Comprised entirely of works made in the Czech Republic in the past five years, the video selection Objects of Video was prepared by the PAF Festival for Audiovisual Arts. The program displays contemporary Czech animation as well as a pattern of current tendencies towards manipulation of the image in the gallery and cinema environment. The title Objects of Video was chosen so as to represent its three integral parts; film, photography, and sculpture. The videos will be screened and discussed by Czech artists and curators.
Video Objects represents various forms of manipulated animations. The first part is based on experimental and fiction film in the form of historical allusions or citations. These allusions are employed to construct new meaning, missing the fictional basis and thus tending towards image abstraction. The second part of the program presents videos featuring a sculpture or a sculptural concept further “formed” in the video. By means of framing and simple editing, a documentation that shifts the meaning of the original “sculptural” works is frequently produced. The third part of the program is comprised of several videos employing stage-managed or documentary photography. As static elements, the photographs are examined as such or are projected in the form of a slide-show, a presentation or image destruction.
Special thanks to Irena Kovarova and Andrew Lampert.
Part 1: Historical Allusions, 22 minutes
PhilipsBy Jirí Thýn 2010
Absolut Richetr by Matej Strnad
Diegoby Martin Kohout
You Don’t Want Me You Just Like the Attentionby Dominik Gajarský
Part 2: Sculptural Conceptions, 32 minutes
Moving In, Moving Out; Krabicovanie by Pavla Sceranková 2008
Practice Solo part 1 & 2by Roman Štetina 2010
Before the Seaby Filip Cenek & Tereza Sochorová 2009
Part 3: Static Photography, 28 minutes
Untitled by Vilém Novák 2010
Die Grenze by Katerina Držková 2007
… You’re Telling Me That the Future Continues in the Past? by Viktor Takáe 2008
Passenget Trainby Michal Pechoucek 2005
Lost Architect by Daniel Pitín 2009
Alexandr Jancík is the director of PAF, a theorist and cinema historian at Palacký University, and the editor of Olomouc. Heis credited with the curation of; On-line database (research), Polyekran (program), and Aport Animation (concept).
Martin Mazanec is the program manager of PAF, a curator and media theorist, and an editor for FAMU Prague. He curated the following; Live Animation: Color Music (program and reader), Valie Export (program with artist), The Object of Animation, Third Sense (exhibition) and the book Peter Kubelka.
Filip Cenek is a visual artist and curator. He works at the Intermedia Department, FAVU (Brno), and has showcased his work in the following exhibits; L’immagine leggera (Palerm), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and EMAF (Osnabruck), among others.
Dominik Gajarský is a visual artist and a musician. His work has been shown at the following exhibits; Gallery Petrohrad (Pilsen), Gallery AVU (Prague), and Karlin Studios (Prague), among others.
Roman Štetina is a visual artist, musician, and radio programmer. His work has been shown at the following exhibits; Meetfactory (Prague), Space Gallery (Bratislava), and the Pavilon Art Gallery (Prague), among others.
Jirí Thýn is a visual artist and photographer based in Prague. His work has been shown in the following exhibits; Prague City Gallery, Old Town Hall (Prague), MoCP (Chicago), Gallery of Young Artists, and the Galerie u dobrého Pastyr?e (Brno).