CV/BIO

Petr Motycka (*10. 09. 1971, Prague, Czechoslovakia)
1983: immigration to USA
1987-88: stay in Australia
1990-91: University of Oregon (major: fine arts, minor: abnormal psychology)
1991: return to Czechoslovakia
1992-98: Academy of Applied Arts in Prague / prof. Zdenek Ziegler - visual communication / prof. Pavel Stecha - photography
1998: exchange program at the Ecole de Beaux Artes, Marseille, France
1999: termination of studies with the Masters of Arts degree
1998: founded Pode Bal art collective
2001-2005: post-grad. study at the Academy of Applied Arts, terminated with Ph.D. degree; theme of disertation: Contemporary Art as a Method for Critical Analysis
2006: residency in Berlin, with gallery Framework
2007-8: Teaching position at the Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies in Brno (seminar Art, Media and Politics)
2008: Prohelvetia residency in Zurich
2011: curator of ARTWALL gallery, member of c2c – circle of curators and critics


Language skills:
Czech (native)
English (excellent)
Spanish (good)
French (fair)


UNTILL 2008, ALL OF HIS ARTWORK HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXHIBITED IN CONTEXT OF THE PODE BAL GROUP, OF WHICH HE IS THE FOUNDING  FATHER


"The first among art groups that politicized the Czech art scene in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries was Pode Bal. The artistic community has accepted them with great reservation because they have broken the taboo of de-politicization and have seized the space in which they organize their exhibitions in a totalitarian manner, extending it to the sphere of mass media and creating crisis by means of their ambiguous projects. At the same time, they have stuck to local themes, including: the link between the new ruling élite and collaborators of the former secret police, the forced departure of Sudetten Germans from Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of World War II, anti-drug legislation, as well as criticism of the institution of the National Gallery, carried out in the form of action-situation.
The artistic practices of Pode Bal revived the cognitive and therapeutic functions of art at a time when the de-politicized or anti-political cultural society was loosing its awareness of the fact that there are broader issues, that solidarity is possible and that it makes sense to strive for a change of the system. The radicalization and politicization of aesthetics should result in an iconoclastic gesture vis-a` -vis the ideology of total distancing and transcendence, which at last in the Czech lands has led to art becoming more like a religion and turning the attention away from the medium itself."

(East Art Map - A (Re)Construction of the History of Art in Eastern Europe)

A skewered Marlboro ad featuring a hookah-smoking man bore the legend: "Pode Bal warns that smoking nonstate-owned drugs can damage your freedom."
(New York Times)

Disney gave Pinocchio Jimi Cricket to be his conscience. The Czech Republic has Pode Bal.
(The Prague Post)

Pode Bal combines fashion and socio-political commentary: a black-and-white Palestinian head scarf embroidered with the Hermes logo; a curved Middle Eastern dagger with a Swiss Army knife handle; a sleek lightbox photo of a woman in a white burqa, with one eye exposed where the fabric is cut in the shape of a Nike swoosh.
(Art in America)


Solo exhibitions
2011 - Shoechrist – Dox Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, permanent installation, 2011
2010 - Tuned Readymades – Gallery Napa, Prague
2010 - Shoechrist – Public space, riverbank, Prague
2009 - Projections – The Courtcase, Message Salon, Zurich, 2009
2008 - Projections – public space, Message Salon, Zurich, 2008
2008 - Peau de Balle – Gallery Perla Mode, Zurich, 2008

Sellected group exhibitions
2011 - Artbank, Museum of Young Art, Prague
2011 - Librarianism, NTK Gallery, Prague
2011 - Dr. Sadofsky's Archive, Utopia on the Abbys, Nacional Gallery, Prague
2011 - Motel Nirvana, Rote Fabrik, Zurich
2010 - d.i.v.o. Institute presents Fridericianum at Fridericianum, Kassel

Sellected solo exhibitions / projects (Pode Bal)
2011 - Modern Flagellant, permanent installation, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
2010 - Bohdanka will be without her Dad This Christmas, House of Art, Ceske Budejovice
2010 - Kosice Program, Kasarne / Kulturpark, Kosice,
2010 - I like America and America likes me, Napa Gallery, Prague
2010 - Malík urvi II – Dox Center for Contemporary Art, Prague
2010 - Crises – House of Oscar Wilde, Dublin
2009 - Eagles, permanent installation, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
2009 - Flagellants – Public space, Kosice
2009 - The reeping – Gallery Bludny Kamen, Opava
2009 - Converse II – Divus Unit 30, London
2008 - Briefs – Dox, Center for Contemporary Art, Prague
2008 - Fascade – public space, fascade of the National Gallery, Prague
2007 - Cover Art – Hunt Kastner Artworks, Prague
2006 - Lety – Gallery Gambit, Prague
2006 - Flagellants – public space, Galerie Art Wall, Prague
2005 - FlagelanT-shirts – public space, Prague
2005 - Reaction Painting – public space, Prague
2005 - Dialog der Denkmaler – Gallery Framework, Berlin
2004 - Garden – public space, Prague
2003 - Stars – Municipal Gallery of Stemberk, Stemberk
2003 - Serial Sniper – public space, Amsterdam
2003 - Faithful We Shall Remain – public space, Prague
2002 - Crossdressing – public space, Prague
2002 - Institutionalized Art– public space, fascade of the National Gallery, Prague
2001 - Pay per view – Gallery NoD, Prague
2000 - Malík urvi / Gen - Gallery of Established Nomenclature – Václav Špála Gallery, Prague / Gallery Priestor, Bratislava / many other galleries all over the Czech Republic
1999 - TGM Chicken – Gallery MXM, Prague
1999 - Larger Amount of State Drugs – Gallery of the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague
1998 - Action Czech Hands – Cinema U Hradeb, Prague
1998 - Extreme Campaign – public space, all over the Czech Republic
1998 - Parliament Prohibition – Parliament of the Czech Republic, Gallery MXM, Prague

