After a lengthy stay in the Most brown coal mining district, one can easily became affected by this landscape and actually starting to like it. Even being aware that this tortured, strange and unearthly beauty is the result of decades of brutal and ruthless influence of economic interests of the state and mining companies, and today of some strange landowners. Aside from the landscape there is also the author and the performer appearing in the film. In front of the camera I am partly improvising scenes and inventing “postindustial land-art installations”, creating them and struggling with the consequences of these situations, freed from causalities and stereotypes. I am both a real and a fictional character, who performs some kind of imaginary funeral celebration for the dusty location and for this cursed Ore Mountains landscape. The sound of the video is a collage of field recordings made during expeditions to the surroundings (by Michal Kindernay), contact sound and composed music (by Martina Videnová). The original concept of an eco-activist film mutated into a surrealistic collage of ambivalent, instructional scenes and tableaux vivants, just slightly indicating my critical and sentimental commentary on the ways we are treating the landscape.
Vladimír Turner (b. 1986) is a Czech artist and filmmaker. His work can be divided into three basic areas: film documentary related to political activism, art interventions in the public space, including performance art, installations, object interventions and video works, combining physical action with a record of abstract animated or composited forms. His work is to some extent influenced by the author’s own history, dating back to street art and graffiti. Turner graduated from the Film and Television Faculty (FAMU) in the Center for Audiovisual Studies, and the Studio of Intermedia Confrontation at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He has traveled to Buenos Aires, Valencia and Australia for study residencies. In his work, Turner oscillates between documentary film, art in the public space, and activism. He does not perceive these fields as separate, and tries to combine them into a whole that he labels as active civic life. His works can be seen around the world in the streets, on film screens and in galleries.
Videofilm, Full HD, ca. 10 min., colour
Sound (field recordings): Michal Kindernay
Soundtrack: Martina Vídenová
Cinematography: Vladimír Turner
Assistent camera: Hynek Trojánek
Editing: Vladimír Turner, Jiří Procházka
Into the Abyss of the Lignite Clouds
The focus of the expedition and workshops in the landscape around the Most Basin is on current changes in the heavily industrialized landscape, especially with regard to the loss of historical continuity, the transfers of geological layers and social structures, and current discussions about the abolition of territorial limits, as well as the potential for further degradation and exploitation of the landscape by extensive open cast mining.
Gallery Školská 28 (DEAI/Setkání) is a multifunctional space for nonprofit cultural and artistic activities, founded in Prague in 1999. The programming concept of the space arises from the specific characteristics of the location where it is situated, and the space offers the community a variety of public activities connected to social life.
Epiphany – Frontiers of Solitude
Dům umění Ústí nad Labem
September – October 2016
An exhibition and symposium created within the framework of the international transdisciplinary project Frontiers of Solitude.
.. there are many, many other worlds, yes, but they are all hidden within this one. And so to neglect this humble, imperfect, and infinitely mysterious world is to recklessly endanger all the others.
Earth in Eclipse-an Essay on the Philosophy of Science and Ethics
Old and New Lakes of Mostecko: A Lecture by hydrobiologist Ivo Přikryl
Hydrobiologist Ivo Přikryl will explain the history and current situation of the water environment of the open cast brown coal mining around Most. He is employed at ENKI o.p.s. in Třeboň. His research focuses on zooplankton in lakes, reservoirs and ponds, mostly in Central Europe. He is currently studying the possibilities of protecting wetlands and marshes, the management of reservoirs, and the recultivation of the landscape after open cast mining, especially in the Ore Mountains.