Light Messages III.

Laser intervention at the Počerady coal-fired power plant, the largest polluter and producer of greenhouse gases in the Czech Republic. It emits 5.5 million tons of CO2 and 223 kg of Mercury into the surrounding landscape every year, yet is only able to make use of 1/3 of the energy it produces.

“We act locally, but our activity is global. Similar artistic interventions are taking place around the world. We don’t have a second planet. Humankind must unite to save it. We are not activists, we are nature protecting itself.”

Inspired by global activist movements, post-internet culture, and claims, the projections on cooling towers included messages including, “Shit is fucked up and bullshit,‘‘ “#nofilter,” “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit,” “We’re losing time,” as well as information on the toxic waste it produces, and, of course, classical ‘‘Stop coal.”

Made by Czech light artist collective to support local and global climate movement.

collaboration: Lunchmeat studio
photos: racek

Supported by: Greenpeace Česká republika , Limity jsme my Extinction Rebellion, Hnutí Duha, Fridays for Future & many more …

Good Citizen (video art)

unpublished project (2020)
www.goodcitizens.info

sound design: Jesse Osborne Lanthier, Ondra Mikula (AID KID)
graphic design: Matej Moravec
technical support: Lunchmeat studio

The project takes us into a dystopian news channel where a synthetic avatar presents us in a confident voice with the dos and don‘ts of our era. The underlying question remains, what is the relationship between media and politics? 

The project was created during the artist’s residency at Instrument Inventors, Hague, NL. Preview during No Patent Pending, Rewire festival 2020.

Forbidden

photos: Lukas Havlena



𝙁𝙊𝙍𝘽𝙄𝘿𝘿𝙀𝙉 /45min/
CGI movie x concert x performance
 
The end of the world was never this fruitful 🍎
 
What can have a movie screening, concert, clubbing, and performance art in common? In this project we’re testing the borders: join us on the journey of our danse macabre where the audience, performers, and art forms melt together.
From neo-Tarkovsky footage about anthropocene to a techno party.
 
Please note: It is not required for the audience to just sit on their seats.
 
creative direction: Gabriela Procházka
concept: Gabriela Procházka, Anna Ribanská, Jindřiška Křivánková
music: LOFN
choreography & performance: Jindřiška Křivánková, Anna Ribanská, Václav Kovář
set design, light design: Gabriela Prochazka
video art: Michal Žilinský
costumes & make-up: Andrijana Trpkovič
typography: Petr Fašianok
technical support: Gomi Fernandéz (Lunchmeat studio)
 
The project is realized with financial support by Ministery of Culture of the Czech Republic.

Dates:
6.12.2019 Lunchmeat Festival National Gallery, Convent of St.Agnes, Prague, CZ
17.7.2020 Festival Nultý bod, Studio Alta, Prague, CZ

Good Citizen (laser)

 

 

 

photo: Stefan Berec

3.30 min loop
sound design: Jesse Osborn Lanthier
PRIOR shopping center, Jihlava, CZ during 23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

Calm robotic voice is telling passers-by advice, tips, do’s and do not’s on the topic of ”How To Be A Good Citizen Of The 21st Century” on the main square of Jihlava city. The statements are a contemporary manifesto of ongoing discussions about supposed ethical human behavior in the western world.

The projection took place on PRIOR shopping center, built in the socialist era. The building’s controversy is due to the fact, that according to locals and well-known architects it’s damaging the appearance of the local Masaryk’s square. Protests to demolish it are announced periodically.

Many thanks for making this possible:
Technical support: Lunchmeat studio, Kvant Lasers
The project was supported by GREENPEACE CZ.

Light messages II.

concept, creative direction: Gabriela Prochazka
photos: Petr Zewlak Vrabec, Martin Janousek

The aim of the art intervention was at one hand to focus on the local problem but also to point out its global outreach. The projected claims were linked to some of the famous pop-culture memes as well as to similar art initiatives happening all around the world. The other aim of the art intervention was to try to answer the question if and how art in public spaces can help to accent the problems of the global society.

According to ecologists, the Chvaletice power plant has a huge impact on climate change, burning brown coal from the North Bohemian mines, thus emitting a large number of toxic substances such as mercury and carbon oxides into the air.

The actions of ecological activists draw attention to the fact that if the Czech Republic does not cease to burn coal by 2030, it would not meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement from 2015. The Czech government is far from setting any detailed plan for phasing out coal power plants. On the contrary, it was just recently that the Chvaletice power plant was provided an exception from the European limits for the carbon oxides and mercury which are going to be implemented in 2021.

