CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES S1
At PAF Pioneer Works
- Dec 2018
Club of Opportunities reflects on the strategies of dark-side influencers, and poses questions of hierarchical relationships and authority. The Club The Club (Ongoing, 5 episodes) takes the form of a real-time epic by capturing the voices of engaging storytellers. It features the perspective of generally unassuming entities, such as a celery root, by giving them personality and voice.
This complex story, developed through videos and multimedia installations, creates the universe of The Club. It draws from everyday culture in today's globalized world. Philosopher Kamil Nabelek acts as both commentator and performer. Thanks to Nabelek's philosophical interpretation of celery, this root vegetable adopts a metaphorical meaning, which is the central point of the story. The celery is no longer just a vegetable; it becomes alive. It is transformed into the main hero of The Club, a rebellious celery root named Red Herring.
As a whole, the narrative grows organically and is reminiscent of a typical TV series. Each episode (i.e. exhibition) introduces new characters and plot twists . Each exhibition creates an environment with hidden inner dramaturgy, bringing the viewer into a playful field, full of straightforward emotions, absurd connections, subversive moves, and with the end running into the gentle mist. Unlike in films, I do not rely only on the one-dimensionality of screens. Instead, the narrative is gradually revealed through video, various objects, and ongoing live action.
Jakub Jansa has collaborated on The Club with cinematographers Kryštof Hlůže and Kryštof Melka, philosopher Kamil Nábělek, performers Jan Kostiha, Patrik Petr and Ester Geislerová. The second episode “April showers bring May flowers” was created together with artist and fashion designer Karolína Juříková.
PAF NEW YORK 2018
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn,
New York, USA
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities S1
November 20th, 2018
“Celerists”: Patrik Petr,
“Seer”: Ester Geislerová
“April showers bring May flowers (Ep.2)”
co-author: Karolína Juříková