Opening: 3 May 2011, 19:00
Gallery NTK, National Technical Library, Technická 6, Prague
4 May -24 May 2011
Curators: Lenka Kukurová (SK/CZ) & Milan Mikuláštík
The international exhibition Velocypedia will introduce works of artists, designers, and fans of cycling, inspired by the most known transport vehicle powered by human force – the bicycle. The bicycle will play a main role as a symbol of sustainable mobility, unusual functions and unlimited pleasure.
The aim of the exhibition is to promote everyday cycling but at the same time to alert viewers to an actual problem for cyclists in big cities in the 21st century. A bike ride should be full of unlimited freedom; Nevertheless in Prague it is often a fight for survival in the stream of motorized transport. The exhibition is an appeal to the Prague city municipality to deal with this for cyclists unpleasant situation. Other important topics of the exhibition are criticism of the negative impacts of the motorized traffic and the use and abuse of the public space for car expansion.
The exhibition in the NTK Gallery introduces more than 50 pieces of art (sculptures, installations, paintings, photography, video, comics), design or simple do-it-yourself creativity. Some of the installed works will be interactive. Visitors can look forward to sculptures by Krištof Kintera, a bicycle intended for ice-skating from the sculptor Zdeňek Ruffer, a prototype of the folding bike from the designer Mikuláš Novotný (Designblok award 2010), cyclo-sauna from the atelier H3T Architects, as well as pictures from Václav Girsa and Svatopluk Klimeš, and videos from Jana Kapelová, Petra Pětiletá and Pavla Sceranková. Well known American comic author and cycling enthusiast Andy Singer will show a set of comic drawings criticizing rampant car traffic.
The accompanying program will bring screenings of activist film and videos, repair and bike decorating workshops, cycling city tours with lectures about architecture and urbanism (CKD – Cyclouniversity of Karl von Drais) and a cyclo-concert by Michal Cimala.
Velocypedia Exhibition is organized as a part of an international festival Transeuropa, which will be happening on 6 -15 May simultaneously in 12 European cities and aims to connect culture and activism (www.euroalter.com/festival).
[a.ha.], Mariana Alasseur, Alena Anderlová, Conrad Armstrong (USA), Michal Cimala, Concrete, Patrik Čabla, Olga Dubská, Markéta Držmíšková, De Ardoise, Viktor Frešo (SK), Václav Girsa, Ivars Gravlejs (LVA), H3T Architekti, Patrik Hábl, Petr a Jiří Hebedovi, Helena Hladilová (CZ/IT), Tomáš Hlavenka, Matyáš Chochola, Mario Chromý (SK/CZ), Jana Kapelová (SK), Michal Kindernay, Krištof Kintera, Svatopluk Klimeš, Petr Krátký, Lenka Kubelová, Hana Lundiaková, Lukáš Matejka (SK), Martin Melicherčík (SK), rodina Minkova/Podivínských, Gerardo Montes de Oca (MEX), Tomáš Moravec, Mikuláš Novotný, Thomas Nymark (DK), Osamu Okamura (JP/CZ), Okolo, Lexa Peroutka, Petra Pětiletá, Jan Pfeiffer, Pedal Project, Punx23, Zdeněk Ruffer, Milan Salák, Pavla Sceranková (SK/CZ), Andy Singer (USA), Jan Slovenčík, Jan Jaroslav Sterec, Roman Štětina, Iva Těthalová (CZ/SK), Pavel Tichoň, Olja Triaška Stefanovič (SER/SK), Vladimír Turner, Šimon Vahala, Jakub Valášek, Silvie Vondřejcová, Dan Vlček, Stanislav Zámečník