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Jakub Nepraš [Videonale.12]

*1981, in Prag CZE, lives in Prag CZE
Studied at AVU / Academy of Fine Arts, Prague CZ
E, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe GER and at Václav Hollar School of Art, Prague CZE

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Landscape, huntkastner gallery, Prag CZE [S]

         Spotlights video.kunst, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg/Wien AUT  

2011 Jakub Nepraš, Galerie Waldburger, Brüssel BEL [S]

         Una Nueva Aventura, SIART Biennale 11, La Paz BOL

2010 And_Writers, First Nanjing Biennale, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing CHN

         Repair – ready to pull the lifeline, Ars Electronica 2010 - Festival for Art, Technology and Society, Linz             AUT

2009 Sediment, Galerie Alain Le Gaillard, Paris FRA [S]

         Eccentric Paths, Museum of Art in Riga LAT

2008 Names. Graffiti and street art festival, Prag CZE

         Young and digital, Byblos art gallery, Verona ITA


Jakub Nepraš x

Trip, 2008, 03:05 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.12]

Jakup Nepraš takes the viewer on a special kind of trip during which there are all sorts of things to see: amusement park rides springing up like flowers among houses made of industrial and technological junk and overly large, ordinary objects, neon signs, billboards, and a variety of other things. The intense colors and background sound of this video collage are reminiscent of music clips on MTV. The monotonous rhythm of the music imitates the sound of a moving train. A train passing by in the other direction, overhead cables, and platforms make it clear that the viewer is in the position of a passenger. At the end of the journey, the video collage turns into a view of a train station, filmed without any special effects. Nepraš plays with the double meaning of the word trip. The colorful world of the video recalls a drug high, where real and animated objects in altered proportions are associatively set into the new context of a surreal landscape. Just as the unconscious mind reassembles objects and experiences in a dream, the objects in the video are rearranged. When the trip is over, the roofs of real buildings appear behind walls, the viewer arrives in a real train station, and the fantastic journey comes to an abrupt end. 

Kathrin Fuchs

Jakub Nepraš [ Videonale.12 ]