Friday, May 29, 2009

Ztohoven, Media Reality, television still, 2007

Artist talk with Ztohoven member Prokop Bartoníček following the screening and German premiere of the documentary On Media Reality, by Vladimir Turner (2008)

Opening of Art and Law II: Ztohoven - Media Reality, 29 May, 2009

The Prague based artist collective Ztohoven use their work, often interventions in public space, to scrutinise the creditability of mass media and advertising. In their action Media Reality, which took place on 7 June, 2007, they ‘hacked’ into the Czech weather channel ČT 2 and added the image of an atomic explosion to the live image of a mountain valley. The channel pressed charges under laws against “indecent behavior” and the “diffusion of false information”. In two separate legal actions members of the group were acquitted. At the same time, Ztohoven were awarded the first NG 333 prize for contemporary art from the Prague National Gallery, in connection with Media Reality.

Besides showing the work Media Reality and related court documents, Art Laboratory Berlin will present the German premiere of the film On Media Reality, which documents the legal and artistic aftermath of the action.
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Vladimir Turner, video still, On Media Reality, 42', 2008.