CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES S1
At PAF Pioneer Works

(The Show)

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
Venue:
Pioneer Works,
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn,
New York, USA

Exhibition:
Jakub Jansa, Club of Opportunities S1

Curator:
PAF

Date:
November 20th, 2018

Cast:
“Celerists”: Patrik Petr,
Jan Kostiha
“Seer”: Ester Geislerová

Live performace:
Kamil Nábělek,
Jakub Jansa

Camera:
Kryštof Melka,
Kryštof Hlůže,
Jakub Jansa

Graphic design:
Martin Groch,
Jan Horčík

“April showers bring May flowers (Ep.2)”
co-author: Karolína Juříková

(2) 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

(3) 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 and “My name is Red Herring (Ep.3)”

(4) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY

(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

(6) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, detail of young celery root

(7) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, theoritian Kamil Nábělek during “Onlogy of the celery root” performance lecture

(8) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY

(9) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, video “Keeping in Line (Ep.5)”

(10) 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

(11) 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

(12) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, detail of the video “My name is Red Herring (Ep.3)”

(13) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, video “Keeping in Line (Ep.5)”

(14) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, video “Keeping in Line (Ep.5)”

(15) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, video “Britannica Bootcamp (Ep.4)”

(16) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, video “Britannica Bootcamp (Ep.4)”

(17) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, video “Britannica Bootcamp (Ep.4)”

(18) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, theoritian Kamil Nábělek during “Onlogy of the celery root” performance lecture

(19) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, detail of young celery root

(20) Club of Opportunities S1, Jakub Jansa, Install. view, PAF Pioneer Works NY, theoritian Kamil Nábělek during “Onlogy of the celery root” performance lecture