Prague Exhibition Project »SPACE CAMP«, 2004
Idea and concept
What does »exhibition space« mean? How is it defined and perceived in society? For centuries museum rooms, private collections and galeries served solely for the presentation of works of art. Only at the end of the 1960s did the exhibition space itself become a topic for artistic debate. Since then, exhibitions have been taking place more and more outside the traditional exhibition space - in private rooms, warehouses, cellar rooms or clubs. Still today there are numerous currents in art which are concerned with trying to cope with space (setting). More than ever the spatial context determines and influences works of art in their formal or conceptual approaches. As a habitable area the room has always meant protection and safety. A room can also be interpreted more abstractly - as simply a form - which only through contact with it becomes something concrete.
The focal point of the exhibition »SPACE CAMP« is the artistic engagement and interaction with the rooms of this Prague basement vault. Artists with different approaches will meet for this project and deal with the urban and architectural conditions of the location. The palette of works will range from video installations to conceptual intrusion on the space. The works will be mostly designed for this space and produced on site. The possibility to not only present pieces but also to work artistically in a Prague exhibition room presents both a particular stimulus and a challenge for each of the participants. Not only will the occupation with the physical space be to the fore but also the social and historical backdrop of the location will be of importance to the artists.
In contrast to other large cities, Prague is virgin soil for young, international artists. Prague's historical circumstances alone make it incomparable with other Western cities. Prague's cultural landscape, which is still developing, arouses the curiosity of the artist. From this came the idea to undertake a project with Czech colleagues, beginning with a combined exhibition in Prague. We plan, in continuation of the »SPACE CAMP« project, to organise more exhibitions with Czech and international artists in foreign countries.
Tomaž Kramberger builds installations in which he transfers
the urban environment into the exhibition space. In doing so, both areas,
environment and exhibition space, become for him objects to be examined.
The Prague street "Na Prikope" (The Ditch) emerged from the
filling-in of the old town's ditches in 1760, and from this derives its
name. In 1781 the street was planted with birch trees and after that
became known as "The Old Avenue". Between 1839 and 1870 the
street was called after one of Prague's highest aristocrats, Count František
Antonin Kolowrat. The count owned a palace, the gardens of which led
onto the street "Na Prikope". Count Kolowrat, who took part
in the foundation of the National Museum, was the great-grandfather of
the present owner of the building, Tomaš František Kolowrat.
Each of the participating artists pursues a different approach in his
work. By using a common venue the various approaches will connect into
a thematic ensemble.
Translation: Martina Walsh
www : space-camp.org
Participating artists :
Zbněk Baladrán (CZ)