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Aleš Čermák

First Name
Aleš
Surname
Čermák
Born
1984
Birth place
Prague
Place of work
Prague
Website
http://alescermak.blogspot.cz
Keywords
conceptual art
installation art
performance
video
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About artist

Up till now Aleš Čermák’s style could be described, somewhat simply, as the poetics of social forms. He has explored this theme in performance, literature and conceptual work with text. As well as gallery installations, performances and video, over the last few years he has experimented with a theatrical format. At present many of his projects could be placed within the context of experimental theatre. His literary output includes both writing and publishing as part of the project Ausdruck Books (since 2010).

Čermák often touches upon the social and political problems of the contemporary world and the position of the individual in it. However, his work is not merely the rehashing of easily derived propositions, such as is to be found in much contemporary “engaged” art. The relationship between form and content, both in his creative process and in the expressive elements of his work, is explored in a free yet dynamic way. Over the last few years he has gradually formed a firmer aesthetic that more and more finds its feet in the sphere of staged productions.   

As regards the traditional exhibition format an example would be Zamilovaný Hérakleitos / Heraclitus in Love (2012), in which with characteristic lightness of touch he played with the swapped roles of the gender paradigm of art history, portraying an active female creative subject and a passive position of man as theme and object. His project for the final of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award entitled Starý svět už nedává smysl a nový ještě nenastal / The Old World No Longer Makes Sense and the New One Has Not Yet Come About (2013) combined several aspects of his practice. As well as an installation containing a host of references to the theme in question, the main outputs included a publication freely available in situ with a text by the artist, and an organised reading in the gallery realised from the project budget by paid unemployed people. His book Pes nadbíhá kličkujícímu zajíci / A Dog Chasing a Zigzagging Hare (2013) was his final project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. This literary essay both conveys information conventionally while also being a self-reflecting conceptual form of such a book as cultural model. 

In his concept of theatre, which was to be seen, for instance, in the cycle Občan a věc / The Citizen and the Thing (2013–14), Čermák draws on both performance art and contemporary post-dramatic theatre. He combines different components such as project, readings or acted commentary, the participation of musicians, etc. in the spirit of intermedia. This is not a theatrical unity synthesised by a director. It is more a kind of collage in which the artist places both contradictory and equal elements in confrontation. An important aspect in his performances and theatre work is his interest in choreography as a simulacrum of the social systems by which the contemporary body is controlled. To this end he collaborates with professionals in the sphere in question. A typical example of such cooperation is Pro začátek můžeme znovu zformulovat náročný systém podmínek pro kladnou odpověď typu: Ano! Opravdový život je přítomnost / To Start With We can Reformulate a Demanding System of Conditions for a Positive Response of the Type: Yes! Real Life is Presence (2013), involving three dancers performing a demanding, unstable variation that paraphrases the mutual existential interdependencies of the individual in society.

Čermák’s work is perhaps the most interesting example of a creative aesthetic accentuating within an international context the current intertwining of the visual arts and theatre. His concept of the book as a another non-gallery form within contemporary art occupies a similarly important position. 

Author of the annotation
Viktor Čech

Published
2015

CV

studies: 

2006–2012
Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

internships, residencies, awards:
2016
Finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award

2015
Artists-in-Residence program of transit and ERSTE Foundation at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, A

2013
Finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Price
VARP 2012 - Space gallery, Bratislava, SK

2011
Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Czech Krumlov, CZ

2010
Cooper Union School of Art, New York, USA

2009
University of Applied Arts - architecture studio J. Smetana prof. akad. arch

2006
Academy of Fine Arts - atelier of Prof. Jiří Příhoda

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2015 
Situace, v níž už je opět možné cokoliv, Dům umění města Brna, CZ

2014 
Strážci vstupu / The Real Gatekeepers, galerie Armaturka, Ústí nad Labem, CZ

2013 
Proč přěmýšlet o budoucnosti? Bude svět takový jak ho známe navždy? vitrina Deniska, Olomouc, CZ          
Hodina o které jsme o sobě nevěděli, galerie SPZ, Praha, CZ
Notes for Women (Ausdruck Books ),INI gallery, Praha, CZ          
Bez názvu (společně s Jiřím Skálou), galerie Jelení, Praha, CZ

2012 
Zamilovaný Hérakleitos, galerie Fotograf, Praha, CZ

2011
Konkurence protismyslů, Hot dock gallery, Bratislava, SK

2010
Dvojznačnosti čáry, galerie U Mloka, Olomouc, CZ
*8.3.2010, galerie 207, Praha, CZ

2009 
Story without end (chaps), galerie Pavilon, Praha, CZ
Tři situace, experimentální prostor 100m3, Mělník, CZ

2008
Jakoby nic, současně nenechá nic bez doteku, galerie Školska 28, Praha, CZ
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2016
Apocalypse Me, Emil Filla gallery, Ústí nad Labem, CZ

