Significant Other_ a research based practice in between fields and geographies
Laura Amann and Jen Kratochvil will present their interests following and forming the dramaturgy of their long term project Significant Other. Questions around the institutional position and methodologies for the model of the independent space in different geographies will be raised alongside specific artistic positions bridging the fields of art and architecture with specific examples of works by Haris Epaminonda, Jasmina Cibic, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Antonis Pittas.
Significant Other is an exhibition space currently based in Vienna proposing a format alternating between exhibited, written and programmed positions, operating in a rhythm according to its content and format. The first cycle suggests to look at the mutually influential relations of Art and Architecture, Vienna and Prague as well as collaborative practices amongst individuals and institutions. The second, currently running cycle focuses on research based practices of visual artists manoeuvring on the edge of architectural practice in the format of solo presentations and explores mechanisms of collaboration and co-production across institutional hierarchies. SO is currently preparing m3 festival: Art in Space in the historical centre of Prague, due to open in June 2018.
Laura Amann, (b. 1986) is a curator and architect based in Vienna and Prague. She is a graduate of De Appel Curatorial Programme 15/16 in Amsterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts and Technical University of Vienna and École Nationale Supérieure de Paris Malaquais. In her practice she deploys designing, curating and writing as a means to explore amongst others language, technology and labour and their relations or expressions in space. She is the co-founder of ‘Significant Other’ and has been active as an architect amongst others for juri troy architects (A), Élias Guenoun (F) before working independently; as a curator she has been active for private, public and academic institutions and has written for various exhibition spaces and magazines such as Overgaden, Copenhagen, jolly joker, Amsterdam, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Springerin, Vienna or MetropolisM, Amsterdam.
Jen Kratochvil (b. 1986) is a freelance curator and critic based in Vienna and Prague. Kratochvil co-founded the hybrid, nomadic exhibition and discursive platform Significant Other, at the moment located in Vienna. He is contributor to the film dramaturgy of Kino Rudolfinum. Last year he curated Fotograf Festival #7: Eye in the Sky in Prague. In previous years he was curator at PLATO – Platform (for contemporary art) in Ostrava, CZ, where he focused mainly on the medium of moving image. He was a member of the curatorial organisation Are (http://are-events.org/) based in Prague. He was the assistant curator and co-founder of the Moving Image Department at the National Gallery in Prague, and simultaneously the curator of the Entrance Gallery in Prague. Alongside mentioned long term projects, Kratochvil curated various exhibitions in different venues, museums, independent spaces and private galleries. He was the deputy principal editor of cultural online magazine Artalk.cz, and has been published in Fotograf Magazine, Art + Antiques and A2 amongst others.