David Bartoš (CZ) was born in 1993 in Prostějov, graduated from the Department of Art Education at Palacký University in Olomouc and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology. In Olomouc, he continues to study in the Ph.D. program under Prof. Vladimír Havlík, and his dissertation research focuses on conscious and unconscious forms of action art in the educational system of schools in the Czech Republic.
In his work he mostly expresses himself in the form of video, audio, group performances and installations. Thematically, he relates to the analysis or possible deconstruction of social institutional and procedural patterns, such as the family or the principles and forms of education. Using manipulative examples, Bartoš demonstrates the relativity of valid dualistic systems of good and evil or lies and truth. In this context, the thesis Průvodce / Tour guide (2018), which was nominated for the Startpoint Prize, was crucial.
Bartoš has long been interested in different approaches to education, not only in the field of art, especially using the principles of action or conceptual art. He then presents educational experiments both in the context of art institutions and in his own pedagogical practice.
In 2016, Bartoš established a site-specific gallery in his hometown in the four-story tower of the Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, later expanding the space to include the attic. The gallery focused on presenting contemporary young artists. In 2020 the gallery ceased operations, but in the same year Bartoš followed up with the establishment of the Basement Project. The organizational-artistic platform with exhibition space aims to provide both an audience and hands-on experience of the art operation to UP students and academics.
In addition to institutional curating and production, Bartoš occasionally curates other external exhibition projects.
Since 2020, he has been a member of the audiovisual production company Nakamerô, which, in addition to commercial production, also focuses on documentary films or documentation of various artistic and cultural events (exhibitions, performances, live-stream performative shows, etc.).
In 2017, he started working as an author within the artistic duo Michal&David (collaboration with Michal Čepelka), which is a group that moves between humorous concepts in the form of performances and pop music.
David Bartoš has been a member of the artistic collective INSTITUT INSTITUT since 2021.