The Prague Art Scene: Local Heroes and Big Dreamers

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Friday, January 29th, 2021

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CERES "Making and Remaking Central Europe" Series


In my presentation I will deal with the Czech art scene, in particular that of Prague. I will try to capture the artistic operations in full, from established institutions with a long history, to places that are still looking for their place, to those that are no longer on the art map today. Some people miss this last group whereas others do not care.

By “art,” I refer to that which is not intended to be useful in the form of decoration and is not just a filling of the free time of its potential recipients. For me, art is not a leisure activity used to entertain its creators and spectators. At the same time, though, it is not an illustration of a political or social situation.

Prague is not Berlin and will never be. However, it has its specific features, local heroes, and big dreams. Let me tell you how some of them become reality.

David Kořínek (*1970) is an artist and theorist of visual culture.

David received his master’s degree in film science and aesthetics at Masaryk University in Brno (MUNI), Czech Republic. He worked as a producer for the public service broadcaster, Czech Television.

He is the founder of the Digital Media Department of Media Studies at MUNI and has led the Media Lab there. With Federico Díaz, he co-founded the Supermedia Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 2008.

Since 2019 he has been the head of the Center for Audiovisual Studies at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is also an associate professor there.

He has been a member of artistic group Rafani since 2007 and has had exhibitions in many European galleries and institutions. For their feature-length documentary debut, “31 Endings / 31 Beginnings,” Rafani received a Special Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2011.

Rafani has been nominated for Person of the Year in the field of Czech art several times. They have received this award twice.

David Kořínek deals with the theory of the moving image in the context of visual arts and has written about this topic for several international anthologies.

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Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

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