AKCE!@LX5homebase: Nothing Was Black And White

[· 12.11.2007 · autor: koudelka · ilustrace: koudelka ·]

3.11.–15.11. 2007
LX5 Homebase (Paula Wurth Building/Hydrolux)
1, rue de l’Aciérie – Luxembourg-Hollerich


LX5 Lounge. AKCE!@LX5 homebase, 2007.

At the exhibition organized at LX5 homebase by LX5 and Czech e-zine Right News there was nothing as well as everything black and white.
LX5 network opened to Czech artists for the first time in 2006 during its Exhibiting Transformation which happened in legendary KuFa (Kulturfabrik) in Esch/Alzette. Then the „Luxembourgish cultural year came“ and new co-operation has arisen. Collective exhibition named „AKCE!(at)LX5ho­mebase“ took from the 3rd till the 15th of November 2007.
All the artwork presented was black-and-white but paradoxically expressing the idea that nothing at all is black and white in reality. Mostly there were author prints exhibited but also for example an object called Laser-Box appeared which one Czech engineer had invented especially for the Luxembourgish exhibition.

Many different techniques were used because many different people participated.

Simone Schwartz (L)
Simone is a Luxembourgish painter borned in Differdange, Luxembourg who has contributed a great deal to AKCE! helping to invent a concept for it or at least giving the first impuls to invent one. Moreover she has been following this „black-and-white“ concept in her creative work and therefore her spacy pictorial installation suited well the exhibition. She has accompanied it with the words of Hermes Trismegistos: „Das was unten ist, ist das was oben ist.“ (That what is bellow is that what is above.)

Simonina instalace

Simone Schwartz: Das was unten ist, ist das was oben ist. AKCE!@LX5 homebase, 2007.

David Kumermann (Cz)
David has chosen his pictures for AKCE! from a set named „Kladno“ belonging to a field of documentary photography he as a photographer likevise specializes in. He himself tells following about it:

„I took these photographs in one house in Kladno (a town about thirty kilometres away from Prague). All the people that live there were forced to move from their flats for all kind of reasons – in some cases it was their fault (they for example didn’t pay their rents), some just weren’t lucky. And almost all of them were Roma Gypsies, which might also be the reason why they were kicked off their former places. The house is a social living on one hand and a ghetto on the other. It is hard to leave the place, because other flats are expensive and to get a job is not easy with such adresse and with being a gypsy. The people there live hard lives but they are extremely friendly.“

fotografie davida v Lucemburku

David Kumermann: Kladno. AKCE!@LX5 homebase, 2007.

Lenka Reiterová (Cz)
She is a Czech photographer who has leavened the Luxembourgish exhibition a bit with fashion. But even the fashion is not black and white because the way how people dress and the trends influencing the society somehow reflect who those people or societies are. Furthermore, Lenka’s installation evoking a „slopwork butique“ was created especially for the Luxembourgish exhibition.

Lenina instalace

Lenka Reiterová: Fashion. AKCE!@LX5 homebase, 2007.

Alisa Shutová (Ru)
Alisa Shutova (1987 – still alive) was born in Murmansk, Russia. She came to Czech Republic to study photography, and has been working as a personal assistant in Jedlička’s Institution in Prague. She loves her boyfriend Honza, who is very good person and great teacher. In future, Alisa plans to save the world, buy a dog and quit sleeping till noon every day.

In The Middle of The River

in the middle of the river
there is clear water
the fish live there
strong current above
peace in the deep
often there I stay

„I am in a very tight contact with people I work with. I cannot describe this pohotographic set, I named it In The Middle of The River. Those words express what I feel and how I see the world of ,my wheelchairers‘.“


AKCE!@LX5homebase (the whole), 2007.

Ondřej Kočka (Cz)
Originally an artistic jeweller, Ondřej always discovers some new expressions and topics. A fact, that he had been impressed by a laser beam independently on the other participant of AKCE!, $oda, is certainly not a concidence. Nothing is black and white, and the laser beam he used was red.

