An Ordinary Conflict of Flashing Rays is an algorhythmic immersive installation created especially for the premises of the Vojtech Löffler Musem. Jakub Pišek, its author, lets – as per usual – the “genius loci” of this place stand out and through the combination of a multi-canal TV and an audio installation drags every visitor into a cyber-punk-technocratic aura and once you sink in – you will definitely not fall asleep! In terms of the idea, An Ordinary Conflict of Flashing Rays deals with the relation of new identification classes and UFO observations. New knowledge that was acquired from and inspired by such greats as Edvard Munch or John Cage are, on one hand, combined from the perspective of constructed meanings and, on the other hand, from the perspective of explored meanings. What starts as desire shall, however, degrade to the prevalence of anxiety leaving nothing but fear and improbability of new understanding behind. With regard to the fact that the borderline critical practice freezes short-term reproductions, the visitor is left with nothing but the testament about the possibilities of our culture.
Jakub Pišek graduated from New Media in Košice having been led by Anna Tretter, a German artist. He took an internship at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux, France and a residential stay in Dortmund in RUHR, the European Capital of Culture 2011. After a ping-pong workshop, he started to create his own software for interactive installations. In his work, he uses the technique as both the carrier and the objective of his interest. Instead of repeatedly presenting old works, he specializes in creating an artwork right in the spot, he lets the genius loci stand out and flexibly responds to the situations that emerge. He works with video, computer graphics, interactivity and music. He now works as a media artist in various spheres such as interactivity, performance, audio and video or live graphics. As he studied visual and performing arts, software prototypes and computer science, interdisciplinarity is characteristic of his work. He uses open source hardware and software and prefers the DIY approach. Jakub is the person behind famous performances such as Hallogenerator, Turbosampler and Barcode djs.