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Fragments of Other Knowledge

26 January5 March

Specific themes addressed in the exhibitions include spirituality; altered states of consciousness and drugs; wisdom associated with nature and traditional communities; “normality” and institutionalization; cognition and experience mediated by the body; hand craft and slow lifestyle connected with it; the worldview of people with sensory or physical disabilities; discovery and adventure; artificial intelligence; and last but not least, artistic research itself as a unique form of knowledge.

​​The exhibition Fragments of Other Knowledge summarizes a three-year research and exhibition project called Other Knowledge realized at the MeetFactory Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic. It presents a curatorial selection by Tereza Jindrová and Eva B. Riebová and focuses on distinctive works that were part of one of the ten exhibitions from the series Other Knowledge.

The intention of this project was to look for alternatives to the rationalist model of knowledge that prevails in our modern European culture. The point is not to disqualify reason and science, but rather to point out the broader framework of our existence in the world. The tradition of Western thought is associated, among other things, with power structures based on oppression (colonialism, patriarchy) or extractivism, which contributes to the social, economic and environmental problems of today. We consider dealing with alternatives to these systems to be one of the responsibilities of art and culture, which should stimulate and co-create (self) consciousness in society.

Specific themes addressed in the exhibitions include spirituality; altered states of consciousness and drugs; wisdom associated with nature and traditional communities; “normality” and institutionalization; cognition and experience mediated by the body; hand craft and slow lifestyle connected with it; the worldview of people with sensory or physical disabilities; discovery and adventure; artificial intelligence; and last but not least, artistic research itself as a unique form of knowledge.

The exhibition at the Living Art Museum, realized with the support of our long-term partner Art Without Borders, brings together all these different themes in one place. It presents the works of mainly Czech artists, many of whom were commissioned directly by MeetFactory Gallery, and this selection is supplemented by several works of Icelandic artists who have not been part of the exhibitions held so far, but resonate very well with the themes raised and add new layers of meaning.

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