Prague Signal Festival looks into the future
The Signal Festival, now in its 6th year, kicks off in Prague on Thursday night. The three day light festival offers visitors over two dozen artistic light installations and video-mappings on three routes in Prague, at indoor and outdoor locations. I asked Jose Pinto, head of Signal’s operations and marketing, to tell me about this year’s highlights.
“There are several things I would mention, I think the main one is that we have substantially expanded our footprint in the city with the inclusion of the third route in Prague’s Karlin district. It connects well to our theme. As you know it was a relatively dilapidated area until recently and it has undergone a major revival – you have businesses being set up, you have cafes and galleries opening up - and that transformation of the city is very much connected with what we do, we transform the city.
What about the artists – there appear to be more Czech artists this year showing their work….
“We try to keep a good balance between both Czech and foreign artists and we also try to keep a balance between what can be considered purely technological art and other forms of art, for instance what we will have in Old Town Square by artist Lukáš Rittstein which is not technological in itself, in the Hauch Gallery we will have Swiss artist Zimoun with a technical installation that has nothing to do with technological art. We have new artists like Tomáš Dymeš who will be showing his work in front of the Palladium shopping centre …so we try to keep a balance, also because, given the theme this year, it would be important to reinforce that.”
And the theme we are talking about is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Czechoslovakia, right?
For more information visit www.signalfestival.com.