Traces AIR Antwerpen

Matěj Pavlík

Jan 2019 to Jun 2019
1991 Lives and works in Prague

Matěj Pavlík is invited for a residency of six months in Antwerp and Prague, as part of the annual exchange project between AIR Antwerpen en MeetFactory Prague.

Matěj Pavlík most frequently works with the medium of photography and video. Currently he tends to address the form of the short experimental documentary. He sees documentation itself as searching for poetic symbols in reality. He uses apophenia, the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things, as a method for his short film ‘Masking Captivity’. Apophenia is considered a symptom of paranoia or schizophrenia. In this film Matěj Pavlík sees this phenomena rather as an ‘ability’ to organize occurences beyond ourselves. Matěj Pavlík's work dwells within artistic and curatorial practice. Together with visual artist Lucie Rosenfeldova, he prepares a series of exhibitions for gallery Etc. in Prague, which carries an umbrella theme “The Right to an Image and Visibility of Protest Movements.” Matěj Pavlík is one of the initiators and artists working on a long-term research project on psychotronics and parapsychology in the Czechoslovakia.

He was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Follow to Construct, 209 Gallery, Prague, 2016; Magic Becayse I Speak, A.M. 180 Gallery, Prague, 2015. His works were also shown in the following group exhibitions: Conditions of Impossibility VII/VII: The Psychopathology of the Planet, Kurzor Gallery, Prague, 2018; Telepathology and parapsychogeography, online artwork, 2018; To Live With Gosts, Jeleni Gallery, Prague, 2017; Hand-Antennas: Protocols from extrasensory aesthetics, Josef Sudek Studio, Prague, 2017; A Different End of the World is Possible, fotografestival, Prague, 2016; Agent, Fotograf Gallery, Prague, 2016.