Many thanks for support:
Lunchmeat studio
Limity jsme my
Greenpeace CZ

NEON CHAMBERS

Kanding Ray & James Sigha
Veletrzni Palac, Lunchmeat Festival 2018

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Signal Festival of Lights 2018, Prague, CZ
cages, incandescent light bulbs, 8 channel sound

sound design: Robert Lippok
technical sketch: Filip Mirbauer
production: Vojtech Loskot
technical support: David Fernandez

The name of the projects paraphrases the code labeling of eggs from battery cage breeding. The objective of the installation is to bring awareness of the life of laying hens.
In some cages were hidden facts from industrial farming:

The hens live their whole life on a surface which is not much bigger than an A4-sized sheet of paper.

Factory farms often use light intensity to influence the animals behavior and biorhythm.

There are more chickens in the world than there are any other species of bird: more than 20 billion of them are reared annually for food.

Battery cages are the least respectful form of housing hens.

Factory farmed animals never get out to fresh air, nor do they ever see the Sun in their entire lives.

Made as a supporting installation for a campaign of non-profit organization Obraz-Obranci zvirat.
www.obrancizvirat.cz

Light Messages I.

concept, creative direction: Gabriela Prochazka
photo: Martin Janousek

Guerrila laser projection, Prague

Ongoing questions if & how could possibly new media art in public spaces shape and bring awareness to global issues.

Supported by: Lunchmeat studio

In Rainbows




 

photo prints, 420 x 594 / 297 x 420
Galerie Cella, Bludny Kamen, Opava, CZ, 2018

This photographic collection explores the light bending phenomenon and it’s correlation between science and art. Visual dynamic structures suggest that light is a potent medium, able to create ephemeral scenes reminiscent of abstract art movements. When darkness is a canvas, and light is a paint.

The concept of each composition was cautiously built from prismatic materials around a source of a light and projected on a flat surface.

Images were photographed as they appeared to the naked eye.

Color Field Symptoms

in collaboration with Peter Kirn
photo: Dita Havrankova

fluorescent tubes, laptop, active speakers

The installation draws inspiration both from color field painting movements and a new awareness of perception. Set in the black box, the visitor is surrounded by all immersive darkness and hypnotic layered music. Flashes of light stimulate after effects hallucinations, where colors, lines, and movement becomes a unique subjective experience of a perceptual architecture of sound and vision.

Adaptable to different venues.

Exhibited:

1.03.—29.3. 2018
Galerie Cella, Bludný Kámen, Opava, CZ

9.10.—22.10. 2017
Editions of Lights vol. III, Holesovicka Sachta, Prague, CZ

1. 6.—28. 6. 2017
Degree Show 17 — Exhibition of diploma works of students of the Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem / Ústí nad Labem house of art and design, CZ

4.5.
Total Eclipse of the <3, Berghain, Berlin, DE

 

Die unverheiratete / Ewald Palmetshofer

11.6. (premiere) 15.6. (reprise)
scenic reading of die unverheiratete (The Celibate) from Ewald Palmetshofer (AT)
Činoherní studio of Ústí nad Labem, CZ

Direction and dramaturgy: Kateřina Bláhová
Art direction and scenography: Gabriela Procházková
Cast: Kryštof Rímský, Jaroslav Achab Haidler, Marta Vítů, Matúš Bukovčan
Production: Andrea Čerbačeská, Michal Jalůvka
Supervision: Karel Tománek (KALD DAMU), Michal Koleček (FUD UJEP)

Photo: Jáchym Myslivec

Three generations of women and one inherited sin from the time of Nazism. 

1945, shortly after the end of the Second World War. A young woman is sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment by a court for collaborating with the fascists. 2015: a young woman finds her grandmother collapsed on the ground in their kitchen.
Between the past and the present, between prison and God’s judgement, between the kitchen chair and the death bed is where 70 years of the cobwebs of the past starts to unravel. The grandmother, mother and granddaughter discover the family secret concerning the disappearance of their husbands, they seek out the truth about their fathers and brothers, twisting between blame and forgiveness. How is it possible to come to terms with the blood on their hands that has been passed down from the grandmother? How can we ask the dead for forgiveness?
This powerful family story about three generations of women reveals the crimes that have played out in silence behind our neighbours’ closed doors.

more here (in czech)

Totem

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105 x 55 x 15 cm
mixed media,
2017

Totem light sculpture presents light as a visible energy, that we might admire both from the point of view of physics, and as a metaphor of spirituality. The surface is made from translucent optical plexiglass that from different angles simultaneously refracts light sources and from other angles shows mirror-like reflections of its environment, adds another level of interpretations.

