The explanation contains a spoiling effect, so, watch it before you read. Well, the idea comes from combining neural networks with the images from the old masters. Probably not everybody can spot right away, that all the supposed very expensive artworks are actually fake, created by me, through the neural webs. Therefore, the whole idea of originality, art-market and style copyright is in the question here. What are the main aspects of an artwork, that we find beautiful, worthy of being called an art and being very expensive as well. And of course, I am not answering that question, just trying to raise one: In the world where a computer program can create indefinite number of Picasso paintings, how much do we care, if it’s a “Picasso” or a picasso.
Video is composed of a series of digital images of paintings stored on the internet. It shows the algorithm behind the Google search engine analysing similarities in colour and features between individual works of art. This is a simulation of visual perception through mechanic vision, for which there is only form, but no content. Each sequence begins with a single oil painting from the 16th century and the following selection of images results from a sequence of images in the previous search.
Second project of street-art group called Prague Service. This time, we tried to bring attention to a huge real-estate project in the most historically and culturally important street, where the city has decided to castrate and ruin 8 historical buildings from the inside, leaving only the facade. Very common problem in the Prague centre where many developing projects are not only ruining the cultural heritage but also making the city uninhabitable by leaving no flats. The number 2081 is the absurd year till when should be the buildings rented to the developer, for no apparent reason.
After a year of editing, my first intention of making a found-footage movie about inner need of people to destruct, ended up in a fusion of chaos theory and rotating accidents. Basically, I got fascinated by all this footage of people just willingly killing themselves or risking their lives, just to get a youtube footage. After a while, I decided to make the film about decision, or more likely, the constant necessity of making the decisions, with all of them have the potential to create the butterfly effect. Therefore I used the sound of motivational speeches, to emphasise the topic, that you “got to do it”.
One day, I decided to make a street-art group with 3 of my best friends. We managed to meet, and right there got this idea, to overpaint the famous tourist attraction called Lennon Wall, once an important place for the dissidents against the regime, now a display of bad tourist graffiti. The idea got even better after we found a poster from the Lennon’s and Yoko’s campaign “War is Over”, which took us to the “Wall is Over”. For three years, we have been only thinking about it, but one day a 25th anniversary of Velvet revolution (falling of communist regime) was about to come, what a great opportunity we fought. So we did it, what we didn’t expect, is that the next day, the news would be all around the world, writing about our intervention in languages we didn’t even understand. For me, the most interesting question came afterwards, should we or shouldn’t we have sad that it was us. Well, even though our decision was very influenced by police, I still believe it was good idea to claim our authorship, simply because this street-art went way behind the borders of artsy world. And people obviously needed an explanation, we touched something that people consider sacred and very few got the idea that this was done in respect of Czech history and John Lennon, which was most obvious after our explanation in Czech national TV, after which the cyber-bullying got way smaller, seemed like people got some understanding, if not approval.
One of the interviews in english: radio Prague
This film is basically a metaphor, of the world of all the profiles that we constantly create. I used Kinect to try to create a perspective of this avatars, masks of our own personality, that has no subjectivity. Therefore, the world is seen from the angle of somebody else than the observer, the view that could be anywhere but seeing only the point-clouds, fractions of reality. To emphasise the very artificial look of these subjectless views I used a sound of singing seals, that also look very artificial from the outside but have an organic, natural existence.
The intention was very simple, put portraits of important personalities from Czech history in suburb streets that carry their name and that didn’t even exist when those people lived. Thus connecting the heritage of these heroes with places that use their names for only orientation purposes. A funny thing happened when we were putting these huge posters in the street. Suddenly an old lady came to us, with very aggressive attitude. She asked why are we glueing this thing on her house. So we sad, that it’s the Eduard Bass, famous writer. So she asked, why are we putting him there. So we sad, it’s his street. After a while, a smile appeared on her face, she wished us a happy day and good luck. I think that was the last time my art was appreciated by older generation.
For a year now, I have been a part of an audiovisual/performance group, making gallery events, workshops and parties. Escher Fucker connects the worlds of the PAL images and feedback structures, while inspired by thoughts and works of W. S. Burroughs, Terence McKenna and Phillip K. Dick about reality, culture and language. Obsolete video mixers, video feedback and keying together with no-input audio feedbacks are the tools used to make comment about the audio-visual culture and society we are part of.
The wave is all around us. The one I was capturing is the alternating current in lights everywhere we look. By using the high-frequency camera, I was able to get the constant switching on and off, that happens so fast, that our eye can’t see it but is in every electrical machine. In the end, I am way more happier about the sound then the image. By recording only few sounds of violin I was then able to mix it in a way, that exactly matched my overall feeling about this piece.