prague

Jakub Kopecký and Pascal Silondi

Roxy/NoD

Time and space melted away during Udoli (The Valley), 2008, Jakub Kopecký and Pascal Silondi’s cacophonous performance piece, recently staged at Roxy/NoD—an experimental venue in the middle of Old Town. Kopecký, a well-known figure in Prague’s theater community, and Silondi, a French-born artist known for his digital work, here incorporated video projections, reflective glass, and sound to depict a domestic scene as monstrous simulation.

Eighty spectators were allowed inside the dimly lit space, and found at its center a large reflective glass cube. The performance begins when colorful projections of digitally rendered human faces appear on three of the gallery’s walls. As the eerie mouths of these visages open and close—a movement controlled offstage by Kopecký, Silondi, and their collaborator Patrik Sedlák—barely comprehensible phrases begin echoing through the space: The ear could only

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