• 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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"Cuts" is an experimental black-and-white video that deals with temporal and spatial structures and is divided into four sections: "A: Imaginary line, B: Serial montage, C: Inversion from inside to outside, D: An object and its phonetic body." As if in a physical experimental set-up, VALIE EXPORT explains based on sketch-like plans - in an unmodulated voice and using impersonal diction, whitout appearing on camera - how she handles moving images in this experiment, which system she follows when recording certain images. She says, for instance, in example A: "An imaginary line drawn through a housing block was traced with the video camera. A picture was made with the video camera of every wall, starting from the outside wall of the block of buildings and continuing with images of every successive apartment wall. Then the imaginary line through the housing block was followed in the opposite direction, with a video image again being made of every apartment wall. Each video thus follows the previous one: picture after picture."

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Schnitte/Elemente der Anschauung
  • English Title: Cuts/Elements of Observation
  • Year: 1971-1974
  • Material: video, b&w, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 16min, 38sec
  • Inventory no.: K467
  • Category: video
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