Honza Dyntera (Cz)
1974 Náchod – 2076 Červený Kostelec
Honza presented black-and-white „landscapes“ at AKCE!

From Ko-ntiki set:
These pictures are as if they were empty, without the man but it can be sensed from them, the signs of its doings, You never know if the man has just left or if the place is long deserted.
I like this double viewing, the person who is present and still away, the person who forms, who „cultivates“ the landscape and together with that – hopefully – cultivates himself too…
This set consists of two parts, sometimes I put them together, sometimes not. These are „The Landscapes“ and „The Places“. All the one big andventure indeed. Something as a Ko-ntiki…

Jordi Guasti (It)
He is an Italian photographer living in Frankfurt who is closely bound to Czech Republic where he also likes to work as an artist. For the Luxembourgish exhibition he has made some black and white pictures of factories in Ústí nad Labem and Ostrava, Czech Republic. His pictures show the factories as natural creations…

jordi a simone

Jordi Guasti: Factories (with installation of Simone Schwartz in the background). AKCE!@LX5 homebase, 2007.

Human Nature: Nothing Is Black and White
In the common understanding a distinction is drawn between nature and man: what is artificial is not a product of nature. However, man itself is a natural being. Thus, what man creates is (indirectly?) natural. Factories, which are usually regarded as symbols of human action, as a functional means of production, are natural. Nature, in broader sense, is all encompassing physical universe.
Similarly, factories are rarely associated with beauty. Rather, they are percieved as indispensable artifacts of human growth. The pictures presented here try to challenge these common misconceptions and portray industry and factories as part of the modern landscape. Factories are the results as well as witnesses of man’s actions to a similar extent as art. Their beauty lies in their ability to tell the story of progress and regress: to behold human nature.
Dr. Petra and Jordi di Guasti

Máslo (Cz)
DJ Máslo exposed his collection of flyers in Luxembourg. Those were not the flyers from an album but the flyers he has made himself as a graphic. They were made black-and-white originally because very often they were reproduced on the copy machines. Máslo’s flyers were installed behind the turntable-table during AKCE!@LX5homebase in Luxembourg. Reggae and dub DJs Sharpshooter (Swe) and Melting Pol (L) were operating the the gramophones during vernissage…

Máslo: Flyers. AKCE!@LX5 homebase, 2007.

Vym (Cz)
He uses pseudonym Li-Po-Fung too. For ten years he’s been acting as a stage manager of a puppet theatre. Then, for three years he’s been in editorship of magazine Rozvědčík, member of civic association Spojené hlavy, social worker by organization for seniors, graphic in an advertising newspaper, recently working on direction of comics-drama Pixy. Since 2007 hapilly married…

Rotating installation he presented at the Luxembourgish exhibition has become „the star of the bar“ during vernissage.

$oda (Cz)
He has constructed The Laser-Box for the Luxembourgish exhibition. $oda is proverbial „mad scientist“ in the background of Czech expedition. Among many things he has been studying the waste recycling which could have – but not necessarily – projected somehow to his laser projector. To built it, he used for example these inutile things: the laser from his broken DVD burner and a bottom of a glass jam-jar. Interesting about him is a fact that in conventionl sense he cannot be considered an artist. However, already ancient martial artists had known that the best among the fighters is the one who doesn’s fight at all…


Laser-Box: $oda. AKCE!@LX5 homebase, 2007.

Jaroslava Kočová (Cz)
She has prepared some new animation for AKCE!, the germ of a future videoclip to Lost Souls song composed by Czech band 3×-t playing on the vernissage of AKCE! Jarka is the bass-player in the band and also does some vocals. Her animation was – how else? – black-and-white, and she presented it during the concert as an acompannying projection. Another contribution af hers were three prints of Master Joshu comics which is original but uses traditional zen koans as story.


Lx5homebase – espace public, 2007.

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  1. Hey Yo! Check out the english catalogue to the exhibition: http://akce.rig­htnews.cz/…iti­on_en.htm

    and leave some comment, bro!

    rightnewser    úno 17, 12:49    #

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