• 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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The body as medium of expression is a restricted code because society exercises control over the individual via the body, body control hence becoming social control. The distinction between bodily expression in animals and humans is therefore an ideological axiom of social control. Departures from socially sanctioned body movements are therefore punished, but here an ocean stretches out before us. Body language rises up to become body song when the so-called "natural" bodily sounds that society tells us we must always suppress are declared as being human. What is natural body and what is cultural body, what is cultural expression and what is animalistic? Is there even such a thing as natural bodily behavior? Trance, ecstasy - who and what is expressed here, which body? Between formal and informal bodily behavior, between the questions posed above - this is where the expressive movements in my piece "Restricted Code" take place.

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Restringierter Code
  • English Title: Restricted Code
  • Year: 1979
  • Material: video, color, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 30min, 39sec
  • Inventory no.: K466
  • Category: video
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