The Photography Studio is the newest one at the FFA; its form and pedagogical concept is still being formed both by the instructors and the students. “The Future” is the buzzword in the studio. In our study and teaching process, we try to answer the following questions: what should photography accomplish? Should it be an artistic medium like painting, for instance, or should it be a purely aesthetic medium, like it was during the modernist era? Should photography be used as a tool for speculation about the meaning of art, like it was during the postmodern era? Or should it be purely accidental, without any deliberate artistic intention?
Ivars Gravlejs studied photography at FAMU in Prague; however, he has been taking photographs since his childhood. He plays with language, with combinations of words and images, he mystifies the spectator with a certain degree of infantility. The art of provocation is typical of Gravlejs who, as it happens, can pretend nothing special is at stake.
Tomáš Javůrek is an artist, curator, and an artistic mentor who specializes on art in digital and programmed online environment. In his teaching practice, he wants to encourage students acquire literacy within digital technologies and thus contribute to wider artistic reflection of invasive and hybrid digital media.
Responsibility: MgA. Ivars Gravlejs, Ph.D.