TABULA RASA and Jonáš Garaj (CZ) → TEEPEE

  • Installation

About project

TEEPEE (also teepee or tee-pee) is a dwelling of some indigenous people of the Great Plains and adjacent areas. It is a large conical tent, originally made of buffalo hide. The millions of bison living on the Great Plains provided the local people with ample material for these dwellings. The city is our Great Plains. Bison are stuffed exhibits in the museum. We’re hunting for data. We are surrounded by light. Modern nomads, scrap pickers and scrap hunters. The word “TEEPEE” comes from the Dakota language. It is made up of two syllables, “TEE”, which means to live or dwell, and “PEE”, the ending with which nouns are formed in this language. “TEEPEE” therefore means dwelling, but also home. Our teepee is a system of interconnected objects – old and discarded spotlights, projection units, rotating mechanisms, lenses – that interact and communicate with each other. Together they form abstract compositions of objects, lights, projections, shapes, sounds, atmospheres and moods that draw the viewer into a magical space-time of analogue imagination.

About artist

The TABULA RASA collective consists of Mikoláš Zika, Jeník Tyl and Jan Brejcha, who come from the departments of production and scenography of alternative and puppet theatre at the DAMU in Prague. Their work is centred on respect for their craft. They work with various types of materials, such as long-unused and found objects or waste, to which they give new meaning. They are dedicated to recycling, which they consider a necessity. They explore genre diversity and interdisciplinarity. They emphasize the artistic component and the ecological and philosophical dimension of art. They constantly seek and find possible and novel ways of expression.

Jonáš Garaj is an artist from the JAMU academy in Brno. He deals with light in a wide range of performative events, visual art and design. He is currently exploring the use of lighting technologies in a new organic way. The collaboration with TABULA RASA was born out of a similar approach and love for craft, material and its re-use in contemporary work.

Supported by

  • Supported by

    Vršovická kulturní křižovatka Vzlet