May 7–May 31
Jiří Makovec Screenings
Jiří Makovec (1977) is an artist working with film and photography. He currently lives between St.Gallen and New York. Jiří has been doing visual exploration of places with his cameras for the last 27 years. His approach is neither academic nor purely political – it is solely based on a set of fixed or unfixed coordinates within which he and his camera moves, consistently looking for signs and gestures. The phonetic names of places, seasons, earth-shattering events and those overlooked become the parameters within which he practices his ‘narrative by doing.’
May 7-16 Screenings
The places you’ve left and the places you’ve come to (I, II), 2017, HD, 17 min.
Filmed along the Côte d’Azur in the summer of 2017, scenes alternate from extreme wealth to extreme poverty, tourism, luxury and migration, summer carefreeness, and armed state.
Å Ro Spa Brno Lancy – a psychogeographic exploration of place , 2015 – 2018, HD, 15 min.
Referring to the term used by the Situationists of psychogeography, Makovec set the rules for his explorations by choosing five places in Europe solely by name. Å (Norway), Ro (Greece), Spa (Belgium), Brno (Czech Republic) and Lancy (Switzerland). The alphabetical accumulations and onomatopoeic soundings determined his itinerary, a zig zag line from the very north (Å in Norway) to the very south (Ro, in Greece) of Europe at a specific time where drifting is increasingly being replaced by planned package holidays and google maps and where free movement is being more and more restricted by regulations and laws.
May 17-31 Screenings:
7 minutes (Tokyo), 2016, HD, 7 min.
The 7 minute long short film shows impressions of a kaleidoscopic, mysterious place where gestures seem strangely familiar – as if they had come out from a cartoon or a play. Here, fiction seems to mix with reality. Without a script, the three-week stay in the Metropolis becomes an adventure of seeing and discovering.
Raw Footage, 2017-2020, Super-8 film transferred to HD, 74 min.
Between 2017-2020, Makovec filmed friends and family members on different journeys. He shows these short sequences uncut and is interested in how the narrative is formed purely through filming and living.
Klompching GalleryMay 25–July 23
Platform Project SpaceJune 2–July 9
Gallery GaiaJune 2–July 3
A.I.R. GalleryMay 28–June 26