ARTSEMESTR Winter 2015
Opening: 5th February 2015 at 6 pm
Exhibition: 6th February – 12th February 2015
Open daily 10:00 – 18:00
The showcase of student work that originated in the studios of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in the 2014/2015 winter semester.
At the beginning of each semester, students are given a semestral task by the Head of the studio in which they are studying. They work on it individually for several months before the time of evaluation. A complete overview of the results of their efforts will be on display at Artsemestr Winter 2015 , which begins on 6th February.
The Sculpture Studio has set up a Collection of objects, through which the studio tries to follow the boundaries of sculptural media, contours of things, statues, their psychology, materiality, historicity, institutionalisation, etc. The Collection is used in the studio for a series of outputs and exhibition projects. The first, pilot episode takes place at Artsemestr, where a detective-like plot develops the Dadaist - romantic story of a single investigator.
In the Ceramics and Porcelain Studio the assignment was a CUP. Functional prototypes originated there and students of Illustration were involved in creating their decor. Besides practical thinking, students developed their imagination on the topic: Good morning, Mr Böttger. They found inspiration in the person of Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682 – 1719), German alchemist and chemist who discovered porcelain manufacturing.
The project of Iconic Recycling by the Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design is under the auspices of a distinct personality in haute couture, Elisabeth Laengle, who discovered the talent of Helmut Lang. Students were sent a fictional letter with an offer of cooperation from the leading fashion houses of Donna Karan, Gianfranco Ferré, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Prada and Helmut Lang. Elisabeth Laengle provided students with originals of garments from her collections, dating from the '70s to the present day. Students had to create new clothing items out of them, according to their own ideas.
The Glass Studio dealt with processing a DONATION. Sebastian Kitzberger has created an impressive glass heart, which refers to the tradition of tattoos worn by sailors in the early 20th century. "These symbols were supposed to protect sailors from storms, diseases and shark attacks," Sebastian explains the symbolic meaning of his "donation".
Kristýna Venturová works in the same studio as Sebastian; the topic of Donation inspired her to produce a Tray for the family. "The twig that goes through the middle of the tray symbolises a family tree and at the same time each family member," says Kristýna and adds that the distances between the twigs are not random. "It is in fact a timeline with twigs that mark the exact years when individual people were born."
Marek Šilpoch studies at the Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communication, newly led by graphic designer, Petr Krejzek, founder of the ReDesign design studio. Marek composed a logotype for a space mission called MARS ONE out of copyright fonts.
Everyday life in the Czech fashion industry is being tested by students of the Fashion Design Studio in collaboration with the LOCAL ICONS project. Individual design teams prepare complete looks, based on the redesign of the normal production of Czech factories, such as Redno, Jitex and Topak. The common goal are real, viable products that could extend and enrich the current catalogue of Czech manufacturers.
In the Illustration and Graphics Studio students had several tasks. Interesting outputs will primarily consist of the work of an Illustrated Story: read - illustrate - typeset - print and bind! – or a Film Poster to promote a studio film club.
Linda Vránová (Product Design Studio) will present impressive bowls made of corian and her classmate, Lukáš Matěja, will introduce the INSTABILE bowl, which, as the name suggests, gives the impression of instability.
The laboratory of graphic design, the Graphic Design and New Media Studio was assigned the task: Suggest a name and design logos for Death Metal, Metal, Folk, Country and Pop bands. A full semestral task on the topic of CLIP also included work on a draft of a musical instrument, a concert poster and audio or visual responses to the song, Cirkus, by Peťo Tázok and Karaoke Tundra.
On the opening day of Artsemestr, a party for students and the public will be held in the premises of the former Braník brewery. The star of the evening will be the legendary W.W.W. and their Neurobeat project.
Artsemestr is a regular presentation of work for the general public by students of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. For students, Artsemestr represents one of the most important periods in their studies. The projects exhibited here by students represent the most valuable of their semester's work. The public has an exceptional opportunity to see what visions and ideas, materials and processes are crucial for students at the present moment.
The number of studios and their particular specialisations (Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, Graphics and Applied Arts) present a wide range of expression. Consequently, this show is becoming the most comprehensive and varied perspective on current young creation in Art and Applied Design.