Martin Blažíček

Bio → [česká verze dole] Film/video maker, media artist from Prague. He was born 1976. His work includes short films, videos, live image performances and objects. Sice 2000 he performed live film and video solo, and in various groups and collaborations, including Ultra (2000-02) Mikroloops (2007-11) or with Steven Ball, Andras Blazsek, Zenial, Arszyn, Hannes Hoelzl, Bryan Eubanks, Kateřina Zochová, Vojta Procházka, Michal Zbořil and many others. He curated NoLab at Roxy/Nod Prague (2007-09), ScreenLab series at Školská 28 Gallery Prague (2010-12) and The Hole site-specific sound gallery (2013). He is founding member of Mediabaze.cz project.

He published texts on music, film and media arts in Cinepur, A2, Film a doba and other journals. He teaches at the Center for Audiovisual studies at the Film academy of performing arts.

His films and live performances were shown at MAK Vienna, High Zero at Theatre Project Baltimore, Optosonic Tea at Diapason Gallery NY, Lux London, Anthology Film NY, DDM Gallery Shanghai, IDFF Jihlava, PAF Olomouc, City Gallery Leeds, Arnolfini Bristol, Entropia Gallery Wroclaw, Zamok Ujazdovski Warsaw, Dom Kino Minsk, Art Factory Lodz, Cinema Nova Brusel, Galerie Rudolfinum Prague, IFF Rotterdam, and more.

Martin Blažíček

Životopis → Narozen 1976, zabývá se filmem, videem, živým obrazem a interaktivními objekty. Od roku 2000 pracuje s živě vytvářeným obrazem pomocí filmu a videoprojekce. Vystupuje sólo, se skupinami Ultra (2000-02) Mikroloops (2007-11), nebo ve spolupráci se Stevenem Ballem, Andrasem Blazskem, Zenialem, Arszynem, Hannesem Hoelzlem, Bryanem Eubanksem, Kateřinou Zochovou, Vojtou Procházkou, Michalem Zbořilem a řadou dalších. Byl dramaturgem NoLab v Roxy/Nod (2007-09), série ScreenLab v galerii Školská 28 Praha (2010-12) a site-specific galerie Díra (2013). Je jedním z editorů projektu Mediabaze.cz.

Publikoval texty v časopisech Cinepur, A2, Film a doba a d. V současnosti vyučuje v Centru audiovizuálních studií FAMU.

Jeho filmy a živé představen byly uvedeny mj. v MAK Vienna, High Zero v Theatre Project Baltimore, Optosonic Tea v Diapason Gallery NY, Lux London, Anthology Film NY, DDM Gallery Shanghai, MFDF Jihlava, PAF Olomouc, City Gallery Leeds, Arnolfini Bristol, Entropia Gallery Wroclaw, Zamok Ujazdovski Warsaw, Dom Kino Minsk, Art Factory Lodz, Cinema Nova Brusel, Galerie Rudolfinum, IFF Rotterdam, a další.


Contact

Martin Blažíček
Biskupcova 5
130 00 Prague 3
Czech Republic
ph.: +420 776 123 359
e-mail: martin@blazicek.net


Bibliography

About M. B.

From M. B.

Works

Gradient, 2013

Public space, installation for Holešovice train station Prague, 24 prints, 87x113cm.

Gradient, 2013

Double slide projection, 2012

Double slide projection system. Arduino, electronics. Used with Rosora live performance and duo with Michal Zbořil.

Double Slide Projection

The Waveform Project, 2011-12

Hommage to Oskar Fischinger's 1930s optical sound experiments. Interactive installation, webcam, monitors, PureData.

Synesthesia

Cinepur Cinematic Trailer, 2011

Cinematic trailer for the film magazine Cinepur. Sound by Stanislav Abrahám. Video: Cinepur trailer, 15 sec.

Blažíček/Arszyn, 2011

Live manipulated film and video. Super8 film viewer, QuartzComposer.

Arszyn at the rehearsal

24 hrs, 2011

Film follows the life of five Czech and Slovak households on December 24 and 25. As the folk saying goes, on Christmas Eve, the Christmas wind brings disease from the west, war from the east, hunger after midnight, and a good year after noontime. The 24 hours are then edited by automated algorithms.

