on Wednesday, January 23, at 7 pm
5 October is the date on which the hero in this eponymous documentary film, the artist‘s brother Jan, has to undergo surgery with uncertain prospects. So, in this situation, he decides to go on a bicycle journey. During the film, we do not hear him speak and haphazard journal entries are the only thing that relays to us his internal thoughts. This makes the role of Martin Kollar’s camera even more important. It accompanies the traveler, observes situations, finds images that create impressions; all while never ceasing to respect the personal aspect of the brother’s voyage. The documentary, 5 October (2016), is an introverted road movie about a trip that must be taken when one wants to be by oneself.
Start: On Friday, December 21, at 6 pm
The pieces in the collection, Field Trip, were created during the artist’s stay in Israel. In Kollar’s portrayal though, he does not share with us the complicated reality of that country. The works essentially lack any journalistic quality. Instead of that, they offer up a vision of a dystopic place that one passes through with a feeling of threat or endangerment and whose technologies in the interest of self-preservation have cast off any and all restraints. A person really does not want to believe that this spectral, sci-fi reality is just a “selection” of that which is already occurring.