"Being absolutely Ukrainian, the visual aesthetics will be recognisable to the Austrian public, whereas there are many similar works in the public space of Vienna,"

Volodymyr Sheiko, Director General of the Ukrainian Institute.

Discover Ukraine: Bit by Bit is a digital artwork created by the art director Tais Poda and a team of media artists THETA. The synergy of moving image and music, composed by the Ukrainian electroacoustic collective Ptakh Jung, galvanised the flat surfaces of 56 monumental mosaics created by Ukrainian artists in the 1960s and -80s and which are currently amidst public debate on memory and heritage of the recent past. Ukrainian Night invited visitors to discover an important aspect of Ukrainian Modernism as part of the Cultural Year #AustriaUkraine2019.
Initiating the project Ukrainian Institute sparks an impulse to re-approach the heritage of monumental art and preserve it. Delving into the diverse layered world of Ukrainian monumental art and its revitalisation in the digital artwork became possible through the consistent collaboration with photographer Yevhen Nikiforov and his documentary project "Ukrainian Soviet Mosaics" (2013-2019). Commissioning "Discover Ukraine: Bit by Bit", the Ukrainian Institute and the artists involved in its creation manifest the significance of the unique heritage of Ukrainian monumental art and offer an opportunity to see it in a completely new light.

The mosaics represented in «Discover Ukraine: Bit by Bit» are assembled here.
Oh Songs of Mine. Dedication to Mariya Prymachenko. Artists and executors: Ada Rybachuk, Volodymyr Melnychenko Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth (former Kyiv Central Palace of Pioneers), Kyiv 1963-1968
Photo: Yevgen Nikiforov
Sea and Fishes. (destroyed) Artists: Volodymyr Patyk Executors: Bohdan Soroka, Hryts Oleksiuk
Photo: Yevgen Nikiforov
“Boryviter". Artist: Alla Gorska. (1967)
Photo: Yevgen Nikiforov

Ukrainian Night in Vienna: electronic music and digital arts festival

On 3 October, an open-air event took place at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. The event introduced to the public the 3D mapping show on the building of Leopold Museum and a set of electronic music.

A vibrant mix of music, art and digital culture: Modern electro beats meet classic, sounding pop music and traditional folklore. The Ukrainian Night in Vienna's Museumsquartier brought the best of the contemporary Ukrainian electro and visual scene.

Headliner of the festival was the electro-folk band ONUKA. Three Ukrainian music bands ONUKA, DZ'OB and ZAVOLOKA as well as the 3D mapping performance "Discover Ukraine: Bit by Bit", virtual reality tours and video screenings brought to Viennathe highlights of unique Ukrainian art and culture.

is a collaborative project by Eugene Filatov (aka 'The Maneken'), a well-known Ukrainian sound-producer and musician, and Nata Zhyzhchenko, an ex-vocalist of Tomato Jaws and Kooqla. ONUKA's signature sound is an organic mix of electronic, contemporary pop music and ukrainian folk traditions. ONUKA's live shows offer a perfectly thought-out program with it's own dramatic play and unique atmosphere: vocals, keyboard, wind and folk instruments such as trombones, french horns, bandura, bugay, sopilka, cimbalom, trembita – and much more.

In 2017, ONUKA performed as the special guest of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv.



is a stage name of Kateryna Zavoloka – Berlin-based Ukrainian sound artist, composer, live performer, sound designer and graphic designer.

Zavoloka's main focus is to explore digital and analogue synthesis and combines it with recorded herself Ukrainian ancient folk songs and different instruments. Zavoloka often collaborates with Kotra (UA) and has been invited to support as special guest Aphex Twin's (UK) audiovisual rave shows, has been collaborated and performed live with Laetitia Morais (PT) visual artist, has took part in many different cross-genre art projects.

is an electro-acoustic band from Dnipro (Ukraine) striving to combine classical music tradition with the contemporary electronic approach. DZ'OB not only synthesizes genres like classics, IDM, techno, dubstep, but also comes up with unique electric sounds that blur the lines within ages and traditions.

The band was founded in 2014 and consists of 6 instruments: oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, and electronics. The ensemble started with re-imagining tracks of the most eccentric electronic composers like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher and mixing them with Shostakovich and Haydn. Currently, the band's repertoire consists of pieces composed by its members and collaborations created with modern composers.


Ukrainian Bike Ride 360°: first virtual bike-tour

Contemporary Ukraine, its cities, villages, and landscapes were represented under the video programme by Ukraïner and MOON STUDIO. The latter presented immersive virtual cycling on the streets of Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv. MOON Studio creative company has been working on the Ukrainian Bike Ride 360° project for the Ukrainian Institute for over two months.

"This format was used in Ukraine for the first time," says Dmitry Andreev, founder of MOON Studio. For filming, the team designed a helmet with attachments for nine cameras. The attachments were printed out on a 3D printer.
Virtual reality tours and videoprogramme presented by MOON STUDIO, Ministry of Information Policy, and Ukraïner.