April & October 2018
Workshop 2 - 5 April 2018
Exhibition 11 - 28 October 2018 (Opening 10 October 6pm)
Open daily except Monday, 10am –12pm and 1– 6 pm
GAMU (Gallery AMU),
Malostranské náměstí 12, Prague
Memory Palace is a collaborative project focussing on creative processes. Together with a group of international students from various artistic fields (photography, stage design, animation and choreography) Captain Lightfoot explore methods that allow us to create works that are devoid of critical thought and are more free and intuitive. The resulting homonymous exhibition will be shown at GAMU (The Gallery of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) in October 2018.
At least since Wagner’s idea of Gesamtkunstwerk, which dates back more than 150 years, generations of artists have been attracted by the innovative potential of bringing together different art forms. Nowadays, interdisciplinary research and art practice are ever more popular. For the Scottish artist-run collective Captain Lightfoot (Anneli Holmstrom, Emma Pratt and Kadie Salmon) working in an interdisciplinary, collaborative fashion has become their second nature.
At the core of the Memory Palace project lie questions about the source, forms and limits of human creativity, and—first and foremost—a quest to experiment with the creative processes. Four young artists (Christian Henninger, Nitish Jain, Bára Anna Stejskalová and Eva Urbanová) from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague were invited to contribute to the project, which was launched by a four-day workshop in April 2018. Intensive artistic research and exchange followed until the Memory Palace exhibition slowly became to take shape.
A big part of the research was directed toward the inter-war avant-garde, drawing inspiration from Dada’s rupturing the link between art and artist’s controlled decision making, Surrealism’s automatic writing and focus on the unconscious, or Moholy-Nagy’s idea of the art object as the catalyst of an interactive event. The technique of "transcendental meditation“—as described and championed by David Lynch—has also served as an important source of ideas for the exhibition, together with sensory deprivation and meditative walks. Memory Palace combines the above mentioned references, while using the vocabulary of contemporary art.
The artworks on show are comprised of a series of fictive audios, photo montages and assemblages of random objects collected by the individual artists during their meditative walks. The architecture of the exhibition is structured as a "memory palace“—an imaginary location in your mind where you can store mnemonic images. It follows a path created in order to store creative inspiration, memories and visual imagery. (Text by Eliška Žáková, Gallery Director).
Curated by: Captain Lightfoot
Graphic design: Jan Slabihoudek
Sound design: Robin Holmberg
Sound Recording: Vojtěch Zavadil
Special thanks to: Matěj Šenkyřík (technical assistance), Viktor Dedek (set-up)
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, STEP Beyond (European Cultural Foundation)
Media partners: artmap.cz, jlbjlt.net
Contact for press: Eliška Žáková,
Christian Henninger is a visual artist working with photography, film text and installation. His work often crosses the boundaries between documentary and fictional narrative exploring themes of memory, reality and illusion.
Nitish Jain is an architect and artist who's work focuses on spatial narratives, storytelling and experiential architecture. Nitish has published many research articles; winning critical acclaim from the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Council of Architecture, India for Ground Zero, Ayodhya, India.
A Choreographer and a dancer, Eva Urbanova studied Contemporary Dance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.Eva has been a member of an acrobatic dance group, performing as a ring air acrobat and contortionist. She has performed and choreographed a number of productions in Prague, London and Bratislava
Czech Republic (Animation)
Bara Anne Stejskalova studied in Bournemouth, her work crosses over many disciplines including animation, scenography and audio/visual installations. She is best known for her animation Fishermen, for which she was shortlisted for a Bafta.
Bara Anna Stejskalova
2 - 5 April 2018
The Academy of Performing Arts & GAMU (Gallery Amu)
The co-operative stage of the project begun with a 4 day Research workshop held at Gallery Amu and the Academy of Performing Arts; delivered by the collective to the selected participants. The workshop was divided into two sections - firstly focusing on creative processes through the lens of the unconscious mind and secondly, creative actions brought about by the conscious mind. This workshop explored a range of concepts, covering references derived from surrealist methods, deprivation techniques, meditative practices and dream logic, as well as collective workings. A large volume of material and ideas were generated during these 4 days, taking the form of drawings, writing, maquettes/models, improvised movement and audio/video works. Following this, the collaborators have used the research generated to dialogue over six months via Skype and online platforms using this material to inform the production of a collaborative exhibition.
GAMU (Gallery Amu)
Gallery Amu, a non-commercial art space, located on the Malostranské Square in former Baroque Hartig Palace. The gallery organizes between 10-12 exhibitions yearly with a mission to foster a conducive environment for the presentation of contemporary art, focusing especially on emerging artists from the Academy of Performing Arts. The second segment of the gallery’s programme is comprised of curated exhibitions of established artists, both Czech and foreign, whose work transcends boundaries of traditional art disciplines.
Due to the Galleries location within the university campus, it has a strong relationship with a range of departments, including visual arts, choreography, scenography, music and audiovisual arts. Given that the collective has steadily been moving towards projects involving more performative and durational aspects, we were excited about the possibilities of working with the University to source inter-disciplinary collaborators for our next venture.