Over the course of PAF – Festival of Film Animation, PAF Art offers a programme that reacts to the display and installation possibilities of the Konvikt building and allied Olomouc and virtual galleries. PAF invites the artists, who are asked to present their work or to make other kinds of active demonstrations within the main festival sections. Whereas Aport Animation prefers projects related to classical cinematography, PAF Art more significantly leans towards the installation practices of the visual arts and this year it has a close connection with the programme section Animation beyond Animation. Thus the parts of PAF Art are installation projects, often closely associated with moving pictures.
From the standpoint of PAF’s longterm tendencies, the most significant interference to the architecture of Konvikt this year is the exhibition of the Other Vision’s competition block called Differentiated Visions. This year, Other Visions, under a new “differentiated” name, will move to the Atrium after six years spent in the attic where they were presenting in the form of fragmented installation variations that retained the projection aspects of a classical cinema setting. In the open ground floor, outside the main festival season and in a much more problematic space, the most complex exhibition so far in the history of Other Visions was set up. It is complex in terms of technological solutions and installation, all thanks to the curatorial concept of Lenka Střeláková. Individually displayed works including several multichannel video installations can be stored in a single space designed according to a sophisticated projection plan. The individual works will then be activated at strict intervals by trained personnel. The architectonic layout was prepared and implemented by the visual artists Tomáš Moravec and Matěj AlAli. In 2011, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the competition Other Visions, they created the special exhibition project Revizor which looked at the previous competition years from the perspective of precinematographic projectors. In the relaxed attic space, the American artist Jonathan Monaghan will present the one channel digital animation Escape Pod. The attic will also offer sanctuary to the Czech artists Marq Delong & Anna Slama for their postinternet installation SANDBOX FRONTEX LITANY, as well as to Alexander Campaz, the New York fashion designer and, since 2012, the creator of PAF‘s designer fashion collection. He presented his latest art project Infinity + 1, the concept for which comes from Hilbert‘s paradox of a hotel room and refers to the infinite diversity and interconnection of the colour palette, for the first time in New York in November of 2015 under the patronage of PAF.
The cooperating virtual gallery ScreenSaverGallery will, after three years, virtually connect Konvikt in Olomouc with personal and work computers all around the world. Guest curators Tomáš Javůrek & Barbora Trnková chose the model of competition and the name for the exhibition, which refers to one of the main programme sections of the festival. With that they “hacked“ not only the physical space of the festival, but also the unique first place of the competition Other Visions within PAF, as well as the conceptual unity of the section Animation beyond Animation and, ultimately, with their creativeartistic approach, their own roles as curators.
The playfulness, humour and optimism which come from the solipsistically based Malawi culture are the main features of the work of the conceptual artist, performer and Situationist Samson Kambala, who deviates from everyday life with his “psychogeographical exclamations” according to the cheerful principles of Nyau. Kambala ́s exhibition Unbearable Lightness of Nyau Cinema will be on public display in the U Mloka Gallery until January 16, 2016.
The multimedia artist, winner of Other Visions 2010 and finalist in this year‘s selection, David Možný, has prepared his new project Open Space for the last exhibition of this year in the street gallery Vitrína Deniska. He installed a reduced office interior into the serried space behind the glass, as one of the characteristic symptoms of modern society, in accord with his “favourite” topics of dystopia and civilizational anxieties. The essential event of this year is the award for the most influential contemporary Czech artist over 35, initiated by the activity Artist Has an Award. The award for an artist over 35 is given every year as a gesture of recognition by our young artists and theoreticians to the artists of the older generation. The last laureate was a performer, artist and teacher from Olomouc Vladimír Havlík. He will lead the opening ceremony, and with his art formation Ostrý zub, he will present the award to the laureate for the year 2015.
Every year more than five hundred people from all around the Czech Republic participate in the choice of the laureate, who, at the time of the vote, must be older than 35 and nominated by two artists from the older generation. Havlík became the 8th laureate after Jiří Kovanda, Vladimír Skrepl, Adriana Šimotová, artistic duo Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, Václav Stratil, Dalibor Chatrný, Vladimír Kokoliov and Martin Zet.
Alexandr Jančík, Marie Meixnerová