Tomáš Moravanský

Still Live (2018)

Video-performance series, installation, choreography, stage-performances, variable dimensions

 

2018 - FaVU Gallery, Brno
2018 - House of the Lord of Kunstat, Brno (as Pride and Prejudice)
2018 - 2020 - separate parts presented in various forms as live performances


The project Still Live from 2018 is a series of six videos whose common feature is the multiplication of a subject performing a predetermined sequence of actions. This is the first part of an extensive project series that can potentially continue endlessly - just like the actions recorded on videos can be repeated endlessly and also by various actors. The project, characterized as postconceptual is with the tradition of conceptual art connected with a focus on a predetermined instruction, according to which it is possible to repeatedly realize the work. However, the precondition of success is the elimination of subjective decisions in the implementation process. In the literature, these instructions are compared to scientific algorithms but also to musical scores and choreography. I also use these methods in the interpretation of my approach; this work is actually an organic attempt to link my work in the context of visual art with a parallel career in music and theater. The choice of activities and roles that show the protagonists of some of the videos (landscape painters, DJs) refers in various art forms to the traditional (pre-conceptual) conception of creation as an expression of individuality. The work in its theoretical background works with factual processing of individual videos with poststructuralsitic interpretation of the subject. (Lacanian psychoanalysis plays a central role here).

 

The entire Still Live project can be interpreted as a nostalgic report on the disappearance of an individual
subject expressing itself through a work of art but also as a celebration of the possibility of constructing
the subject's simulacrum and its expression.

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Still Live from 2018 is the first part of a series of eponymous title Still Live.

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