Presentation of Vjera Borozan about the Artyčok.TV

 

Artyčok.TV [international research, media and digital archive of the contemporary art] is a research institution focusing on the young and emerging contemporary art scene in the international context. Audiovisual features are published daily and freely accessible on the internet platform http://artycok.tv The digital archive enables a quality driven analysis of local art scenes and provides an efficient understanding of varied local aspects and working methods.

Artyčok.TV was founded at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (AVU) as an Internet HD broadcast in 2005 as a result of perceived shortcomings in the media coverage of contemporary art. Its digital online archive contains documentary material from exhibition openings, interviews with artists and curators and recordings of workshops, lectures. The website’s video art section provides the largest and most comprehensive online resource of media arts from both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Since 2009 this has included the discussion of artist’s profiles in the section Profiles and in the  specific series which focuses on arts and media criticism. At the same time, there has been an international network of partners established alongside of the project who regularly publish their contributions. This year has seen a transformation of this long-term project into a specialized research unit.

The archive is the only integrated database of its kind in Europe enabling its audience to access and compare information about local art scenes in Europe. In broader conceptual terms Artyčok.TV’s ethos is to define itself against the standardized content of mainstream culture and to provide a viable alternative.