Pavel Mrkus (CZ) → Database

  • Projection / installation

About project

Pavel Mrkus was seeking inspiration for his site-specific project called Database in the Klementinum building. The videomapping is beamed on the 30-meters-tall wall of the building of the National Library which serves as a hall comprising typical ticket database of the book fund. The projection utilizes the delineation of the structure of stone walls and combines the approach of videomapping and free art. It works as dynamic light representation of the library data, puts into context networks of the system, searching processes, algorithms and principles of scientific sorting of information. Furthermore, the installation relativizes enthusiasm from creation and extension of vulnerable parallel virtual databases that currently happens all over the world.

About artist

He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and his artwork brings elements of the Eastern mindset to the Western society but it also points out local advanced technologies. Apart from others, in the past he participated in Venice and Brussels biennale and his name is well-known not only at the Czech art scene but also at the international art scene. Along with Dan Hanzlík, he is in charge of the atelier Time-based media at the Faculty of Art and Design of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem.

Supported by

  • National library of the Czech Republic