Brno 15.-17.5.2014

Between 15th and 17th May, CZECH THE LIGHT will inspirit the historical centre of Brno. You can start looking forward to the CLOUD of light bulbs that has already shined in several world cities, or for the projection entitled Interpretation of Black&White Structures by Zdeněk Sýkora created by the SPAM group of Vladimir 518. At the same time, the Brno Museum Night and other accompanying events will also be taking place in Brno.
Source: Libor Sváček

Brno

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, it is the centre of South Moravia hosting prestigious educational, administrative and scientific institutions. This tourist metropolis interwoven with bike paths spreading out in the shadow of the Špilberk baroque castle offers many cultural programmes also popular with students who represent about one fifth of the 400,000 population of Brno. The historical centre of Brno is an urban heritage site reserve, while the Tugendhat Villa, listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, is considered the most remarkable landmark of the city.
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Brno Museum Night

Brno Museum Night is here for its jubilee tenth edition on 17th May. The doors of the most important Brno museums and galleries will stay open between 6:00 p.m. and midnight, and Red Church (Červený kostel), Jiří Mahen Library (Knihovna Jiřího Mahena) and New Townhall (Nová radnice) will also join in. Like in previous years, there will also be several accompanying events, check them out as they are being unveiled on the official website of the event www.brnenskamuzejninoc.cz.

Projects

CLOUD
Source: Luboš Wišniewski

CLOUD

The piece utilizes thousands of everyday domestic light bulbs and pull strings, re-imagining their potential to create wonder and inspire collaboration. As part of the process of creating the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from the surrounding community, forging an informal relationship with non-artists, reducing costs, and asking audiences to reconsider household items in an alternative context. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD by initiating impromptu collaborations, working as a collective to turn the entire sculpture on and off. This team effort was already tested in Calgary, Moscow, Chicago and at last year’s Light festival SIGNAL in Prague.
ArchiBio
Source: Luboš Wišniewski

ArchiBio

The ArchiBio project discovers phenomena that surround us everywhere, yet they remain invisible. The growth of bacteria, fungi and plants, life of an ant colony – the beauty of these phenomena escapes our attention, because they exist on a different scale or in a different time beyond our perception. Live ArchiBio mapping unfolds the beauty of microscopic worlds enlarged to a giant size in the public space. It poses a question whether the relationship between nature and technology really is antagonistic, or whether the man-made technologies represent just another branch on the evolutionary tree. The artist poses questions by projecting images of living organisms and their growth and movement in real time on the front of a selected house.  ArchiBio was exhibited at the last year’s SIGNAL light festival in Prague.
House of Shadows
Source: Luboš Wišniewski

House of Shadows

This tiny „ice“ house the size of a small room placed on the grass mediates colour effects caused by sunshine to the audience. At night, it turns into a glowing crystal offering a shadow play on its surface, trying to evoke non-traditional and unique fairy tale atmosphere. By doing so, the House of Shadows extends the legacy of the melancholy Domečky snů (Houses of Dreams) installation that captured the imagination of art lovers as well as the general public several years ago. It was first shown at the last year’s SIGNAL light festival in Prague.
Interpretation of black and white structures of Zdeněk Sýkora
Source: Luboš Wišniewski

Interpretation of black and white structures of Zdeněk Sýkora

Fifty years after Zdeněk Sýkora created his first structures, the SPAM group tries to use its own phraseology to “read” and interpret them. Using their own traditional tools, the artists get beneath the surface of the paintings in two ways. On one hand, they examine the visual building material using laser and video projection, on the other, the alphanumeric code used by Sýkora to create his structures, serves as a basis for an original sound composition. On top of that, the projection will partially reveal the methods used by the SPAM artists to process the original. This project was exhibited at the last year’s SIGNAL light festival in Prague.
The Sun
Source: Luboš Wišniewski

The Sun

The main theme of this multimedia spatial installation is the sun. The projection is used to try to give spectators the opportunity of unusual encounters allowing them a confrontation with the great energy, power and size of the Sun and its dimensions beyond out imagination. The Sun –giver, creator, and at the same time, the star of death, that is sure to write the last chapter in the history of mankind and the planet Earth one day. The specially treated projection surface is transparent but on the side where you look at it, it behaves as a semi-transparent mirror – the observer becomes part of the projection. The Sun was exhibited at the last year’s SIGNAL light festival in Prague.
Uranium Figure
Source: Luboš Wišniewski

Uranium Figure

This suspended light sculpture consisting of approximately 35 tubes (l=600mm, dia 60-80mm) is made from unique vibrant glass, which encourages the viewer to contemplate. In each of the tubes there is a UV fluorescent lamp giving the uranium glass its intense green and yellow signal light brightness. Uranium Figure was first presented at the SIGNAL light Prague festival where the installation added a very special touch to the Church of St. Martin in the Wall. As this unique work of glass is taken to other places in the Czech Republic, new interesting venues will allow it to absorb different atmosphere and reveal itself in contexts that neither its author has thought of yet.
Metropolia
Source: Jakub Nepraš

Metropolia

Metropolia is an original light projection autoritatively levitating above spectators' heads. It provides an unusual view of the metropolitan colossus generating rotating frequencies and containing visual as well as symbolical rhytms of contemporary cities. The projection has been mostly inspired by Prague and Shanghai; its light beams fall on a structured circular object built of packagings of original made-in-China products. In its hypnotic cycles, Metropolia tells an abstract story of  a universal city sinking into the darkness over and over. Besides other things, it should encourage the viewers to perceive the city as a complex unit and to approach its unavoidable existence in the contemporary society in a positive way. Before joining the CZECH THE LIGHT series, Metropolia was presented at the 2010 EXPO in Shanghai and at this year's UNPAINTED exhibition in Munich, Germany.

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