Rudolf Valenta left socialist Czechoslovakia in 1970; renouncing the environment that was his home and the nurturing place of his profession. In the modern world, the phenomenon of mobility is
considered to be an important tool for unifying Europe, with greater mobility being both initiated and supported. During the years of Valenta’s exile and his artistic career in Germany (Berlin), Czech society had transformed; with its integration into a unified Europe and adoption of a new scale of values and beliefs. Czech cultural history is an amalgam of instrumental references, which do not
pay adequate attention to creators residing abroad. For this reason, this publication devotes more attention to studying the material of those works which Rudolf Valenta created during his time in his period of German residence. Read More
11 October 2014
Naunynstraße 53, 10999 Berlin, Germany Show on map
Interview with Alexander Peroutka
Klas Eriksson, Nongkran Panmongkol and Alexander Peroutka work with the idea of social intervention. Their work is influenced by their stay or life in the geopolitical space of Sweden. Social and political ideas in Sweden have traditionally their own autonomous interpretation and implementation. Here it seems the society is more homogeneous and is organized around common understanding. The focus of the presented work lies on artistic investigation into social realities limited by geopolitical space. These interventions expect a social environment that has its limits, borders and its own unique expectations.
Klas Eriksson is investigating social power, hierarchy, social control and violence in cultural imaginary and the impact of pop-culture on function of contemporary society. His investigations leads to a certain performative character of his installations and videos.
Nongkran Panmongkol was born in Thailand and lives in Stockholm. She is working with the ideas of cultural conflict, cultural hegemony while she is analyzing the problems that are created by non-stop modernization of western global society in terms of human interaction limits, personal and collective social responsibilities.
Alexander Peroutka is an artist from Prague and Stockholm. His work is based on investigations into a logic of cultural and political structures that are authentic in every geo-political area (geo-body). He creates his own critical approach that takes three-dimentional form of his installations. His installations are based on documentaries, databases and social models.
Title: The Observation In A Second Order »Alexander Peroutka: Strike?«
Location: Laster- und Hängerburg, Berlin / Bethanien Berlin-Kreuzberg
Frantisek Zachoval: talks to Alexander Peroutka
Date: September 4, 2013
Alexander Peroutka is an artist, curator and writer who graduated in 2006 from the Academy of Fine Arts Prague and received his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Technical University in Brno. In 2005, Peroutka was a fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. His diploma work, Who Are We? (2006), in which a ventilator seems to react to open web texts on a PC screen, explored Czech online magazines and the way they channel discussions of identity and gender in the Czech media. Other recent projects, such as How do you like Sweden? (2007-2009), Collective Errors (2012), and Invisible Economy (2012), explore community relations within a local economy. Read More