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22 Jun 2016 - 25 Jun 2016

Prokop Bartonicek at the festival of digital art Print Screen

The Czech Centre Tel Aviv traditionally supports the presence of Czech artists at the Print Screen Festival of digital art. This year’s topic is pleasure and the Czech Republic will be represented by Prokop Bartonicek who will bring his project Vibrator. A screening of Jan Svankmajer’s iconic film, The Conspirators of pleasure, will also take place. Workshops focusing on digital technologies and new media are also a part of the festival.




Vibrator / Prokop Bartonicek

Thursday  |  23.6  |  20:00-23:30
Interactive Sculpture | Control Games exhibition
The exhibition is restricted to 18+

The object is connected to the busiest porno server in the world. It vibrates and lights up based on the increases or decreases of the viewership of the most requested video sequences. That way, the intimate and pleasurable experience of individuals is transformed into the “wisdom” of the crowds and fed back to a sole object who is the control of the individual. Roughly every several dozen seconds, the object gets new information and changes its activity: Pulses upwards (fade in) in the case of growth of viewership and pulses downwards (fade out) when viewership decreases. When one holds a small button at the end of the device, the object is active according to the previous measurement, thus making it possible to compare the development of viewership.


Print Screen Up Close

Friday  |  24.6  |  14:45-16:00 | The Egg
Presentors: Rosalie Yu, Liat Berdugo, Elinor Salomon, Prokop Bartonicek (Czech Republic)

Condensed, intensive and fun event with a stream of artists talks by PrintScreen curators and guest artists intended to ignite discussions, idea exchanges and future collaboration between artists, designers, and technologists. Print Screen Up Close is held in collaboration with Ars Electronica, the biggest art and technology festival in the world. Come experience a flood of creativity and soak up inspiration.

Sex, Lies, and Digital Art

Saturday  |  25.6  |  19:45-21:00  |  The Egg
Panel discussion

Moderated by: Liat Berdugo
Participants: Faith Holland (USA), Johannes Grenzfurthner (Austria), Prokop Bartoníček (Czech Republic)
The panel will be held in English

Screens and devices have changed the way we get intimate, interact sexually and enhance our arousal. And still, our sexual experiences on the internet are something we don’t usually discuss openly. The panel hosts digital artists that don’t shy away when it comes to the X-rated and ask serious questions about sexuality in the networked age. Together they’ve designed feminist porn interventions, data-oriented sexual devices, and naughty gaming festivals. It goes without saying that this panel is restricted for those age 18 and over. Right?


Don’t play with your food, hack it!

Saturday  |  25.6  |  18:00-19:15  |  The Egg
Panel discussion

Moderated by: Mushon Zer-Aviv - Shenkar (Israel)
Panelists: Dr. Amit Zoran - Hebrew University (Israel),  Dr. Denisa Kera - National University of Singapore (Singapore), Guenther Friesinger - Monochrom (Austria)
The panel will be held in English


How does digital technology shape our culinary culture? this session will discuss the new practices and flavors that technologies like 3D printing, robotics and even Instagram and DNA mapping bring to the dining table. What does food hacking taste like? Will be replaced by robo-chefs? Or just be augmented to become gastronomic cyborgs? These are only some of the questions in a panel that will surely increase your appetite.

Denisa Kera (Czech Republic) is a philosopher and designer recognized for her ethnographic work on the Hackerspaces, Makerspaces and the DIYbio. She explores prototypes as tools for public participation in science and supports open and citizen science projects.


About Prokop Bartoníček

He was born in Prague in 1983. In the year 2003 he was accepted into the atelier of sculpture of prof. Beranek at UMPRUM. Between the years 2007-2008 he was a student of prof. Joachim Sauter at UdK Berlin. Presently, he lives and works in Prague, primarily focuses on developing light, interactive and experimental projects. Furthermore, he has founded a cultural centre Ex Post.


Prokop Bartoníček belongs to the young generation of contemporary artists who use the latest technological innovations as a natural means of expression. Their creative arena isn’t the studio but the entire global communications network. In contrast to many of his contemporaries, Bartoníček doesn’t disengage from the experienced dimensions of human being; he doesn’t journey off into the artificial realm of virtual reality. His work is, instead, focused on a carefully considered (though continually experimental) juxtaposition of the captivatingly perfect expression of electronic media and the no less fascinating ‘real’ world of humanity and nature. In the dialogue between these two spheres, Bartoníček is primarily concerned with revealing the processes that take place in the human mind, in nature and the universe. In doing so, he stimulates in our imagination an awareness of the laws (but also unpredictable phenomena) that determine both the tangible framework of human civilisation and the incalculable motions of the cosmos.

Richard Drury (chief curator GASK), Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region

More about the artist:





About Print Screen Festival

Print Screen Festival is Israel's International Digital Arts and Culture Festival. Just as the "PrintScreen" function captures a screenshot of a computer, so does the festival capture a contemporary screenshot of life in the epoch of new media. The festival draws together artists, technologists and digital culture researchers for four days of programming at the Holon Cinematheque in Holon, Israel. The sixth edition of the Print Screen Festival is the largest thus far with a record setting number of performances, films and installations, created by the top digital artists in the world.

Theme for Print Screen this year is PLEASURE: Is it derived from our control of devices or rather from losing ourselves in an ocean of visual distractions? How does the constantly evolving connection between the human body and digital technology change the way we consume food, have sex, sleep, and dream? And does technology make us addicted to self-pleasure or rather deprives us of it in the name of productivity? This year's festival will raise new thoughts regarding these questions with a wide selection of curated works in four nights that will push all of your trigger points. We are pleased to have Czech presence.

Facebook: Print Screen Festival 2016

Web: http://www.printscreenfestival.com

All program here:


Mediateque Holon

From: 22 Jun 2016
To: 25 Jun 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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