Description of campaign/project
Through little, or even naïve, interventions we intend to show that the city belongs to us! We see our role in the society as studying its system and interacting with it.
We, deliberately, haven’t chosen a radical form of confrontation with the System as a mode of our expression, instead we’ve opted for a game, a game with it and with you. UFF is a form of geocaching, nevertheless, it attempts a two-fold intervention to the public space. Game, as a vehicle for discovery and learning and as a creative approach to problems and questions, stands for us against brainless consumption and idleness!
The theme of Big Brother, however overused it may seem, is now more urgent than ever before and, most importantly, is not limited to totalitarian regimes. In Czech Republic, where after 1989 the need for democracy was met in a rather twisted way, the laws are abundant with many legal gaps. We are currently recognized as a country where privacy rights are systematically (and often legally) violated.
To escape the gaze of Big Brother sounds today like a naïve utopia. We rather pretend not to see or mind surveillance cameras. The one who opens a debate about tapped phones is considered a fanatic and is then forced to withdraw, saying, “The fact we are paranoid does not mean they are not watching.”
Apart from CCTV (Closed-Circuit-Television) there are other, more efficient, ways to monitor our lives. Thanks to our dependency on mobile phones are our location data recorded and easily looked up any time in the future. This is actually necessary due to a controversial directive of Dataretention (see below). Entire disk fields full with data about our text messages or mails are paid from our pocket, so we should at least know what’s stored in there.
Mobile phone is a tool for immediate communication. It is not necessary to arrange a meeting long time in advance for we can call it couple of minutes before it starts. This “freedom” is precisely what strengthens the system’s tentacles. Through our cell phones we are able to access the internet and write a mail to a friend which leaves yet another digital trace. We voluntarily disclose our private business to “those above” for investigation purposes and do not care “who watches the watchmen”. Processing data is very fast and precise these days. Often, tapping phone is not even necessary to find out who we are and what we are doing, all is clear from our daily schemes and trajectories. Thanks to the Opencard, electronic IDs and other “improvements” the noose is getting tighter.
Public space is not “public” to everyone in the same sense. Urban landscape is saturated with advertisements, the city is spreading and rising, noticing minute details and nuances is ever more difficult. We need to filter out the enormous torrent of visual information, hence we reduce our commotion to a transfer from place A to place B. However, some of the filtered-out information can fundamentally transform our perception of the spot, or of the city in general. We are continuously suggested to spend our free time in a shopping mall, squares have become unlimited display areas for advertising agencies. Parks give in to automobiles and the most popular green space overall is the football pitch. Where is the space for an active life and discussion, the space for us?
Social sphere deteriorates because of the private boundaries we build around ourselves. What is beyond is not an issue, hence we don’t even know who lives across. Gathering into groups smells of sectatrianism, organized are only sportsmen or criminals. Significant individuals can no longer sign themselves without being accused of narcissistic self-promotion.
Any motto without a logo attached to it becomes a pointless scream of despair for we are too lazy to find out who is its author. The church, the media, the politician and the artist hiding out in a gallery, they all moralize, but we lack morality. Street art is becoming a fake kitsch and we can no longer distinguish between guerilla advertising and activist message.
We take as a fact the ill idea of us being those in the gutter who may not change the face of the city. The one who looks for an alternative or calls for a change is labeled a daydreamer or an utopist.
The aim of UFF is not to spread paranoid thoughts. The situation doesn’t call for blocking out. Rather, we should try to understand life in the city’s web, explore the structures and through whatever means and challenge them and develop them further. Be creative, active and in this way support healthy pulse of the society. Expressing one’s opinion, needing a change, willingness to cross the border and to push the limits!
Guerilla performance, public intervention, videoart. I don't ask anybody(if I'm convinced that I do the "right" thing..which is very difficult to concude)
I try to create nonstandard situations in real life. I interact with my surroundings via unexpected methods. I therefore represent (hopefuly) freeminded citizen, who consciously create helthier public space, which doesn't belong to "them"(who btw doesn't even exist) but to us!
I learned that being creative and active(without any PROFIT) is the only way I can live in this society(which I'm bored with). People are willing to take part in sudden "roles" and they would like to live different lifes than they do. Most of them just don't know how...
We are free, we just don't realize it because of all the propaganda around us.
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UFF is a dialogue between the city and its citizens. Am I a passive or an active city â€œuserâ€? Am I able to adjust rules of the game myself?
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Invented whole project, made installations, directed it, edited the video, realized installation...
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FILM AND TV SCHOOL OF ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IN PRAGUE / Centre for audiovisual studies