Videokemp

31. 7. 2005, 14.00 – 22.00, park Klamovka u Galerie Altán Klamovka • 21. 5. 2006, 12.00 – 21.00, park Klamovka u Galerie Altán Klamovka • 11. 8. 2007, 12.00 – 24.00, areál zámku Třebešice u Čáslavi • 9. 8. 2008, 12.00 – 24.00, park Letná, vedle nové restaurace Na Baště (za tenisovými kurty) • 22. 8. 2009, 12.00-22.00, park Letná, vedle nové restaurace Na Baště (za tenisovými kurty) • 16. a 17. 7. 2010, areál GASKu v Kutné Hoře • 16. 7. 2011, 12:00 – 22:00, park za Domem umění města Brna

From the very beginning, Videokemp (Video Camp) has been conceived as a one-day festival of contemporary video art. It is characteristic of a public space setting. So far, it has been set up in city parks and other grass areas with tents; in the individual tents, works by twenty to forty invited artists were presented each year. That is what gave Videokemp its name. The festival was founded in 2005 as a collective idea of curator Viktor Čech, curator and contemporary art critic Lenka Sýkorová and visual artist, curator and lecturer Milan Salák. While the co-curator posts were further taken up by Klára Žaludová and Eva Riebová, Viktor Čech remained the main coordinator and curator of the event.
The first edition was held in the surroundings of the Altán Klamovka Gallery in the Klamovka Park in Prague. The aim was to transcend the possibilities of the little gallery and expand to the surrounding public space. However, the presentation of video art was not the sole objective of the initiators. The moving image rather represented a suitable format for this type of event, allowing easy manipulation with the artworks and placing little presentation demands. Moreover, it also allowed to invite a large number of artists without demanding a common thematic context. When selecting the artists working in the intentions of video art, the curators preferred neither established artists nor new talents, thus emphasizing the showcase character of the festival. The artists were selected primarily from the ranks of students and graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) in Prague.

Originally, the primary function of the tents consisted in the protection from bad weather. As for the time period, the summer holiday was chosen as the art activities would decline, especially those held in galleries. The festival also intended to create a pleasant alternative to the year-round exhibitions held in indoor exhibition halls. According to the visitors, the happening atmosphere of the festival has become one of its important features. Due to the large number of artists and other members of the art community, the festival created an environment open to discussions, immediate reflections of the artworks, contact making etc. The community also physically met and communicated with the public. Passers-by were attracted by the tent area placed in the middle of a city park which disturbed the conventional notion of public space. This resulted in a confrontation of the public and intimate spheres; the visitors were able to enter parts that are otherwise inaccessible in regular camps. The curators rather took up the role of organizers, delimiting the basic frame of the event. The curatorial role was taken up by the very artists who were given maximum freedom in their presentation in the tents. However, the artists also had a clearly delimited space and equal conditions so that they would neither disturb nor directly confront each other. In 2010, the festival introduced the concept of “curated tents”. This form of selection and presentation consisted in the team of curators who represented international artists who could not be personally present in the tents. In this way, the Videokemp has achieved an international dimension.
After the first two editions held in the Klamovka Park, the Videokemp was transformed into a travelling festival. From the third edition on, the location of the festival would change each year (with the exception of Letná Park which hosted two editions). In the course of the festival’s existence, tents were built in the Třebešice u Čáslavi Castle area, the Letná Park in Prague and the GASK Gallery area. In this way, the organizers tried to revive the social aspect of the event while maintaining interest on the part of the artists. With the new locations, the atmosphere of the festival changed as well. Obviously, a city park in the center of Prague would generate different confrontations and connections than an isolated castle park outside of Prague. The “host stations” had to provide a source of electricity and had to be willing to engage in an exhibition project. They were mostly fellow art institutions which also provided material support. The rest of the financial costs was covered by all the participating parties as the event was a non-profit one and no admission fee was collected. The festival would regularly last several hours. As a one-day event, it would usually start in the afternoon hours.
The change of location with the intention to revive the concept of Videokemp and to strengthen its community potential earned both positive and negative reactions. Artist and co-curator of 2010 Petr Krátký said the following about the travelling strategy: “Due to the change of location, the artists started to send their works without participating personally. Because of that, the creative potential is disappearing, the authentic encounters are replaced by a ghost town where uninitiated visitors meet each other, shaking their heads in puzzlement. However, I guess the founding fathers know that too well; this might be why there are speculations about the end of the event each year. However, the concept of meeting and strengthening the community bonds on the basis of travelling, an essential principle of any camp event, has been maintained by the organizers of Videokemp so far.

curators:

2005 – Viktor Čech, Milan Salák, Lenka Sýkorová • 2006 – Viktor Čech, Milan Salák, Lenka Sýkorová • 2007 – Viktor Čech, Milan Salák, Lenka Sýkorová • 2008 – Viktor Čech, Klára Žaludová • 2009 – Viktor Čech, Eva Riebová • 2010 – Viktor Čech, kurátorské stany: Petr Krátký, Lenka Sýkorová, Martin Hrubý, Noam Darom • 2011 – Viktor Čech, Lenka Sýkorová, Silvie Šeborová, kurátorské stany: Amande In, Zoe Yeh, Denisa Fialová, Romana Veselá – Tereza Nováková



participating artists:

