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Jul 7, 2017 7:00 PM - Aug 4, 2017

ANTIDIMENSION

SOTC - NEW BOHEMIA EXHIBITION


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ANTIDIMENSION 
by JAKUB RA & MICHAELA MAZALOVÁ (SPERMONTHECLOTHES)


EXHIBITION: JULY 7-AUGUST 4, 10AM-6PM in the Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: JULY 7, 7:00-10PM
VIDEO SCREENING: JULY 7, 7:30-8PM
PERFORMANCE: JULY 7, 8PM


VIDEO TEASER

7PM - Screening of New Bohemia Special Jury Mention short film Cold War Christmas 
Director: Emma Penaz Eisner, 2016, 5 min, USA

The Czech Center New York presents the exhibiton ANTIDIMENSION by Prague based art collective SpermOnTheClothes (SOTC) as a part of the New Bohemia series. Established by Jakub Ra and Michaela Mazalová, SOTC confronts topics within the current fashion industry, linking fine art with aesthetics of the body and blurring the boundaries between art and the routine. New Bohemia is a part of the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub at the Czech Center New York, created to support emerging artists who have been inspired or influenced by Czech culture. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the NewYork Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).


SOTCSpermOnTheClothes is a Prague based kind of label established by Jakub Ra and Michaela Mazalová. The main idea leads continuous discourse on topics of current fashion industry, linking with fine art and aesthetics of the body. The life of both authors is blurring the boundaries between art and buying food in a supermarket. SOTC project itself could be described as an intangible human entity that emerged from the common life of the authors. The project solves various topics. Meeting contrasts. Combining concept and intuition. The beginning and the end. The penis and the vagina. Energy which can not be defined. Chaos.

THE PROJECT
In the ANTIDIMENSION we deal with metamorphosis of spiritual and immaterial to the earthly and physical. Exploration of approaches, responses and open forms of: clothing shifted to performance, photography shifted to text etc.… We are in the position of some Medium, which transforms the universal energy into the material of clothes in our current dimension. We live our live at the same level as making art. We do not define the boundaries. Also creating a dialogue between nihilistic own spiritual being and popularly entrenched esoteric tools such as horoscope, divination of cards and numerology. These tools we utilize, but also aware of the instability and mistrust them.The project began in the moment when we laid out five Tarot cards, which defined the way of making this collection. These were the cards that in most cases emphasize the idea binarity, polarity opposite realities, internal and external, a new starting point, development and team spirit. Two muses came into this collection - genderfluid dancer and choreographer Monina and artist David Josef Merta.

THE TEAM

JAKUB RA

Open minded human being who is fascinated in human behavior and body, sexuality, gender stereotypes, time and mind. Uncomfortable against social norms, especially in fashion!

Currently study at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in Intermedia photography department. It allows me to experiment in all medias, mainly video, performance, photography, clothes and installation.

MICHAELA MAZALOVÁ

 
Embodied elemental conduit representing her personal legacy by applying different art forms throughout three different parts of herself: VERY EXTREM, Michaela Mazalová, SOTC

 

PETER SUSAN ŠAGÁT


Fashion x Art Communications, Postcontemporary cultures & Queer issues lecturer curator writer painter feminist and forecaster.

 

MONINA

I am a professional dancer and choreographer and member of Czech Fashion Council. Recently my endeavor has been to combine dance and fashion into one performance and present it to the public so I can support Czech designers and art in the same time.

 

DAVID JOSEF MERTA 


Visionary. Muse. Musician. Ecopsychologist. Healer. Artificer. Gourmet chef. Performer. "So-called "Director of the Earth", knows everything, has done everything. Big boss amongst the children, dependable, responsible and aware of his qualities." - L. Kramplová (school warden)

 

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NEW BOHEMIA series at the Czech Center New York

New Bohemia is a part of the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub organized by Czech Center New York to support emerging artists who have been inspired or influenced by Czech culture in some way. This is a unique opportunity for visual and performing artists under the age of 30 to exhibit or perform their work in our gallery and cinema in one of two sessions - July or November. Artists have one week to prep, install, or rehearse in the space before the opening. A professional development component is offered in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

NEW BOHEMIA JURY  MEMBERS - 2017 

Barbara Karpetová
Barbara Karpetová has been the Director of the Czech Center New York since November 2014, during which time the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub (BCH) was founded and has brought interesting opportunities to Czech, American and international artists through two exciting programs: Prague-New York Effects and New Bohemia. Barbara is a career diplomat with a wealth of experience in public and cultural diplomacy.  She served as a cultural counselor of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC from 2010-2014, during which time the Mutual Inspirations Festival was created and has now gone on for seven successful years with 10,000 visitors per year, and with collaboration by forty major Czech and American cultural institutions.

Charlotta Kotik
Charlotta Kotik is a Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum and an independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Prague, she was a curator at the Albright Knox art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and later at the Brooklyn Museum. She organized over 100 exhibitions and was an American commissioner for Venice Biennale where she presented work of Louise Bourgeois. She also lectures at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her most recent project was the exhibition Politicizing Space at the Shiva Gallery of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

David C. Terry
David C. Terry is an independent curator as well as the Director and Curator of Grants and Exhibitions at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a working artist, a curator with over 100 exhibitions and curated experiences to his name, as well as a juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural affairs, Lumen Arts Festival, and a Board Member of the College Art Association and the Executive Member of the Fine Arts Federation. Mr. Terry’s awards include New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Institute Award, the Elizabeth Foundation’s Residency Grant and the Node Center for Curatorial Studies’ Innovators Grant.

Marie Tomanova
Marie Tomanova was born in the former Czechoslovakia. She received her MFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Czech Republic in 2010. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Through photography, performance and video, her work focuses on the nature of identity, gender, displacement, and sexuality. Tomanova has shown her work at exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery(NYC), SPRING/BREAK Art Show(NYC), Czech Center New York(NYC), a TED Talk in Prague(CZ), Untitled Space(NYC) and others. She curated "Youth Explosion: The New Bohemia" and "Baby, I Like It Raw" for the Czech Center New York. She is currently co-creating, with Mirenka Cechova, the international multi-media performance piece Miss Amerika.

Thomas Beachdel, PhD
PhD, Art History, The Graduate Center at City University of New York
MA, Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 

Thomas Beachdel is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on landscape aesthetics/ideologies between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in the formation of political and scientific thought and in the relationship between human and environment in the Anthropocene. Emphasizing the notion of the hybrid as a methodological approach, his interdisciplinary research interests cross chronological and geographic boundaries to focus on the relationship between aesthetics and scientific inquiry.

An Assistant Professor in History of Art and Architecture and the Humanities at City University of New York, Hostos, he has lectured at the Dahesh Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the New Museum, the Whitney, DIA Beacon, and at contemporary New York galleries. He has taught courses on art and architectural history at Hunter College, The Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, and at Spitzer School of Architecture (City College).

 

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

From: Jul 7, 2017 7:00 PM
To: Aug 4, 2017

Organizer:

Czech Center


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