• Probe 1 – The Story of Slovak (Post)Conceptual art
    12 Dec 2018 − 24 March 2019

    Prague City Gallery / Stone Bell House Curated by: Vlado Beskid and Jakub Král Loans by Kontakt: Ján Mančuška, Julius Koller, Stano Filko, Roman Ondak The exhibition will introduce Czech public into one of the crucial tendencies found in modern and contemporary Slovak art. It will focus on the origination and development of Conceptual and post-Conceptual Art within the horizon of the past fifty years in Slovakia, i.e. from the alternative, unofficial scene of the 1960s to the post-1989 legal artistic platform. The oeuvres of two generations of artists, such as Viktor Frešo, Jozef Jankovič, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkáčová, Martin Kochan, Július Koller, Marek Kvetan, Ján Mančuška, Roman Ondák, Boris Ondreička, Monogramista T.D, Rudolf Sikora, Pavla Sceranková, Peter Rónai and Jaro Varga, will serve to present particular forms of Conceptual artistic morphology, as it was shaped by the new aesthetic criteria with their codes, in the context of time. The exhibition, held as a specific contribution to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the existence of Czechoslovakia, will go hand in hand with interventions by several Czech artists (Jan Brož, Alice Nikitinová, Vít Soukup, Pavel Sterec, Antonín Střížek, Michaela Thelenová) who will loosely contextualize selected historical, social, economic and world-view facets of our history. Their main subject of interest is the transformations of the internal social paradigm, presented the loss of the utopian outreach of our thinking in connection with the declining big ideologies.

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This video was made for a commission VALIE EXPORT received from the Theater an der Wien opera house for an installation on the occasion of the Mozart Year 2010. It shows in short intervals various bars of music, behind each one changing number combinations - 13, 167, 123, 16, 4 etc. - and two dice that roll into the picture displaying various numbers of dots. EXPORT's hand can be seen now and then, reaching for the dice. The images are accompanied by melodies played on a soprano saxophone.
The springboard for this video work is a manuscript attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart titled "Anleitung zum Componieren von Walzern vermittels zweier Würfel" ("Instructions for Composing Waltzes Using Two Dice"), published posthumously in 1793. Mozart's interactive composition piece is based on a system for a musical dice game invented in the mid-18th century which is the oldest known method for combining numbers with the help of a random generator - in this case, dice.
In this video, EXPORT summons connections to earlier photographic works and installations in which dice and randomness play a central role.

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Anagrammatische Komposition mit Würfelspiel von VALIE EXPORT (nach W. A. Mozart, Klavier) für Sopransaxophon von VALIE EXPORT
  • English Title: Anagrammatic Composition of Dice (after W.A. Mozart, piano) for Soprano Saxophone, by VALIE EXPORT
  • Year: 2010
  • Material: video, color, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 5min, 48sec
  • Inventory no.: K447
  • Category: video
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