• 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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I stand in the room with two video cameras mounted to my upper body, one in front, one in back. I move according to a geometric figure standing in the room as object, as three-dimensional spiral. The images produced by the two cameras are displayed on eight monitors, four each stacked as towers to the left and right next to the action space. Two monitors in each tower show the frontal view and two the dorsal one. In the free space between the two monitor blocks, the spectators can follow the progress of the performance. The walls are designed in classic art-display fashion. Through the movement of the cameras and the transmission of the images to the monitors, however, a new figure comes about. Out of this figure emerges a new sculpture. This relationship between space and object, environment and image, which could not be mastered through the classic sculpture, is articulated artistically here through video.

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Adjungierte Dislokationen II
  • English Title: Adjunct Dislocations II
  • Year: 1973/1978
  • Material: video, b&w, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 17min, 18sec
  • Inventory no.: K446
  • Category: video
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