Without light there is no life. Light is essential for plants to convert carbon dioxide and water into oxygen, in the process we know as photosynthesis. Without it, there would be no world around us: photosynthesis is the foundation that has allowed Earth to evolve into the biodiverse, oxygen-rich, green planet we know today. Viewing plants as fascinating, sophisticated systems can help us understand how they adapt and live in harmonious symbiosis with others.
The PHOTOSYSTEM II installation consists of a series of large-scale projections that represent the phenomenon of photosynthesis through different interpretive lenses. It features an immersive fly-through projection of the eternally flourishing evolution of biodiversity, alongside manmade objects constructed with living organisms. An interactive work, which responds to the movement of visitors, grows tendrils and releases oxygen. Plants are presented as alluringly complex systems of adaptation, and as integral components of biodesign. A glimpse into the intricacies of photosynthesis can be surprising: we can learn, be inspired and discover novel ways to solve today’s pressing problems.
The installation was co-authored by Lukáš Dřevjaný who is responsible for the production and programming of the interactive projection.
The installation is be presented alongside the exhibition INVISIBLE FORCES featuring the digital art of the young generation of Czech artists – Filip Hodas, Martin Houra, Johana Kroft, Jana Stýblová and Jakub Špaček. The exhibition is be held in the experimental space of Kunsthalle Praha under the title Aw! Lab until 21 November 2022.
Kunsthalle Praha is a new space for art located at Klárov in Prague. It was founded by The Pudil Family Foundation, run by Petr and Pavlína Pudil, as a non-state and non-profit platform for connecting the Czech art scene with the international scene. Kunsthalle Praha was created through the conversion of the historical Zenger Electrical Substation, built during the 1930s, which now houses a modern gallery space for temporary exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and cultural events. Kunsthalle Praha’s main mission is to contribute to a deeper comprehension of Czech and international art from the 20th and 21st centuries. It also has its own art collection, which centers on modern, post-war, and contemporary art. Kunsthalle Praha officially opened to the public on 22/02/2022, with the launch of the multimedia exhibition Kinetismus: 100 Years of Electricity (22/2–29/8/2022).