Jiří Thýn

Consciousness as a Fundamental Attribute

16. 5. — 22. 6. 2014
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Consciousness as a Fundamental Attribute

-A reproduced plate from a magazine, posted on a noticeboard, writing engraved in a plastered wall, a black curtain ...

A reproduced plate from a magazine, posted on a noticeboard, writing engraved in a plastered wall, a black curtain ... To what extent can we still call that photography? Today, to be concerned with the theory of photography is just as suspect as to be a photographer. Both entail certain preconditions of photographic thinking. Jiří Thýn has been observing this for a long time.
One of the typical expressions of such thinking is an interest in the thematization of time. The endeavour to make a slice of time or, possibly, to demonstrate that something like that cannot really be done. After all, ‘now’ is not a point; it has duration; similarly, the camera shutter is subject to the laws of physics and the shortest exposure takes a certain time.
Even a reproduction is a photographic topic par excellence. It takes an artwork out of context, strips it of its original purpose and often also of its frame, and thereby also strips it of its own topical character. This meaning can then imperiously be turned upside down when uniqueness is ascribed to infinitely reproduced photographs.
Some things have to be seen, because it is difficult to express them in the logic of words. Photography has the ability to overturn our conception of the world when what was its image can change into its pre-image.
The camera is aimed; the shutter release is pressed ... But this aggression can also be turned against photography itself. By a violent cut, a reproduced work is stripped of its purpose, and is forced to communicate a different message; it is relocated in space and time, and is, by means of art, returned to reality.

Hana Buddeus



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Works on display (a selection)

Exhibition opening

Jiří Thýn


1999VŠUP Praha, ateliér fotografie prof. Pavla Štechy (1999-2000) 1998ITF - Slezská Univerzita v Opavě obor fotografie (1998-1999)

study stay / internships

2002AVU Praha ateliér malby prof. Vladimíra Skrepla a Jiřího Kovandy (2002-2003) 2002UIAH Helsinky, ateliér fotografie (2002-2003)

selected individual exhibitions

2003Místní území , Galerie CO14
2002Místa ticha pro mojí sestru, Galerie Francouzkého institutu

selected collective exhibitions

2006LAND LOCKED, Well Gallery, London Collage of Comunication 2006THIS POINT..., Preproduction GalleryBerlin-Weding 2006VĚCNÉ STAVY, Karlín Studios 2006ÚÈEL.galerie AVU 2006INDIKACE,4+4 dny v pohybu 2005ENVIROMENTAL, Galerie AM 180, Praha 2005FUNKEHO KOLíN, fotografický festival 2005UDĚLALI JSME TÉMĚŘ VŠECHNO,Galerie Entrance 2004PRIVATE EVOLUTION, galerie VŠUP 20041+1 galerie Jelení 2004DESIGN BLOK botel Neptun, s podporou organizace Tranzit 2003VěříME, Galerie 1 VŠUP 2003BROUMOVSKÉ DVORKY (umění ve veřejném prostoru) 2003IN / OUT, festival digitálního obrazu, Praha 2003COMPRESSION, Berlín, ve spolupráci s galerií Display 2002A SAKRA!, Galerie 1, VŠUP 2000KONFRONTACE,Galerie PHP 1999STUDIO EMOTION, Praha

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