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

Season 1:
PAF New York, Pioneer Works

"The First season of The Club offered all previous episodes in a common place. Low forms elevated in status into the high ones and vice versa. Somewhere during that transformation, new opportunities were created."

CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES S1: PAF Pioneer Works
(Exhibition creates an environments, where the narrative is gradually revealed through video, various objects, and ongoing live action)

Venue: Pioneer Works, New York
Curator: PAF & Alexander Campaz
Date: November 20th, 2018

   PW presentation of The Club offered five previous episodes in one place. Exhibition created a situations which hover between reality and fiction. Through mixed genres - from drama to absurdity - The Club thematise archetypal social topics and gradually uncovers the anatomy of mythology and storytelling. Over the course of the past episodes, low forms elevate in status into the high ones and vice versa. Somewhere during that transformation, new opportunities were created.
   The main hero of the whole story is the overlooked vegetable - Celeriac. The main storyteller is Kami Nábělek, a fairly eccentric Prague 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.

Cast: P.Petr, J.Kostiha, E.Geislerová, K.Nábělek, Live performace: K.Nábělek, J.Jansa, Camera: K.Melka, K.Hlůže, J.Jansa, Production: PAF, A.Campaz, Nela Klajbanová Photo: J.Jansa, W. Wlodarczyk © 2018

   “April showers bring May flowers (Ep.2)” co-author: Karolína Juříková.
   Work was part PAF New York 2018, commissioned by PAF, with Pioneer Works support.

Jakub Jansa
Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, detail of the video “April showers bring May flowers (Ep.2)”, co-author: Karolína Juříková
Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, video “Keeping in Line (Ep.5)”
Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, detail of the video “April showers bring May flowers (Ep.2)”, co-author: Karolína Juříková
Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, detail of young celery root
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