PARDUBICE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The seventh location for 'News From Home' is in Pardubice, Czech Republic, where we will explore the meaningful yet often overlooked and omitted stories of the community. In our previous editions of this project, these stories have been explored ‘in-person’ in a particular city. In the current climate of "switched off cities" however, in the Pardubice edition of News From Home we will complete this project in ‘virtual space’.
The conceptual basis of 'News From Home' is a consideration of a simple object - the postcard. We are interested in how the postcard, through its glossy, saturated images offer a window to a place that is not altogether truthful - it is a constructed reality. The aim of our project therefore, is to explore the idea of this ‘constructed reality’ further, to create a series of postcards for the city of Pardubice, without ever actually visiting this area.
In order to undertake this project, we will explore the city of Pardubice from afar, through the virtual space of the internet. In this exploration we will collect a vast amount of images/ideas – from locations such as blogs, social media users from Pardubice and Google Earth – and use these as the basis for our art works. The outcome will be a series of 4 postcards from the city, presented online. These postcards will be digital collage pieces, made of up of potentially hundreds of resources sourced online. A testament to a place we have only experienced from afar.
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