The competitions of artists are special things. If there is a public call at their beginning, from which the chosen and awarded works will rise, they are inevitably determined by it. First, who is the target group that should be reached by the call, what type of creators is actually answering the calls, and third, who is the one who makes the selection.
As a curator I am at the heart of this process. I obtained the selection of works from which I had to make a shortlist for the jury and audience. So I had to make an even more determined selection from a largely decided selection. I added several videos that impressed me during the last few months. Such a choice is, of course, personal and random.
The chosen works are very varied; there is probably not a single name which would cover all of them (they range from drawn animation, conceptual videoart, to various analyses of digital images). The analysis of images is used in Pollution Movies by Michal Kindernay (analysing the image and sound using the authorial software), video Corded by Petra Hermanová is based on the idea of a movable frame in relation to the moving object pictured in it which stays in the golden section. In her Psycho-analysis Bára Švarcová is spreading the film classic by Hitchcock into space. The space limitation determines the shape of the sitespecific animation installation Column by Vilém Novák.
Others slightly nostalgically work with the permeation of digital and analog media – The Lost Architect by Daniel Pitín – is based on the contact of video and analog media of projection, Prevision of Jan Pfeiffer is a commentary on photography, hence connecting the moving image with older media. Grandmother R.I.P. by Roman Týc is a series of photographs put into motion. The third group of artists uses conceptual shift and the imagination of viewers: Trilobite by Matěj Smetana is an animated red line drawing, the story of surprising image illusion. The narrative of Fly by Tomáš Svoboda takes place only in our imagination. In this context the playful, hand-drawn animation by Lenka Žampachová And Thus I Bark Like Thunder feels very fresh, with special ease of transformations and simplicity of the tools used, and this closes our selection.
— Lenka Dolanová