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Aleš Čermák, The Earth Trembles, 2015. Performance. Courtesy of the artist.

Aleš Čermák, The Other Half Of The World, (2016). Video, 18'. Courtesy of the artist.

Aleš Čermák, VESSELS FILLED TO THE BRIM KEEP, (2014). Performance. Courtesy of the artist.

Aleš Čermák, The Other Half Of The World, (2016). Video, 18'. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist.

Aleš Čermák creates publications, exhibitions and performances that follow the movements of structures and systems within a globalised socio-political context. The body acts as the locus of these investigations, as a fundamental element of performance but also generally as a subject, object, quasi-object or quasi subject, as a tool, a source and victim of violence, and, lately, as an obstacle, a boundary. His projects are predominantly process-based and take the form of open systems that have the potential to modify and develop themselves in a manner akin to a body or organism.

During his residency at Gasworks Aleš will continue to work on the project AoTOF_ ADUMBRATION OF THE ONCOMING FAILURE, an episodic work presented in different parts of Europe that analyzes the figure of the migrant. He will also develop #WeCanHelpYouGetAhead, a performative study of movement and hybrid bodies in the virtual age.


Aleš Čermák lives and works in Prague. Recent performances include #WeCanHelpYouGetAhead Ed. 1, HALLE 14 - Centrum for Contemporary Arts, Leipzig (2016); ALL OF THIS IS YOURS, Studio Alt@, Prague; The Earth Trembles, Experimental Space NoD, Prague; and POLO SHIRT [DISCIPLINE] 2. Episode, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna (all 2015). Recent solo exhibitions include A situation, when anything is possible once more, The Brno House of Arts (2015) and The Real Gatekeepers, Armaturka, Ústí nad Labem (2014). Aleš was a finalist of the 2016 Jindrich Chalupecký Award.

Aleš Cermák's residency is supported by Czech Centre, London and Arts Institute, Prague and is hosted in the Sackler Residency Studio.