Nikolaj Kuznetzov. The man. The legend. is an exhibition that tells of the Soviet hero who was a secret agent and a partisan in the Ukrainian territories occupied by Nazis during WWII. The exhibition is dedicated to the new generations and engages its audience with advanced interactive and immersive technologies.
For the purposes of the project, Simmetrico conceived an immersive environment, rich in innovative technological elements and which fully exploits the peculiarity of the triangular space. The exhibition shows a twofold narration: on the one side, telling of the secret agent, Nikolaj Kuznetzov, with his skills, his braveness, his cold blood, and, on the other, enabling an authentic encounter with the Man, with his sensitivity, his values, his fears.
The visitors need to interact, touch, flip pages and activate installations to discover the content. A large interactive wall shows the geopolitical context of WWII, where agent Kuznetzov’s missions took place. On the other side, the equipment of the spy – telegraph, typewriter and a radio – give the visitor a chance to try the job of the secret agent firsthand. The visitors meet Nikolaj Kuznetzov, first through three interactive dossiers that tell his story, then, in-person, with a holographic theatre where the performance of a Russian actor playing the agent, enables a final poetic and intimate encounter with the Man beyond the legend.
The project was designed and realised by Illogic Srl and Simmetrico, on commission by the Saint Catherine Foundation, in the museum complex “Russia, my history”, Ekaterinburg.
Creative Directors: Daniele Zambelli, Andrea Fiorito, Simmetrico Srl
Directors: Daniele Zambelli, Simmetrico Srl, Fabio Cacciatori, Illogic Srl
Copywriters: Eugenio Alberti, Flavio Andreini
Art Director: Devis Gobbi, Eleonora Valsecchi, Simmetrico Srl
Designer: Lucrezia Montalboddi, Simmetrico Srl
Project Manager: Gaia Dall’Omo, Simmetrico Srl
AVL Director: Filippo Nepote Andrè, Simmetrico Srl
Fit-out Manager: Stefano Ferrè, Simmetrico Srl
Freight Manager: Matteo Paparella, Simmetrico Srl
Logistic Manager: Olena Sosyedyenko
Site Managers: Alessandro Epifani, Khayal Aliyev
Content Producer: Alisa Nesterova
Sound Designer: Rocco Petruzzi
Audio Engineer: Davide Bonotto
Light Designer: Marco Made De Nardi, M2L
Graphic Designer: Armando Mascetti
3D Software Developer: Oliver Pavicevich
Holographic Theatre Authors: Daniele Zambelli, Flavio Andreini
Holographic Theatre Actor: Pavel Zelinsky
Costume Designer & MUA: Alexandra Nikolaeva
Organization and Production Management : Simmetrico Srl, Illogic Srl
Set-up Contractors: Eurostand Spa, Peter Melnikov, IP Firsov N.P.
Mechatronic Installation: Leva Engineering Srl
Video Edit, visual effects and post production: Nicola Rossi, Bonsai Ninja
3D Printing Models design: Puntozero 3D
Interactive Books: Legatoria Codina Srl, Tomatis Srl
Software and Video Engineering: Videosoft Srl
AVL installation, cabling: Armonica Srl