Final and semester works of UMPRUM students will be presented this time on the UMPRUM website and social networks
Spring anti-coronavirus safety measures could not be avoided even by the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague (UMPRUM). Although distance learning took place, all workshops were closed and the assigned final papers were postponed until the summer. For this reason, the final critique of work was postponed until September. For the first time since its operation, the Artsemestr exhibition will not be open to the public.
Although at first glance it might have seemed that life at school had stopped, but this was not the case. We are not talking about the fact that the students of UMPRUM were already actively involved in helping the needy at the beginning of March, not only through sewing face masks and the production of protective shields.
Practically without interruption, standard teaching and work on assigned semester projects took place. Studios dependent on the facilities of the school workshops faced the greatest challenge. Some projects created in cooperation with companies also had to be postponed.
"Everything took place under very abnormal conditions, which was a novelty for us, as for everyone else. For many different reasons, we were unable to organize the Artsemestr exhibition as accustomed. However, we will try to make up for it with external exhibitions and especially with presentations of works on our website and social networks, "says Radek Sidun, Vice-Rector for Communication and International Relations, about this year's Arts Semester.
Even under such difficult conditions, several remarkable projects and works were created. For many studios, it was a new challenge to promote their projects via the virtual world of social networks. As part of the "Quarantine" project, the Industrial Design Studio opened its teaching to the public via Instagram. Followers thus had the opportunity to watch the assigning of topics, the development/creation of works, and studio teaching. The Sculpture Studio also moved into the social network environment, continuously posting works on the topic "From the house to outside. How to live in quarantine for there to be life?” or launching the broadcast "Radio Doma" and the new project "Bestiary ".
The topic of life in quarantine was also addressed by the Photography II Studio, where students were given the task of documenting their personal story with the events surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. The Studio of Graphic Design and New Media also focused on capturing individual personal themes during the quarantine period. In the absence of the schools workshops, many students responded by returning to their original sources and craft traditions. Probably the best example is the project by the Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain, where students rediscovered the sources of clays and ceramic in their places of residence. The situation indirectly also affected the Studio of Architecture IV, which at the time were working on the topic of border-crossing within the Schengen regions, which became an outdated subject and acquired a completely new dimension due to safety measures.
Among the larger projects that continued smoothly, worth mentioning is the topic of knitwear, which were independently addressed by the Studios of Fashion and Footwear Design and by the Fashion Design studio, or the topic of the Textile Design Studio "Textiles for the Metro", where students designed new covers for metro seats from jacquard fabrics.
Although this time the Artsemestr exhibition will not be open to the public, many projects will be on display at individual exhibitions. The project by the Photography II Studio will be presented at a separate exhibition in Hall No. 35 of the Pražská tržnice, the project Disclimatic Territories of the Studio of Architecture II, which focused on the Ralsko region, and will be on view in the Norma Gallery Space. Results of final and semester projects of the Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain, Studio of Concept – Object – Meaning (K.O.V.) and the Architecture III Studio will be presented to the public as part of the 2020 Designblok exhibition.
At the same time, the works exhibited during the final critiques will be documented and presented on the UMPRUM website and social networks.