Unleashing Screensaver: May 5th

Posted on: May 5th, 2018 by Mary Meixner No Comments

Intermedia II.Academy of Fine Arts in Prague  studio of Dušan Zahoranský & Pavla Sceranková; assistant Roman Štětina

“The objective is to encourage the interest and abilities of our students when they venture into three or even four dimensions with their work. In addition to static and plastic forms,we offer the possibility of working with material in space, time and context. We strive to understand how a sculpture or object is perceived when it explicitly relates to these dimensions, we even want to exceed this relation, negate it and come up with a new one. As a matter of fact, it includes working with technologies, transposing sculptures into an unusual social and cultural context and playing in public spaces. All this represents only a fraction of the possibilities and, at the same time, each of these endeavours may become a quest in its own right. We expect our students to come up with their own questions and topics that will become the subject of a more profound exploration. Our role is to assist them in identifying adequate means to arrive at the appropriate answers.”


Valentýna Janů: How Can I Do The Things I Want To Do

2017, camerawork: Kryštof Hlůže

Two hands in front of a deep blue screen, provisionally taped to the background, hinting to a future digital enhancement or distortion. The hands perform an uncanny choreography of movements, learnt by heart, ingrained to the performers consciousness, oscillating between a fluent sequence of operations and slightly robotic, automated motions hopelessly shaping nothing, as there is just a void, ungraspable to its creator. A format all too familiar to us, the video tutorial, loved for the easy help it provides in desperate situations and hated for its annoying know-it-all attitude. A seemingly trivial, barely noteworthy moment provides the grounds to explore the contemporary structure of feeling of our society. Generation Y has grown up to discover that the gap between their expectations and their reality has left them in a monumental stupor, stuck in between the contradiction of the promise of seemingly endless possibilities and a reality of unsettling uncertainty and precariousness. Frozen in this gap, or maybe rather trapped in furious free fall but without any horizon in sight to refer and relate to our psyche responds with stress-disorders, burnout, anxiety and lastly paralyzing depression.


The hands performing the familiar movements of traditional pottery, allude to a revival of ceramics an almost archetypical form, usually considered inferior crafts, in contemporary art amidst a society otherwise obsessed with emerging technology and new media and possibly proposes a fleeting moment of alleviation and soothing by giving expression to our formula of happiness = reality-expectations.

text by Laura Amann

Part of Unleashing Screensaver & Unleashing exhibitions
Apr 1 – May 31, 2018
concept & coordination: (c) merry
supported by PAF & Teachers College, Columbia University

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