Issue #40, 2012

Last Row in the Middle
Tomáš Svoboda

A basic technique describing the history and the major developments in film, can be offered in three dates: 1895 (first time screening tickets are sold to the wide public), 1922 (the first screening with synchronized sound) and 1935 (the premier of the first movie in color). Well (in color), changes in picture and sound framed by a specific time span = film. This is the most common idea of how film should, and does look like. Other innovations have turned out as dead end developments.

The project Last row in the middle for the Idea magazine can be understood as a result of a Svoboda’s long-term interest in the relationship between image and text, reality and its cinematic, literary and theatrical resemblance. See the webpage: (Ondrej Chrobak)

Tomás Svoboda (born 1974, Plzen) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (1996–2003) and Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe (1999). Recent exhibitions include Prague Biennale 5, Prague (2011), Monument to transformation, City Gallery, Prague (2009), Zwischenstand, Würtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2008) and solo shows 25 words per second, City Gallery, Prague (2011), Ivan Kafka and Tomásˇ Svoboda, Galerie Futura, Prague (2008), All the best, Galerie ETC, Prague (2005). He is co-founder and co-curator of the Display Gallery, Prague 2001–2007 and tranzitdisplay, since 2007.