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DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
Poupětova 1, Prague 7
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The world is a place that originates and exists largely in our imaginations. How do we imagine a place for art? Galleries? The street? And what should it look like for learning? A school classroom? Anything other than a classroom? The line between exhibition and classroom is blurry. At play here are a space, four works of art, augmented reality, and perceptual error. Viewer involvement is possible and voluntary. The point of view is a space of uncertainty but also of new experience; a space that shows potential of stereotypes, fear, making mistakes, and changing mind-sets.
Since 2014, the DOX Centre has been implementing educational programmes that go beyond contemporary art and into social psychology. In addition to artworks, the programmes use the insights of psychologists and educators such as Phillip Zimbardo, Carol Dweck, and many others. Why? For one thing, contemporary art reflects the world in the broadest sense. And on the other, it can provoke and engage, and play. Art and learning.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events and educational programmes for schools. The project is funded by the European Union.
Curator: Jiří Raiterman
Expert cooperation: Michal Kučerák, Lucie Laitlová, Eliška Slováková
Artists: Epos 257, Matěj Hájek, Petr Vančura, Mushon Zer-Aviv
SKULL studio is the author of the concept and interactive installation. AR realization was prepared in cooperation with Augg.io and Petr Vančura. Special thanks to Sara Polak.
About the artists
Epos 257 is a Czech visual artist working with urban environments and urban iconography. His interventions often target sensitive social topics, repeatedly touching on the issue of public space. He started out as a writer – his pseudonym number 257 long covered a clause aimed at damaging someone else’s property. He is a member of the group Ztohoven, his identity remains unknown.
Matěj Hájek is a Czech artist and a founding member of Ztohoven. His artistic work spans the boundaries between architecture, sculpture, and land art. He has long focused on the relationship between sculpture-play and learning, realized in the form of large-scale playground projects. In 2021, he realized the installation OFF FENCE at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He lives and works in Prague, where he founded SKULL studio in 2020 with photographer Bet Orten.
Petr Vančura is a Czech film and theatre actor and presenter. He is a member of the Činohry Národního divadla (National Theatre Drama Ensemble). He often performs in the alternative theatre scene, participates in events related to the LGBT community and works on his own projects. These include, among others, performances behind display windows, the non-existent genre Spectacular Shit, PopUpShows, and stage collages that the viewer watches with headphones on.
Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, researcher, educator, and media activist based in Tel Aviv. Underlying his design work, artwork, activism, research, teaching, workshops, and city life is his ambivalent relationship with data. He is currently researching new understandings of the role of friction in technology, media, design, and politics. He is a senior lecturer at Shenkar College and has previously taught at NYU, among others.