Olomouc 11.-14.6.2014

Between 11th and 14th June, CZECH THE LIGHT will adorn Olomouc. František Skála's House of Shadows will shine its non-traditional performance for you and the irradiating projection „The Sun“ by Josef Šafařík will take you to the Universe for three days between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. And there will a couple of other entertaining events to celebrate the Olomouc City Festival to complete the list as well.
Source: Jaroslav Mares

Olomouc

With the population of 100,000, Olomouc is the sixth largest city in the Czech Republic. The metropolis of the Haná region belongs to the most important cultural sites of Moravia, and its historical centre is the second largest urban heritage site reserve in the Czech Republic. Apart from many museums and theatres, Olomouc is in particular known for the Palacký University and its long tradition and the Research Library in Olomouc offering more than one million books. And last but not least, Olomouc is the popular site of various festivals, the number of which increases every year.
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City Festival in Olomouc

Horní and Dolní náměstí squares in Olomouc will remind of the old days on 13th and 14th June. The traditional city festival “Svátky města Olomouce” will offer numerous period shows that will make good time for visitors of the festival fair. To close the event, relics of St. Paulina, the Patron Saint of the city of Olomouc, will be paraded to the St. Moritz Church.

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.
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.
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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