01. May 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
from 7:00 p.m.
Living Kunsthalle was the first major show organized by Kunsthalle Praha before the opening of its own building in 2021. Conceived as a festive night of encounters, Living Kunsthalle transformed the iconic New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague into a true artistic laboratory. Throughout the night, moving from space to space, the visitors discovered performances, sound sculptures, projections, and experimental works coming to life in every corner of the theatre.
Internationally renowned guest artists, some of whom performed in the Czech Republic for the first time, include Hicham Berrada (MA/FR), Lina Lapelyte (LT/GB), Haroon Mirza (GB) and Xavier Veilhan (FR). The Czech art scene was present through Adéla Součková (CZ) and Roman Štětina (CZ), showing works newly commissioned by Kunsthalle Praha.
Aside from performance, the six participating artists explore different fields and media, ranging from sculpture to video, from installation to drawing, from music to science. The works selected for Living Kunsthalle share a common theme: sound and its visual representation. Despite its immaterial and ephemeral nature, sonic phenomena – noise, sound, music – have tremendous suggestive power, which makes them a major source of inspiration for visual artists. Whether it is through ritual discourses, radio recordings, ancestral melodies or experimental music, sound summons our senses, stirs up our memory, and generates a whole spectrum of emotions.
Through their own sensitivity and perception, Hicham Berrada, Lina Lapelyte, Haroon Mirza, Adéla Součková, Roman Štětina and Xavier Veilhan strive to capture sound visually, physically, live. While doing so, they bring Kunsthalle Praha to life.
LINA LAPELYTE (LT/GB)
Candy Shop – The Circus
Stage │ 7:30–8:15 p.m.
Candy Shop is best known as a dirty rap hit by 50 Cent. Candy-Shop – The Circus by Lina Lapelyte reworks the games of power that are embedded in rap songs into lullabies, narrating the story about beauty, gender and the mundane. It is a performance–opera for seven female performers, a men‘s choir, a female drummer, a marching band, a combination of hip-hop texts, electronics and video that invites a collective meditation on power hierarchies.
Lina Lapelyte’s performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia. Her works Ladies (2016), Hunky Bluff (2014) and Candy Shop (ongoing) were shown in different contexts and locations including the Serpentine Pavilion in London, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Venice Architecture Biennial, MACBA (Barcelona) and the Cartier Foundation, Paris. Her collaborative work with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė, the opera Have a Good Day! holds several awards, its libretto has been translated into nine languages and it has toured extensively. The new opera-performance by the artists Sun and Sea (Marina) represents Lithuania at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2019 and has been awarded the Golden Lion prize for best National Pavilion in Venice.
Lina Lapelyte holds a BA in classical violin, a BA in Sound Arts and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. Her works were further shown at the Baltic Triennial, Tallinn (2018); Rupert, Vilnius (2015 and 2017); Magma, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius (2017); Moderna Museet, Malmo (2017); FIAC, Paris (2017), the Baltic Pavilion, Venice Biennial, Venice (2016), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); DRAF, London (2014) and the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall (2012), London. Lina Lapelyte lives and works in London and Vilnius.
With Lina Lapelyte, Anat Ben David, Angharad Davis, Sharon Gal, Heidi Heidelberg, Rebecca La Horrox (performance), Federico Strate Pezdirc (video), Pražský pěvecký sbor SMETANA (men‘s choir), Lenka Dundrová (drums) and a local marching band
HICHAM BERRADA (MA/FR)
Foyer │ 8:30–9:30 p.m.
Présage is an ephemeral ecosystem created live by Hicham Berrada. The artist/scientist conducts experiments with various chemical compounds in glass jars, which he films and simultaneously projects on a large screen. This immersive video-installation plunges the viewer into a fascinating world that evokes organic forms and surreal landscapes.
