jakub nepraš uses the new media in his work as a device facilitating the reconstruction or the creation of functional units. his main fascination is with the system as the dynamic structure of a unit and its translation (a reconstructive model) into visual form; something that, across surfaces, space and even time, encompasses a particular situation or – in reproduced form – a model process. one important aspect in this is complexity, comprising various elements of expression – the image, movement, colour, sound, rhythm, scale, contour, and so on.
each of these individual elements is removed from reality, recorded separately on a medium, and prepared like an ingredient in the mixture that makes up a contemplated unit. each individual situational instance – for example, a succession of people in motion, a train passing by, circulating bank notes, people dining, natural details, etc. – is enclosed within a time loop, and this gives each one its own unchanging and defined mark or form. assembling and overlapping individual sequences generate movements along various axes and in sum create dynamic rhythms. their constant repetition gives rise to movement within the delimited projection space and to the resultant illusion, which is that of a “liquid image”.
jakub nepraš’s video-images, projected onto a painted undercoating, three-dimensional objects, or other chosen materials (transparent plexiglass) serve as a synthetic view examining the manifestations of the formation and destruction of matter as they occur in organic and inorganic nature. the life of matter converted into the artificial “life of technology” is a small miracle made possible by the author’s sharp imagination, his feeling for experimentation, and the chosen configurative medium. such an “organism” can be interpreted in various ways – as an information flow, a stream of emotions, a symbol of civilisation, a time-interval memory graph, an ecosystem, and so on. by synthesising the tested practices of visual culture, nepraš obtains a new morphology that is flexible towards manifestations of current global civilisation.