Parter – Neglected Area of Masarykova Street
30. 7. – 11. 9. 2020
Artists: Adéla Bierbaumer, Julia Gryboś a Barbora Zentková, Adam Hejduk, Jan Hrubeš & Vojtěch Novák & Štefan Pecko, K2N Landscape, Jan Poš, Tomáš Roček
Curators: Martina Johnová, Iva Polanecká
Exhibition project Parter — Neglected Area of Masarykova Street is dedicated to post-utopian city space in the center of Ústí nad Labem. Artworks temporarily located around the new space of House of Arts shared with small shops and housing units will be the main tool for revealing hidden potentials of the area, for its enrichment, forming or stretching of new meanings.
The basic idea of the exhibition is to increase awareness of the scope and meaning of specific public space — Parter, elevated area of Masarykova Street in relation to art, architecture and landscape architecture. We are trying to start interdisciplinary dialogue between experts, artists, local politicians and especially the inhabitants of Parter, whose future we want to discuss. The stimulus for creating a curatorial project working with public space was direct confrontation with life and events in the new temporary location of Ústí nad Labem House of Arts. Some proposals remain only as ideas and wait for a suitable opportunity and time for implementation in the future, because the attractiveness and quality of this environment is directly dependent on understanding and connecting its past, present and future.
One of the goals of the House of Arts which we set during the move to temporary space was that our activities, art projects and exhibited works should create, cultivate, develop and enrich the cultural dimension of society and the individual and also deepen sensory and intellectual perception of life and environment around us.
Participating artists respond to specific spaces, themes, history and make this relatively problematic location more visible. It is necessary to draw attention to the basic problems threatening the public space: its opened or creeping privatization, commercialization and gentrification; neglect of urban spaces that are not in the spotlight or belong to socially peripheral areas; continued prioritization of private interests. Imaginary categories divide artists into groups representing several principles of working with public space (participatory project, sound art in public space, functional, visual and absurd elements and objects in space, play, light design, acoustic interactive elements).