Bereich: Klangkunst / Bildende Kunst
BereichKlangkunst / Bildende Kunst
Empfehlende Institutiontranzit.org/ERSTE Stiftung
ZeitraumDezember 2003 - Dezember 2003
- Born in Prague 1978
- His work has been always significant by seek between (fine) arts and music.
-On one hand his interest was driven from the fields like painting, new media art, graphic & motion design. On the other main theme of his live is music. His works use to be result of these two motives.
- As a musician, FLOEX (aka Tomas Dvorak) is no newcomer to the Czech scene. He started doing music from the y. 96. In the begining he contributed with several tracks to compilation like Inform, Future Sound of Prague II and III. Paralelly he releases his demo Hub, which has been distributed around the world via Internet.
- In the year 2001 he releases his debut album Pocustone (at Quazidelict records).
- Pocustone goes on a kind of risky journey bridging relatively isolated islands such as electronica, jazz or modern contemporary music.
The songs have been rising at FLOEX's home Mush Room studio for almost three years and FLOEX is also the author of the album cover artwork.
- The album has been very well critically acclaimed - the album of the month in several music mags, praiseful reviews, one of the most airplayed Czech artists on Prague Radio 1, artist profile on CT2 TV channel, interview for Arte TV and has collected several prestigeous awards (Czech Music Academy Awards - Dance cathegory, Czech Dance Awards - The Best Project and The Best Newcomer by public choice plus The Best Album according to the specialists, Rock And Pop Mag Awards - The Best Album and The Best Newcomer).
- While two tracks have been licensed to Canadian label Interchill Records the whole album is being distributed in Japan and Germany. FLOEX has brought himself out as a valuable remixer mark (Ivan Kral, ZKA4T, Priessnitz, Monkey Business, The Ecstasy Of St.Theresa).
- Very important part of Floex's activities is his band - FLOEX band! The band has been marked on several festivals (a.o. Uk Big Chill, Open Air Field, Creamfilds) and have toured through numerous clubs in the Czech republic, Slovakia, France, Holland and Poland.
- Visual projections by various young artists compiled by prague based VJ Clad stand as an important component of the FLOEX BAND live performance and together with music they integrate a very impressive experience.
- Besides these activities he is constantly developing in the genre of new media.
- In the year 2000 he takes part in the "first world citywebdesign exhibition" called "Mycity" realized by brazilian Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.
- In the year 2001 he started attend School of New Media of Michael Bielicky on Prague Academy of Fine Arts.
- Also in the 2001 He creates "Candy Ski" - audiovisual interactive animated painting CD Rom (published together with Pocustone) and continues with exploration of music and other medias posibilities with project called Geo_cit/1 which is serie of interactive audiovisual compositions focusing on views of basic principles between construction of sound and image (from the geometric point of view).
- He presented his multimedia works on the Kyev KIMAF festival of new media in the year 2002 and also on Transmediale 2003 (Berlin New Media Festival)
- For the autumn 2002 exhibition in Paris ("Lanterna Magika" in the gallery Espace Electra. "The Crossroad" is music generated by cars meeting on the crossroad.
- Also in the year 2003, Floex became member of Soundtoys (www.soundtoys.net) - group of artist's focusing on music and sound in the art context.
- Currently working on several concepts of the interactive concert.
Project Proposal Tomáš Dvořák / floex
I would like to work on the development of the content of my current project “RGB interactive” using the locations as the sound source.
RGB interactive is concept of an interactive concert.
Basic idea is that people can participate an co-create music on the live performance in real time using colour lights emiting 3 basic colours of the light spectrum.
Tomáš Dvořák : My visit of Austria in MQ
My visit in Vienna in Decembre 2003 via Museum Quartier Artist Residency Award was very important point in my "artistic life". While some aspects could be generalised some of them are rather personal. I hope this short summary will be inspiring for the continuation of the support of the other artists.
For me, one of the most important points in any visit of the other country is that your kind of "scale of the culturala values" is suddenly confronted with some other context. This is very important, your works are created and determined by values which you either activelly or unwittingly create on your own in the reaction of the environment you live in. This is the way how you try to judge your and others work how you try to form your creativity. Suddenly some of the qualities you find important are just noniteresting and the oposite. Coming from outside this lets you start thinking different.
Visit of the Vienna was very inspiring by many inputs I got when I was in MQ. As an artist who tries to balance between art and musical context I also tried to focus on this scene in Vienna. This was intreresting to think for me about Prague and Vienna context also from the historical point of the view. When you come to Vienna feeling of the city seems to be quite similar to Prague, on the first look. The same proportion of the city, approximateelly the same ammonut of people live in, the long history we had together. There are aspects which are just different, this let me think why, and of course I should especially talk about art. For example musical scene in Prague is I dare to say currently very developed. We have certain personalities who music goes beyond our boundaries.
On the other hand situation of the experimental electronic music is no so good. My feeling is people just don't seem to take this seriously yet, there is also strict barrier between music and art, people just get used to take these things in different way- this is art, this is music.. Also scene has almost no contact with the musical scene from Austria or Germany, the Prague scene is much more oriented to Britain scene, as It is taken as mecca of the electronic music. Also from the point of the Vienna scene - no interest in Prague, this is also I think very shame. I also think only personal contact, more intensive fluctuation between cities can change it.
If you would ask why is Prague scene like this? This is my point of the view: We don't look so much into our history reacting to our own subjects because our past subjects are in a way useless for the present. Altought I used to be against the idea of pointing everything bad in society to the past presence of the communism - in this case I would say, yes this may be the deal. Of course there are also for example economical aspects which is nowadays almost mimimalised, but the main reason is that I think that after velvet revolution artistic scene was put into totally different context. Besides other things this meant that art lost its histroical tradition which could react to- if we look on the art as language which develops, this language become just ruptured.
There was history but it didn't have its relevancy for the present time. This is why I think we need to look so much outside. So if I take feeling of the Vienna - my feeling was that eg. the experimental music is taken kind of much seriously than in Prague. Reason might be probably because of the strong position of the visual art which had direct impact on the development of the experimental music (as eg. conceptual music). In Prague as I said the situation of the electronic music is that it is much more oriented to Britain with all positive or negative aspects it could have: music is more stylically defined, music of the official electronic scene directly communicates with media and also there is very small scene of the contemporary electronical experimental music.
The point in this situation is that I really believe the fluctuation of the artist between the cities could bring a new culture flows not only to Prague but also to Vienna.
For example if I should take my personal experience. Due to MQ residency I got in touch with several people who due to this contact started communicate with Prague and oposite. One of the most important "contacts" was Transacoustic Resarch group and also sound artist Peter Szely. The great thing was that they were very opened for the communication. In the same time my friend Ales Cerny started organise and curate sessions of the experimental music under MUTEME label (beside others he did for example concert of the austrian musician Fennesz). This started to be first platform for the new wave of the experimental music with enjabment into new media context. Due to my visit these people started cooperate with MUTEME label. One of the first result should be the first compilation of the experimental electronic music with the presence of people of the Austrian scene (should be released in Autumn) and also their concerts in Prague and hopefully czech concerts in Vienna. As for me personally I am very happy for the communication with Transacoustic Research group, I am especially happy for meeting with Ernsty and Nicolaus Gengsterer which I should cooperate on some future project here in Prague.
Also my own project called RGB (interactive musical installlation) should be presented in Vienna due to my visit.
This is basically all I wanted to point out about my visit in Vienna and I hope the residency programs are going to continue for the reasons I have already mentioned.