Jan Svoboda: Place

interactive site-specific installation
technical support by Ivo Kornatovský

This was a part of the on-going serie "Light, Space, Time," the last segment from a process-oriented works which Jan Svoboda conducted in the granary between 1993 and 1997.

The room under the clock machine including weights - the old plank floor - was carefully cleaned, snatched, washed and manually fanned. I was using pigments, beeswax, and resin and tried to shape a stage, a "reflection mirror" for the theater of lights shadows, thrown by this machine. It changed depending on the movement of the sun, and the pendulum and the weight of the clock machine.

Jan Svoboda, 2018 

Jan Svoboda (born 1955) studied Czech Language and Art at the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University in Prague (1974–1978). From 1987 until 1995, he worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Art in the Pedagogical Faculty  of the Charles University. Since 1995, he has worked as the director of the Václav Pichl Primary Art School in Bechyně. In 1995, Svoboda founded the civic association Klášter at the Art School in Bechyně, which later became a founding member of the international organization E-SPACE. Since 1999, he has been designing and participated in exhibitions and programs for children for various exhibitions (Prague Quadrennial, Ten Centuries of Architecture, The Story of Prague Castle, etc.)