TINA B. - The Prague Contemporary Art Festival 2008
Marek Tomin
Data di Pubblicazione giovedì 25 settembre 2008

Quando: September 25 - October 15
Orari 9 - 13
Dove: Galerie Vernon City of Prague

The third edition of TINA B. - The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, organised by Prague’s Galerie Vernon, aims yet again to combine the creative energy of the cultural scene in Central and Eastern Europe with emerging talents and trends from around the world in the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital. Adopting the leitmotif FORMS OF ENGAGEMENT, TINA B. 2008 will focus on the relationships between art and society, exploring the role of contemporary art, artists and artistic practice as socio-cultural agents that not only provide a critique of social order, but also serve a direct, positive and symbiotic social function on both a local and global level.

Curator Micaela Giovannotti will transform the architecturally rich space of the Italian Cultural Institute located in Prague’s Malá Strana into a vibrant contemporary art location with her section entitled VIDEOCRACY, addressing the democratic approach that video art bears with the use of video installations, as well as revitalizing tangible architectural elements of the institute with site-specific installations employing the ephemeral elements of light, sound and motion.

This section curated by Rosanna Musumeci brings together artists mostly from Italy whose works are concerned with one of the essential elements of both art and life - light. “Light is the medium to see - to conceive - the form of any object. Objects, however, are perceived by subjects and that makes the whole difference,” writes the curator. The section includes sound and video projections, as well as digital, video and mixed media installations exploring artistic and scientific, objective and subjective, methods, approaches and strategies tackling the ways in which light enables us to see and alters our perceptions.

Curated by Yukiko Ito of Hiroshima Art Document, a special section of Japanese Art entitled WE DESTROY WE REGENERATE; A THING OF BEAUTY explores cultural contrasts and synergies, employing video artworks and site-specific installations to engender a stimulating discourse on cross-cultural aspects of the social and political role of art and artistic practice.

With her section Alternative Revolutions focusing on video art, curator Blanca de la Torre García encompasses a series of works that could be seen as a subversion of the classical concept or behaviour of Revolution.

A special project curated by Viktor Misiano involving New York-based artist Yevgeniy Fiks and Moscow based political activist and artist Ilya Budraitskis will consist of a staged performance or “re-enactment” of events related to the socialist reforms in Czechoslovakia in 1968, as well as the subsequent invasion of the country by Warsaw Pact armies, as experienced by workers in one of Prague’s CKD factory, which was the site of the free Extraordinary Congress of the Communist Party held just one day after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies.

Temporary Boundaries, curated by Marek Tomin and the collective Greyzone, will create a temporary art centre in a dilapidated building in Prague 7. The building has a unique location - directly opposite Veletrzní Palace, which houses the Czech National Gallery’s Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.

TINA B. ON THE ROAD, This section curated by TINA B. brings together a host of artists from various parts of the world. During her travels around the world, attending various exhibitions and art fairs, TINA B. has come across many interesting artists and their artworks.

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