Tomáš Svoboda’s installation “Exposition” makes use of generally accepted concepts of film. We are witnesses of a utopian research project that works with the following premises: What can be lost and with what can we replace something so that, thanks to the spectator’s imaginative experience and imagination, the illusion of the cinematic experience is preserved? Is it possible to make a film without sound and to replace the picture with text? To what extent can the scenery trigger a chain of associations and emotions in order to become a surface for mental projection? Or let us look at it from another angle: Is our visual experience imprisoned by the world of automatic responses and stereotypes, meaning that a dark room with rows of chairs and a projector automatically causes us to conclude that we are in a cinema, the same way that a series of text edited together evokes the feeling of watching a cinematic (visual) production? Or put differently: How many times have you seen a movie after reading the book? And how many times have you read the book after watching the movie?

Ondřej Chrobák


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