ORTA Collective

First ever 3-D model of a real activated genion particle, rendered by Sabina Kuangaliyeva on October 29, 2022, with the use of data acquired during Spectacular Experiments at "LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA Centre for the New Genius." © ORTA Collective / Courtesy of the Artist, 2022.

The New Genius

Based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the five-member ORTA Collective discovered the life and works of Sergey Kalmykov (1891-1967), a Kazakhstani and Soviet artist known as "the Genius of the Absolute Interplanetary Category." Kalmykov creatively resisted Soviet norms by pretending insanity, developing unique artistic concepts and scientific ideas. Despite experiencing two World Wars, the Communist civil war, and Stalin’s terror, he maintained that everyone could lead a genius life, regardless of circumstances. Dying poor and unacknowledged in a psychiatric hospital in 1967, his legacy later found recognition; his artworks were housed in the State Museum of Arts, and his writings in the State Archive of Kazakhstan, with Kazakhstan dedicating its first pavilion at the Venice Biennale to him 55 years after his death.

The ORTA Collective suggests that Kalmykov may have influenced reality with his practices, similar to how science fiction visionaries in the past shaped modernity with their imaginations. They developed a theory from Kalmykov’s principles, dubbed the "New Genius." This theory posits that all beings harbor internal genius, termed "Genions," which can be activated under special conditions. Contrary to traditional views that equate genius with natural talent, the New Genius theory asserts that genius is an actionable choice, empowering anyone to live creatively and impact reality.

Introduced at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, the New Genius concept was well-received, indicating its potential global relevance. The New Genius World Project aims to expand this philosophy, encouraging global participation in redefining genius beyond traditional artistic, scientific, and philosophical boundaries. Through this collective envisioning, the ORTA Collective invites everyone to contribute to this innovative school of thought, fostering a world shaped by shared creativity and future possibilities.


ORTA Collective is an interdisciplinary artistic group founded in 2015 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, by actress and performer Alexandra Morozova and director Rustem Begenov. Later, the collective was joined by contemporary artist Sabina Kuangaliyeva, artist Alexandr Bakanov, and photo and video designer Darya Jumelya. ORTA explores the possibilities of human creativity through the creation of Universal Projects that span theater, contemporary art, video and film, technology, philosophy, robotics, electronic engineering and crafts. Since 2016, ORTA's primary focus has been on the figure of Kazakhstani artist, writer, and inventor Sergey Kalmykov (1891-1967), from whose life and texts the collective has been developing the New Genius Theory. This approach to life and creativity views genius as a practice that anyone can learn, rather than a natural gift bestowed upon exceptional people. Selected projects: Pop-mechanical performance ‘Medea.Material’ (co-production with Goethe-Institute, NET-2016 festival participant, nomination to Kuryokhin Gran-prix award); large-scale techno-mystery Svetoprestavleniye Sergey Kalmykov (NEW DRAMA -2018 festival headliner, nomination to Kuryokhin Gran-prix award); LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA Center for the New Genius (national pavilion of Kazakhstan at 59th Venice Biennale, 2022). ORTA is currently working on the Planetary Program on the creation of the first ever Great Atomic Bombreflector.

Selected publications: 

The Daily Telegraph
Cosmic Bulletin
The Art Newspaper
The Wallpaper
Art Asia Pacific
ArtNet News
Angime magazine
Astana Times

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ORTA Collective x CultureHub

New York Spectacular Experiments on the Great Atomic Bombreflector

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

June 20 – 22, 2024

Thursday–Friday at 8:30PM ET

Saturday at 3PM ET

Free / Donate

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

‍74 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

The Great Atomic Bombreflector Planetary Program

Photo by Darya Jumelya

ORTA Collective © ORTA Collective / Courtesy of the Artist
Guide-performer Alexandra Morozova at the LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA Centre For the New Genius

Transdisciplinary art-group ORTA Collective (Alexandra Morozova, Rustem Begenov, Darya Jumelya, Alexandr Bakanov, Sabina Kuangaliyeva) from Almaty, Kazakhstan, LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club and CultureHub present Spectacular Experiments and the Grand Opening of the New York Planetary Center of the Great Atomic Bombreflector. The Grand Opening will launch a global art project, the Great Atomic Bombreflector, an “unprecedented Science Fiction Device'' intended to transform the destructive energy of Atomic Inhumanity into the globally uplifting forces of Genius. The event marks the opening of the New York Planetary Centre, as part of an ongoing project that will take place all over the world, collectively called “The Planetary Program of the Great Atomic Bombreflector.”  

The Great Atomic Bombreflector is a Spectacle-Ritual for as many as one thousand participants who will perform the transformation of the energies of Atomic Inhumanity into the colossal power of upliftment that is stored in every human and non-human being as genius. The creation of the complex Spectacle-Ritual will take two years and multiple experiments, research expeditions, discussions, contributions from dedicated searchers and practitioners from various fields and places on Earth. It is planned to be conducted in 2026 in the land of former test sites in Kazakhstan. The successful conduction of the Great Atomic Bombreflector will mean the start of the chain reaction of freeing the energy of genius of all the people of the world.

