30 Jun 2016 22:00
Prokop Bartoníček at the First Station - A White Night Farewall
Prokop Bartonicek has prepared yet another project during his two-week stay in Israel. The street art piece "Whitewash" will be part of First Station - A White Night Farewell party to the bus platforms of the old central bus station in Tel Aviv.
Whitewash is a metaphor meaning "to
gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of a
perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data".
The area of the old bus station has been a place of ghosts, crime and loss of hope. Things are however changing and there are new signs of life. How is this urban renewal going to transform the lives of current residents? Is the White City going to reclaim its old glory in this part of town or is it just Whitewash? – You are not allowed to enter the newly painted white zone but you can ask and answer.
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
official event: First Station התחנה הראשונה
Neve Sha'anan, Tel Aviv
30 Jun 2016 22:00
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event