Jakub Nepraš &

Jakub Nepraš takes the viewer on a special kind of trip during which there are all sorts of things to see: amusement park rides springing up like flowers among houses made of industrial and technological junk and overly large, ordinary objects, neon signs, billboards, and a variety of other things. The intense colors and background sound of this video collage are reminiscent of music clips on MTV. The monotonous rhythm of the music imitates the sound of a moving train. A train passing by in the other direction, overhead cables, and platforms make it clear that the viewer is in the position of a passenger. At the end of the journey, the video collage turns into a view of a train station, filmed without any special effects.

Nepraš plays with the double meaning of the word trip. The colorful world of the video recalls a drug high, where real and animated objects in altered proportions are associatively set into the new context of a surreal landscape. Just as the unconscious mind reassembles objects and experiences in a dream, the objects in the video are rearranged. When the trip is over, the roofs of real buildings appear behind walls, the viewer arrives in a real train station, and the fantastic journey comes to an abrupt end. (Kathrin Fuchs)

About the video

Title Trip
Year 2008
Videonale VIDEONALE.12
Length 00:03:05
Format 16:9
Country Czech Republic,
Language No dialog
Courtesy the artist
Specifications colour, sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Jakub Nepraš
  • 1981 in Prag, CZE.
    Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, CZ
E, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, GER, and at Václav Hollar School of Art, Prague, CZE