Patrik Proško

Grow-through

Museum of Arts and Design in Benešov, Czech Republic, 2019–2020

Independent exhibition

Curator: Alena Ochepovsky Bartková

Grow-through

‘The world’ is a broad concept. We have grown used to applying it to external reality as a whole, but it can be used to denote smaller components of reality, too – components that can be as small as the micro-world of a house, a garden, or a work desk. Each such micro-world is separated from its surroundings by boundaries. Those can take on many forms. It can be a wall, just as it can be a field of vision, or imaginary boundaries set by thinking. But in outer space there are no boundaries that we know of, and everything contained in it exists in relation to its surroundings. The Earth relies on parasitic laws which force one world to consume another to survive. All organic species, which are themselves full of other organic species, consume their surroundings and it, in turn, consumes them. The material energies of inorganic nature are also formed and transformed in the same way. This house came into existence through a technological transformation of the surrounding landscape into building materials and fuel energy. If we give back to this form of landscape its typical natural characteristic of uncontrolled spreading, reproduction, and physical growth, it regains the moment of its own self-consciousness. An unpredictable jungle of overgrown systems of distribution, waste removal, moving walls, ventilation shafts, and cables growing into the spaces of their delimited areas, creating a contradiction between human-made truth and something that gained control over itself. A self-aware, self-fuelling, self-enlightening, and self-consuming grow-through. The constant truth in which a proposition corresponds to reality on which we, as a society, have decided to agree upon, is uncertain here. Not everything that seems probable to us here is in congruence with reality – it depends on what sort of lens are we looking at it through. Text and installation: Patrik Proško

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