How do artists from PLATO environs experience the time of pandemic, isolation and uncertainty? On-line project Sand in the Air will be followed, after the re-opening of the gallery, by the Dune in PLATO exhibition of artworks by nine participating artists. Both parts will add another layer to the project Sand in the Gears.
What can an art institution do at a time when basic preconditions for cultural activity, such as communication and sharing, have shifted to private and virtual space? The metaphor of the Sand in the Gears – the second exhibition of the Intensities series PLATO prepares for an uncertain opening in May – has stirred up and become Sand in the Air. The sand in the machine which slows down the mechanical operation of our contemporary means of existence has suddenly changed into a desert storm: a storm that has forced us to hide in shelters from which we try to function as a society, community, and future healthy culture. Simple meetings at exhibition openings, concerts, theatre shows, community events, in schools and even within the family have have become but an uncertain future prospect.
PLATO too accepts that split role of the “now” and “after that” state of things. As the sand is in the air, PLATO wants to connect and support those facing difficult work conditions and explore possibilities to share their work. With artists in its vicinity, PLATO wants to reflect on what this experience brings to our fragile bodies and how this uncertainty will influence our mental health. The isolation launched altruist mechanisms and the need to share and care, and we can observe how it changes our relation to technologies and the physical world. Some of us are anxious about economic changes and changes in the social structure of the society, and about surveillance apparatus deployed in the state of emergency. PLATO wants to explore how this complex situation of a pandemic influences our existence these days. The Sand in the Air brings an on-line version of the collaboration of Ostrava artists and PLATO: once the sand will have settled, then the Dune in PLATO will present a real physical meeting of invited artists and PLATO with the public. What shape this meeting will have and when it will occur is something we’ll leave to the days to come as we don’t want to speculate.
We’re looking forward to meeting all of you and wishing us all good health.
TRASH (BECOMES) LUXURY↑
Tumor Turimor a Oheň vchází do Sodomy↑
Gorkého St., Mongolská St., Comenius Park, Tram No. 8, Fiducia Club, Jindřich Mine etc.↑
COVID 19, Quarantine and greeting↑
paintings Workers and Barn (according to Brueghel)↑