PROCESS AS OUTPUT
Art and Research Strategies at UMPRUM
29. 4. – 28. 5. 2022
Opening: 28 April 2022 at 6 pm
Technology Center UMPRUM, Mikulandská 134/5, Prague 1
What is behind the creation of works of art? Is it random inspiration and the need for self-expression, or are they the result of a series of preparations, research, and a deliberate process? This is the subject of the biennial exhibition of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague entitled Process as Output. Art and Research Strategies at UMPRUM. Its curatorial team has compiled a selection of works created at UMPRUM over the last two years. The main criterion was the inventive creative process that accompanied the creation of the work.
The authors of the exhibition - Kristýna Péčová, Eduard Herrmann, and Filip Kraus - have selected 20 projects that were created at UMPRUM across the years and studios in the fields of architecture, design, graphic arts, applied and fine art, and, last but not least, at the Department of Theory and History of Art. The exhibition, this time situated in the Technology Center of UMPRUM, not only deals with the works themselves, but also with the process that led to their final form.
"Our aim was to present the way of working and thinking, as well as the questions that the creators asked themselves while working. We wanted to show that research strategies do not have to concern only the oldest and most experienced students, but that they can also be applied in school projects", says Kristýna Péčová, the curator of the biennial. Thanks to this, a certain didactic aspect can also be found in the exhibition. In a non-violent and illustrative way, it presents to the general public the difficult to grasp topic of artistic research and especially the possibilities of artistic research strategies that can be used in art education. The work is complemented by examples and documentation of research into technologies and techniques, various researches presented in the form of moodboards, mind maps, diaries, and records of one's own observations.
One example is Monika Martykánová's collection of porcelain statuettes Allegories of Covid. The author did not only react to the current situation and a number of pandemic restrictions. Behind their creation is also a study of the history, symbolism, and processing of classical chamber sculptures made of porcelain. František Jungvirt's glass still lifes Fragile Scenery show a similar way of thinking and approach. Daryan Hardi has managed to combine his own adventures and personal experiences with the study of history and a specific place in his book The Khazar Dictionary. Here, the illustrator brings to life the Serbian experimental novel by Milorad Pavić and draws the reader into the world of three religions - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The blurred boundary between reality and fiction is illustrated by the author's work with documentation from his travels in the footsteps of the Khazars in Serbia, which he undertook as part of his research.
A special chapter is the exhibited team Project P by students of the Department of Theory and History of Art. They focused their research on the time of the covid pandemic, and the changes and concepts it brought to people's lives. They worked with soft data, combining the written word with the image, symbiotically linking intellectual work with creativity and imagination, and culture with nature.
What artistic research looks like in the context of doctoral studies can be seen in the works of selected doctoral students. Michaela Režová focuses on the genre of animated documentary and the history of her home Animation and Film Studio. Another example is the project of Martin Zet, a Doctoral student of the Studio of Fine Art I, who in his project Miloš Zet through the eyes of Martin Zet further develops the legacy of his father, who like him was a sculptor.
"Today's UMPRUM wants to educate critically thinking intellectuals and visionaries who overcome the stereotypes that limit human creativity and communication, thus expanding the possibilities of art. We use teaching methods associated with creative practice, research, and experimentation that are not based on the acceptance of ready-made knowledge, but on innovative projects and discoveries. In creating and applying knowledge for the further development of artistic disciplines, our students discover new materials, techniques, forms, and approaches, or fill in old and existing ones with new meanings", Rector Jindřich Vybíral summarizes UMPRUM's approach and relationship to art research strategies and art research.
The exhibition Process as Output is on view from 29 April to 28 May on the ground floor of the UMPRUM Technology Center in Mikulandská Street. This time the architectural design of the exhibition was undertaken by the design duo Herrmann&Coufal, who prepared a modular installation systém, especially for the exhibition. It is designed to be variable, easily stored, and can be tailored for other future events.
In addition to the exhibition itself, viewers can look forward to a rich accompanying program: lectures, guided tours, and a conference on the topic of artistic research. The theme and the projects themselves will be presented in detail in the exhibition catalog, compiled by Kristýna Péčová and designed by Filip Kraus. The publication can also serve as an aid or an introduction to artistic research.
3. 5. 6 pm Curatorial guided tour for the public
12. 5. 4 pm Ján Pernecký: Monoceros & Constraint design (lecture)
26. 5. 9–2 pm Doctoral Conference and Discussion during the Occasion of the UMPRUM
Exhibition concept: Eduard Herrmann, Filip Kraus, Kristýna Péčová.
Exhibiting: Anna Cisariková, Luigi Gorlero, Darjan Hardi, Katarína Hudačinová, František Jungvirt, Markéta Kaplanová, Marie Maláková, Monika Martykánová, Kristýna Mikolášková, Natálie Nepovímová, Huy Pham, Tomáš Račák, Žaneta Reková, Thanh Mai Tranová, Patrik Trska, Jáchym Štulíř, Jitka Uhříčková, Iris Hobson-Mazur, Michaela Režová, Jan Stuchlík, Josef Gečnuk, Barbora Haplová, Filip Kominík, Ondřej Balada, Amálie Bulandrová, Kristýna Fabiánová, Ján Gajdušek, Josef Holeček, Barbora Kovářová, Martina Pachmanová, Anežka Rucká, Veronika Soukupová, Eliška Špálová, Petra Sochůrková, Jakob Dostert, Adam Varga, Jakub Žanony, Martin Zet.
Architectural design: Eduard Herrmann, Matěj Coufal.
Graphics: Filip Kraus
Photography: Tomáš Zumr
Catalogue editing: Kristýna Péčová
Production: Natálie Krausová, Šárka Váňová