Pass it on!
Aspects of Collaboration in the work of UMPRUM students
May 12th – November 1st, 2020
West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen, Masné krámy exhibition hall, Pražská 18, Pilsen
The exhibition is open daily except for Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm.
The exhibition Pass it on! Aspects of cooperation between UMPRUM students of The Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague during the creative process, representing the irreplaceable value of cooperation when implementing a new project. The exhibition runs at the West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen until November 1st.
Cooperation is an essential part of the functionality and development of society. Especially nowadays, connections between individuals and disciplines are providing better and more comprehensive solutions to various current needs and problems. The exhibition by UMPRUM students proves the power of sharing, mutual help, and a joint search for new alternative solutions.
The exhibition Pass it on! compared to other large UMPRUM biennials goes beyond others from the past. For the first time, the exhibition will be presented outside the capital city of Prague, in the spaces of the Masné krámy Exhibition hall in the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen. The second novelty is the theme of the exhibition - Cooperation. The collection of works is not only a selection of the best that the students of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague have created, but it is connected by cooperation at various levels.
A curatorial team of UMPRUM graduates, led by Darina Zavadilová, worked on the project. Through selected works and their contextualization, the exhibition seeks to critically look at various aspects of collaboration in the school environment and reflect the unique position of the artist/designer in the creative process. “Cooperation is seen as a network of relationships, links, and causality, whether it is with manufacturers, technology, clients, educators, or other co-creators. Pass it on! It is a metaphor for external instruction, but also of the internal will to cooperate. While this may not in itself guarantee a good result, it offers a starting point for creative disciplines to transcend disciplinary constraints.“ says Darina Zavadilová the curator of the exhibition about the concept.
Among the 33 projects on display, we can mention, for example, the successful collaboration on the design of the URBI tram by Tomáš Chludil, a graduate of the Studio of Industrial Design. Chludil worked on the development of the autonomous tram with specialists from Škoda Transportation. His priority was to make the tram safe and aesthetically versatile. The diploma project attracted so much attention that he became an employee of the company and works in the newly established design department.
Igor Machata used an approach based on searches, monitoring the needs of people and a given place. A student of the Studio of Architecture II for the project OKDR 2.0 proposed remodeling the former department store in the Ružinov district of Bratislava. He approached the project comprehensively and included in the reconstruction of not only the dilapidated building itself but also its surroundings and sought an optimal solution for this place. It uses, for example, the old excavations for a town square with water, including recreation and relaxation zones, but at the same time, the proposed changes take into account the needs of all the people living in the housing projects.
The projects of Dita Lešovská and Amálie Koppová, which deal with the topic of sustainability and ecology, build on cooperation between technologists and various specialists. Amálie Koppová, a student from the Studio of Textile Design, dealt with the further use of food waste. From selected remains of various exotic fruits, she obtained natural pigments for dyeing fabrics. She collaborated with UPM on the development and at the same time had to build a network of suppliers of the necessary raw materials. Dita Lešovská from the Studio of Furniture and Interior Design in cooperation with the glass company Brokis processed recycled glass. She experimented with shards of glass, found out how they behave in various situations, and, as a result, created boards that became part of wooden jewelry boxes. She was even able to make use of small defects that arose during glass production - holes in the glass served as molds for casting silver jewelry.
Another form of cooperation, between different disciplines, is evidenced by Krabička(box) with a folding theater by Barbora Satranská from the Studio of Illustration and Graphics and Klára Němečková from the Studio of Product Design. As part of a joint semester assignment, they designed a small home shadow theater. There was a beneficial combination of various technical effects and artistic processes.
"We perceive cooperation at any level as a very important part of teaching and the added value that UMPRUM can give its students in the future. We are aware that without contacts, and the ability to communicate across different disciplines and at least have a basic idea of how cooperation works between companies and institutions, without this experience students have a much harder time starting their own practice. Deepening these not immediately apparent skills and very important ties was one of the main points I wanted to focus on when I stepped on. I am pleased to say that the school is succeeding in deepening its cooperation and this exhibition is proof of that." says the rector of UMPRUM prof. Jindřich Vybíral.
The interconnection and network of connections are also captured in the architectural design and graphic visualization of the exhibition, referring to a map or game plan. Various building materials were used for the installation, which can be fully utilized again after the installation has been deinstalled. On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalog was also published acquainting individual works and their creators in the form of interviews.
We will subsequently inform you about the planned accompanying program.
Exhibition concept: Darina Zavadilová, Klára Peloušková, Vojtěch Märc, Alžběta Brůhová
Curators: Darina Zavadilová, Klára Peloušková, Vojtěch Märc, Martin Vaněk, Markéta Vinglerová, Alžběta Brůhová; Petra Kočová (ZČG)
Exhibiting authors: Barbora Indráková, Igor Machata, Jakub Herza, Marie Stefanová, Vojtěch Tecl, Aneta Honzová, Barbora Vildová, Dita Lešovská, Michael Rosa, Radek Brezar, Nela Kuhnová, Karolína Vintrová, Tomáš Chludil, Anežka Minaříková, Barbora Satranská, Klára Němečková, Cindy Kutíková, Jakub Delibalta, Daniel Kinský, Jan Šindler, Marie Urbánková, Vít Škop, Aleš Hnátek, Amálie Koppová, Barbora Procháková, David Ramdan, František Jungvirt, Jan Grabowski, Martin Franček, Ondřej Stára, Vojtěch Bašta, Barbora Dayef, David Nosek, Jan Kolský, Lea Petříková, Marie Tučková, Vojtěch Novák
Graphic design: Josefína Karlíková
Architectural design of the exhibition: Alžběta Brůhová
Thank you for your support: Škoda Transportation, Joinmusic, Adfors Saint – Gobain, Domys, Plzeňský kraj, Ministerstvo kultury