Prokop Bartoníček

Prokop Bartoníček (*1983) belongs to the young generation of contemporary artists who use the latest technological innovations as a natural means of expression. Their creative arena isn’t the studio but the entire global communications network. In contrast to many of his contemporaries, Bartoníček doesn’t disengage from the experienced dimensions of human being; he doesn’t journey off into the artificial realm of virtual reality. His work is, instead, focused on a carefully considered (though continually experimental) juxtaposition of the captivatingly perfect expression of electronic media and the no less fascinating ‘real’ world of humanity and nature. In the dialogue between these two spheres, Bartoníček is primarily concerned with revealing the processes that take place in the human mind, in nature and the universe. In doing so, he stimulates in our imagination an awareness of the laws (but also unpredictable phenomena) that determine both the tangible framework of human civilisation and the incalculable motions of the cosmos.

Richard Drury (chief curator GASK), Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region

Born in January 1983 in Prague. In 2003, before graduation from secondary school he was accepted into the atelier of sculpture of prof. Beranek at Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague (UPRUM). Between the years 2007-2008 Bartonicek was a student of prof. Joachim Sauter in his studio of experimental design at Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK Berlin). He accomplished his academic studies at UPRUM in 2010. Presently, he lives and works in Berlin and Prague.
Bartonicek primarily focuses on developing light, interactive and experimental projects. He presented his designing abilities by successful installations such as ´Vibrator´,´Urna´, ´Worlds As Fragments´, ´Mirrsaic´ and ´Phosphor 360´ (pebe/lab for Signal festival).
As a former member of the artist group ´Ztohoven´, he took part in a scandal event in the Czech media when they planted an atomic bomb explosion into the TV live broadcast – now it is a part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery in Prague.
In years 2008-2015 Bartonicek organised regular art exhibitions in order to present the Berlin experimental scene in his showroom 22presents in Prague. Furthermore, he has founded a cultural centre Ex Post which is settled in the former post office in the middle of Prague.
Bartonicek is an owner and director of the company Pebe Interactive s.r.o. which produces technically demanding projects.

worlds as fragments - opening


— individual exhibitions

2014 / Kutná Hora, CZ / Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region / 49° 56.822, 15° 15.870

2010 / Prague, CZ / showroom 22PRESENTS / Worlds as fragments

2007 / Prague, CZ / Konsepti, NoD, Montanelly, Ciant, Indigo Space, Velryba / Network Streetart


— selected collective exhibitions

2014 / Prague, CZ / Trafačka – 8 years of collective – the last show / Laser Screen Printing

2014 / Toruń, PL / Bela Skyway festival / Phospohor 360 ver. B (pebe/lab)

2014 / London, UK / Red Gallery: Trafačka – Temple of the freedom / Flash-face

2014 / Prague, CZ / Lunchmeet festival, Chemistry gallery / Laser Screen Printing

2013 / Prague, CZ / Trafačka – 7 years of collective / Phospohor 360 ver. B (pebe/lab)

2013 / Prague, CZ / Signal festival / Phospohor 360 ver. B (pebe/lab)

2012 / Zagreb, HR / DeviceArt / Vibrator 2 beta

2011 / Berlin, DE / CYNETART ’11 Dresden / Vibrator

2011 / Prague, CZ / Enter5 biennial / Vibrator

2011 / Berlin, DE / AMAZE United, Transmediale ’11 / You can’t hide it all

2010 / Istanbul, TR / Amber Festival 2010 / Vibrator

2010 / Prague, CZ / gallery of National Technical Library, Body Limits / Vibrator

2009 / Berlin, DE / DesignTransfer – Design Mai / Urna – the shape with meaning

2009 / Zlín, CZ / Zlínský Salón mladých / You can’t hide it all

2009 / Prague, CZ / DOX – Enter4 / Urna – the shape with meaning

2009 / Helsinki, FI / Kiasma Museum – PixelAche09 / Urna – the shape with meaning

2008 / Berlin, DE / UdK Rundgang / Urna – the shape with meaning,  Vibrator – data of the beauty

2001 – 2007 / many independent shows and performances in Prague (Smysly colective, Ztohoven group, school shows, objects, VJing)


— awards

2008 / NG333 award of National gallery in Prague (the award we recived as artistic group Ztohoven, for action Medial Reality, 2007) (NY Times article, 2008)


— creative group membership

since 2007 / art collective Trafačka

2003-2008 / art group Ztohoven (team varies each action)

— live performance, scenography

2011 / Operative Performances, Untitled (cooperative work for LEAP Berlin)

2010 / Worlds as fragments II., realtime animation of matter, visuals for orchestra BERG, composer: Petr Wajsar

2010 / visuals for Jiří Havelka’s theatre play “Ubu se baví”, thatre Na zábradlí

2006 / live VJing for MOFFOM film festival Prague, gala show, cooperation with Pavel Fajt

2005-2007 / part stage-designr and full visuals-designer of Chinaski band tours across land

1999-2005 / known as VJ ATARI (atari.sys)


— presentations, guest, selected media

2013 / lecture for students at New Media Studies at Charles University in Prague

2012 / lecture for students at New Media Studies at Charles University in Prague

2012 / presentation for ADC (Art Directors Club), HUB, Prague, CZ

2011 / lectures (2x 90 min) at VŠE (University of Economics) Prague

2011 / “You can’t hide it all” at Komfort + Živel mag release, 2.patro, Prague, CZ

2011 / ARTMIX talent (cz), Česká Televize, TV video, 8 min

2010 / Parenthesis Gutenberg, Cultura y Media conference at CCGSM, Buenos Aires, ARG

2010 / lecture at FUD-UJEP (cz), Ústí nad Labem, CZ

2010 / presentation at Pecha Kucha Night (cz), Praha, CZ

2009 / presenting Urna project on PixelAche09, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, FI

2009 / guest at The Influencers (en), Barcelona, ES

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