Regulator, 2017

The main focus of Michal Pustějovský is the use of technological, communication and information processes in art. His objects and installations are based on interplay between conceptually conceived configurations of shapes and spatial solutions with “non-material” components – computer programs and information technologies.

The artist creates kinetic objects and interactive environments, apparatuses of their kind able to represent and deliver aesthetic ideas, concepts and emotions. His works are characterized by a high level of intentionality yet still remain open to an individual moment and a unique situation, in which both the artwork and its reception happen. We can find a common operative tendency on different levels of the artist’s array of working methods – to organize the subject matter of the artwork. Hand in hand with organizing, however, an uncertainty develops, which cannot be captured by algorithms and imparts to his artworks a unique character, while offering a very specific immediate experience.

The Regulator installation, conceived for the Atrium gallery space, is a set of kinetic objects, mutually responding to each other and to the viewer, thus creating an overall interactive environment. What is important here is the interplay of sound, kinetic and informative components – as soon as the viewer enters the installation space, his presence and sonic activity arouse reactions among the objects. With his activity, the viewer can thus introduce certain rhythmic and sonic motif, and follow how it travels and transforms itself on its way through the “field” of objects. The viewer may observe how the system swings and reinstates itself in a new balance. Thus composed visual and kinetic environment offers us – its recipients – a variety of interpretation analogies: these are mechanical, or already “quasi-biological” processes, where we can see a new form of technologically developed art, witness a new techno-imagination, or are we already on the edge of a situation when art itself will be produced by apparatuses?

text by: Kamil Nábělek