ULTRAFUTURO is an international art-collective co-established in 2004 by artists Boryana Rossa and Oleg Mavromatti. ULTRAFUTURO works in the intersection between art, technology, critical theory, human/machine identity and political activism. The group is the initiator of the International Robot Day (since Feb 5th 2004). Other members include bionihil, Katia Damianova, Anton erziev, Miroslav Dimitrov and Troyt.
ULTRAFUTURO had performed and exhibited at variety of venues internationally beginning with the street, to museums and galleries, and ending with Internet and printed and electronic mass media. Museum, international exhibitions and galleries include MUMOK, Vienna; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Schenectady Museum, NY; National Polytechnic Museum, Sofia; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; 2nd Moscow Biennial; Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP); Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal; Exit Art, NY; Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, RPI, Troy, NY; RIAP Performance Art Festival Quebec; Red House – Center for Culture and Debate and ATA Center for Contemporary Art, Sofia.
The group incorporates methods from different artistic fields and activist practices ranging from direct action and performance, to photography, installation, media and bio-art, writing and film. The interconnection between politics, technology and gender practices and theories informs the activity of the group and creates sets of topics that fall into the scope of its interests.
Through its symbolic performances, installations and participatory actions the group aims to address issues of identity and globalization, migration and economic exploitation, patriarchal supremacy and racism within historical contexts. In the overlap between art, technology and sociology, ULTRAFUTURO aspires to illuminate the social aspects of application of scientific and technological research, by both embracing and critiquing technological innovation.
The group actions are most often interactive and participatory, involving dedicated participants, viewers and accidental spectators. By using theory and practice, text and artistic and activist means, the group has created a set of tactics to provoke social reaction and create awareness about issues that communities face locally and need to represent globally. The international character of the group and its practice in the territory of Europe, Bulgaria, Russia and the US does give the opportunity for cross-cultural analysis and representation of subjects.