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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Sacred Expositions of the Great and Immortal LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA
Venice, Italy

Published by the Foundation for Contemporary Art in Kazakhstan on the occasion of

Pavilion of Kazakhstan at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Centre for the New Genius

23 April – 27 November 2022 

Participants and curators
ORTA Collective:
Alexandr Bakanov
Rustem Begenov
Darya Dzhumelya
Sabina Kuangaliyeva
Alexandra Morozova

Meruyert Kaliyeva

Sabina Kuangaliyeva
Alexandra Morozova 
Rustem Begenov
Assel Jabassova 

Translation and Editing
Henryk Baran
Alexandra Berlina
Duman Nursila
Text and the City

Visual Identity, Design and Typography
Jungl-e Bureau: 
Creative producer – Sabina Kuangaliyeva
Art director – Anel Abenova
Graphics – Zhanna Ee, Qyzylzhebe

Project coordinator
Alexandra Kim

ORTA Collective
Lai-Pi-Chu-Plee-Lapa Centre for the New Genius: book / ORTA Collecitve. – Milan, 2022. – XXX p. 


Texts © ORTA Collective, Igor Smekalov, Alexander Brener, Elena Kovalskaya, Sergey Maslov, Dmitriy Mazorenko, Valentina Buchinskaya, Heiner Goebbels

Images © ORTA Collective, Chingiz Gumarov, 

Cover image: Sergey Kalmykov, personal notes
Published by Fontegrafica Lab S.r.l.

Edition: 1000 copies