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14 Jul 2006 00:00 - 16 Jul 2006 00:00


An instalment hosted at Terrace Gallery consisting of a weekend of video work from UK, Czech and Slovak artists.


'The Enormous Space' is an artist initiated project set up to organise exhibitions and screenings across the UK and Czech Republic. 'Tannoy', it's first UK installment.


Taking its name from the public address system invented in Britain during the Second World  War, Tannoy's symbolise the ideology of modern communication through their distribution of disembodied information. Later remarketed by holiday camps to broadcast bulletins over localised areas, they have been become common place globally in spaces of commerce and leisure such as shopping malls and airports, making this anonymous voice synonymous with modern day non-space environments.
Correspondingly as video in art has risen from a tool of documentation to the subject of it's own critical investigation, the medium has re-established itself as a form of public address. The authors of such exploration have opened up new ways to approach audiences and pushed video into the realms of potential travel through the depiction of narratives and process-based performance. The collection of work for "Tannoy" uses the themes of travel and conversation as its starting points. Reflecting its diversity, the artists brought together here adapt video in a variety of formats from, short experiments and touching gestures to narrative based films and satirical acts for camera.

Fitting with the notion of conversation as exchange, The Enormous Space has invited  Prague based curator and art critic Zuzana Stefkova to select 10 works she feels represent the current art scenes in the Czech Republic and neighbouring Slovakia.  The result is a collection of videos that, whilst adhering to the overall theme, often take on board the more ominous connotation of the dislocated voice as a method of command. Featuring new videos from selected artist and pieces sourced on a recent trip to Slovakia, much of the work has not been shown before in London.
Presented alongside the main show reel will be the screening of two seldom seen Czech animations, Karel Zeman's 'The Fabulous World of Jules Verne' (1958) and Jiri Trnka's 'Cybernetic Grandma' (1962). Zeman pioneered the technique of Mysti-mation, which  used a panoply of effects including live action, drawn sets, hanging miniatures, and clay-mation. 'Cybernetic Grandma' is one of Trnka's only science fiction films and analyses the possibility of human emotions being replicated by machines. Both films use travel, either into a technologically advanced age or into a fantastical world, as a means to explore moral codes in reaction to the developments of science and technology.


Screenings starts at 6.30pm on Friday 14th July 2006


Screen 1

In association with  C2C Gallery, Prague

Video and films selected by T.E.S and Zuzana Stefkova


Including work by:

Vasil artamonov & Alexey Klyuykov (cz), Heather Bass (uk), Martin Blaznik (cz), Ondrej Brody (cz), Vendula Chalankova (sk), Mario Chromy (sk), Ed Clive, (uk), Robert Dowling (uk), Brendan Grant (uk), Guma Guar (cz), Fiona James (uk), Eva Jiricka & Katherina Fiegl (cz), Dorota Kenderova (sk), Andrew Kerton (uk), Eva Kotakova (cz), Radim Labuda (cz), Dominik Lang (cz), Nicky Magliulo (uk), Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucie Tkacova (sk), Jana Pospisilova (cz), Adela Svobodova (cz), Laurence Taylor (uk), Jennet Thomas (uk), Richard Wiesner (cz).


Screen 2

In association with Kratky Film Studio, Prague


Karel Zeman – Vynalez zkazy / The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958)

Pioneering the process of “mysti-mation”. Zeman combines live action, hand drawn sets, models and clay-mation to bring alive several of Vernes stories.


Jiri Trnka – Kyberneticka babicka / Cybernetic Grandma (1962)

A short puppeted film with hi-tech sets and a robot armchair.



info@theenormousspace.com, www.theenormousspace.com


Tel: 07742038072





30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 14 Jul 2006 00:00
To: 16 Jul 2006 00:00



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