Český Krumlov 5.-6.9.2014

On the 5th and 6th September, CZECH THE LIGHT will be housed by Český Krumlov. Rony Plesl will present its Uranium Figure light sculpture and the interactive light-bulb CLOUD will also find its way there. It is sure to entertain kids and adults alike. There will also be other installations and accompanying events, which will herald culturally rich autumn in Český Krumlov.
Source: Aleš Motejl

Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov is a major tourist site of South Bohemia. The medieval town centre, listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1992, spreads out on the banks of the Vltava River. Its famous historical monuments including the dominants of the town – the Castle and Chateau – attract many lovers of culture every year. And although Český Krumlov with the population of 13,000 is a popular film set, this picturesque south Bohemian town is worth visiting and enjoying.
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Opening of Cultural Autumn

Like every year, the historical city centre as well as the rest of the town will pulsate with life in autumn. However, it is not easy for everyone to enjoy the beauty of Český Krumlov. On the “Disability Day, Day without Barriers” (on 13th September 2014) all barriers will “disappear” and the city will show its charm also to physically challenged people. On the European Heritage Days (6th – 14th September 2014), visitors will have an opportunity to visit major historical monuments and see places that are not usually open to public. Period music, church music and Baroque opera will sound in the authentic historical venues during the Festival of Baroque Arts (19th – 21st September 2014) in the city. The St. Wenceslas festival celebrating the patron saint of Bohemia and patron of beer brewers and vine-growers will stir up the atmosphere at the end of September (26th – 28th September 2014). You can start looking forward to folklore, doors open night in museums and galleries and a fair offering abundance of good food and drinks.

The installations will shine between 9:00 p.m. and midnight.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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