2014

    Waste storage of rocket fuel. Russia, Republic of Komi, 2014

    Hangar at the former firing field for biological weapons. Kazakhstan, Akmola region, 2015

    Hangar at the former firing field for biological weapons. Kazakhstan, Akmola region, 2015

    Antenna for interception of signals. Russia, Samara region, 2014

    Antenna for interception of signals. Russia, Samara region, 2014

    Coal processing plant. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Coal processing plant. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

    Sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is 4 km deep – was one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world at the time. Russia, Murmansk region, 2013

    Sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is 4 km deep – was one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world at the time. Russia, Murmansk region, 2013

    Water intake. Russia, Tatarstan republic, 2015

    Water intake. Russia, Tatarstan republic, 2015

    Excavator on a closed quarry. Russia, Moscow region, 2015

    Excavator on a closed quarry. Russia, Moscow region, 2015

    Ruins of experimental laser system “ZET”. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Ruins of experimental laser system “ZET”. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Ground station for spacecraft control. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Ground station for spacecraft control. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

    Scientific storage at far North. Russia, Komi republic, 2014

    Scientific storage at far North. Russia, Komi republic, 2014

    Deserted observatory located in the area with the best conditions for space observations. Kazakhstan, Almaty region, 2015

    Deserted observatory located in the area with the best conditions for space observations. Kazakhstan, Almaty region, 2015

    Part of an unfinished space port. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda region, 2013

    Part of an unfinished space port. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda region, 2013

    Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The rocket on top was made according to the design of German V-2 missile. Russia, Moscow, 2015

    Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The rocket on top was made according to the design of German V-2 missile. Russia, Moscow, 2015

    ”Bulgaria" ship lifted from underwater, 122 people drowned on it. Russia, Tatarstan republic, 2014

    ”Bulgaria" ship lifted from underwater, 122 people drowned on it. Russia, Tatarstan republic, 2014

    Memorial on a deserted nuclear station. Russia, Voronezh region, 2015

    Memorial on a deserted nuclear station. Russia, Voronezh region, 2015

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      Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation. Russia, Moscow area, 2013

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      Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological research. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

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      Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment. Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, 2014

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      Former mining town which has been closed and made a bombing trial field. The building on the photo shows the cultural center, one of the objects for bombing. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

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      Pumpjacks on a spent oil field. Russia, Republic of Bashkortostan, 2014

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      A city where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times. Was a closed city until 1992. Russia, Dzerzhinsky city, 2013

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      Screen for biological defence against radar radiation. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

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      Deserted observatory. Kazakhstan, Almaty region, 2015

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      Water contamination test at the lake around the previously closed scientific city Chelyabinsk-40. In 1957 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl, but it stayed secret. The city is surrounded by the lakes which are until now contaminated with radiation. Russia, Chelyabinsk region, 2013

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      Test bench for missiles. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda Region, 2015

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      Former military base on an island, with an underground bunker. Russia, Leningrad region, 2013

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      The world's largest diesel submarine. Russia, Samara region, 2013

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      Landmark in the area of test underground explosions. Kazakhstan, Pavlodar Region, 2015

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      Antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and are deserted now. Russia, Arkhangelsk region, 2013

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      Secret city Chelyabinsk-40, which was not marked on the maps until 1994. The first Soviet nuclear bomb was created there. In 1964 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl. It stayed secret thanks to the fact that wind was blowing east. It is still impossible to enter the city unless one has special permission or relatives living there. Russia, Chelyabinsk region, 2013

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      Stages of the space rockets. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda region, 2013

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      Boiler house of a closed aerodrome. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

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      Headquarters of Communist Party. Bulgaria, Yugoiztochen region, 2015

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      Waste storage of rocket fuel. Russia, Republic of Komi, 2014

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      Hangar at the former firing field for biological weapons. Kazakhstan, Akmola region, 2015

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      Antenna for interception of signals. Russia, Samara region, 2014

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      Coal processing plant. Russia, Komi Republic, 2014

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      Sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is 4 km deep – was one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world at the time. Russia, Murmansk region, 2013

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      Water intake. Russia, Tatarstan republic, 2015

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      Excavator on a closed quarry. Russia, Moscow region, 2015

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      Ruins of experimental laser system “ZET”. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

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      Ground station for spacecraft control. Kazakhstan, Karaganda region, 2015

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      Scientific storage at far North. Russia, Komi republic, 2014

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      Deserted observatory located in the area with the best conditions for space observations. Kazakhstan, Almaty region, 2015

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      Part of an unfinished space port. Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda region, 2013

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      Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The rocket on top was made according to the design of German V-2 missile. Russia, Moscow, 2015

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      ”Bulgaria" ship lifted from underwater, 122 people drowned on it. Russia, Tatarstan republic, 2014

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      Memorial on a deserted nuclear station. Russia, Voronezh region, 2015

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    RESTRICTED AREAS

    Danila Tkachenko

    The project "Restricted Areas" is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress.

    Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have - this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others. 

    Better, higher, stronger - these ideals often express the main ideology of the governments, for these goals they are ready to sacrifice almost everything. While the individual is supposed to become a tool for reaching the set goals, and receive in exchange the higher level of comfort.

    I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress - and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came. 

    Any progress comes to its end earlier or later, it can happen due to different reasons - nuclear war, economic crisis or natural disaster.. For me it's interesting to witness what is left after.

     

     

    ЗАКРЫТЫЕ ТЕРРИТОРИИ

    Данила Ткаченко

    Проект "Закрытые территории" - про утопичное стремление человека к техническому прогрессу.

    Человек склонен всегда хотеть большего чем имеет, вследствие чего и появился технический прогресс, который являлся средством для создания всевозможных удобств, стандартов, а также инструментов насилия для удержания власти.

    Принцип “лучше, выше, сильнее” часто является основной идеологией государств, ради этого они готовы пожертвовать почти всем. Человек при этом должен стать инструментом для достижения поставленных целей, а взамен получить более высокий уровень комфорта.

    Я путешествую в поисках мест, которые сыграли важную роль для технического прогресса - секретные города, которых нет на картах, забытые научные проекты, брошенные технократические конструкции, зараженные территории вследствиe производственных аварий. Идеальное технократическое будущее, которое так и не смогло наступить. Любой прогресс рано или поздно заканчивается. Это может произойти по разным причинам.. Из за атомной войны, экономического кризиса или природного катаклизма. Мне интересно увидеть что остается после.