20.5. - 1.8. 2021
Opening: 20. 5. 2021 18:00
One of the questions that arises is the whereabout of the evasive and mythical past, when the flames where high, and the fuel was abundant. We can hear talks of the promethean moment, when we were handed the flame, and a child brain recognizes its own creative potential. There are these stories of arcadian idyll, but then it becomes somewhat misty. At what point does the child turn into a
Is the constant construction of a medial image via social media the strongest factor for making us exhausted even before we catch flame? For that is what we often hear. If we only focused on the work itself, rather than the gimmicks that represent it, that report it, or fake it, then a true temperature can be reached. Then we can finally glow red hot with the desire, we are told.
Or, perhaps, the hype that surrounds all current digital media is only a smokescreen, that in fact only builds up the image of a false god. Prometheus only brings envy if anything into the game. The domestication of fire, the torchlight of enlightenment, the chemical flame of the combustion engine all
brought great short-term victories to humanity. But each time the false god giggled, as new and new flammables were thrown into the fire of dis-equilibrium. All of us are flogging ourselves, as fire always comes as a saviour, and we somehow cannot catch flame. Something else is on fire.
Yet, what if the vision fails, and we see that there was no true burn before. Only a smiling vision of personal progress, that plants a feeling of insufficient competence, of not enough work, of too much undeserved leisure, which keeps us young and not-young hostages in constant burn-out all the time.
The current collection of works of the youngest generation of artists from Bratislava address feelings ofpersonal and societal over-expectations, but also show moments of out-manouvering and ignoring the false promise of Prometheus.
Daniel Rychlo – Anatomy of Enlightenment, Kvet Nguyen - A collective psyche, Johanka Belišová - Pneumat, Tatiana Takáčová – Opium tears, Ondřej Houštava - Preparation for public hearing – they say crisis I say revolution (audio version), Paula Malinowska – The Extension of Man + Guest artwork by Martin Piaček
Credit for pedagogic guidance – Intermedia Department: Anton Čierny, Jaroslav Kyša (+APK Studio), Jana Kapelová, Nina Vidovencová (Studio of Intermedia), Martin Piaček, David Koronczi (Studio VVV), Photography Department: Jana Hojstričová, Olja Triaška Štefanovič.