The artwork “Let’s make paradise together” is inspired by spreading information through the traditional megaphones known as ampli-phones in Slovakia... Read More
The artwork “Let’s make paradise together” is inspired by spreading information through the traditional megaphones known as ampli-phones in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Every day, a common voice coming from these cup-shaped speakers placed in each town accompanies inhabitants of each establishment from dawn till dusk reaching every nook and cranny. Daily news provides informative reports about the birth of a new resident, a couple tying the knot, discounts on tomatoes, or a recent passing away of their neighbour.
..What will, however, happen if - one day - in this small village, an ampli-phone starts airing a countdown of a space shuttle launch?
The work is by its own nature a reminiscence of a tragedy that took place in 1950 when approximately 750 militiamen and armed forces occupied my hometown for a few days. After the incident, my hometown has, based on a short documentary flick by Ladislav Kudelka, adopted a name “A village full of defiance.” Considering the deteriorating political situation in Slovakia and reminiscing of tragedies my grandparents had gone through, I reckon the only safe site for Šunava (my hometown) residents is in fact a place on the Moon.
The contents of my audio installation (ampli-phone) is aimed neither at the ground nor the floor, but rather at the open space.