Study of naturality: water

land art ~ light intervention
video stills

Does what we create justify what we destroy?

Compared to the timeline of the Earth, human life spans are but a speck of dust, yet as a species, we are leaving irreversible traces in the landscape, that will still be noticeable long after we are all gone. The losses of habitats and primal nature are usually justified by the resources we need (minerals, wood) and therefore seen as development at the expense of nature. Whether there is a chance for sustainability depends on shifting the anthropocentric worldview and placing us not above but as a part of the whole – as we are – yet strangely – we have somehow evolved to forget this.

Inspired by the book of Arthur Koestler – The Ghost in the Machine. The work attempts to explain humanity’s self-destructive tendency in terms of individual and collective functioning. Especially by the concept of a h o l o n (holos, ‘whole’ and -ον, -on, ‘part’). The term holon refers to the idea that something is simultaneously a whole in and of itself and a part of a larger whole (for instance, trees and seeds are a perfect example of a holon).

collaboration: Gabriela Prochazka & Michal Blecha
sound: Elephant by Loke Rahbek & Frederik Valentin
graphic design: Marijn Degenaar
production: Václav Kovář
many thanks for consultation: Martin Janoušek

Sensory Test

Sensory Test
13min
audiovisual intervention
projection, RGB led lights, hazer

Project by: Gabriela Prochazka & Lunchmeat studio

concept / creative direction: Gabriela Prochazka
animation: Pavel Žáček
sound design: Ondra Mikula
typography: Anymade studio
voiceover: Justin Lavash

photography: Lukáš Havlena, Filip Kustka, Jakub Doležal

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.


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

Good Citizen (video art)


www.goodcitizens.info

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

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.

What is the relationship between media and politics? 

With the rise of deep and neural networks, a new question arrives, who are these people and what the f*ck are they smiling at?

Hermetic understanding of technology might account for its perceived errors by pointing out that reality is never that simple but that there’s always a meaning beyond the meaning, that answers can be multiple, contested, and potentially infinite.

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

Light messages II.


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 your support:
Lunchmeat studio
Limity jsme my
Greenpeace CZ

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.