The KAMILA ŽENATÁ and Guests Exhibition Presents the Finale of the Event Horizon project

2. 6. - 11. 9. 2017
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Event Horizon is a quite singular project on the Czech art scene, both in its focus and its several-year duration. Its prior parts took place at Karlin Studios and at the Venuše ve Švehlovce centre. DOX now presents its final part, to which other artists were also invited. In the project, Kamila Ženatá initiated a living process – an experiment that intends to report on internal events that create one’s mental reality under the conditions of global consumerism’s liquid time.


Exhibition curator: Milan Ohnisko

Kamila Ženatá (1953) made her mark on the Czech art scene through her comprehensive work with exhibition space, various media, and emphasis on non-transferable personal experience. She is known as an artist who combines her knowledge and intuition with a focused, long-term interest in individual and social memory. She is interested in dreams, memory, narratives, and emotions, but above all their principles and how they affect our life’s journeys. Aside from art, she is also involved with psychoanalytic therapy.

In September 2014, a group of seven women decided to accept her offer and began working in her studio, undergoing a group self-awareness experience during which they described their childhood, re-experienced and mapped out systems in which they had been raised, shared their stories and dreams, grew closer to each other or on the contrary fled from each other. They embarked on a long journey during which they courageously shared their inner testimony. Thus were laid the cornerstones of the previous two parts of the Event Horizon project, which took place first at Karlin Studios (2015) and then at the Venuše ve Švehlovce alternative contemporary theatre centre (2016).

Part Three – the Finale – is the culmination of the entire project. In the words of exhibition curator Milan Ohnisko: “The key themes of Kamily Ženatá’s Event Horizon project are the loss of the ability to create relationships, imprisonment in the cage of our own mind, and absence of respect for nature, the world, and the universal wellspring of life. Wilfulness is passed off as freedom, narcissism as normality – and this deformed self-image is crushing human relationships and the entire planet.”

Kamila Ženatá also invited other artists to work on the third part of the project: Daniela Baráčková, Šárka Basjuk Koudelová, Jakub Grosz, Lenka Janušková, Lenka Lagronová, Milan Ohnisko, Michal Pěchouček, Janek Rous, Jiří Vyskočil, and Kateřina Závodova .


An exhibition catalogue has been published in Czech and English that maps out the course of the entire three-year project in detail. The catalogue also includes Lenka Lagronová’s play, Event Horizon.

ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME:

7 June 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Helena Klímová: How To Sail Well Against the Liquidity of Time
A lecture and discussion with H. Klímová on time and its meaning in life, the order of time, the nuisance of dependence. Helena Klímová is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a group analyst, and a founding member of the Czech Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, IGA Praha, The Prix Irene Committee, and the Rafael Institute.

23 June 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Radkin Honzák: Psychopaths Among Us
A lecture and discussion with Dr. Radkin Honzák, a psychiatrist with a clear affinity for psychosomatic thinking, thus a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual concept.
Radkin Honzák is an outpatient psychiatrist at IKEM and REMEDIS, a secondary physician at the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, and an assistant at the Institute of General Practice of the First Faculty of Medicine at Charles University.
 
28 June 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
David Holub: Infertility and Non-thinking: Psychoanalytic Contexts
A lecture and discussion with Dr. D. Holub, a member of the Czech Psychotherapy Association, Czech Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Revue psychoanalytická psychoterapie [Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review], on the little-discussed topic of infertility and assisted reproduction from a psychoanalytic perspective.
 
19 June 2017 | 6:00 p.m.
A guided tour with the artist Kamila Ženatá.
 
16 June 2017 | 6:00 p.m.
A reading of Lenka Lagronová’s play Event Horizon, which was written gradually during a three-year project. In the evening there will also be a gala launch of the exhibition catalogue. The event will take place in the Gulliver Airship.
 
28 August 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Robert Moss: Dreaming
A workshop by Robert Moss, an enthusiastic guide for the technique of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of shamanism and modern dream work. Moss was born in Australia and during his childhood had three near-death experiences. He conducts seminars throughout the world and has written many books on dreaming, shamanism, and imagination.
 
6 September 2017 | 6:00 p.m. and11. 9. 2017 | 18:00
A guided tour with the artist Kamila Ženatá.