Submission
Nela Britaňáková, Katarína Hládeková, Dominik Adamec, Jiří Kovanda, Štěpán Brož, DUNA art group

Art-curatorial project Is It Just a Myth? moves across physical and virtual landscapes. We are standing at the boundary between physical and virtual interfaces, looking for a new autenticity of the artwork. We long to reconnect with nature and experience its power, yet most of the time we remain in virtual. Through the flat scenes from untouched corners of nature or, conversely, places where the Anhropocene has irreversibly made its mark. We are looking for stories strong enough to convey at least a piece of their epic without having to physically enter them. Via these means Im looking for new ways of creating and presenting art at the border between online and physical interfaces. artist:Nela Britaňáková, Katarína Hládeková, Dominik Adamec, Jiří Kovanda, Štěpán Brož, DUNA art group


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DUNA art group, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Katarína Hládeková, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Katarína Hládeková, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Dominik Adamec, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Dominik Adamec, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Jiří Kovanda, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Špěpán Brož, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Špěpán Brož, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Nela Britaňáková, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
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Nela Britaňáková, IS IT JUST A MYTH?, 2021
https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/653215954?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=159105065

You know this landscape, you have seen it before. But something is different here. You pass through the remnants of stories, the traces they have left. You slowly move closer, inspecting each detail. You ponder, remeasure. Flitting between the things that happened and those that might. Although there is complete silence, you hear the wind in the treetops.You want to walk further but the frame won’t allow you to. You only see the finished picture, the interpretation of someone who explored the landscape ages ahead of you.

Regarding the speed of transformations today, the empirical approach can deceive us easily. There is no more boundary between reality and virtuality, truth and fiction. All pictures that exist are truthful. Regardless of their origin, bit by bit, they unveil the world in which we live.The world where the living becomes lifeless and the lifeless becomes living. There is no need to yield to the hierarchy between the already existing and artificially created. Precision
requires randomness, the density of the scene requires the absence of physical participation. The picture can be entered through the screen to become its component and extension – or just the frame can be observed from afar.

The Is It Just a Myth? project is looking for possibilities of presenting an image on the border between virtual and physical existence. The viewer is denied the possibility of a personal encounter with the works and the surrounding space, which they only get to know via the final scene through a flat screen. It is uncertain where the landscape is located and whether it exists at all or whether it is a mere imitation. The viewer scrolls through the virtual scenery as naturally as if it were a walk. Objects move closer or further away until they disappear from the field of vision and the visitor is left completely alone in the framed image.

Six artists, a photographer and two web designers were approached for the project. The collaborative work resulted in narrative scenes in which the landscape, the object/installation and the photography itself play a full-fledged role. Some of the works merge with nature and become part of it, others parasitise on its naturalness to create an entirely new, inappropriate storyline. The ambiguity of the scenes leaves the viewer in doubt as to whether the story they are immersing themselves in through the photographs is still ongoing or whether they are only viewing its traces and remnants. Together, then, in a vertical virtual walk, they create a new, whole, and unexplored landscape.