Lenka Glisníková and Richard Janeček at lítost in Prague.

hymns of dazzle machines
Artists: Lenka Glisníková and Richard Janeček
12 June – 21 July 2019
lítost,  Prague

New machines are relaxing over here. Born of human innovation, does the birth of their existence herald a decline in ours? As labour previously performed by humans becomes automated, are we too dazzled by their brilliant functionality and their offer of freedom from mundane tasks to see what we are trading in in exchange? Unlike other forms of camouflage, perhaps the intention of this dazzle is not to conceal but to make it difficult to estimate the target's range, speed, and direction.
hymns of dazzle machines imagines how new technologies will come to affect and shape the human condition, and structure the division of labour in society. The works on display critically analyse opposing drives at the juncture between a singular desire for improvement and the potential danger that these developments create. Due to recent innovations, there are almost half a million jobs currently held by humans in the Czech Republic that are threatened to become obsolete, replaced by machines within the next ten to twenty years. Rather than making tools to aid our existence, perhaps our society is creating parasitic machines, performing their functions at the expense of the human drive to contribute, and here to replace the working forces of today.
In Richard Janeček’s videos, we encounter dialogues created by artificial intelligence. These machines present us with doubt about our own ability to control their progress. Do they still need us to function or do we simply enable their game of life to begin? In parallel, Lenka Glisníková imagines the corporate working environment of the future and presents us with a vision where leisure is fully automated and does not need our presence. Does this future require our labour, or do we already live in a dystopian state where we are the machines who are facilitating the arrival of our cyborg cousins?
Under the umbrella of innovation, leisure and progress, technologies are developing at a speed that regulating bodies struggle to keep pace with. Are the hymns that these machines sing to dazzle us part of their function to produce our entertainment and improve our lives, or a requiem for the beginning of the end of the human race?

lítost is a contemporary art gallery situated on Přívozní street in Prague’s Holešovice district. With a focus on speculative design and durational art. The gallery’s objective is to present collaborations between artists, designers, cultural practitioners and specialists from a wide range of disciplines.

Lenka Glisníková is a Czech artist who works primarily with photography. Glisníková expands this medium to create installations and performative events, where she questions the results of contemporary changes to human lifestyles that occur due to non-regulated technological progress. Glisníková perceives these developments as active phenomena that shape our ‘reality’. In her research, she explores effects these new technologies have on ourselves, human bodies, minds and feelings. In her interpretations, technology is perceived as curating the way we work, rest, think, and organize our time. Recent exhibitions took place at the Rudolfinum Gallery, at the INI Project and at the Fotograf Gallery, all Prague.

Richard Janeček is a Czech intermedia artist whose work is based on the theory of photography. His long-term research is concerned with the study of the image that is found in the late period of photographic method and which extends smoothly into the field of a virtual culture, both concerning artificial intelligence and to 3 D modelling. Janeček works with photogrammetry, through which he critically analyses the anchoring of photographic theory into a reality. He is currently working on absurd, poetic, humorous and non-narrative videos that reflect the hopelessness and circularity of the present state of affairs. Janeček exhibited his work in institutions at Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, USA, Lithuania and Germany.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Prague City Hall’s Cultural and Arts Grant, the Prague 7 City District Authority’s Grants Programme for Culture and by Key Promotion.