EVERY THING MUTANT

Joey Holder’s speculative installations force one to question every foundation taken for granted. Despite her interest in seemingly disparate subject matters, her works share a preoccupation with depth, be it the sea, the internet or the human psyché. Take a dive with us into the acclaimed artist’s perspective.

KORPSEPUNX

Prague’s very own Olbram Pavlíček turns everyday objects and places into zones of intimate reflection. In his site-specific installation KORPSEPUNX he juxtaposed ergonomics and discomfort, the mundane and the aesthetic, and in this interview he even divulges the social implications of non-invasive body modifications.

THE RULES OF ATTRACTION

Text by Alexander Lepianka captures the essence of Alexander Fahima’s audiovisual piece, The Rules of Attraction, which is a free-flowing series of real-time interactions, improvised snippets, and bodies. The use of a party as a medium sets the stage for opéra concrète – an amalgam of performance, livestream and excerpts from the libretto of Wagner's opera.

THE VISUAL PLEASURE THEORY

Based on the story of Adam and Eve, “nakedness became sinful the very moment it was first observed.” Latvian sculptor Miķelis Mūrnieks forged unyielding metal frames filled with malleable polyurethane foam, revealing abstract female nudes, intended to defy the male gaze – but can a male author achieve that?

MAY THE BITS SMILE UPON YOU

Series of paintings and stuffed sculptural objects featuring various fleshy apparitions by Polish artist Alexandra Liput aim to strip depictions of genitalia off taboos and cheap eroticsm and give them back their ancient status of fertility, wealth and luck symbols.

MORE THAN A VASE

After witnessing first-hand the brutal conditions of forced child prostitution in Southeast Asia, Laura Limbourg creates an ethereal play of watercolor in memory of its victims. Today, the acclaimed artist shares her experiences and perspectives on art, wild animals and her other projects.

DISJOINTED RECONSTRUCTIONS

In what is often dubbed a genre of the anti-still life, Kamil Kukla explores today’s global visual culture oversaturated with sex and maximalism on his own terms. In his works we encounter disjointed body parts, wide brush strokes and peculiar, colorful landscapes that provoke our all-too-desensitized frames of reference.

MOMENTS BEFORE DISSOLUTION

BORA creates 3D artworks that seem to hang in the fragile balance between solidity and aether. These slippery bodies are like any other: unique, embodied, and craving intimacy. Let us explore Bora’s world to slow down and reconnect with our physicality.

YOUR DIGITAL MIRROR

3D ragdolls, uncanny connections and layered textures: Nicoleta Mureș creates a reflection of our technologized era in her art, and in this SWARM MAG interview goes into depth about her technique and inspirations with a selection of her recent surreal collages and animations.

RELATIONSHAPES

Enter Pavla Malinová, the Moravian artist of eclectic influences and deep, saturated colors whose works remind us of ancient and non-European art, but which could only have been created in the second decade of the 21st century.

HEAVY DUTY LOVE

In her newest exploration of the sci-fi reality of the third millennium, the SCI_Arc professor Lucy McRae presents us with her take on imagining the processes of birth-giving in a not-so-distant world. Having collaborated with institutions such as NASA, MIT and TED, the Los Angeles-based Australian has all the tools necessary to performatively illustrate how science may soon radically redefine intimacy and how humans come into being.
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