Window to the VVP AVU Video Archive

I have made the whole video in one day from the roof of the studio of video art at the Academy of Arts in Prague. I did not mean to film any art, I more or less only wanted to play with the camera.I had my headphones on and was listening to Badalamenti´s music composed for the serial Twin Peaks. I edited the recording including the music in the evening.
Petr Pastrňák, 2013

Petr Pastrňák (*1962) studied in 1990–1996 at the Academy of Arts in Prague in the studio of Milan Knížák, Michael Bielický and Jiří David. He is nowadays known as a painter but at the beginning of his career he also made videos and installations with slides. He made this video while he was still studying. It was shot from the roof of the School of Architecture adjacent to the building of the Academy of Arts where the studio of new media used to be located at that time. The video shows workers refurbishing the main building of the Academy of Arts (the rebuilding started that year and was completed in 1998) and added the soundtrack of the then popular series Twin Peaks. Similarly as Lynch´s serial Pastrňák´s recording is divided into episodes. He also recalls this psycho-thriller by his disturbing combination of film music and trivial shots which in this case acquire almost painterly qualities.

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In the Window to the Archive programme the AVU Research Center in Prague (VVP AVU) in conjunction with Artyčok.tv regularly release works from the VVP AVU video archive. The selection for Artyčok.tv focuses on older works (materials from the end of the 20th century), works bordering on video art, film and documentation, or on purely documentary materials related to the recent development of Czech and Slovak visual art.

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