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Extra-Planetary Commitment

We are dragged down by gravity, by the slowness of invention, by the viscosity of wet concrete. While a small organic sprout died of exposure on the moon, our home planet is increasingly filled with toxicity. Toxic air… earth… water. Imagine the protective garments needed to shield ourselves from our environment as extra-planetary conditions come to pass on planet Earth. Extra-Planetary Commitment curated by Àngels Miralda proposes a critical junction in critique and a solution through science-fiction narratives. The artists’ work with future environments as a way to analyse current earthly predicaments. This exhibition is not so much about space flight as it is about the freedom of imagination to critique current establishments and political practices as well as our contemporary daily life.

Technology is already redefining the human body and our relationship to nature. Artworks compare the pictorial space of the imaginary with the sculptural conditions of material reality. While imagination can expand into worlds free of gravitation and time, sculptural materiality gives way to a non-human agency. Considerations of bodies and limits appear in Evita Vasiljeva’s concrete, and PVC humanoid forms are emitting hormonal variations or gentle breathing gestures. Ad Minoliti’s abstract bodies replay modernism in an age of bodily re-definition where gender vanishes and is replaced by cyborg geometric sensualities. Cyborg bodies are brought up in Julia Varela’s Mehr Fantasie in which plasma-screen powder is used as a sinister beauty treatment masque alluding to the smothering powder of the waste of human progress. This abstract powder next to Vasiljeva’s breathing sculptures transmit the choked hazard of post-human toxic earth. In a mystic turn, Botond Keresztesi’s collaged elements see a world of insect warriors in abstract spatial planes – a universe parallel to ours made of references to digital space and modernism.

Modernism features in the compositional gestures of Minoliti and Keresztesi. The legacy of Suprematism and geometric abstraction lives on in contemporary depictions of space. Digital imaging software programmes have made this space reality – a blank canvas with which to fill with our dreams. Both artists remix the established art historical narrative into new formations and code. The concrete of Vasiljeva’s structures echo the lost dreams of Bauhaus architecture and the ruins of a utopia that never came to be. Varela’s powder corpse of plasma-screen vision lies on the ground like a pulverised black square. One hundred years on from Malevich and le Corbusier, our material conditions have yet to be overcome.

Don’t let the dream die - this is a bid to keep exploring other worlds.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Prague City Hall’s Cultural and Arts Grant, the Prague 7 City District Authority’s Grants Programme for Culture and by Key Promotion.

Public Programme

Curator's Tour: Extra-Planetary Commitment

16 March 2019

Exhibition

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12 June - 21 July 2019

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20 July 2019

Exhibition

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31 August - 13 October 2019

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23 October 2019

Public Programme

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1 December 2019

Art Fair

NADA Miami 2019: Botond Keresztesi

5 December - 8 December 2019

Exhibition

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25 January - 12 March 2020

Public Programme

Curator's Tour: The Sea Monster, The Bear

6 February 2020

Art Fair

NADA FAIR: Radek Brousil, Valentýna Janů, Botond Keresztesi, Pavla Malinová

20 May - 21 June 2020

Art Fair

Art Brussels Online Platform: Radek Brousil, Valentýna Janů, Botond Keresztesi, Pavla Malinová

28 May - 15 June 2020

Exhibition

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9 June - 25 July 2020

Public Programme

Curator's Tour: ‘Hollow Hug’

9 July 2020

Exhibition

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1 August - 29 August 2020

Exhibition

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5 September - 17 October 2020

Art Fair

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1 December - 5 December 2020

Exhibition

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12 December - 22 December 2020

Public Programme

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19 May 2021

Exhibition

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25 May - 10 July 2021

Public Programme

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3 June 2021

Art Fair

SPARK Art Fair, Vienna: Keresztesi Botond

24 June - 27 June 2021

Exhibition

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30 July - 4 September 2021

Exhibition

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11 September - 31 October 2021

Public Programme

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20 October 2021