After a round of competitive selection, 16 artists from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg took part in The New Anthropology. They created 15 pieces ranging from technological art objects, immersive installations and works of media and sound art. A panel of experts in both science communication and art&science took part in evaluating and selecting the projects – these included Dmitry Bulatov (curator and artist), Dmitry Malkov (director of the Center for Science Communication at ITMO University), Lyubov Strelnikova (editor-in-chief of Chemistry and Life magazine), philosophers Alla Mitrofanova and German Preobrazhensky, Aleksandr Sokolov (chief editor at Antropogenez.ru) and Elena Rybnikova (Doctor of Science, Biology).
As a result of the collaboration between the artists and the institute, 6 of the works were created with direct assistance from scientists, 4 projects were created in constant consultation with the institute and 5 are site-specific installations that reflect on scientific practices.
The exposition is not limited to the installations and objects created for the project. Various media objects are scattered throughout, including historical and contemporary videos, photographs, texts and exhibits that speak to the work of the scientists at the institute.