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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Temporary Temple of the New Genius, Venice, Italy

    April 23, 2022 was the official opening day of the 59th Venice Biennale. It was also supposed to be the launching day of their monumental project – “LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA Centre for the New Genius”. But the world had made its own adjustments – two trucks with devices, materials and equipment for the setup of the Centre prepared by our team in Almaty, did not arrive in Venice at the right time. The reason was Russia's war invasion of Ukraine which forced to change the transport routes of the trucks and made them eventually stuck on the new way.

    But no circumstances could stop us – nothing could stop the New Geniuses. 

    So, on the 23rd of April, 2022 we decided to start the project “LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA Centre for the New Genius” in the form of an improvised Temporary Temple for the New Genius which we created in one week.

    Alexandr Bakanov created a visual solution made of around 500 square meters of cardboard and tin foil. Nurlan Sarsenov with Alexey Barychev and Ykylas Amalbekov handcrafted the Temple. They also bought 40 extension cables, one guitar and a couple of loudspeakers in local shops and set up for conducting a series of Spectacular Experiments led by Rustem Begenov.

    A Spectacular Experiment was a 40-minute performative event. Alexandra Morozova embroidered the Venetian Lion, read the special visionary text ‘In a course of a day’ by Sergey Kalmykov and sang a song ‘Beauty’ by Kazakhstani music band JCS. Sabina Kuangaliyeva gathered the photo-archive-data and along with Artyom Kim drew atmospheric patterns using Murano Glass. Darya Jumelya created the light stream with participation of Yelizaveta Barycheva and Alissa Igilmanova. The Experiments also included the important throwing of the Silver Balls, worshiping the genius of every visitor by singing their names and capturing the emanations of their Genions.

    We conducted 12 Spectacular Experiments attended by nearly 250 people to whom they are very grateful for they all have laid the foundation for the future Centre that was set for launching on the 17th of May, 2022.

    LAI-PI-CHU-PLEE-LAPA Centre for the New Genius was launched on the 17th of May, 2022. It was set to operate until the 20th of November, 2022.