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EPOS 257

 

50 Meters of Public Space

Duration: 54 days (September 04 - October 27, 2010) 

Location: Palacky square, Prague - the so-called 'Czech Hyde Park' - allegedly the most liberal spot in the country, approved by the authorities for holding any unannounced public gatherings.

Have we grown accustomed to having our living space curbed by just anyone? Is public space a mere myth? In the current society, our living space is defined by legal norms and regulations, the Same way as fences demark the choices of our free movement. 

Only to those attempting to cross boundaries, we learn how limited the space we live in really is - That we are not as free as it may seem INITIALLY. We are getting the sense that the individuality of today is destined to an existence amidst restrictions.

 

 

EPOS 257

Urban Shoot Painting

An attack on the commercial world. The world that is visible via the constant dictatorship of commercial advertising within public space. It is a clear gesture of attack.

The whole production process passes personally through the hands of the artist from the formation of the molds, the casting of the ammunition casings to the charging of each projectile with saturated colors. Each piece is an original.

Protest exists not only in the event itself, but it is an integral part of the process for the attack, creating a complex work and the project. It is a strenuous practice, but all the more radical, as it portrays an individual's autonomy over a means of production, which rallies against uniformity, against mass production and standardization.

The act of shooting destroys both the commercial image and the artifacts that are made for the purpose.

By shooting into billboards the artist expresses a clearly targeted demonstration of his attitude. A critical and emotionally charged statement which at the same time shows uncompromised sovereignty.

Could we evaluate this as a form of an aesthetic, terrorist act? What exactly is terrorism? Who determines what is beneficial for society and what is not? In our current age, corporations control more and more of the state apparatus, as a result, could the ideology that enforces advertising not also be an act of terrorism against us?