PERSONAL TAROT MOBILES v2 BY DARINA ALSTER

9 04 2009

Tarot game is presented by system of 22 multimedia mobile phones creating the net of communication. All mobiles are named with card names while their contents creates psychological portrait of each card. The meaning of 21 Arcanes of the Tarot game is as complex as human personality. It is impossible to evaluate whether it is positive or negative, it always depends on the overall situation and diverse circumstances. The movies inside the phones are short, edited in a single movement of small performances. These are visually explaining the card meaning. Frames of these movies are collected as photos, situations where time does not exist, because time inside is not continual, it is rather interior time of memories. A mobile phone is a singular entity, as Arcane of Tarot cards. Because of this, the author tries to connect these two media, coming from the past and from the future. The viewer of the installation has access to all the documents stored in the mobile and can even call each card. The portraits take form of videos, photos, ringtones, wallpapers, and SMS. If one wants to ask a concrete question, s/he can send a text message to central phone named TAROT that will forward the question to one of the randomly chosen cards. The card will answer directly to the phone of the viewer. Swiss sound artist Anja Kaufmann created new ringtone melodies as well as a special ringing symphony that starts with several visitors calling in. Dimitrij Strelnikov from Russia programmed modified phone menu. Enter the game!

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Courtesy: Vernon Gallery

Darina Alster (1979) is visual artist, performer, educator, curator and coordinator of cultural events. She lives and works in Prague. She is mostly working with performance and video. Main topics of her artistic interest are Time, Identity and Relationships. In her performances, she exceeds borders of known reality, interrupting real situations with unknown and irrational things, so that they become subconscious. She is mostly experimenting with new media, combining them with archaic media such as Astrology, Tarot, Mythology, Fairytales or other kinds of Archetypes. Her more known projects include: Treasure, Piet, Confessional, Personal Tarot and Naked Lunch. She was art educator at private secondary school for several years, assistant curator at NoD Gallery Prague, currently she is production manager and co-curator of CIANT Gallery Prague.

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URNA (THE SHAPE WITH MEANING) BY PROKOP BARTONÍČEK

9 04 2009

It is unbelievable that human remains can end up in such kitschy buckets. Colors and shapes with no meaning. URNA is based on a new process aimed at shaping urns that reflect the spiritual characteristics of given individuals, using Eysenck’s cross, age, goodness and spirituality model. The process starts with an easy to use application, where the dying person, or his or her surviving relatives enter all important personal information. On the basis of logical rules, the entered values generate a 3D model of the urn, which is exported into a .dxf model. This file is sent to us by the prospective client, together with an order of all what is needed for the creation of the urn. The shipment delivered to the client contains all necessary documentation and instructions, and especially the laser created forms and polyurethane for cast molding. The next steps consist in simply putting together the form by folding the provided flat folding scheme and making the cast molding of the polyurethane. The remains are then placed directly into the material, which is available in different colors. The creation of such an urn is a ceremony in itself. Its shape is closely connected to the personality of the deceased and reveals a lot about the given person. Each urn is thus unique and its shape has meaning.

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Prokop Bartoníček / atari is pebe, born in Prague 1983. In 2003, before graduating from the high school, he was accepted to enter VŠUP (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design), sculpture studio Prof. Beránek. In 2007 he was a visiting student at Experimental design studio of Prof. Joachim Sauter at UdK in Berlin. Presently, he lives and works in Berlin and Prague where he completes studies at VŠUP Supermedia studio led by Federico Diaz. He mainly develops interactive installations (NetworkStreetart “07, Vibrator “08, You can’t hide it all! “09) and experimental design projects (Metadesign Urna “08). He has produced booth independent and commercial projects under PEBE label. http://www.pebe.cz , http://www.22presents.com

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