2015
Cosmological Anthropology, Festival of Animation PAF, Olomouc, CZ
Monument, China Czech Contemporary gallery, Peking, CHI
Ny show #3, Nyspace, Manchester, UK

2015
Telepathy or Esperanto? galerie Futura, Praha, CZ 
Výchozí pozice, galerie Emila Fily, Ústí nad Labem, CZ

2014 
Walking, Running, Dancing, Grasping, Fetching or Carrying, galerie Nod, Praha, CZ         
9th International Biennial of photography and visual art in Liege, BE

2013 
Cena Jindřicha Chalepeckého, Národní galerie, Praha, CZ
Hi5 – dům umění města Brna, Brno, CZ

2012 
Rookie, Galeria Miejska Arsenał, Poznaň, PL          
Lingvistický kroužek, Slovenský institut, Praha, CZ

2011 
Konečně spolu, galerie Emila Filly, Ústí n. L, CZ
Instituceum: moderní instituce a současné umění, Psychiatrická léčebna Bohnice, Praha, CZ         
Bookie, Piktogram/BLA, Warszawa, PL         
Náčrtník – pokus o komentář, Etc. gallery, Praha, CZ         
Live Ammo, Museum of Contemporary Art – MOCA, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 
U DUBU TU BUDU, Skolska 28 gallery, Praha         
Czech Point – XIV. Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Gum gallery, IT         
Transgression – videotage, Hong Kong, RC         
Trial, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vídeň, A

2009
Telescopic studio, galerie Václava Špály, Praha, CZ          
My Europe, Headquarters of the European Union – EESC, Brusel, BE

2008 
Contacts 9th international sympozium Academy School of Art, Klenová, CZ          
VE VILE (společně s Jan Pfeiffer), galerie GJA, Prague, CZ

2007
Unsafe distance, Dům u kamenného zvonu, Praha, CZ          
Agorafolly inside, European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brusel, BE           
Agorafolly outside, Brusel, BE
Why not?, gallery Benzinka Sukubus, Praha, CZ          
Autonomous zone, Praha Open space, galerie FAVU, Brno, CZ

2006 
Project OUT PUT, Václavské náměsti, Praha, CZ         
Chaplin Resident Fighter, galerie Futura, Praha, CZ
Other realisations

Autorské knihy:

2013 

ABCD WALTER           

Formování historie ed. 2 interpretace dějin z pohledu různých států 

(společně s Klárou Jirkovou)        

Pes nadbíhá kličkujícímu zajíci - experimentální román          

2011 

Chůze I, II, III (ve spolupráci s Filipem Jakšem)          

Formování historie ed. 1 – kniha zabývající se interpretací dějin          

(ve spolupráci s Klárou Jirkovou)

Performativní a divadelní projekty:

2015 

Polo Shirt [discipline], MuseumQuartier, Videň, Rakousko

2014 

Předobraz přicházejícího selhání,  1. epizoda, Brno          

Třetí lež / Agota Kristof, divadelní sál Meetfactory          

A ME/ Nějaké já, Tranzitdisplay, Praha  

2013 

Po okraj naplněné nádoby v jednom kuse bez ustání mluví, divadelní sál Meetfactory, Občan a věc, divadlo Meetfactory. 

Fiction and Women, INI gallery, Praha, CZ

2012 

Občan a věc, divadelní hra pro dva herce, první uvedení studijní a vědecká knihovna              Hradec Králové, druhé uvedení psychiatrická léčebna Bohnice.

Inscenace č. 3, Lehkovážné koketování, tu a tam, tu a tam se vynořuje, adaptace textu z knihy ,,Pes nadbíhá kličkujícímu zající“ pro operní zpěvačku, Národní galerie             Praha, CZ

Inscenace č. 2 adaptace textu Zbyňka Baladrána ,,mínus deset anarchokomunistických minut“, Národní galerie, Praha, CZ

Inscenace č. 1 – adaptace pro 6. herců z knihy ,,Pes nadbíhá kličkujícímu zajíci“                       právnická fakulta UK, Praha, CZ

Material Var. 4 ,,AUTOR,, Čínská restaurace ,,Jin Xing Ge, Praha,  CZ

Choreografie I. - 1.část: čekání pro čekání, 2. část: závěr: rozšíření / taneční konzervatoř Duncan Center,  Praha, CZ

2011

Material Var. 2 / Material var. 2 jako distribuce Material. var 1 – čtení / s Klárou Doležálkovou , Jakubem Kovaříkem / i-d-a, Prague, CZ         

Choreografie I. Závěr: Rozšíření,  Tranzitdisplay gallery, Prague          Průvodce – ve spolupráci s Jiřím Skálou,  Topičův Salon, Praha, CZ         

To by šlo – ve spolupráci s Klárou Jirkovou, Pavilon gallery, Praha, CZ

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