CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES

"Each episode of The Club (i.e. exhibition) introduces new characters and plot twists. Each exhibition creates a situations which hover between reality and fiction, where the narrative is gradually revealed through video, various objects, and ongoing live action.  Through mixed genres, from drama to absurdity, The Club thematise archetypal social topics and gradually uncovers the anatomy of mythology and storytelling. The main hero is the overlooked vegetable - Celeriac.

Club of Opportunities reflects upon strategies of dark-side influencers, posing questions of hierarchical relationships and authority. In the context of vegetable hierarchy Celeriac finds itself on very low position. In the supermarkets we can find Celeriac roots situated on the bottom shelves, Avocados are always highlighted in the center. Over the course of the past six episodes, low forms elevate in status into the high ones and vice versa. Somewhere during that transformation, new opportunities were created.

The main storyteller is Kami Nábělek, a fairly eccentric philosopher who makes live appearances at The Club’s openings and then on occasion during the run of the shows. He delivers speeches full of scientific and pseudoscientific concepts and reveals key moments in the current story."

Season 1:
PAF Pioneer Works


Episode 6:
Ten Years Night


Episode 5:
Keeping in Line


Episode 4:
Britannica Bootcamp


Episode 3:
My name is Red Herring


Episode 2:
April showers bring May flowers


Episode 1:
Bowling Bar

CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES

Episode 1:
Bowling Bar

"Philosopher Kamil Nábělek undertook the underestimated vegetable. His lecture about the ontology of the celery root brought this vegetables to the center of a new narrative. Second, the voice of an animated chipmunk transforms visitors into performers while encouraging them to imagine new opportunities for themselves. Third, live piano baroque rendition of Rihanna’s We Found Love in a Hopeless Place can be heard."

CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES EP. 1
Bowling Bar

The Club took place at Bowling Club on July 29th, 2017 in Prague, organized by Hunt Kastner.  

Composed By Jakub Jansa
Curator: Jan Vítek
Text: Christina Gigliotti
Performers: Kamil Nábělek, Michal Šupák,
Eva Spoustová, Soňa Tichá,
Camera: Kryštof Hlůže, Kryštof Melka,
Graphic Design: Jan Horčík,
Photos: Tomáš Souček, Filip Beránek, Filip Kopecký, Julie Slauka

The first episode offered various scenarios to interact with. First, Kamil Nábělek's lecture about the ontology of the celery, which brought this vegetables to the center of a new narrative. Second, the voice of an animated chipmunk transforms visitors into performers while encouraging them to imagine new opportunities for themselves. Third, live piano baroque rendition of Rihanna’s We Found Love in a Hopeless Place can be heard.

Through mixed genres - from drama to absurdity - The Club thematise archetypal social topics and gradually uncovers the anatomy of mythology and storytelling.

As a whole, the narrative is reminiscent of a typical TV series. Each episode of The Club (i.e. exhibition) introduces new characters and plot twists. Each exhibition creates an environment, where the narrative is gradually revealed through video, various objects, and ongoing live action.

→ Complete text by Christina Gigliotti in PDF

Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - Kamil Nábělek during his lecture, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Bowling Alley Audioguide, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - Kamil Nábělek during his lecture, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - Kamil Nábělek during his lecture, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - install view - celery detail, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Melted Targets III, Club of Opportunities, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, Bowling Alley Audioguide, Club of Opportunities - install view, Bowling Club, 2017
Jakub Jansa, We Found Love in a Hopeless Place, Club of Opportunities - Michal Šupák’s live piano baroque rendition of Rihanna, Bowling Club, 2017

CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES
(pdf document)

Episode 1:
Bowling Bar

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