Invisible Forces - The Young Generation of Digital Artists
Kunsthalle Praha, Klárov 5 118 00, Praha 1
13. October 2022 - 8. January 2023
Curators: Iva Polanecká (Kunsthalle Praha)
Daniel Burda, Mario Kunovský a Martin Pošta (Signal Festival)
Exhibiting artists: Filip Hodas, Martin Houra, Johana Kroft, Jana Stýblová, Jakub Špaček, Ondřej Zunka & Zünc Studio
Media partner of the exhibition: CzechCrunch
The Invisible Forces exhibition presents works by young Czech digital artists who explore various aspects of coexistence between organic life forms. The digital environment is a medium that enables the creation of complex illusions and simulations capable of transposing us into different environments, bodies, and times. The selected artists share a fascination with natural and physical processes, phenomena, and structures. Here, they offer us their individual perspectives on the diversity of life on the planet, albeit in formats that are not necessarily subject to the aesthetic or functional laws of our world.
"Nature and the world around us form the environment we encounter on a daily basis. We are part of it, and together we create a system of interconnected proximities which we gradually perceive and integrate into our consciousness. Despite being able to look into its most minute details, we are not able to conceive of life on Earth on a holistic scale, and we can capture individual experiences only in a fragmentary manner. Established boundaries are overstepped, and we find ourselves transported out of the known and imaginable into yet entirely uncharted territory. In the process, we also discover analogous approaches in new forms and in differently configured relationships.
The accelerating degradation of the environment brings with it a new intellectual, ethical, and regulatory pressure, one that calls on us to recognise nature's fragility and to take on the responsibility of preserving it for future generations. Imitating the fascinating processes we observe in the living world and making use of them, i.e. approaching the world through biology (bio-design), can show us what kind of interdisciplinary consilience might bring us closer to finding new solutions to pressing issues. Ultimately, observing the functional principles of nature helps us better understand our role within our ecosystem and conceive of our identity as humans."
– IVA POLANECKÁ, CURATOR OF THE EXHIBITION