Traveling exhibition REMAKE is a conclusion of the international art project, REMAKE: REthinking Media Arts in C(K)ollaborative Environments. As a continuation of an ongoing collaborative research of media art history under the title Monoskop, it was led by researcher and artist Dušan Barok. Several cultural organizations started REMAKE (with Atrakt Art as the main organizer) with the simple idea: to approach this internet research in an interesting and playful way and accept the challenge to present contemporary art works inspired by the rich history of media art in Central and Eastern Europe. Rather than traditional exhibition, REMAKE is a dynamic event, presenting certain stage in this project’s thinking.
REMAKE is also a result of two-year creative and social experiment. Artists and independent curators from the network of congenial international teams were trying to find the best way to mediate important pioneer works of media art (often ignored by international art history) and enter them in today’s context. Works and practices of artists such as Stanisław Dróżdż, Vladimir Bonačić or pioneer of Slovak acoustic-electric music Jozef Malovec had proven to be invaluable source of inspiration and a great material for progressive contemporary art. Some artists found works that were most inspiring for them: team from Icelandic Lost Horse Gallery picked synesthetic works by Russian group Prometei from 1960s, students’ platform Standuino was inspired by ‘kludging’ of musician and teacher from Faculty of Fine Arts (Brno University of Technology) Stanislav Filip and his specific DIY pieces.
In this project were art works, embedded in local history, promoted in the international context. Their relationships and connections within the exhibition mirrored subjective view of important parts of history of art and development of technologies. The exhibition had several stages, and served as a space for events as well as for research and interaction for its visitors. The idea of the show – working with already existing art works – contributes also to topical discussion about perception of art as intellectual property or, on the contrary, as a source of inspiration.
One of the outcomes of this project is also this bilingual issue of magazine 3/4. It brings, for the first time, interviews done by Dušan Barok with today’s key personalities and history makers of media art from Central and Eastern Europe (Diana McCarty, Michal Murin, Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits, Călin Man). Interviews are complemented by a passage from monograph, entitled Dialogue with Daemons of Tools from theorist Lenka Dolanová, short views of art scenes in Ukraine and Iceland and appendix showing the process of creation of works for above mentioned exhibition.
Katarína Gatialová, Barbora Šedivá