Sky, Snow and Broken Sword

Gabriela Prochazka: Herz Performance - Rehearsing with Ichi Go - www.paulhenschel.com

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pics by: Evelin Belincakova, Paul Henschel

Gabriela Prochazka – direction / light design
Ichi Go – dance
Arielle Esther – sound design
Georg Werner – sound and light interface
Eyal Meistel – costume design

contemporary dance performance with elements of butoh
(butoh; also known as a dance of darkness)

In the first state, man and sword become one and each other. Here, even a blade of grass can be used as a lethal weapon. In the next stage, the sword resides not in the hand but in the heart. Even without a weapon, the warrior can slay his enemy from a hundred paces. But the ultimate ideal is when the sword disappears altogether. The warrior embraces all around him. The desire no longer exists. Only peace remains. – King of Qin, Hero

trailer / 2016
supported by Adam Csoka Keller, Eveline Belincakova, Sandro Mosco

Premiere:

18.3. 2017

DARKIDENTITIESDARKBODIES: Spektrum, Berlin, DE

 

Close (Known) Distant Worlds

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14. 10.–13. 11. 2016 / solo exhibition
Special 360 degree projection for NoD Video Gallery anniversary, Prague
curator: Veronika Zajačiková
exhibition here

4.11. 2016 / audiovisual performance with Vida Vojic (SWE), Spektrum, Berlin
performance here

installation / self-made visual machine, various liquids, light transmitting materials, ink, brushes / dimensions variable

These macro and microscopic visuals are a result of continuous investigation of pure materiality and what they could possibly tell us about how this universe was made. With the use of various common materials, these abstract organically structures collages emerge.

In daily life, one tends to disregard seemingly ordinary moments of passing natural elements, but when sculpted and captured in time, observation of these structures, might lead us into philosophies such as wabi-sabi which represents Japanese aesthetics and world view. Sometimes described as one of beauty that is ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. Understanding emptiness and imperfection was honoured as tantamount to the first step to satori, enlightenment. The idea is, that being surrounded by natural, changing, unique objects helps us connect to our real world. In one sense wabi-sabi is a training whereby one might find basic, natural objects interesting, fascinating and beautiful. Wabi-sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value.

« To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. »
– William Blake

http://nod.roxy.cz/cs

Schrödinger’s cat

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video of audio set up { heart beat } here: https://vimeo.com/172349786

installation / cat skull, various light sources, black velvet, speakers 

Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. The scenario presents a cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead, a state known as a quantum superposition, as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur. 

The work is Memento mori which has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

We can see a part of a dead cat, to which a new life is given with light sources – fluorescent tubes ad LEDs, and illusion of a life beat with speaker turning themselves on/off.

Light Sculptures for VOSTO5

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Site-specific light objects are part of the theatre performance. Led crystals, optique fibres sculpture. For more pictures visit my Instagram #kolonizace Trailer here

Director: Jiří Havelka
Screenplay: Jiří Havelka, Petr Prokop, Ondřej Cihlář
Producer: Petr Prokop a Vosto5
Sound design: Martin Tvrdý
Costumes: Jan Brejcha, Mikoláš Zika
Light design: Tomáš Morávek
Projections : Martin Bražina
Artistic collaboration: Gabriela Prochazka, Aneta Železníková
Production: Jeník Bubal, Jeník Tyl

Cast: Ondřej Bauer, Tomáš Jeřábek, Petr Prokop, Ondřej Cihlář
Voices: Václav Zimmermann a Jiří Havelka

Mankind has always longed to discover and explore new places. What drives us? Curiosity, advancement, adventure, enlarging living space, disseminating human DNA or just ordinary human pride? The colonization of new planets is inevitable in the future. But should the universe be colonized by people?

Premiere: 1. February 2016
Reprizes and current shows:

www.Vosto5.cz
http://www.divadloarcha.cz

Kraken

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Kraken Signal festival 2014 from Gabriela Prochazka on Vimeo.

audiovisual underwater installation

Vltava River, Prague, CZ
computer, open source softwares, microprocessor, digital LED lights, light transmitting materials
1800 x 500 x 100 cm

,,An uncertain world lies under the water surface.”

Kraken is a cryptid = from the Greek κρύπτω, krypto, meaning “hide” is a creature, whose existence has been suggested, but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community. Legendary sea animal, gigantic in scale. It is said it lives in the northern seas. This time it arrives in Prague. One can miss it during the day, but not at night time, when it starts its own visual show, putting us in mind of the bioluminescent powers of deep water creatures.

teaser here
video of installation here

www.signalfestival.com