Zbyněk Baladrán & Jiří Kovanda: The Nervous System
book published by tranzit/kunstverein Milano/ JRP
Editors: Katia Anguelova, Andrea Wiarda, Juan Pablo Macías, Alessandra Poggianti, 2013
The Nervous System
Jiří Kovanda & Zbyněk Baladrán
Milano Kunstverein, 2011
The Nervous System has taken form from a series of conversations between Zbyněk Baladrán, Jiří Kovanda, Juan Pablo Macías and Kunstverein (Milano), mainly from the notion of history as an intergenerational dialogue that produces paradigms of thought. During a conversation Baladrán wrote to us: It made us a little nervous to create the Nervous System – to describe the spongy cloud of our consciousness. We both wanted (so different are we in our work methodologies and yet understanding each other in what we wanted to say and how to say it) to probe the fragile entanglement of acts and experiences woven into the places where we as people spend most of our time. The places that we inhabit.
It’s an experiment, an experiment on the border of analytical comprehension and that, which is beyond an articulated understanding. We introduce anatomical cuts through nervous systems that penetrate our bodies and beings, the places that we inhabit. This chosen poetics corresponds to an approach that we share. This text is written in advance without specific knowledge of what will end up being at the exhibition. It is, however, clear to us that it will consist of a combination of a premeditated and sudden performative approach. (…)
What interest us are the moments in which our natural actions meet with the accustomed system of everyday operation. The fragile nerve fibers inscribed in our minds.
It may be that the lines and nodes that we chose will not work, will not be comprehensible and will become another fragile layer of threads of meaning covering our lives. But that doesn’t matter to us. Next time we’ll try it again, in a different way and better.
Thorough observers of reality, Baladrán and Kovanda activate for The Nervous System diverse mechanisms of intervention to escape from the norms of the present through continuous redefinitions and hypotheses of display understood as a moment of communication with the other.
Not time, nor space, but life through singular places is the field in which Zbyněk Baladrán and Jiří Kovanda have chosen to converse.