Sellected group exhibitions (Pode Bal)
2011 - Lucifer Effect, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
2011 - Artbank, Museum of Young Art, Prague
2009 - Formats of Transformation – The Art House of Brno, Brno / Vienna, 2010
2009 - Tomorrow starts Yesterday, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
2009 - Subvision. Kunst. Festival. Off., Hamburk
2008 - Impressions – Gallery Senzor, Designblok, Prague
2008 - ArtPhone – public space, Prague
2008 - 30% OFF – Václav Spála Gallery, Prague
2007 - TinaB – public space, Prague
2007 - Gross National Product – Metropolitan Gallery of Prague, Prague
2007 - Tease Art Fair – Köln
2007 - Wydarzylo sie dzisiaj – Arsenal, Poznan
2007 - HDP, City Gallery Prague, Prague
2006 - Chaplin Resident Fighter – Gallery Futura, Prague
2006 - Among Us Groups II – DUMB, Brno
2006 - Czech Point – Gallery NoD, Prague
2006 - Ballkunstler – Museum der bildenden Kunste, Liepzig
2006 - Keine Wunderkamer – C2C Gallery, Prague
2006 - Stín humoru – BWA Awantgarda, Wroclaw, Poland, 2006, Gallery Mars, Moscow
2006 - Don’t Die for Love – public space and Gallery C2C, Prague, Czech Republic, Bratislava,
2005 - Beauty Free Shop – Palace Adria, Prague
2005 - Prague Biennial 2 – Prague
2004 - Niemansland – Kunstlerhaus Wien, Vienna
2003 - Billboard Gallery Europe – public space, Bratislava
2003 - Next5Minutes – Amsterdam
2003 - Art of Survival at the Czech Centre – Czech Centre, B+B, London
2002 - Transindex – Cluj, Romania
2002 - Politik-Um, New Engagement – Prague Castle courtyard, Prague Castle Gallery, Prague
2002 - Extradi(c)tion – Museu da Água, Lisabon
2000 - Enough Smoke? – Gallery Mánes, Prague
2000 - Uberlebens Kunst, Junge Tschechische Kunst – Mitte Europe Festival, Kulmbach
2000 - Uberlebens Kunst, Junge Tschechische Kunst – Gallery NBK, Berlin
1999 - Austrotel Contemporary Art Fair – Vienna
1999 - CZ99 – Wenceslas Square, Prague

Sellected lectures and presentations
2011 - Return of the Monument, Gallery of Architecture, Brno
2010 - United Brands for World Peace, Fridericianum, Kassel
2010 - Return of the Monument, Bureau of Experimental Architecture, Museum Quartier, Vienna
2008 - Pode Bal – FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, 2008
2007–2008 - Art, Media and Politics – seminar at the Masaryk University, Brno
2006 - Art, Media and Public Space – Academy of Applied Arts, Prague
2005 - Luxury of Attention – Burg Giebichenstein Academy of Arts and Design, Halle, Germany, 2005
2004 - Public Space and Urbanism – panel discussion, Czech_In – 3d Block, Stadwerkstad, Linz, Austria, 2004
2004 - Public Art and Urban Interventions – Czech_In – 3d Block, OK Center, Linz, Austria, 2004
2004 - Politics of the Image, Visual Reality – Gallery Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic, 2004
2004 - Public Art – Philosophical Faculty of the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2004
2003–2005 - Art as Method, alternative approaches in visual communication (postgradual teaching position with Prof. Ziegler) – Academy of Applied Arts, Prague
2003 - Decentralization of the Structure of Visual Communication – Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, 2003
2003 - Media Activism and Art – Priestor Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2003
2003 - Dialogs – Experimental Space NoD,Prague, Czech Republic, 2003
2003 - Urban Interventions – Next5Minutes, Amsterdam, NL, 2003
2003 - Low-Tech methods in Activist Art – Next5Minutes, Amsterdam, NL, 2003
2003 - Enduring Post-Communism – panel discussion, Next5Minutes, Amsterdam, NL,  2003
2003 - Dialogs – Gallery Display, Prague, Czech Republic, 2003
2003 - Political Aspects of Contemporary Art – Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, 2003
2002 - Media Activism and Art – Transindex conference, Cluj, Romania, 2002
2002 - Political Art – panel discussion, Politikum / New Engagement, Goethe Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, 2002
2001 - New Media and Art – panel discussion, Datatransfer, Archa Theater, Prague, Czech Republic, 2001
2000 - Application of Commercial Strategies in Non-commercial Visual Work / Art – Iberoamerican University, Mexico City, 2000
1999 - Visual Communication and Manipulation – Gallery Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999

Sellected workshops
2011 - Fresh Films, Theater Ponec, Prague
2004 - Academy of Applied Arts, Prague
2003 - University of Jan Evangelist Purkyne
2003 - Academy of Applied Arts, Prague
2002 - University of Jan Evangelist Purkyne, Usti nad Labem
2001 - Gallery NoD (together with RTMark), Prague
2000 - Iberoamerican University, Mexico City

 

Petr Motycka

petr@podebal.cz

+420 603 160 797
Dittrichova 13, 120 00 Praha 2
Czech republic

(310) 489 3037
1228 Cabrillo Ave, 902 91 Venice, California
 

LINKS:

www.podebal.com
www.sadofsky.org
www.artwall.cz