Whether working with text of sound, he creates installations or documents e-mail correspondence. Tomáš Svoboda is monitoring a system. His approach to art follows from conceptually-focused semiotic research from the 1960s (Josef Kosuth, Art & Language). However, contrary to this tradition, which refers primarily to the convention of imaging itself, Svoboda’s approach expresses an interest in the possibilities of communication, (de)formed on the basis of a pre-established logic. He often researches non-narrative text and its ability to carry information (Černý‘s 428, Brno-Praha, Kaiserstrasse), or eventually relationships between text and image (London Photo Album), nor does he forget social topics, media analysis and diverse commercial information (Nabídka reklamních ploch k pronájmu v soukromém bytě – Offer of ad space for rent in a private flat, Srdečné blahopřání – Sincere Well Wishes, Prima vařečka – Wonderful Spoon, and Difference). Svoboda’s interest in the environment, where he’s living (Zrušená tiskárna / Defunct Printer) relates to this, as does his contact with city residents (City Last Aid, Post-It) and general questions on communication (Telefony / Telephones, You are not Alone).
Katalog Tomáš Svoboda, Praha 2005, nestr.