We understand sculpture as a way of expressing our entangled beliefs, opinions, suggestions, concepts, empathy and emotions in space that could change things for the better not only for people but also for other species. Although our understanding of sculpture is not limited by medium, we support the teaching of sculpture techniques and technologies that we rethink in relation to ethical methods of production, carbon footprints, recycling and upcycling of materials. Their knowledge helps us to intervene not only through exhibitions and discussions, but also through other formats such as campaigns, demonstrations, concerts, care, tree planting, events in the countryside or in public space, new ways of narration, etc. In recent years, the studio's interest has been in a more politically and environmentally engaged direction, responding to problems related to the climate crisis, migration, drought, soil condition, food sovereignty, environmental grief, and animal suffering.
We represent our joint engagement in the studio with the metaphor ‘the shadow of the foundation stone’. We try diligently with the students to find the already oft-defined essence of sculpture. Simultaneously, however, we contend that keeping in view the foundation stone and classical principles is not enough. Therefore we focus our attention also on its shadow, which in the development of art alters its outlines, its size, its intensity and its applications. We consider how the shadow changes with point of view and method of lighting, and knowledge of the original form of the foundation stone during its illumination is also very important.
We apply a laboratorial system of teaching, which pursues the mutual influencing of the individual structures of art. We reflect contemporary artistic and theoretical discourse, but also attempt to update and add new articulation to the list of existing sculptural approaches. We believe that the penetrability of the boundaries of individual genres and media has already been established and we value the ‘expanded field of sculpture' as a self-evident heritage of the 1970s. We therefore want to focus more on gaps in the understanding of sculpture, on exploring the possibilities of the sculpture in its widest sense and on what role it may play in contemporary life and art and what are its benefits, stereotypes and limitations for social engagement. We develop sculpture in all its forms, from the statue, object, installation and piece for public space to extra-sculptural disciplines, and in all essential technologies.
The structure of learning is based on a regular program of repeating seminars and workshops led by invited personalities from the Czech Republic and abroad, joint studio meetings, studio exhibitions and individual consultations.
nám. J. Palacha 80, 116 93 Praha 1
ground floor – room 004
HEAD OF THE STUDIO
MgA. Dominik Lang
Prof. Ak. soch. Kurt Gebauer