Exhibition in bunker

The exhibition in the Ústí nad Labem bunker examines our life in the online environment, brings us closer to the very essence of atomic shelters and introduces us to machine reading and processing of the disturbing images of our reality.

The exhibition is open from 18th of May to 21st of May in the period from 14:00 to 20:00, with the exception of 19th of May, when it will be accessible only until 17:00. Guided tour with the curator Michal Kučerák will take place on Wednesday 18th of May and on Saturday 21st of May at 18:00.

Recommendation: Take your warm clothes with you! The constant temperature in the Bunker is 12°C.

Behind open eyes

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” Abraham Lincoln

The future is a mental construct that helps us build and live. We are actually turning it into reality. It is a magnet, a reason that attracts us to existence; it is the driving force that manifests itself as the present in both meanings of the word – as time and as a gift.

But what is the vision of our future? How is our relationship to places that, due to circumstances, are gaining old-new significance changing? How to deal with the reality of constant connection to networks and devices? How does artificial intelligence view our world?

TroublingGAN is a critical generative art research project that is experimenting with the StyleGAN vector generative neural network. The research itself is based on a critique of techno-solutionism and the mystification of artificial intelligence. It focuses on generative neural networks and questions the value and reflects on the nature of the solutions that this type of technology can bring.

Lenka Hámošová is a designer, researcher and visual artist who explores the future use of synthetic media generated by Artificial Intelligence in the context of the post-truth era. Her research is conducted primarily through artistic research and participatory workshop methods. She is currently based in Prague, where she is pursuing her PhD at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). She is also one of the founding members of UROBOROS, curator of the Uroboros: Designing in Troubling Times festival.

 »made by us« Saori Kaneko, Richard Welz: FUKUSHIMA + THURINGEN LANDSCAPES (2014-2015, 2018-2019)

The photos are part of the political, media-reflective and artistic-scientific project »made by us« that focuses on the topic of release of radioactivity into the environment. Saori Kaneko and Richard Welz present an interdisciplinary and intercultural examination of the socially relevant but strongly suppressed issue of radioactive contamination, in particular its long-term effects caused by nuclear catastrophes and uranium mining. Due to their personal background and relationship to the topic, they concentrated their project on East Germany and Japan. The artistic duo scrutinize the positive and negative aspects of nuclear development and highlight parallels between the events in Chernobyl and Fukushima. Both studied at Bauhaus-Unitersität Weimar.

Martin Lucas Schulze: Instrument for studying complex feedback processes with a focus on variable decay cycles (work in progress)

The sculptor Martin Lucas Schulze is one of those artists who left the center and set out to live on the periphery. Born in Leipzig, he moved to Chemntiz after studying at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig. He describes the artwork as a “decay mode”. It is an attempt to seek and understand how decay works; it is a technical system for observing the internal structures of decay cycles.

The Glass Room – Misinformation

Installation for independent re/search on data and privacy. You can explore how social networks and the Internet have changed the way we perceive and respond to information. You will get a glimpse into traditional and new tactics of influencing the Internet. Let’s ask ourselves a question; why do we spend so much time on the phone? Where to look for settings and how to clean your phone of unnecessary applications and content?

The traveling exhibition The Glass Room – Misinformation was created by the international non-profit organization Tactical Tech and its Czech version was introduced within the context of the #datamaze (DOX Centre, Prague) project.