Jakub Nepraš - Serie “cultures” - sprout
2007, video-collage with sound,
projection on plexiglass or wall,
3.5 min. in the loop
1 projector, short-throw / long distance
Cultures represents unknown organisms which, close-up, are full of microscopic life. As in society and natural systems, they are governed by an ordered hierarchy with central elements and circulation systems ensuring the supply of nutrients, much like the tissue that transport sap in plants, metabolism, or the global market and the information exchange between the different functional parts of the interconnected community of our superorganism. For these video-collages Jakub Nepraš also used footage of works performed in Laterna Magika. The movements of the dancers represent a valuable spawning ground for the forthcoming noble phase of our superorganism’s development. Video collages could also be read as a metaphor for their own functioning within the community and to step back for a moment and see the overall structure.
demo version: https://vimeo.com/337511173
Jakub Nepraš draws upon scientific and philosophical knowledge and personal experience, emotions, and (intuition). He tries to study the contemporary developmental tendencies and behavior of our super-organism concerning the position of the individual within the whole entity and to monitor those natural principles that control or influence all of this. Jakub is reflecting the fundamental changes of society and technology and also its dangers and estrangement from human beings and nature. He is trying to re-appropriate a more original and purer way of life and give natural, organic forms to contemporary society and technology.