The work of Hicham Berrada weaves an elaborate tapestry between science and poetry. It makes use of scientific parameters to reveal the universal magic of our daily lives, intricately choreographing a complex dance between chemical particles and physical reactions. It is not about a representation of nature, but rather about nature being present and active in the majority of his work. Hicham employs a variety of media from photography, video and sculptural installations and performance (which he nicknames “chemical activations”). He has reinterpreted the fundamentals of painting: the bare canvas is reality while the paint and brush are the physical elements.
Hicham Berrada began to study science in Casablanca in 2003. After graduating from the École des Beaux Arts (Paris) in 2011, he continued his training at the National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Le Fresnoy, subsequently becoming a resident of the Villa Medici in Rome in 2013. Berrada was born in Casablanca, Morocco; currently he lives and works in Paris.
Performance set to music by Laurent Durupt (FR).
XAVIER VEILHAN (FR)
Stage │ 9:30–10:15 p.m.
In the sound piece SYSTEMA OCCAM, Xavier Veilhan combines his visual vocabulary with the singular work of electronic music pioneer Eliane Radigue. It is a sensory art installation, interpreted by five performers who breathe life into inanimate objects through simple movements. Gradually, the performance gives way to Occam I, Eliane Radigue’s work for solo harp played by Rhodri Davies, creating an immersive, continuous soundscape.
Xavier Veilhan has, since the mid-1980s, created an acclaimed body of work, spanning sculpture, painting, installation, performance, video and photography. Articulated through a language of modernity and its themes of speed, motion and urbanism, as well as that of classical statuary, his work pays tribute to the inventions and inventors of our era through a formal artistic vocabulary that blurs the boundaries between industry and art.
Veilhan perceives art to be a necessary tool for comprehending our past, present and future, producing exhibitions as means of challenging perception through the creation of ambient spaces in which the audience becomes actor. By integrating sculpture, scenery, music and living figures, Veilhan creates works that are conceived within the framework of an all-encompassing exhibition.
Frequently, material research is accompanied by musical collaborations. Xavier Veilhan has worked with artists including the band Air, musician Sébastien Tellier and composer Elaine Radigue, for whom he created the 2013 performance SYSTEMA OCCAM.
In 2017 Xavier Veilhan was chosen to represent France at the 57th Venice Art Biennale (May – November 2017) transforming his national Pavilion into an immersive recording studio dedicated to audio experimentation, curated by Lionel Bovier and Christian Marclay. He called it Studio Venezia. Xavier Veilhan is represented by Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm), Perrotin (New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai), Galeria Nara Roesler (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York) and 313 Art Project (Seoul). He lives and works in Paris.
With David Artaud, Annina Roescheisen, Florian Sumi, François Valenza, Marine Varoquier, Tony Regazzoni and Rhodri Davies on harp
Artistic Collaboration: Alexis Bertrand, Violeta Kreimer
Coordination: Léa Wanono
Executive Producer: Françoise Lebeau – lebeau&associés
With the support of Perrotin
HAROON MIRZA (GB)
Foyer │ 10:30–11:30 p.m.
Emerging Paradigm is the title of the device designed and developed by Haroon Mirza and his studio hrm 199.This piece, made for a multi-media device that is also titled Emerging Paradigm, presents a combination of iPhone and youtube footage, light and sound . Four videos interact with eight channels of live electricity, which can be heard through an array of speakers and seen through strips of LEDs. The work conjures a sense of intense media overload and multi-sensory and synesthetic stimuli.
Haroon Mirza creates installations that test the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric currents. He devises kinetic sculptures, performances and immersive installations. An advocate of interference such as electro-acoustic or radio disruption, he creates situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, bringing together instruments such as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks to behave differently. Processes are left exposed and sounds occupy space in an unruly way, testing codes of conduct and charging the atmosphere. Mirza asks us to reconsider the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music, and draws into question the categorisation of cultural forms.
Haroon Mirza has a BA in Painting from Winchester School of Art, an MA in Design Critical Practice and Theory from Goldsmiths College (2006) and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2007). He lives and works in London.
ROMAN ŠTĚTINA (CZ)
Cafe │ 7:00–00:00 p.m.
