Prague Biennale Projekt
An international festival of performance art, video art and alternative forms of performing arts reacts to the new conditions for (artistic) work brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to capture the authentic reflection of the pandemic globally by amplifying the voice of artists in the public space as an alternative to mainstream media and advertisement.
A globally acclaimed contemporary art event, the Prague Biennale was founded in 2003 by Helena Kontova and Giancarlo Politi and is organised by the Nadace Prague Biennale Foundation (established in 2004).
After the pioneering first edition, organised along with the National Gallery in 2003, three successful editions followed in the grandiose industrial space of Karlin Hall, in the futuristic Microna skyscraper and at the Žižkov Freight Station, finally revitalising the vibrant district of Žižkov. The principal goal of the event in all its previous editions was to explore and capture the current trends on the contemporary art scene in the Central and Eastern European Region and present the best artists and curators to experts as well as to the general public.
Since joining the Magic Carpets European Creative Platform end of 2017, the Prague Biennale Foundation has launched a new, more concentrated annual series of the Prague Biennale Project. At the forefront of the new model, with a variable structure that reinvents itself from year to year, there are community based site-specific projects and implementations focused on the transformation of public space.
Can online communication be a full-fledged form of interpersonal contact? How to maintain authenticity of expression at a time of forced social (auto) isolation? How has depersonalised communication influenced our world concept and the functionality of the social body?
Subtitled Re-connect Art, the current fourth edition of the Prague Biennale Projekt will look deeper into the essence of online communication through authentic artistic expression and explore and test the possibilities and specifics of such communication through remote connection between artists and their audience. The festival will challenge the public space of the Prague metropolis through live artistic interventions.