Video presentation The Journey to Normal by Kateřina Šedá


As part of the Dancing Museums Prague International Workshop How Can We Embody the Artwork and the Art Space, and How Does It Change Our Perception? / How to be together when we can’t be together? 14. – 19. 6. 2020.

At the beginning of the presentation, the author will present two projects in which she dealt with the phenomenon of mass tourism and its impact on everyday life in different localities. In the UNESCO project, she founded a fictitious company that offered a new job in Český Krumlov – running a normal life full-time. She then employed 15 families who lived in this place for three months and found out what else the city could handle. In the Something for Something project, which she implemented in the Lofoten Islands in Norway, she offered tourists on Airbnb an overnight stay in caravans. But they did not pay for them in money, but by doing a good deed for the locals.
In the second part of the presentation, the author will focus on the current situation, where in some places tourism has almost disappeared and people have seen what the real void looks like. It is no longer assumptions about a possible open-air museum, but a  reality that has been fully exposed. A unique opportunity has arisen to take advantage of this situation and start behaving differently in both roles – as a tourist and as a local. “Normal” is not in fact what disappeared from various places a few months ago, but paradoxically that which has returned to them.

Kateřina Šedá is a Czech artist whose work is close to social architecture. In 1999–2005 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, having studied under Professor Vladimír Kokolia. She is the author of many socially conceived projects that she has implemented in the Czech Republic and abroad. She was invited to create independent projects by LIAF in Norway (2019), the IKON gallery in Birmingham (2019), IHME in Helsinki (2016), SF Moma in San Francisco (2013–2014), the Tate Modern in London (2011) and many others. She has exhibited, for example, at the 16 th International Biennial of Architecture in Venice (2018), at the MOMA in Moscow (2016), at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015 in Japan, at the Venice Biennale (2013), at the Kunstmuseum Luzern (2012), the Mori Museum in Tokyo (2010), the New Museum in New York (2009), Manifesto 7 in Bolzano (2008), the 5 th Berlin Biennale (2008), the Renaissance Society in Chicago (2008) and Documenta 12 in Kassel (2007). Her work has received a number of awards: Architect of the Year 2017 (Czech Republic), Magnesia Litera for Journalism (Czech Republic), TAKU Production Prize (Finland), The Most Beautiful CzechBooks (Czech Republic), Contemporary Art Society Award (Great Britain), Jindřich Chalupecký Award(Czech Republic), Fluxus Award (Germany), Essl Award (Austria) and others. She has published over 30 books and publications in which she maps individual projects in detail. She lectures about her work not only in schools, culture houses and galleries, but also in villages and smaller towns, where she tries to bring her activities closer to the widest possible audience.

Video editing & music: Dominik Žižka

The DANCING MUSEUMS Prague International Workshop is organised by Tanec Praha in collaboration with Prague City Gallery and Tereza Ondrová as part of TANEC PRAHA Festival.

Supported by Creative Europe, City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic


Partners:

Tanec Praha (CZ) // Tereza Ondrová (CZ) // Prague City Gallery (CZ) //