Wed. December 13th 2017 at 7:00pm
FAMU, Smetanovo náb. 2, Prague 1
Room U1, 1. floor
Mark Ther (born 1979) is a Czech artist, author of videoart and the Jindřich Chalupecký Award winner. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vladimír Skrepl) and later began to work in the field of new media under the leadership of his professor, Michael Bielický. His short videos, shocking for many, break open both sexual and historical taboos in the Czech society. An important reflection of Ther’s work was the premature closure of his exhibition in the GHMP gallery at the Prague Old Town Hall in 2008 due to “homosexual and nazi propaganda”. In 2011, Ther won the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for his video Das wandernde Sternlein which narrated the fictional story of the disappearance of children in the borderland in the thirties. The video shocked by its natural aesthetics – it indirectly portrayed a paedophile act and also contained a number of symbolic references and metaphors. An indictment was filed against the DOX gallery for spreading child pornography.
OpenEye17 is a cycle of lectures by guest theoreticians, artists and professors on contemporary art and new technologies. The lectures are designed for FAMU students, students of other universities and for the public. They are held in English or are interpreted into English.