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1 Oct 2016 20:00

Dominik Gajarský & Roman Štětina: Animals and Machines

The screening is made up of original short videos and films that join together two young Czech visual artists‘ shared interest in the moving image. Using loose associations and formal similarities, the screening is divided into five thematic pairs. The only piece of work done jointly closes the exhibition: an internal portrait of The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague which, fittingly, both artists attended.

Roman Štětina (1986), winner of the 2014 Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young artists, focuses on circumstances in which audio-visual works originate. His videos are explorations or straight forward visual analyses of the environment and technical instruments used by specialists who spend time in radio, film or television studios.  Dominik Gajarský (1986), who belongs to the youngest and most interesting talents on the Czech scene, deals with cultural appropriation in Western culture and modernist foundations in art, in which the exoticism of indigenous cultures complements his interest in laboratory conditions and the ways of life of outlandish creatures.

Both authors approach their work from the same vantage point: as observers. They do not become storytellers, but rather anthropologists, moving within the context of contemporary art. This way they can work with subject matters such as mimicry of an Indian stick insect in the background of a female nude, a Steadicam operator´s job, a subtropical pavilion or film sets. The film materiality and specific qualities of video are important aspects in the meaning of each work. For example, while Dominik Gajarský filmed one of the last surviving white rhinos in Salzburg Zoo on 16mm film, Roman Štětina used similar methods with a more archival feel to capture the manual editing done by radio workers at retirement age.

Followed by Q&A with Roman Štětina and Dominik Gajarský. Chaired by Maria Palacios Cruz, deputy director of LUX.

Tickets: www.closeupfilmcentre.com

Roman Štětina (*1986) studied in the studio of Tomáš Vaněk at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts from 2009–2015. His intermedia interest in radio as an institution has been reflected in a number of complex projects dealing with the question how image, sound, action and physical (or imagined, respectively) space touch, deny, exclude and complement each other in different situations. He won the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in 2014 and took part in various international residencies and exhibitions. One of his latest projects - Instructions for use of Jiří Kolář – will be presented at Spike Island Bristol, from October 1st till December 11th 2016.

Dominik Gajarský (*1986) studied in Anna Daučíková´s studio at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. His work is not strictly anchored in one technological medium and he has managed to create a highly individual expressive language in terms of both form and content. The form of his works revolves around black-and-white images that allude to the discourse of modernist photography. In a subjective way that nevertheless references history he charts events of the cultural past. However, the results are not simply research outputs but form the structure for the creation of visual relationships. He exhibits frequently in Prague and Berlin.

Maria Palacios Cruz (1981, Spain) is deputy director at LUX, the UK agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice. From 2010 to 2012, she was the director of Courtisane, an annual festival in Ghent, Belgium, where she continues to be involved as an associate programmer. She has curated screenings, events and exhibitions for festivals and institutions including Cinematek (Royal Belgian Film Archive); Impakt Utrecht; WIELS, Brussels; M HKA, Antwerp; ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; Naples Independent Film Show; Videoex, Zürich, Animate Projects, London; Instituto Cervantes, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Together with Mark Webber, she is the co-founder and manager of The Visible Press, a London-based imprint for books on cinema and writings by filmmakers.

A Czech Centre London initiative in partnership with PAF Aport  and LUX London.

Knock, knock. / Who’s there? / Adore. /
Adore who? / Adore is between us.
Open up
, 2016
site-specific video installation, HD video, video track variable,
sound track variable, duration variable

HD video, 16:9, silent, 2:29

Crausius morosus, 2015
HD video, no sound, 5:09 min.

Journey to the Beginning of Time, 2014
b/w16 mm film transferred to HD video, no sound, 1:00 min.




Close-Up Cinema, 97 Sclater St, London E1 6HR


1 Oct 2016 20:00


Czech Centre

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