Art has moved to Humpolec!
Zone 8smička in Humpolec aims at blurring out differences between the city centre and the outskirts. The industrial area located half way between Prague and Brno has undertaken a major transformation into a cultural venue which conveys a visitor’s encounter with contemporary art. The Art Zone 8smička has the ambition to create an impetus for creation of a local community in Humpolec, which would also be open to all visitors from the surrounding area and further. 8smička will show 3 curated exhibitions per year accompanied by variety of programmes. 8smička opened in 18 April 2018 and it is administered by 8smička Foundation.
Artists: Authors: František Daněk, Kryštof Doležal, Josef Frühauf, Milan Guštar, Krištof Kintera, Kamil Machyán, Lukáš Procházka, Richard Wiesner
Our world is an electric world. It is hard to imagine it without the ubiquitous, yet almost invisible and inaudible electricity. It is mysterious, indispensable, deadly and vital, and it is becoming intelligent.
The exhibition Volt-Age brings together several artists who are close to each other not only because they have long collaborated on many projects and share a common studio space, but are also connected by the phenomenon of electricity itself, which permeates the themes of their work.
A key role in the Volt-Age project is played by the encounter and collaboration with two unique characters who are tied to Humpolec and are involved in the maintenance and installation of the high-voltage grid, which is their profession as well as passion. Both have dedicated their lives to electricity, voltage, and its safe distribution to our homes. Kamil Machyán, a local electrician, obsessed with collecting high voltage insulators since childhood and František Daněk, the principal and founder of the colossal Museum of Insulators and Lightning Arresters near Obratan. The maniacal obsession of both enigmatic collectors, their admirable diligence and erudition became a major inspiration for this exhibition.