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_is a public-art project following up an initiative What statue for the city? (2006) and petition Stop "cultural policy" in our cities! (2006), which were supposed to express a critical opinion of a young generation of artists, theoreticians and art consumers towards overloading of the spaces of the Slovak cities with the production of tourist kitsch pretending an artistic value. These activities were further more followed up by a protest named Antikulich (2010), which was aimed against installing of the statue "King Svätopluk" at Bratislava's castle by the much favoured sculptor of so called Czechoslovakian „normalisation“ period – Ján Kulich, and Antikulich II (This is not a Svätopluk, this is (just) a bad sculpture! (2010).
Public pedestal is a platform to generate free ideas about public space. The idea is a longterm use of an empty pedestals, squares as a place for presenting contemporary art. Thus it is a space for temporary exhibitions with the possibility of reflection and research on the phenomena of memory and identity of a given place. Our aim is to create sort of Temporary Autonomous Zone (T.A.Z) for art – the space for expression of freedom and solidarity; an alternative space, which is so much missing in Slovakian cities.
At first, our activities have begun with long time unused pedestal for František Zupka`s bust by academic sculpturer Ján Kulich, which we planned to use as a place for presentation of contemporary art. It was meant to be a space for temporary shows with a potential to reflect and analyze phenomena of memory and local identity. We set the goal to enliven a fading square by its visual revitalization and create a place attractive both for visitors and citizens of Bratislava.
After the first show entitled JUDr. Róbert Fico, CSc by Dalibor Bača we were evicted and had to move to the Freedom square. Right now at the palce there are being finished preparations for the four temporary show as a part of Point 0 project we introduced in autumn 2010 in Krokus gallery.
Founders (from left):
Dalibor Bača, Martin Piaček, Tomáš Džadoň, Michal Moravčík