Topography of Attention - Absence
25/10/2018 — 01/02/2019
The opening will take place on October 24 at 6 pm.
In the environment overall permeated with digital technologies, mental hygiene has become a hot topic. The already high number of health issues caused by the continuous technological acceleration of the modern and contemporary society has further increased due to the systematic digitization of human lives and their interconnections with virtual visual interfaces. Along with many syndromes related to the fact that our attention is not only drawn by these interfaces but also further split by the increasing speed and number of the sense perceptions available (among other things), the phenomenon of “digital hygiene” has emerged. Nowadays, lots of people suffering from neuroses or depressions do not realize that mental hygiene is a must no matter what lifestyle we lead – and especially when we are leading the contemporary one, living under information avalanches. The word “hygiene” here primarily means prevention. Mental and behavioural disorders have become the new “21st-century epidemic”. There are new kinds of psychosocial risks people have been struggling with: atypical job organization, insecure jobs, problematic balance between their work and their personal life, and other risks.
The exhibition reflects the ambiguous meaning of modern people’s escapes into the virtual environment of their devices; it is understood either positively as a kind of relaxation or negatively as problematic immerse procrastination. Within several months, the live programme will follow the content axis of events, focused on the most up-to-date topics related to the global epidemic of mental disorders, and try to find out how to talk about them and share them as well as how to use our leisure time in an efficient way. Preventing mental disorders – both by using biologically relevant mechanisms and by deploying alternative, easily accessible methods – will definitely be one of the important topics of psychiatric care in the future. One of the methods teaches us to modify our lifestyle. This includes many factors influencing the human psyche, such as diet, physical activities, sleep quality, social activities, light environment and other aspects. Prevention, complex treatment of mental disorders as well as lifestyle modification: when combined, these three methods represent one of the approaches to improving our ability to cope with mental issues.
Artists / Adéla Součková, Jonáš Strouhal, Andrea Mikysková, Zdeněk Svejkovský, Adéla Waldhauserová, Karim Tarakji, Daniela Dostálková, Josef Málek
Curators / Viktor Čech, Lenka Sýkorová a Martina Johnová
Architect / Jan Pfeiffer
Graphic design / Magdaléna Gurská
Accompanying program / Pavlína Loskotová, Viktorie Chomaničová, Veronika Tilšerová, students of Department of Germanics PF UJEP and team of "Veřejného sálu Hraničář".
“The power of art and culture is inspirational and as such has the ability to change people, their perception, and the whole society.”
The conception of Hraničář Gallery comes from the effort of critical reflection of current issues and events in the society. We would like to initiate international collaborations to provide opportunities for education and sharing of ideas. Hraničář Gallery supports critical thinking and new forms of artistic and intellectual engagement in connection with science, society and fine arts. We are building both real and virtual environments which would offer the viewers and guests good conditions for inspiration and critical self-reflection.
In 2016, the Hraničář partnered with German institution of Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden and also with the UJEP Faculty of Arts in Ústí nad Labem. The collaboration with German partners is done via an open dialogue and interconnecting topic-based exhibitions. The main idea is not to copy contemporary exhibition which can be seen in Dresden, but rather to bring new view and paradigm in terms of art exhibition confrontation when it comes to contemporary art in the Czech Republic.
Throughout art exhibitions of contemporary Czech and foreign art, Hraničář art gallery opens discussions for current topics and can elaborate on them via different supporting forms of public events. Education programs for students and children are also a key venue of our monthly program. The Hraničář art gallery is located in the old Hraničář film theatre building, right in the center of Ústí nad Labem. In 2014 the building publicly reopened and new floors suitable for art exhibitions were introduced.