The Planetary Program of the Great Atomic Bombreflector will be launched at the legendary La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club–the beacon and the cradle of the true avant-garde theater searches and bold experiments by the most outstanding global artists. In three nights, ORTA Collective will conduct three Spectacular Experiments–immersive performances that will feature 3,000 square feet of aluminum foil and 10,000 artificial stones-genionites, unique Kazakh music instruments, collective practices of agitating everyone's Inner Genius, and Kazakh songs and Sergey Kalmykov’s interworld texts performed by Guide-Performer Alexandra Morozova. The results of the Experiments, along with every spectator who participates, will contribute to the creation of the Great Atomic Bombreflector.

From 1949 through 1989, Kazakhstan, then a Soviet colony, was subjected to more than 600 inhumane nuclear and thermonuclear explosions, which ruined the lives of more than 1.5 million people and caused irreparable ecological damage. The soil, surface, and atmosphere of Kazakhstan are the most nuclear-bombarded spot on the Earth, accumulating an unimaginable amount of dark, infernal energy of grief, horror, and dehumanization. How can this energy be transformed so that it does not lead to more disastrous wars, killings, and destruction, but gives people the power to transform the world into a better place, especially now when many believe that we are on a brink of nuclear apocalypse?

The Great Atomic Bombreflector aims to accomplish this transformation. This Sci-Fi Device was invented in the 1930s by the first Kazakhstani avant-garde artist, writer, inventor, thinker, and the Genius of the Absolute Interplanetary Category Sergey Kalmykov (1891-1967), who prophetically declared the horrors of atomic weapons. From his ideas and life, ORTA Collective has been developing The New Genius Theory (or, simply, The New Genius)–a unique approach to life and creativity that sees genius as a practice anyone can perform as opposed to the traditional exclusive conception that attributes it to a rare, innate quality of exceptional individuals. The New Genius was presented to the world at the 59th Venice Biennale of contemporary art where ORTA Collective was curators and participants of Kazakhstan's first ever national pavilion. Their project ‘LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA Center for New Genius’ was dedicated to Sergey Kalmykov who won great attention from an international audience and major publications thereby fulfilling the prophecy he wrote while living his life in poverty, loneliness and obscurity: ‘No artist has had a happiness that I have had! I am a professional genius unknown today, but I will remain for ages together with Picasso and Da Vinci!’

One of the key engines of the Great Atomic Bombreflector is the ‘Universal (people’s) sci-fi Composition of reality’–as it almost happened during the blossom of the sci-fi genre in the late 19–early 20 century when the ‘authors’–artists, writers, inventors– fantasized the future, space flights, discoveries of unknown worlds, and unseen technologies. Those ‘authors’ were not necessarily scientists or engineers, but the world we live in today is vastly outlined and determined by their ideas and visions. We believe, today, everyone can take part in the Composition of our reality.

The Spectacular Experiments on the Great Atomic Bombreflector is a co-production of ORTA Collective, CultureHub and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and was supported by ‘Caravan of Knowledge’ foundation and the ‘Pro.NRG’ festival, Chevron company, and Goethe-Institute Kazakhstan as a part of the First Phase of the Great Atomic Bombreflector Planetary Program.

Inga Lace, C-MAP Central and Eastern Europe Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York:

“ORTA’s collaboration with Kalymkov’s work democratizes the often discredited idea of the genius by flipping it: we don’t come to the pavilion to gaze at the genius of an individual, but to discover our own through a collective experience. Focusing on an artist who never got the recognition he deserved during his lifetime also gives hope to those of us who are struggling to broaden art-historical narratives, making place and space for manifold voices, multiple timelines, and chronologies in different institutional platforms. ORTA’s work with Kalmykov’s legacy is not historical or didactic, but rather embodied and based on collective experience. As such, they make it seem as though Kalmykov is our contemporary, and they are constructing his proposed new reality—his new world—together.”

Billy Clark, Artistic Director of CultureHub:

“ORTA Collective [Kazakhstan] flips the idea of genius on its head. In ORTA’s world we are all genius….we just need to activate our genions….and to help us do that they are launching the New York Experiments of the Great Atomic Bombreflector, a ritual-spectacle performance installation that transforms the Community Arts Space at La MaMa into an otherworldly sci-fi masterpiece, one that seeks to reimagine our world and to transform it with the delicate and ephemeral elements of sound, collective action, spiritual envisioning, and humor. Kazakhstan has been the site of the largest number of nuclear tests in the world….ORTA seeks to develop humane technologies to counteract and reflect the trauma inflicted by these tests…their methods might seem speculative at the moment…but their ambition is real…and maybe what seems like sci-fi today, will be our reality tomorrow. Don’t miss this production….its only in town for 3 days and I guarantee you haven’t seen anything like it.”

The GABR experimental research Centres:
Almaty GABR Center – led by ORTA Collective actress Alexandra Morozova, theater director Rustem Begenov, visual artist Alexandr Bakanov, designer and photographer Darya Jumelya, contemporary artist Sabina Kuangaliyeva. They are the initiators and leaders of the GABR project.

New York GABR Center – led by Billy Clark and based on the platform of CultureHub

Almaty GABR Technical Center – led by founder of Oi Creatives an architect Alina Alimzhanova and multidisciplinary designer Zhanna Ee

London GABR Center – led by an architect Zhaniya Alimzhanova.

Bishkek GABR Center – led by an artist and geophysicist Marat Raiymkulov.

Selected projects