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21.9.2017 19:00

A Look Behind the Grid – Umění struktur, prostoru a technologií

Během rozhovoru s umělkyní Markétou Magidovou (CZ) a v Berlíně žijící Laure Cautiger (FR) a Philipem Topolovacem (DE) bychom rádi nahlédli na dnešní realitu z jiné perspektivy a podívali se i za její rámec. Probereme témata, jako jsou touha po poznání, pořádku a síle v naší společnosti, o strukturách vytvořených architekturou, designem a technologií. Akce probíhá v angličtině.

As human beings we feel safe in the known and charted territory. Today maps can tell us where we are right now, find us in urban or natural landscape; social rules and habits navigate us through our lives. Online networks based on our behavior and preferences may suggest a perfect match of a friend or a soulmate. News streams, music apps and movie hubs deliver entertainment we are most likely to enjoy. Similar scheme is adapted to our educational path, professional career planning, working environment and vocational development. But what is hidden behind these structures? 

Markéta Magidová is an intermedia artist – she mostly uses video, installation, performance, text and photography. In her works, she focuses on the structures of language, social behavior, both physical and mental movements of a man in a normative grid and pre-defined space. Analysis of stressful and unexpected situations can be seen as the main axis of her artistic strategy. She ironically reveals subjective perspectives or mistakes in systems demanding objectivity, explores inferiority and dominancy in human interference, creates misbalance in preferably fluent and effective movements, asymmetry in the world of symmetry, deformation of reality swallowed by virtuality.She problematizes binarity of human judgements and ideas, shows absurdity of desire for knowledge, order and power.

Laure Catugier experiments with the forms of existing construction and evaluates them with her own measurement tools. Based on a language specific to architecture, she tries to capture the emptiness that inhabits them. Through an interdisciplinary approach, she attempts to foreground the void, absence, silence. She applies protocols that attempt to confuse all indications of time and space, often amplified by a back-and-forth mechanical gesture. With this closed-circuit system, she strives to sabotage and jeopardize the apparently stable foundations on which the Architect, with a capital “A”, relies on. Supported by humor and irony, her universe is composed of architectonic elements inspired by the modernist Movement. A place where the body is often under stress and searches for its own equilibrium.

Philip Topolovac in his work raises the questions of image and reality, of formats and sizes of the aesthetic. The mechanisation of the modern world, the omnipresence of technologies that hardly anyone still understands, and the changes this brings about in the way we perceive things, are themes that preoccupy Topolovac, as is the precise observation of landscapes. Observant and playful, using the sense of touch or a historical perspective, he attempts to uncover the essence of things in his sculptures, installations, and series of slides. Philip Topolovac searches for the significant in the marginal. Ironically, the methods of observation that Topolovac presents to us reveal at the same time their limitations: everything perceived by the senses, the results of all observations, remain in the final analysis subordinate to the subjective interpretation of human beings.


Artistic residency of Markéta Magidová is part of a collaborative project between AIR FUTURABerlin Sessions Residency and Berlinerpool Arts Network.


Místo konání:

Wilhelmstraße 44 / vstup Mohrenstraße
10117 Berlin


21.9.2017 19:00


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