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3x3 Contemporary Czech Art in Berlin with Jakub Valenta

In the 10th issue of the series Contemporary Czech Art Sim Binko talks to Jakub Valenta, who is an artist and software developer. He has been living in Berlin for the last four years.

Most of Jakub’s projects are digital, usually presented as a web page, in an intentionally unaesthetic form, or using common technology such as a calendar app, Google documents, emojis, or Twitter. He often creates periodically updated collections of material he discovers. Jakub’s work can be seen as a series of short comments on our current society with a sense of appreciation for the bizarre aspects of everyday life. Several of his projects take a personal point of view and test the boundaries of privacy. In this interview we speak e.g. about his corona-inspired art project on Twitter, where he collects chances and opportunities, that covid-19 gives us. Or about the 35 emojis that go beyond the hugs and kisses of the standard emoji set and why he added an emoji of the typical czech meal Svíková. 

Jakub Valenta was born in 1989 in Prague. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he received training in printmaking, video art and conceptual art, and attended a semestral program in the studio of the visiting professor Artur Żmijewski. More about Jakub Valentas work on his website. In the interview we speak about the following projects, which you can check out here: Covid-19 is… (2020), Real Emoji (2019).

Note: We will do a summer break with this series. This one is the last issue for now and we will continue in September. But there is no need to be sad, because there is a presentation of the Contemporary Czech Art in Berlin series at the Czech centre in Berlin right now. It accompanies the exhibition of Manuel Stehli: sober speech, which will be open till September 12th. We will be happy, if you come to visit us at the Czech Centre in Berlin again. 

Listen to the Podcast, also on Spotify and Apple Podcasts

Czech Contemporary Art in Berlin is an online series by the Czech Centre Berlin about contemporary art in times of Corona. We present artists with Czech and/or Slovak roots, living in Berlin. The format is 3x3: 3 minutes about the place, where the artist works, 3 minutes about what keeps them busy right now and 3 minutes about themselves. In order for you to also see some of their work, they take over the Czech Centre’s Instagram account on the afternoon after 2 pm on the day, the podcast is published.

Photo: Jakub Valenta: Real Emoji (2019)