  • 2005 – Vasil Artamonov, Zbyněk Baladrán, Daniela Baráčková, Ondřej Brody, Jiří David, Jan Kadlec, Dominik Lang, Jitka Mikulicová, Michal Panoch, Edita Pattová, Eugenio Percossi, Michal Pěchouček, Luděk Rathouský, Jolana Ruchařová, Milan Salák, Tereza Severová, Sláva Sobotovičová, Vít Soukup, Tereza Velíková a další
  • 2006 – Vasil Artamonov, Zbyněk Baladrán, Daniela Baráčková, Ondřej Brody, Marek Bureš, Denis Dallen, Jiří David, Sabina Hašková, Petra Herotová, Aneta Mona Chisa, Jan Kadlec, Alexej Klyukov, Eva Koťátková, Radim Labuda, Dominik Lang, Jitka Mikulicová, Michal Panoch, Edita Pattová, Martin Pokorný, Luděk Rathouský, Jolana Ruchařová, Milan Salák, Sláva Sobotovičová, Tereza Severová, Evžen Šimera, Mark Ther, Tereza Velíková, Diana Vinklerová, Dušan Zahoranský a další
  • 2007 – Silvina Arismendi, Adéla Babanová, Daniela Baráčková, Markéta Bendová – Filin Krug, Marek Bureš – Michal Panoch, Linda Čihařová, Denis Dallen, Pavla Gajdošíková – Petra Pětiletá, GUMA GUAR, Eva Jiřička, Gabriela Jurkovičová, Tamara Moyzes, Klára Nejezchlebová, Veronika Neumannová, Eugenio Percossi, Pavla Sceranková, Tereza Severová, Ivan Svoboda, Tereza Velíková, Dušan Zahoranský a další
  • 2008 – Darina Alster, Silvina ArismendiI, Daniela Baračková, Markéta Bendová, Marek Bureš, Linda Čihařová, Noam Darom, Patricie Fexová, Kateřina Fojtíková, Ester Geislerová-Kadlecová, David Helán, Martin Hrubý, Gabriela Jurkovičová, Koko, Petr Krátký, Radim Laubuda, Tamara Moyzes, Veronika Neumanová – Helena Sequensová, Vilem Novak, Michal Panoch, Eugenio Percossi, Milan Salák, Sláva Sobotovičová, Tereza Severová, Barbora Švehláková, Tereza Velíková, Richard Wiesner, Shlomo Yaffe a další…
  • 2009 – Conrad Amstrong, Vasil Artamonov – P.Krátký – Tomáš Uhnák, Daniela Baráčková, Jan Brož, Marek Bureš, Kerry Downey, Pavla Gajdošíková, Ester Geislerová-Kadlecová, Isabela Grosseová, Diana Heise, David Hřivňacký, Mario Chromý, Gabriela Jurkovičová, Martin Kohout, Markéta Kubačáková, Radim Labuda, Raphael Lyon, Tamara Moyzes, Michal Panoch, Míra Podorský, Emilie Segnarbieux, Sláva Sobotovičová, Pavel Sterec, Ivan Svoboda, Viktor Takáč, Hynek Vacek, Gabriela Vainsencher, Ben Worley
  • 2010 – Matěj Al-Ali,Vasil Artamonov, Authentic Boys, Zbyněk Baladrán, Daniela Baráčková, Markéta Bendová, Jan Brož, Marek Bureš, Aleš Čermák, Marek Číhal, Veronika Daňhelová, Noam Darom, Pavla Gajdošíková, Anastasia Goliková, Guma Guar, Miroslav Hašek, Roderick Hietbrink, Martin Hrubý, David Hřivňácký, Matyáš Chochola, Mário Chromý, Ester Kadlecová Geislerová, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Petr Krátký, Markéta Kubačáková, Radim Langer, Calvin Laing, Lubomír Lukčo, Silvie Milková, Tomáš Moravec, Veronika Neumanová, Michal Panoch, Edita Pattová, Omer Shadar, Sláva Sobotovičová, Johana Střížková – Michal Ureš, Ivan Svoboda, Hynek Vacek, Viktorie Valocká, Tereza Velíková, Lenka Vítková
  • 2011 – Karíma Al-Mukhtarová, ANYMADE, Markéta Bendová, Marek Bureš – Jiří David, Aleš Čermák, Noam Darom, Baptiste Debombourg (Fr), Anna Drdová, Duoperformance, Jakub Evják, Denisa Fialová, Miroslav Hašek & Libor Ptáčník, Juliana Höschlová, DJ Chepuchov, Chen Ching-yuan (TW), Antonín Jirát, Jakub Jurásek, Shan Kai-ti (TW), Stanislava Karbušická, Petr Krátký, Jan Kratochvíla, Filin Krug, Pavla Malinová, Adéla Marková, Michal Maruška, Martina Nováková, Libor Novotný, Kateřina Olivová, The Rodina, Martina Růžičková, Helena Sequensová – Adam Stanko, Tereza Severová, Simon Scheuerle (Aus), Matěj Smetana, Sláva Sobotovičová, Anita Somrová, Kateřina Sudolská, Libor Svoboda, Tereza Velíková, Juan Yong-han (TW), Liu Yu (TW), Milan Žák, Kamila Ženatá

Sources:

  • Kolba, Filip. Videokemp – Jiné vize. Krátký, Petr
  • Kolba, Filip. Videokemp – Jiné vize. Bendová, Markéta
  • Kolba, Filip. Videokemp – Jiné vize. Čech, Viktor
  • Kolba, Filip. Videokemp – Jiné vize. Al-Ali, Matěj
  • www.videokemp.cz
  • ČECH, Viktor. Videokemp 2010. Art has no history [online] arthasnohistory.wordpress.com
  • ČECH, Viktor. Videokemp 2006. Art has no history [online]. 2006, 2007, 2011

Text: Filip Kolba
Latest update: 31. 1. 2012

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