Centones is a site-specific installation dealing with reality and illusion, memory and the present time. Roman Štětina‘s time-based work is created for and of the space it inhabits, namely The New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague. Inspired by the ancient Greek literary form of the Cento, a collage-poem made of text excerpts from other authors, the artist represents the space from sonic and visual fragments of the interior of the theatre. Through a series of light box images and single channel video, Roman Štětina’s installation reflects some details of the life in the café, captures the unique spirit of the place, as well as traces that have settled there over time.
Roman Štětina explores media culture as a social construct with fixed practices and expectations. His installations, video and audio-visual interventions sensitively interconnect his interest in sound and the spoken word, especially as it relates to radio, film and TV broadcasting, and the strong visual aspect of the objects or situations connected with it. One of Štětina’s main sources of inspiration is the radio studio as an imaginary backstage, which remains hidden from the final recipients of the broadcast. The artist disrupts the status quo and makes the invisible visible through performative interventions such as the staging of typical production methods like editing or creating disruptions in absurd contexts.
Roman Štětina graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2015 after spending two years at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, studying under Judith Hopf and Douglas Gordon. His recent solo shows include Foreword, Prague City Gallery, Prague (2018); Desire in Language (with Damir Očko), National Gallery in Prague (2018); Instructions for Use of Jiří Kolář (with Miroslav Buriánek), Spike Island, Bristol (2016) and The Fortress of Solitude (with Larisa Sitar), MNAC Bucharest (2016). Štětina currently lives and works in Prague.
ADÉLA SOUČKOVÁ (CZ)
Mezzanine │ 7:00–0:00 p.m.
Landing is based on visual storytelling that combines live drawing performance, video projection and voice. Adéla Součková draws on the wall, and by layering pictograms of airports infographics and pictograms she unfolds a mythological story of airport life, never-ending transition, the beauty of alienation and effectivity mixed with raw physical drawing presence.
Imaginatively questioning power structures, Adéla Součková develops a complex and critical pictorial language that overlaps from drawing to performance, installation, video, poetry and sound collaborations. Thematically, her work draws on the conflict of nature and culture, on old mythologies and archetypes, but also on current discussions about ecology and feminism.
Adéla Součková graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden where she studied under Ulrike Grossarth. She exhibits regularly at independent art spaces and galleries, mainly in Czechia and Germany. She has presented her works at Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga; Bozar, Brussels; The House of Arts, Brno; Label201 Gallery, Rome; the Guardini Foundation, Berlin and MWW, Warsaw, among others. In 2017 she took part in a residency at Art in General in New York, USA and Sesama in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2014 and 2015 she was the finalist of the Czech Critics’ Award for Young Painters and in 2018 she was one of the finalists of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. Součková lives and works in Prague and Berlin.
Kunsthalle Praha is a new space for culture and the arts currently being developed in the building of the former Zenger transformer substation in the historical centre of Prague. Once the reconstruction is completed, Kunsthalle Praha will offer visitors an extensive programme of exhibition and educational projects, cultural events and social activities. Kunsthalle Praha’s mission is to contribute to a deeper understanding of Czech and international art of the 20th and 21st centuries and to communicate this with a dynamic, contemporary programme to the broadest possible public. We aim to create a leading cultural institution grounded in expertise and open cooperation, a space which integrates the experience of art and culture into everyday life.
Living Kunsthalle Team
Ivana Goossen – Director of Kunsthalle Praha
Christelle Havranek – Curator
Sodja Lodtker– Dramaturgist
Kateřina Slavíková – Curatorial Assistant
Jana Víťazková – Events Manager
Eliška Žáková – Production Manager
Matěj Al-Ali, Dominik Adamec – Technical Support
Lunchmeat – Sound & Projection Setup
Studio Najbrt – Graphic Design
Yinachi – Communication Strategy
Piaristi – PR & Communication
Dj set – Arnø (Eintopf)
Special thanks to
Marta Ljubková, Eva Semeráková, Daniela Šrámkova, Kateřina Ondroušková a Richard Tlaskal from the New Stage of the National Theatre
Jana Víťazková – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliška Žáková – email@example.com
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