RE-CONNECT ART 2023
Re-connect Art International Performance and Multimedia Art Festival: Virtual Body of Society will take place from 13 to 30 July 2023 in public spaces mainly in the centre of Prague (capital of the Czech Republic). In three consecutively launched programme blocks, it will present approximately ten live performances, a section of video installations, and an international showcase of video art works that will be presented on screens and LED panels placed in frequent public places: squares and relaxation zones, libraries, cafés, arcades, shopping, cultural and community centres, railway stations, hospital waiting rooms, etc. The hybrid form of the festival combines the presentation of artworks in public spaces with the possibility of remote participation through live stream. This format was created in response to the conditions brought by the global pandemic crisis, and our vision for the future is to continue developing and adapting contemporary technologies for the arts.
Digital networks create their own, non-geopolitical structures. The need to share identities, interests and opinions connects people across countries and continents. We are interested in questions about the future of a society whose shared neural tissue, collective memory and sensory experience are experiencing a dynamic development that also implies limitations of complexity and social fragmentation. We are interested in the impact of the development of virtual communities on the political, social and cultural dynamics of global and local events, the implications of digitization and replication of genetic information, and other aspects of the digital transformation of society. Our aim is to look into the process of the emergence and growth of the virtual body of society and its vital functions: how do digital communities actually differ in their manifestations from physical ones? how do they interpenetrate each other, and what does this interpenetration do to the real world?
Virtual Body of Society
About Prague Biennale
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.
The curators of the current edition of the festival are Jitka Hlaváčková and Elis Unique.