16:00 | FRIDAY 7. 12. 2012 | Theatre K3
In his artistic practice Vilém Novák works with the variability of expressing the moving image, with the possibilities of its representation through video, generated images, animation and an object. The series of videos Them was created in his own programmed environment, in which he let beings evolve – creatures of an artificial evolution.
The creatures are developed from regular prisms, basic elements, by which Novák intentionally refers to the attempts of the graphic designer and developer Karel Sims, who worked with artificial evolution and the development of graphic creatures in 1994. Unlike Novák, however, he did not try to observe his similar creatures in their mutual interactions. The behaviour of creatures is unpredictable, derived from the unique dispositions of their genetic code and often absurd reactions to their environment (water, soil, air). The environment of the videos is left neutral: grey in colour and of basic, almost studio dispositions. Evolved angular beings in neutral grey space are driven by Novák to make mutual contact and in the background of a staged abstraction their emotional changes can be derived and mimicry of their social behaviour can be detected.
It is not an analogue of acting or the author's directorial manipulation, but rather a motive of observed reactions among selected creatures put into a shared environment. Their behaviour is not gradually animated, but the "laboratory" environment becomes the creatures' own existence – beings existing in the live animation are recorded for the resulting videos in a similar way to photorealistic images. Animation in the case of Vilém Novák is not work with puppets, drawing or graphics, but live action recording in the program interface. Animation in the sense of bringing to life (animare) is dealt with in the videos and as always, a newfound sense of the behaviour of creatures that binds to the state of the moving image, is documented by the author.
- Martin Mazanec
For the catalogue the text originally accompanying the exhibition Vilém Novák: Them (31 Oct – 20 Dec 2012, Gallery of Youth, Brno, the Czech Republic) was used.
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