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CLUB OF OPPORTUNITIES

Once we slip under the first, surface layer of surreal absurdity, we uncover a network of complex allusions and social commentaries artist Jakub Jansa masterfully weaves into universes of his own making in a series of storytelling videos.
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Club of Opportunities, 2017 – ongoing,

a series of exhibitions (six episodes)

with the umbrella title Club of Opportunities, gradually uncovering the anatomy of mythology and storytelling. Through mixed genres – from drama to absurd comedy– the club thematizes contemporary social topics, posing questions about authority and hierarchical relationships. 

Low forms elevate in status into high ones and vice versa. Somewhere during that transformation, new opportunities are being created.

Each exhibition creates situations, which hover between reality and fiction where the narrative is gradually revealed through video, various objects, and ongoing live action.

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Episode 1: Bowling Bar

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Episode 2: April showers
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Episode 3: My name
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Episode 4: Britannica
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Episode 5: Keeping in Line

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Episode 6: Ten Years Night

Each episode of The Club (i.e. exhibition) introduces new characters and plot twists.

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The subtitles within the screenshots capture the core message and storyline of each episode, and are important for understading the whole concept.

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Club of Opportunities, Episode 1: Bowling Bar

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Club of Opportunities, Episode 2: April showers bring May flowers

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Club of Opportunities, Episode 3: My name is Red Herring

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Club of Opportunities, Episode 4: Britannica Bootcamp

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Club of Opportunities, Episode 5: Keeping in line

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Club of Opportunities, Episode 6: Ten Years Night

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So, what’s next for the sprawling Club of Opportunities project?  “I don’t want to get too ahead but the continuous observation of the main character makes it clear that he misses a positive role model. He rebelled against his origin but now struggles to find the way forward. Apparently, vegesculinity is in crisis and it’s necessary to find its new form,” claims Jansa.

Regarding the next episode, according to Jansa, we’ll probably learn more at the end of September at the opening of the Chalupecký Award exhibition at the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the Czech Republic.

BIO / Jakub Jansa works with film, installations, and performance event organizing. He builds complex environments and situations that convincingly link reality and fiction. After several works dealing with the topics of manipulation and self-development (ex. Spiritual Fitness, 2016), Jansa‘s current activities resulted into an ongoing episodic project, a series of exhibitions, named Club of Opportunities. Club of Opportunities was launched in Prague, and the next chapters were presented, for example, at the CCA Tel Aviv, Izrael (2019), CEAAC in Strasbourg, France (2018), Athens Biennial (2018), via Pioneer Works at PAF Festival in New York, USA (2018) and HEK, Basel, Switzerland (2020) among others. He graduated from the Supermedia Studio led by Federico Diaz and David Kořínek at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and  and Design, and attended an internship in New York (Five Eleven) and residencies in Switzerland (Watch Out, Engstligenalp) and France (CEAAC). Since 2020, he has been co-heading the Performance Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology, alongside Julie Béna. He is one of the laureates of the 2021 Jindřich Chalupecký Award, which was split among multiple people for the first time in history. 

CREDITS

 Jakub Jansa @jakub.jansa

https://jakubjansa.com/

Club participants / Camera: Kryštof Melka, Kryštof Hlůže, Sound Design: Eva01, Sound Recording: Petr Kolev, Performers: Viola Tůmová, Jan Kostiha, Soňa Beaumont, Patrik Petr, 3d: Josef Mrva,

Sound Recording: Anna Žihlová, Styling: Karolína Juříková, Graphic Design: Martin Groch, Jan Horčík, Photos: Tomáš Souček, Jakub Jansa, Anna-Marie Bergrová, Kryštof Hlůže 

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