Text by Radim Labuda
Artstar is an intervention on national TV in the fine arts show Artoza (Arthosis) which staged a parody of the TV phenomenon related to ‘Superstar’ shows. Among all the spoof act contestants, there was only one ‘real performer’ who managed to transgress the situation, which the jury, – totally perplexed and confused – failed to realize. (And the performer failed to bring spare pants with him.)
Excerpts from the dialogue of the jury members:
Dear friends, Czech Republic is looking for an artstar. Unknown artists from Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia have finally the opportunity to become real stars. So please, can you show us your art!! … What the hell!!! … I didn’t excpect this thing!! What the hell! … He is a maniac … I thought it would be enough that he is transparent … Look it’s still pouring, that’s not bad at all!! I am totally perplexed … I don’t know whether to speak with him or not … It’s still pouring and pouring … I don’t want to look anymore. How would you describe this thing? Was it an action or a philosophical statement or a visual piece? How would you categorize it?