This video-exhibition was derived from authenticity elements and non-human encounter by David Přílučík, student of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. It was a part of the thirteenth annual year of the Festival of Film Animation and it was, due to its success, extended until 30th January. The final evening took place on Tuesday 27th January at 6:30 pm.
The loss of work's authenticity in this time of technological reproduction and various metamorphoses of this concern in current digital age steadily worries (or maybe fascinates?) the numerous community of authors coming to PAF. This topic is also significant for the work of David Přílučík, the student of Tomáš Vaněk in Intermedia Studio at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.
Přílučík comments on coping with the loss of authenticity in time of image reproduction, however, he does not deal with what is or is not authentic. Rather than that, he deals with the question how feelings of authenticity are caused and what do people do to experience them. The term authenticity itself is then defined as 'something subjectively true, genuine, as a direct contact with something'. As he himself aptly points out: 'I sometimes experience an authentic feeling when I watch somebody experiencing an authentic feeling without even understanding how could the particular situation affect them so deeply...'
An oddly manipulated physical object Table (2014) belongs among his range of work. The object Table is a transfer of post production photoshop games to a material level. Table is something absolutely basic and at the same time, it is subordinate to production/consumer logics. The imitation of material is the material itself. The motif of creating imitations is a possibility of conquering reality, its valid laws which are dependent on our needs. In the ideas shot in 'real' time, he simulates the post production process (Slow motion, 2014) and therefore examines our sensitivity towards these, nowadays common, procedures. In another of his pieces of work, he tracks the need to experience feelings of uniqueness via live image which is also subordinate to consumer logics which is embodied by a physical closeness of a star persona (one, 2014).
The main topic of the individual video exhibition in U Mloka Gallery is then an encounter with an animal. We don't know whether it is domestic or a stray. On the basis of personal approach, we can only guess if it is a beloved pet which has the right to get the best treatment or a stray non-human animal which should be caught. The term of freedom of movement is essential here. As soon as we would stop distinguishing the border between public and private space, the border would become unclear and our understanding of animals could be transferred.
The chapter 'Why Look at Animals?' from the publication About Looking by John Berger came in handy to the author in the sense of a retrospective definition of this piece of work. The canonical BBC documentary series Ways of Seeing was the exhibition project in Galrie dé and the series Ways of Something screened during PAF at Chapel of Corpus Kristi Chapel at Konvikt.
DAVID PŘÍLUČÍK: THE LEAST ACTION
U Mloka Gallery, Lafayettova 9, Olomouc
4. 12. 2014 – 30. 1. 2015
The finishing evening: Tuesday 27th January, 6:30 pm