24 hrs

Recorded in collaboration with Stanislav Abrahám, Kateřina Bílková, Hannes Hoelz, David Landa, Michal Kindernay and Magda Kobzová.

42:43 asi, 2009-10

Live film/video manipulation, a duo with Kateřina Zochová (harp, electronics). Super8 viewer, QuartzComposer.

42:43 asi

Blažíček/Blazsek, 2010-

Live video, stage installation and live sound with Andras Blazsek. The performance is based on «Tape-2» installation by Andras Blazsek.

tape2 Mikroloops

Mikroloops, 2007-10

Expanded cinema performance. Since 2007. With Stanislav Abrahám, Michail Cabowitz and Georgij Bagdasarov. Mikroloops is a/v event, live cinema, noise-ambient, improvisation, 16mm screening, optical toys, diy instruments, stroboscopic imagery, sound engeneering, realitime sampling, open-ended performance.

Mikroloops est un évenement visuel et sonore imprévisible: cinema en direct, musique ambiante bruitiste, improvisation, projection 16mm, jouets optiques, instruments bricolés maison, imagerie stroboscopique, traitement sonore en temps réel et fin ouverte. La performance de Mikroloops est liée aussi bien à la tradition du "cinéma élargi" qu'aux recherches sonores actuelles. Mikroloops propose une expérience unique d'images projetées et de sons improvisés changeant de manière inattendue notre perception du cinéma et de la musique.

P-P (pleonasm), 2006

A visual (inter)play between two projectors, the space and the screen, collaboration with Ondřej Vavrečka.

PP

Flying image projections, 2008-2013

Screening system for rotating objects, live camera and QuartzComposer.

Live with Michal Zbořil, 2013 Live with Michal Zbořil, 2013 Live with Michal Zbořil, 2013

The idea came from thaumatrope – a pre-cinematic toy from the 19th century. Fast moving images or objects are captured by live camera, instantly re-edited and projected on screen. Used in live sets with Bryan Eubanks, Andras Blazsek, Michal Zbořil, Georgij Bagdasarov and others.

Untitled (hockey), 2012

Collaboration of David Šmitmajer, Jiří Rouš and Martin Blažíček. Installation, interactive sound instrument, party game. Chemoplast table hockey, Arduino, MacBook, sensors, 2 headsets.

Untitled (Hockey)

Live with Vojtěch Procházka, 2011

Real-time image manipulation, a duo for prepared piano and live video.

Duo with Vojta Procházka

Untitled (live video), 2011-12

Live generated image reactive to sound. PureData, QuartzComposer, live set with Michal Cáb and Zenial.

Untitled

Sky Blue, 2011

Installation, live camera, video frame, interactive sound, PureData, Processing.

Sky blue

Sky blue is installation of a clear blue screen, similar to generic screen of video projectors with missing signal. Blue color is captured from actual sky color above the gallery space. Each variation of hue is creating variations of a drone sound, starting with sunrise and ends with sunset.

Machine music, 2010

25min image/sound noise solo performacne with multiple 16mm projections and analog guitar effects.

Machinemusic

Live with Steven Ball, 2006-09

Collaborations with Steven Ball include live video performances «After Lethaby» at Lethaby Gallery, Central St.Martins London (2009), «Near Zlaté piesky» at 13m3, Bratislava (2007), and and online performance «Eutopia», London/Prague (2006).

After Lethaby

Orfeus, 2008

Audiovisual enviroment, collaborative installation at Intermedia Institute Prague. With Viktor Fuček, Michail Cabowitz, Stanislav Abrahám, Jiří Maha, Kryštof Pešek, Miloš Vojtěchovský.

Orfeus

Short films, 1997-2004

Experimental film series on S8, 16 and 35mm includes abstract films, painting on film, hand processing and optical printing.

Neo B

Periferie (2004), Study 9 (2003), Night (Stories) (2002-3), Luna-Luna-Luna (2003), Study 8 (2002), Short films 99-00 (1999-2000), The Gray Zone (1997-98), Study 2-7 (1999) Study 1 (1998), NP55 negfilm (1997), Test (1997), Neo-B (1997).

Events


Curatorial


Large images

From various works, installations, performances, etc… /gallery


Quartz folder

Miscellaneous QuartzComposer files, tutorials, sketches, etc… /quartz_composer


Pd folder

Miscellaneous Pure Data tutorials and sketches… /pd