19.2.2020 - 12.4.2020, Brno House of Arts / G99, Brno
installation, paper boxes 40x40x40cm, various dimension
Tomáš Moravanský’s STILL LEFT exhibition in the G99 Gallery is the outcome of his residence in the Brno Artists in Residence programme of the Brno House of Arts in autumn 2019. STILL LEFT follows a series of interlinked gallery projects, object installations, interventions into the public space, scenic performances and short films created under the joint title STILL LEFT, in which Moravanský is currently exploring the subjects of everyday life, psychology of movement, intellectual property, virtuality and the culture of individualism in relation to phenomenology.
The artist expands the STILL LEFT exhibition with the approach to the perceived world as a virtual one; with the use of objects, he sets it in the space of a gallery, as a place intended for an intellectual and contemplative walk. He thus creates a paraphrase of a game which has no result, only possibilities. The protagonist is automatically drawn into a situation in which a work of art affects his or her inner state manifested individually through corporeality, producing new information, a specific dialogue in reality, leaving evidence of his or her expression in the world as well as visible shapes of their intentions. We relate to the external space through the situation of our body.
Thanks to the “bodily” or “postural schema”, we have at every moment a global, practical and implicit idea of the relationship between our body and things, of our position in relation to them. We transmit to the surrounding space a cluster of possible movements, or motoric projects. Our body is not within a space in the same way as objects; rather, it inhabits it and settles in it, attaches to it like a hand to a tool. Therefore if we want to shift our position, we don’t have to move our body like an object. We don’t need any means to change its position, we do it as if by miracle, thanks to the fact that the body is ours and allows us direct access to the space.
The real space in which every point is what it really is covered with humans by a “virtual space” into which such spatial values are inscribed which the particular points would reach if the coordinates of our body changed. As a result, a system of correspondences comes into existence between our situation and the situation of the others, in which each correspondence symbolizes all of the others.
This different approach which changes our factual situation into one of the cases in a system of other possible situations is already realized at the moment when, for example, we point our finger at a point in space. The pointing gesture which animals do not understand assumes that we are already moving within a virtual, centrifigural or cultural space, at the end of a line indicated by the finger. This mimic use of our body is not connected with the mind as it doesn’t separate us from the body situation; on the contrary, it takes over its whole meaning.
Still Left is part of a series Still Live Project.