Praha #6



Doomdoom / Adam Vačkář

The National Gallery in Prague / Veletržní Palace
Curator: Mariana Serranová

Theme: Adam Vačkář
Curator: Mariana Serranová
Dance performance: Jana Vrána, Palo Kršiak
Music: MimozeM, Dalibor C. Vačkář
Live music accompaniment – piano: Stanislav Gallin

The performance takes a critical look at the concept of physicality as the ideal embodiment of globalized corporate production, which aims to promote the smooth and proper performance of the body – whose idealized images are the leitmotif of advertising for tennis shoes as well as soft drinks. This conflict between nature and consumer society determines the dancers’ movements and imbues them with a sense of ambivalence. Their bodies, “deadened” beneath a plastic sheet, resemble mutated Hollywood monsters. The audience finds itself in a post-human landscape in which the dancers move among the twisted remains of “plastotrees.” The mix of classical and noise music – references to the past and the future – amplifies the choreography’s metaphysical nature.


Adam Vačkář (born in Prague in 1978) lives and works in Prague and Paris. He studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague (VŠUP), later graduating from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and completing the prestigious residency programme at the Palais de Tokyo, both in Paris. His works have been presented at Czech and international exhibitions and festivals, including the Koelnischer Kunstverein, the Centre Pompidou, the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Palais de Tokyo, an independent presentation at the Art Basel (Art Statements and Art Film sectors), the Biennial of Young Artists in Bucharest, the Prague City Gallery, National Gallery in Prague, the International Triennial of Contemporary Art in Prague, and others.