Zbyněk Baladrán
(Czech Republic)

Zbyněk Baladrán (b. 1973, Prague, Czechoslovakia) is an author, artist, curator and exhibition architect. He studied art history in the Philosophy Department of the Charles University (Univerzita Karlova) and in the studios for Visual Communication, Painting and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Prague. In 2001 he co-founded Display, a space for contemporary art, which in 2007 was transformed into Tranzitdisplay where he is responsible for the exhibitions program. Together with Vit Havránek he curated “Monument to Transformation”, a three-year long research project on the social and political transformations. He was a member of the curatrorial team (through tranzit.org) of Manifesta 8 in Murcia, Spain (2010). He took part in the 11th Lyon Biennial, in Manifesta 5 in Donostia / San Sebastian (2004), in the 56th La Biennale di Venezia (2013) and in MoMA (2015). He is represented by the Jocelyn Wolff Gallery in Paris, Gandy Gallery in Bratislava and Hunt Kastner in Prague.
In his works he is investigating territories that are occupied by that part of civilization, which we call Western. Using methodology similar to those used by the ethnographer, the anthropologist and the sociologist, this post-humanist “archaeologist” is digging up the remnants of the not-so-distant past. He is searching for spatial “pockets” where the way of life is reflected with its systems, rules and coincidences; as well as for the objects through which humanity, obsessed with itself, is arranging the image of its past and future.

Filmography
Catastrophe
2019
Powerless Source of All Power
2018
Omar’s Exam
2016
Closer to Each Other Than the Diplomats
2016
Autoignition
2016
To Be Framed
2016
Approximation of infinite sequences
2015
Práce oka (Work of Eye)
2014
Adorno a Kovanda o materialismu
2014
Diderot’s Dream
2014
Dead Reckoning
2014
Mixér
2014
Skrz sklo (Through glass)
2014
Preliminary Report / Case Study
2013
Liberation, or …
2013
The microscope and telescope of time
2013
All for no reason II.
2012
Why would you live if you knew what was going to happen tomorrow?
2012
Adaptation
2012
Minus ten anarcho-communist minutes
2012
Night of the world
2011
All for no reason I.
2011
Singularity (old)
2011
Singularity (new)
2011
Knihovna
2011
Letter from nowhere
2011
40 000 000
2010
Leccos!
2010
The Long-Ago Death of a Fly
2010
Assemblages against Essences
2009
Hranice autonomie
2009
Models of the universe
2009
Exhibition
2009
Bookcase
2009
Accidental archivist
2009
Rozprava
2008
Building Archive
2008
Okamžik (Moment)
2007
Teorie práce / Theory of work
2007
Pět potíží při psaní pravdy / Az igazság megirásának ot nehézsége
2007
Bez názvu / Untitled
2007
Figures
2007
Model of constructivist tower
2006
Aankoop / Nákup
2006
Tent / Pyramid / Container
2006
Modern Times
2006
157,74m2, ideal flat in KOLDOM
2006
Socio-fiction
2005-2007
Act of repeating
2005
Intence
2005
Speech / Promluva
2005
Dnes
2005
Seconds
2005
1985
2005
Working process / Pracovní postup
2004
Geometric progression
2004
Theory / Praxis / Exposition
2004
Projection
2003
Vide
2003
Shower
2002
Limita
2002
Amplituda
2002
Technical compression
2002
The short film
2002

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