Open Call
Created: 29. 2. 2016 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

Open Call


Exhibition opening on Thursday the 3rd March at 6 pm.

Exhibition runs from 4th March till 9th April 2016.

Open: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–8pm


Gallery UM
nám. Jana Palacha 80, Prague 1


In March, Gallery UM will present the exhibition Open Call by Alžbeta Bačíková, Lucie Rosenfeldová and Martina Smutná. The artists deal with how the principle of the competition shapes the form of artworks not only in galleries. They demonstrate this process primarily in the established procedures of auditions and the film industry. They set their short film in the scenographic design of the gallery space.  

“Anyone who wants to succeed in the world of today will sooner or later be subjected to some form of selection process. Opportunities and funding are offered to us only under the  the condition that we enter a competition. Often, the only justification for such a competition is competition itself: we have to participate to prove that our skills and knowledge are worthy of being used at all,” is how one of the author-curators, Martina Smutná, describes the concept.


In their joint Open Call project, the authors allow actual creative approaches to navigate the set frameworks of the selection process. Auditions are presented as metaphorical filters that screen what is allowed to develop. The pattern of their sieve determines social value.


Open Call provides an opportunity to abandon for a while the familiar environment of the art world and construct a fictional world of film. The excursion into the environment of film production includes an encounter with an experimental set design method, geared to the creation of fantastic worlds. At the same time, it becomes apparent that the manual for creating a perfect presentation can bend its own object: the original creative approach. The clash between uniqueness and utility is this time set against the backdrop of an unfinished fantasy movie. Once again, there is no clear winner.


Curators and authors of the exhibition: Alžběta Bačíková, Lucie Rosenfeldová, Martina Smutná