Acupuncture of Exhibition Space (squared)
3.3.2020 - 23.3.2020 Pragovka Gallery / Entry Prague
installation, approx. 60000 nails, performance, electricity-connected subwoofer (no sound), 250m cable
Project Exhibition Space Acupuncture2 (Squared), is an allegoric continuation of the exhibition that took place between 29 May and 3 July 2019 in the Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts (FaVU) in Brno.
Exhibition Space Acupuncture is a metaphor of a gallery space as an individual participant, an organism, and its stimulation. It works with the space as an accumulation unit in a network and with the unit network itself. The initial starting point of the project refers to the theory of the French sociologist Bruno Latour. He does not include only people, but also objects, organisations, and concepts to the actor-network theory (also known as ANT). ANT is based on the idea of a heterogeneous network of actors in material and semiotic relationships with each other. Latour tries to explain how (not so much why) the actors in this network have come together to act as a whole. The ANT argues that any actor, whether a person, object, organisation, or concept, is equally important to the network.
Similarly, acupuncture as a treatment method takes individuality into account as a comprehensive understanding of the state of the whole organism rather than its individual parts. Whatever happens in one part of the body affects another, much like the network relationship system, according to Latour. Each network is built from connecting points that make up the system and can be labelled as "acupuncture points ".