Zbyněk Baladrán (Czech Republic)

Zbyněk Baladrán (b. 1973, Prague, Czechoslovakia) is an author, artist, curator and exhibition architect. He studied art history in the Philosophy Department of the Charles University (Univerzita Karlova) and in the studios for Visual Communication, Painting and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Prague. In 2001 he co-founded Display, a space for contemporary art, which in 2007 was transformed into Tranzitdisplay where he is responsible for the exhibitions program. Together with Vit Havránek he curated “Monument to Transformation”, a three-year long research project on the social and political transformations. He was a member of the curatrorial team (through tranzit.org) of Manifesta 8 in Murcia, Spain (2010). He took part in the 11th Lyon Biennial, in Manifesta 5 in Donostia / San Sebastian (2004), in the 56th La Biennale di Venezia (2013) and in MoMA (2015). He is represented by the Jocelyn Wolff Gallery in Paris, Gandy Gallery in Bratislava and Hunt Kastner in Prague.
In his works he is investigating territories that are occupied by that part of civilization, which we call Western. Using methodology similar to those used by the ethnographer, the anthropologist and the sociologist, this post-humanist “archaeologist” is digging up the remnants of the not-so-distant past. He is searching for spatial “pockets” where the way of life is reflected with its systems, rules and coincidences; as well as for the objects through which humanity, obsessed with itself, is arranging the image of its past and future.

Filmography

  • The short film
    2002
  • Limita
    2002
  • Shower
    2002
  • Amplituda
    2002
  • Technical compression
    2002
  • Vide
    2003
  • Projection
    2003
  • Theory / Praxis / Exposition
    2004
  • Geometric progression
    2004
  • Working process / Pracovní postup
    2004
  • 1985
    2005
  • Speech / Promluva
    2005
  • Dnes
    2005
  • Act of repeating
    2005
  • Intence
    2005
  • Seconds
    2005
  • Socio-fiction
    2005-2007
  • Aankoop / Nákup
    2006
  • Model of constructivist tower
    2006
  • 157,74m2, ideal flat in KOLDOM
    2006
  • Modern Times
    2006
  • Tent / Pyramid / Container
    2006
  • Bez názvu / Untitled
    2007
  • Figures
    2007
  • Pět potíží při psaní pravdy / Az igazság megirásának ot nehézsége
    2007
  • Okamžik (Moment)
    2007
  • Teorie práce / Theory of work
    2007
  • Building Archive
    2008
  • Rozprava
    2008
  • Accidental archivist
    2009
  • Exhibition
    2009
  • Bookcase
    2009
  • Models of the universe
    2009
  • Hranice autonomie
    2009
  • Assemblages against Essences
    2009
  • The Long-Ago Death of a Fly
    2010
  • Leccos!
    2010
  • 40 000 000
    2010
  • Letter from nowhere
    2011
  • Knihovna
    2011
  • Singularity (new)
    2011
  • Singularity (old)
    2011
  • All for no reason I.
    2011
  • Night of the world
    2011
  • Minus ten anarcho-communist minutes
    2012
  • Adaptation
    2012
  • Why would you live if you knew what was going to happen tomorrow?
    2012
  • All for no reason II.
    2012
  • Preliminary Report / Case Study
    2013
  • Liberation, or …
    2013
  • The microscope and telescope of time
    2013
  • Skrz sklo (Through glass)
    2014
  • Mixér
    2014
  • Dead Reckoning
    2014
  • Diderot’s Dream
    2014
  • Adorno a Kovanda o materialismu
    2014
  • Práce oka (Work of Eye)
    2014
  • Approximation of infinite sequences
    2015
  • To Be Framed
    2016
  • Autoignition
    2016
  • Closer to Each Other Than the Diplomats
    2016
  • Omar’s Exam
    2016
  • Powerless Source of All Power
    2018

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